Miss Ann Smith is from U.K. and she is teaching English in a university in Shanghai. She said the first class was a disaster to her. Ann first gave a brief self introduction, and then she asked the students to raise questions. “Any questions will do”, she said. However, the questions raised by students made her feel embarrassed and confused. She recalled: “ I have never been asked in this way, and I don’t know how to answer them”.
Student A: How old are you, Miss Ann?
Ann Smith: Well, about that.
Student A: Oh, about what?
Student B: Teacher Ann, how many children do you have?
Ann Smith: I’m not married actually.
Student B: I’m sorry.
Ann Smith: Sorry for what?
Student C: Ann Laoshi, I've heard that foreign teachers all have a high salary.
How much do you earn in China?
Ann Smith: Well, I am not quite clear. Maybe we get paid more than Chinese teachers.
Student D: Miss Smith, do you like travel? Have you ever visited Jianyin? That is my home
Ann Smith: No. I don't think I've ever heard of that place. Is it near here?
Student D: Not very far from here. You should go and visit it this summer vacation and I can
be your tour guide. It’s really a nice place.
Ann Smith: Well, thank you. I’ve got my plan for touring in China already.
Student E: Miss Ann, are you ill ? You look so pale.
Ann Smith: No, may be yesterday evening I slept too late and this morning when I got up,I had a slight headache. Now I’m OK.
Student E: Oh I’m sorry to hear that. You shouldn’t sleep too late because it’s not good for your health. And you’d better go to see the doctor after the class.
Ann Smith: Err... (The student gave the advice with a good intention, while Ann felt very uncomfortable. She just frowned and didn’t know how to response.)