China Team Journal

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Chinese English Teachers's Thank-you Speech

It’s my great honor to stand here and make this thank-you speech.

First of all, I would like to take this chance to express our heart-felt appreciation to all of you, members of Global Volunteers. Thank you for your hard work, thank you for what you have brought us from far end of the ocean.

We especially want to express our thankfulness to the instructors of our class. There are 12 members in our class. Before we met here, none of us knew each other. With your help, we’ve made great improvement in our English level, especially in listening and speaking. With your patience, carefulness and kindness, you quickly built and created for us a free and enjoyable language learning atmosphere. You noticed each of our problems and provided the necessary help. You could see the doubts in our minds from our blank eyes and confused expressions, and then you gave us a full explanation. Eventually, with you hard work, we overcame our fears and gradually began comfortable telling our own ideas. That was a great step forward for us.

Also, we learned so much information which we cannot get from newspapers, magazines or TV. Now we know more about your society and culture.

Most importantly, all of us felt your friendliness, warmth and politeness. We have become more like a big family. Maybe we won’t meet again, but I think if we are willing, we always have other ways to keep in touch. For I am sure there is no distance between our hearts.

This has been a wonderful English learning and cultural exchange experience. I will keep it in my heart forever.

- Wu Haiyan, Chinese English teacher