Probably one of the most exciting things about my new teaching position is that I’m not just an ESL teacher. At this institute of higher learning, which for anonymity purposes will henceforth be dubbed SchoolU, my first semester will primarily be filled with me teaching a drama course. This is a game changer. Trying to encourage the creation of a drama group the last time I was in China was a difficult proposition, as the students I had wouldn’t have had the free time to devote to anything more than improv games. While improv games are an important part of the experience, being able to add short plays and monologues into the mix has me absolutely thrilled.
Of course, this development was unexpected. When I was hired, part of the discussion centred on whether I’d be interested in branching off into content courses. Naturally, I said yes, but felt it would be best to get some ESL time back under my belt first. Apparently that message didn’t carry, which I discovered when I received an email from one of the administrators asking what my content course was going to be, and that they needed a course syllabus within two weeks.
A brief moment of panic was quickly replaced by enthusiasm. I mean, really. This is going to be awesome. I look forward to the day when I have all my students stand on their desks and exclaim, “oh captain, my captain.” The only difference is that I won’t have been fired.