2011年度赴美交流學生侯笑晨

 

2011年9-12月,2010級高二理(4)班侯曉晨同學作為我校的交流學生,赴Mt. Edgecumbe高中進行了近四個月的訪問學習。

以下是侯笑晨同學用英語寫的訪美隨感。

The Foreign Land I Saw

2010級高二理科(4)班? 侯笑晨

 

In Mid-December, 2011, when I returned to China from the successful completion of the exchange student’s trip, I can still clearly remember the day of August 21, 2011, after 12 and a half hour’s flight, the excitement of setting foot on Sitka, Alaska.

After I arrived there, the local teachers drove us to our apartment. They made me feel I would not be alone in theUnited States.?One day later, I still had not completely got over the jetlag fromBeijingtoAlaska. But I had to sit in a small classroom in the school, beginning the first section of the course already.

The school is located inSitka,Alaska. It is a public school named Mt .Edgecumbe High School. Although the school is not particularly large, it’s larger than many Chinese high schools. Because of the weather disturbance, there is a large indoor stadium.?I was here to complete a four-month High School study program.?For the first time, I got my curriculum.?We had four classes a day, from 9:40 am to 4:00 pm.?My courses included digital photography, marine biology, English 2, and thePacific Rim.?The courses should have seemed very easy for us if there had been taught in Chinese. But there are language problems for a foreign student to understand the curriculum. I spent nearly two weeks to adapt to the American teachers’ accent.?On the other hand, the teachers did have really unique teaching styles. They sometimes did not talk about the book content, but let us be free to play.?The atmosphere was also very active in class. Students could speak their minds. The relationship was really close and casual, not as rigid as inChina.?American school equipment is very advanced. All teachers use computers and the smart board.?The school’s computer room is also high-end configuration. Although the school’s study hall is not too great, you can basically find a book that you want.

As for the country, I have to talk about the American culture.?In theU.S., people are very courteous and polite. Usually in a restaurant, people like to whisper instead of talking loudly.?Americans believe that it is a sign of respect for other diners.?Walking on the road, someone will greet you in a friendly manner, saying “Hello!”, “What’s up?” Therefore, these four months off, every day I have been blessed by the people around me.?When you cross the road, the vehicles will always yield to pedestrians, causing a long line of vehicles waiting while the flow of walkers unimpeded.?In theU.S., people everywhere reflect the quality of life and the conservation of nature.?Living in a country where people are very relaxed and laid-back is great.?I enjoyed my stay in theUnited States.

 

我眼中的異國他鄉

2010級高二理科(4)班? 侯笑晨

時至今日,當我完成交換生學習順利回到祖國后,我依然清楚地記得自己在2011年8月21日經過12個半小時的飛行,踏上美國國土那一刻的興奮。在我抵達錫特卡后,當地的老師很熱心地開車將我們送到我們的公寓,是他們,讓我感覺我在美國不會孤單。過了一天后,在我還沒有完全倒過北京和阿拉斯加的16個小時時差的情況下,我已經坐在了學校的小班教室里,開始了我的第一節課的學習。

我訪問的學校是位于美國阿拉斯加州的錫特卡的一所公立學校,名叫埃奇克姆山高中。雖然學校不是特別大,但是比中國的許多高中都要大一些。學校因為受當地多雨的天氣干擾,有一間很大的室內體育館。我就在這樣的學校里完成了四個月的高二學業。第一次到學校,我就拿到了我的課程表。我們每天一般是四節課,從早上的9:40到下午的4:00。我的課程分別是數碼攝影、海洋生物、英語2和太平洋環島社會學。從課程的內容上來看,對于我們中國的高中生簡直是輕松之極。可一個難題卻擺在了我面前,因為我們是中國人,即使英語學得再好,聽美國的課程依然會很難聽懂。將近半個月后,我終于輕松適應了美國老師的口音。另一方面,美國老師講課真是獨具一格,他們有時候并不會講書上的內容,而是隨意發揮,課堂的氣氛也十分活躍,學生們可以暢所欲言。師生關系真如朋友一般,不似中國那樣死板。美國學校設備也很先進,所有的老師都是用電腦和smart board給我們講課。學校的微機房也都是高端的配置,學校的讀書館雖然不算很大,但你想要找的書在這里你都能基本找到。

身在美國,不得不講講這個國家。要講美國,不得不講講美國的文化。在美國,人人都是十分禮貌與客氣的。平時在餐廳吃飯,人們都喜歡輕聲細語,而不會大聲談笑。美國人認為這樣做是對其他就餐人員的尊重。走在路上,總有人會親切地對你打招呼,說聲“你好”、“今天過的怎么樣?”所以,這四個月下來,我天天都會感到被人們所祝福。過馬路時,車輛總是會避讓行人,甚至你可以看到車輛已經排成長龍,而人流卻是暢通無阻。在美國,無處不體現發達國家人們的素質與涵養。生活在這樣一個國家,人們十分的放松與悠閑。我也因此喜歡上了美國,這個人與人之間互相禮貌謙讓的國家。

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