May Ren, Chinese Teacher

June 12, 2020

Where did you grow up/study?

I grew up and did my studies in Tianjin of Mainland China, specializing in teaching Chinese as a second language.

Can you tell us more about your role at CAIS.

At CAIS, my role is to teach the Chinese subject in various grades. In addition, opening students up to the Chinese culture through festive activities and interactive sessions. I have been teaching in Hong Kong for more than 5 years and have found that I’m falling more and more in love with my students with each passing year. They give me precious memories and I enjoy seeing them grow and learn.

Biggest challenge and rewarding moment working in education?

The biggest challenge I have faced is to care for the individual needs of students, each unique in their own nature. This is also an area where I invest most of my passion and time because I acknowledge that this is very important to student development. Consequently, seeing students growing and developing their unique talents is the most rewarding moment.

Can you name one most common thing that most non-Chinese speaking students didn’t know about the Chinese language?

One thing that most non-Chinese speaking students didn’t know about the Chinese language is that there are no capital letters. There’s this one time where a student wrote his name with the first character in larger font than the rest, that made my day.

What kind of student were you?

When I was a student, I am considered the quiet type where I would follow instructions without much questioning. My interests were diverse, ranging from singing, arts to all kinds of sports.

What do you miss most about Tianjin when you are overseas?

Of the things I miss about my hometown, food is definitely the one that tops the list.