This morning we took the Lattitude volunteers to Kunming's Minority Middle School - for most, their first taste of a Chinese school. 70% of the students at the school are from ethnic minority groups (36 groups in all) and we were welcomed by girl wearing a variety of colourful clothes. After we chatted with them for a while, it turned out that the clothes they weren't necessarily from the ethnic group represented by the clothes they were wearing. Thus, the Bai girl was wearing PuMi clothes, while the PuMi girl was wearing Zhuang clothes, etc. As ever in China, it's more important for things to look right, even if they are not actually correct! The volunteers observed to lessons. The first was by a teacher from the school, all in Chinese and 100% grammar. My lesson followed with no Chinese and no grammar! It was clear which one the students enjoyed the most, but I guess they highlighted the extremes of teaching methodology and students would probably benefit from something in between, on a week to week basis!
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