For Liu Wenpan, a Chinese language teacher in Nigeria, the joy of positively impacting the lives of other people is possibly the greatest satisfaction any teacher can ever have.
As people across the globe celebrate the annual World Teachers’ Day Wednesday, Liu said his satisfaction is derived from the fact that more and more Nigerian can now speak and write the Chinese language.
For three years now, the 32-year-old Chinese has been teaching Mandarin at the Nigerian Education Resource Center in Abuja.
“I think my students are learning very fast and they are very interested in the Chinese language and Chinese culture, and Chinese food,” he said.
So far, hundreds of people have passed through his tutelage.
Liu’s goal of teaching as many people as possible the Chinese language brings him joy as it yields positive results. According to him, this will particularly bolster the cultural exchange between China and Nigeria.
“Now many Nigerians who have had formal or intensive training for at least three months can have simple conversations in Chinese, and many more are familiar with the language through Chinese movies,” he noted.
Liu has also been hired by the Nigerian government to give some basic Mandarin lessons to some officials, including the paramilitary personnel in the West African country.
Madam Joy, head teacher of a private school in Abuja where Liu teaches Mandarin as a visiting tutor, described Liu’s teaching as “excellent”.
“I basically like the particular way he engages with children. I attended some of his classes during the summer, which was really exciting,” she said.
“I also learnt some of the basic Chinese sounds and alphabets from him. He gets the children to be fully involved and he gets them excited.” Enditem