Foreign teachers enjoy teachers' day

Added On September 11, 2017

Sept. 10 marks Teachers' Day in China. 
Teachers from different countries join the celebration with Chinese teachers and students. 
Andrew, 34, a Canadian teacher in a Shanghai high school said the Teachers' Day is more than a celebration to him . 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ANDREW JASON STEP, Acadcemic Dean of GAC centre of Shanghai Minhang High School:
"Being in China, Teachers' Day is definitely a different experience. In Canada, for example, we don't really celebrate Teachers' Day, it is more of just a day. Here in China, it is really a different type of feeling. You feel very connected. You feel very much pride when you teach here because you get little gifts from students or when other teacher or stuff they talk to you, they will say 'Teachers' Day'. These make you proud of your work, make you feel connected to Chinese education. Also, when you go to downtown or when you go out to the streets. If you are teacher, you got special discount or a little bit shopping discount. It makes that more interesting than in other country."
Vincent Lei from U.S. has been living in China for 13 years. He said that he experienced more respect as a teacher than in his own country.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ALBERT VINCENT LEI, Provost of California Crosspoint High School Project in Wenqi Middle School:
"I have been a teacher in China for over 13 years. I have been doing different types of teaching. I have been teaching English. I have been to high school teaching economics. I think the most meaningful thing for me is seeing change in our students. You can see the progress, you will be happy for them making some changes. This morning, I had a student come in and he told me that he got 97 on his TOFEL exam and just 6 months ago, he had a 65. Having this sudden change and such hard students is what make me think worthwhile to do this job."
China has regulated Sep.10th as teacher's day in 1985.