Wuhan business university tourism and hospitality management college
by: Yuan lu
The first day of the fast-paced and informative CHEI East China Regional Teaching Forum in Ma’anshan ended, leaving a great impression on me. I learned so much from Dr. Sima’s lecture and it revealed the commonality between hotel education in China and the U.S. Thisblog expresses the inspiration I gained from the lecture, based on my own teaching experience.
First, being professional and having attitude. As Dr. Sima mentioned in his lecture, our professional qualities are not only reflected in our attire, but also our behavior and course content. We should first understand how our students learn and gain knowledge and then prepare different teaching plans. As qualified teachers, we should clearly understand the students’ talents. I experienced this in my first human resources class. Iasked the students to take 10 minutes and write down their opinions on HR management and how they envision it will evolve in the future. What they wrote became a great reference for me as I developed my teaching plans. We should also express our attitudes clearly—how you hope students will learn from your lessons, with massive reading exercises or lots of practice. What are your professional requirements? For example, I would ask my students to be five minutes early tomy class. And, your teaching purpose and how they will be graded should be shared with students. Establishing these before the class will help you make a better teaching plan, and create a firm foundation for your lessons that semester.
Secondly, a sensible plan and practical content. It’s important to continually learn about the industry so you can help students understand the realities and get excited about industry trends. Knowingsomething about what students are interested in and incorporating that intolesson plans will result in students being more engaged in your classrooms. The design of the course should be professional.
I mentioned the requirement that students arrive five minutes early. You can use this time as a pre-class meeting, checking students’ appearance, distributing assignments, discussing the agenda for that day’s class and encouraging them. This is similar to daily briefings held among employees in hospitality and tourism organizations. It’s another way to help them prepare for their future jobs.
The teaching plan is just like a map and will help students find their treasures. The map shows them the location of treasure and their value. When I draw the map, theability of each student and teaching purpose should be considered carefully.
Last but not least, the description of the course, objectives and measurable results. This might be ignored by most Chinese teachers. The correct way should be first describing the purpose andcontent. Like our HR course, the student should understand that a hotel cannot employ anyone，cannot train any staff、cannot operate effectively without an HR department. This leads to students clearly understanding the importance of the course.If we can help students understand what they will learn from this course andhow it applies to their future, they will be inspired and have more passion and motivation to learn.
It is obvious that the education systems in China and the U.S. are quite different from each other. For example, the American student can choose the courses they want once they complete pre-requisite courses. Meanwhile, in China, courses are arranged for students. These differences result in students in the U.S. having more options than Chinese students. However, our students can learn with familiar classmates. Above all these are my personal viewpoints. .