LWS‐LWJ Global Collaboration Exchange Program 2019

With the world's first-class quality education resources, the integration of the world's multi-cultural education atmosphere, the world's highly recognized high-gold diploma.... American famous schools occupy half of the world's universities ranking, and in major data reports, the United States has always been the most popular country for students to study abroad.

In a country with the highest quality of education in the world, three students from LWS participated in the LWS-LWJ Global Collaboration Exchange Program organized by the school at the beginning of the semester. They jumped out of the limitation of regional andcultural differences, went out, experienced and deeply understood American education,culture, and life on the spot. They felt the free and innovative American education concept and got deep growth in integration. Everywhere is like a classroom project to learn knowledge, learn to think critically.

Global Collaboration

Global Collaboration is an honor course for high school. It is bilaterally offered by the Shanghai and Jackson campus of Living Word. Five students in LWJ and Three in LWS participate in it. The two groups make projects on specific topics. They post their works and communicate with each other on a course website. They have produced rich outcome in this semester.

I believe that many students are very interested in this exchange project. I am honored to interview Mr. David, who is in charge of this project, and G12 Elina Jing, who participated in the exchange of courses. They must have a lot of feelings about this project! Now it's up to them to satisfy our curiosity. Let's see how the students think about communicating with foreigners.

Q:Elina,why did you choose to take this Global Collaboration course?
A:I'm interested in American culture. I also want to experience the teaching styles and school life of American high schools.

Q:Can you tell us something about the experience of preparation?
A:Our teacher helped us with many procedures,such as visa processing. Although it is a very slow process, we encountered many difficulties during the process. But the teacher did his best to finish itsuccessfully. Therefore, visas must be processed as early as possible. Before we went, we learned a lot about American culture in advance and prepared some small gifts for our local homes.

Q:Are there any difficulties when you just got to the United States? How did you solve them?
A:Public transportation is inconvenient.Every time when we want to go to the supermarket, you have to ask someone to drive us. When we first arrived in the United States, we didn't know how to communicate with local American students, because there are many factors that make it difficult for us to communicate. But I think it's normal. It takes sometime to adapt to different cultures. We are also trying to resolve these embarrassments.

Q:When you first came to LWJ, how to make friends with your classmates in and how did you start the topic?
A:First of all, I introduced myself. Then I started talking about some topics related to college applications and popular culture. I wanted to stay closer to each other through these.

Q:What is the classroom atmosphere abroad? What's the difference between China and other countries?
A:The classroom atmosphere is very active. It often derives from the knowledge in text books to other things. Teachers and students feel more like friends. Teachers encourage students to think. Compared with domestic education, I feel that I will learn more knowledge from text books in the domestic classroom. The infrastructure of American schools feels better,including the teaching environment and stadiums.

Q:What topics are you mainly responsible for and what lessons have you done on these topics?
A:I am in charge of immigration policy, gender issues, face-to-face communication with American students in this course. After intense discussion, I synthesized everyone’s  view and finally demonstrated the results of the final discussion in the form of PPT.

Q:What has been the most rewarding part of high school learning in the United States during this period?
A:I think that everyone who goes abroad for the first time will not get used to it at first. After all, it is the first time to leave their parents and suddenly come to a strange environment. The way of thinking and living habits of Americans are quite different from ours, which we need to overcome in the future when we go abroad to study. Through this activity, I can feel and experience American life ahead of time, and I will be able to adapt better to it for a long time in the future.

Q:Share one thing that impresses you most in America.
A:I think the United States is a sports-loving nation. The love of sports is everywhere. They can be seen at any time with great energy and fitness, and American schools and local students attach great importance to sports.

Q:What interesting activities have you participated in besides study and daily life?
A:Although I only stayed in the United States for a week, there are so many activities there. We went bowling, Wisconsin Madison University, movies, galleries, basketball matches, and Chicago, where we visited scenic spots, escaped from secret rooms, and the second largest football field in the United States. In addition to class, everyday life is still very full!

Q:What's the greatest inspiration or change that you'vehad in your life these days?
A:Compared with American students, I think weshould pay more attention to the habit of getting more exercise. Physical health and learning go hand in hand. After all, there is a strong body, so that we can cope with the heavy work in the future!

Q:Do you have any messages for the students who want to go to the United States as exchange students?
A:After going to the United States, don't exclude chatting with foreigners, don't hold a negative attitude of communication, must take the initiative to communicate with others, try to open up your own circle of communication, this can expand your horizons, you will find a different world. There is also respect for other people's living habits and other cultures. There is no right or wrong culture. Seeking common ground while reserving differences is the purpose. This will make your life more enjoyable.

 Q&A From Teacher David
Q:As the head of the project, what advantages do you think this project has? What are the characteristics of the course?
A:This project is an exchange course between China and the United States. Students from Chinese and American campuses communicate, debate and cooperate on common topics. Students learn the similarities and differences between Chinese and American cultures as apreparation for studying in the United States in the future. This course is also an Honor course, which is helpful for children's GPA and their application to famous schools overseas.

Q:As exchange students, how do you feel about their adaptation in the United Statesthis year?
A:They have adapted well, but there are still individual experiences that are notsatisfactory. For example, it is inconvenient to buy food ingredients, cultural differences lead to eating habits and so on.These are the problems that children who are going to study in the United States need to overcome and adapt.

Q:What do you think is the reason why children can adapt well in the United States?
A:The American campus LWJ has arranged avariety of activities in this exchange course, which is rich enough for children to experience American culture in a short time. Moreover, our school and the American school attach great importance to this activity and have planned it for a long time. We have enough time to plan and prepare for it.

Q:What do you think is the biggest difference between American high school education and Chinese one?
A:Schools in China are usually taught by teachers. Students attend classes. Students’ independent thinking ability are not well trained and developed. American schools encourage students to express their opinions with clear logic and arguments. At the same time, the entrance criteria of Chinese universities are generally based on examination scores, with a single goal. American universities, on the other hand, pay more attention to whether children have unique expertise and potential, and whether they have sufficient creativity. Living Word Shanghai has always integrated the essence of education between China and the United States, starting from the development of students themselves, guiding them to give full play to their strengths and helping them better plan the future and become an international talent of all-round development.

Q:In the future, what aspects do you think need to be improved on this project?
A:As a teacher in charge of this project, I suggest the following three points for reference:
1.Our school can put this activity in April or May, the temperature is moderate, andthere is longer time to prepare.
2.In the next school year, if we have the opportunity, we can invite American students to visit and exchange with Shanghai campus, and arrange more exciting trips in the same way.
3.Schools can try to expand the scope ofcooperation to different subjects other than Global Collaboration.

Q:What are your expectations for the future students of the United States High School who will participate in this project? 
A:It takes a lot of extra effort to communicate with foreign students, learning to use each other's language and culture to communicate. During this period, there will be difficulties and setbacks, but there will also be gains and surprises. Through such activities,children will deeply experience the cultural diversity and richness of different countries in the world, and learn different perspectives of viewing the world

PS:If the students below G11 want to take this course in the future, they should have good English writing ability, enthusiasm for learning actively and openmind. I believe that you will put a lot of effort and also gain a lot from it.

Today's interview is over for the time being. After listening to the words of teachers and students, I am very interested in this project. Therefore, I decide to go home and practice English! At the same time, I hope this interview can be helpful to other students. Finally, thank you very much for your warm cooperation!



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