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February 8, 2010

New Dynamic Institute

Filed under: Uncategorized — by kaseyblog @ 11:20 am

I received a phone call from “New Dynamic Institute” on Friday afternoon. The caller invited me to participate in their free classes in the evening at seven, which I gladly accepted.

So I went there on time. They asked me to wait till the first class was over. I asked a teacher if I could join the first class which seemed to be still going on for thirty minutes more. Fortunately I got a chance to attend a lecture taught by a native Englishman. The lecture was not very interesting as expected because the students took no initiative to answer or ask questions.

I noticed that only two students had answered the questions, but their answers were stumbled over. I still remember one question that the teacher asked, which was about “who like their own jobs?”. But only the teacher and I put up the hand. Meanwhile, the students were complaining. Oh, what an atmosphere.! After class the consultant talked to me and introduced their school history, lessons, activities and so on. Then she asked how my English was, and I replied that I was a worse student. She asked whether I like their teaching methods, teachers, and curricula, which I happily expressed that I liked it a lot.

Shortly afterwards, she asked if I had made up my mind on my plan of learning. Not yet, I replied. Again she asked me to speed up my decision of studying in their school urgently. Oh, no. I said I wanted to consult more schools before determining and I did not like making an urgent choice. Besides, my friends had told me that “EF English School” was also a good one for learning English. On hearing it she then disclosed that many refunded students from there had turned to their school, then she showed me the EF’s curriculum. In conclusion, she made a bad comment on that school, indeed. But I said that EF was a famous school which could offer me a job after I finished its courses. And I further added that teachers were the most important factor. She was shocked by my words, saying, “You are not only looking for a school for learning but also looking for a job! How considerable you are! Wait, I would like to have my head teacher’s opinion.” Then the head teacher dropped in and we had a long, wonderful free talk. At last she promised me that I would get a job in their school for she believed that I could be competent for the job, given my sunshine personality.

“Oh, its 22:30 now. I have to go, otherwise I shall miss the subway.”, I said. The head teacher asked me to come in the following afternoon to join their classes, and I gave her my words. I had had a very happy talk with both the head teacher and the consultant. I felt I was the happiest one in the world at that moment.

I went to NDI again. The consultant arranged me a lesson to be taught by a Canadian. She claimed that he was the most well-known and most popular teacher among their students. Then she guided me to a classroom where I waited. Before long, the teacher stepped in. He introduced himself and wrote down the topics on the white-board. At the beginning he taught me something about countries and nationalities. He showed me tons of flags and asked me to tell him the countries’ names and their relevant nationalities. Haha… I made scores of mistakes guessing those flags but I was smart enough to point out all the nationalities. Hence, he repeatedly said, “Good girl.” Hehe… Afterwards, he mentioned one place and requested me to tell what the place was famous for, and its history. Christ, it’s the most difficult ordeal for me owing to my poor knowledge of history and geography. Hehe… Tell you what, his history and geography were excellent; and he said he knew my country history and geography even better than ours, proving it by telling me a lot of our historical things and explaining that he had learned many countries’ history from their books.

“What is this?”, he asked. I replied that it was cigarettes.. “No. Look, here is a box of cigarettes (He took it out from his pocket), but this one is a deck of cards.”, he said, “Now we are going to learn how to play cards. This is a sentence you have to remember when you are playing cards – “I have the number of suite”. He then taught me such things as King, Jack, Queen, and Ace; Heart, Spade, Club, and Diamond; Wash and Shuffle (he explained that when playing cards we use the term of “shuffle” but “wash” when playing mahjong). And he asked me to get the cards from his hand and make a sentence. It was very difficult for me to remember all those stuff such as hearts, diamonds…… at once. So I stumbled over. Then he asked me to describe a clock to him. I only said that clock told time, so he helped me to finish the description. He made a wonderful description of the clock, indeed. He taught me how to pronounce clock correctly and, you know what, he also told me a joke of “cock”. heheh…. He was very funny and a bit humourous. He went on further with some more questions about his teaching. (He said that I was very good. Haha…) Then the lesson was over. It was a lively class with lots of laughter. The consultant talked to me again and asked me to do a test for the purpose of assessing my English level, which I did. As a result, my level turned out to be upper intermediate. (There are ten levels, like Icebreaker, Starter, Beginner, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced, Business Intermediate, Business Advanced, Senior Advanced and the last is Business Expert.) My scores surprised them with a shock. Hehe… It was quite a pity that I had not done all the questions due to the limited time.

The consultant suggested me to study for three levels from Upper intermediate to Business advanced. Jesus, one level would cost me 9,880 RMB. I refused the dear price at once, and she brought the head teacher in to talk to me again. I was then informed that I would be able to finish three levels for only 9,880 RMB if they could use my voice and appearance for the school – the so-called Learning Ambassador. They said only two complimentaries were still available and urged me to pay an immediate deposit in order to save, but I requested for some more time to think it over. Then I left.

I have talked with a girl who works for NDI as a pastime job student, who suggested me to learn at New Oriental。She said that the prices there were cheaper, only that most teachers were Chinese.

I have not made up my mind yet as I still want to know more about other schools.

I want to write more, but it is very late now. I must hit the sack without hesitation.


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