My name is Suzi, I'm from China, and I want to teach Chinese in Ohio。 I have taught Chinese for two years in China, but I have not had the experience of teaching in the United States. I want to know some tips on how to manage students when they are in the US. For example, if students are chatting and chatting in class, what method should I use to calm them down and take classes seriously?
As a teacher, should it be serious or nice? How to balance?
That's a very good question. I think for Chinese teachers it's really important to make students feel comfortable in the classroom. That means having a smile on your face will definitely give students a good start in learning Chinese. But I think having clear rules is the most important thing for a language class. When students are learning such a different language, they will feel frustrated. They will look for the easiest way out. That's why they may want to talk to their classmates in English. So being firm and friendly will make both their learning experience and your teaching experience smooth.
I hope this helps. Please let me know what you think about it.