得奖及(没机会发表的)感言

看到电子邮件的第一时间,我这个迷糊并不明白自己得了什么奖,还以为是上次申请的小基金。还是跟同事再读一遍以后,才明白是一个由学生自发提名的奖。这时,不断有祝贺的电子邮件进来,只觉得脸发红,人出汗。(嗨,没见过世面的乡下人哪)

静下心来, 我写了一段得奖感言。事实证明有点多余,因为发奖那天大家只是拍手。

In those not so old days, when you praised a Chinese saying ‘you’re very good’, the most common response was ‘no, no, i am not good at all’. I am not going to response like that today. If you watch Chinese news of someone holding a big prize or award, you might see that person coming up words like ‘ thank the People,  thank the Party”  in their shivering voices. No, I am going to do that either. Sorry to disappoint you.

Instead, I would like to thank my students, not only those who very kindly nominated me for this prize and made me standing here. I have no idea who you are, but you’re sweet. A teacher’s happiest moment is when her/his work is well received and recognised. But also, I would like to thank all my students this year. It’s your commitment in your study gives me motivation to make my teaching as interactive as possible, as useful as possible, as relevant as possible. A very wise Chinese man said 2ooo years ago, ‘teachers are not necessarily wiser than their students, and students are not necessarily less capable than their teachers. They should learn from each other’. Old wise Chinese man is alway right: I am constantly amazed by students’ intelligence, determination, and ability, which consequently pushes myself to reach your expectations, as close as possible.

My gratitude also goes to my colleagues in the Centre where the students’ satisfaction rate excels every year. Teachers there work as hard as I do, if not even harder. I guess that the reason that I have been awarded with this prize is simply to do with numbers: I have a lot of students — I teach 10 different classes every week. As another winner here, Dr XX, would explain excellent why statistically I have an advantage.

Seriously, everyone has been so kind to me, from the management, fellow teachers and admin colleagues, despite the fact that I am the newest addition to the centre. A month ago, I got a letter from HR saying I have passed my probation, phew….  It is my colleagues’ openness, patience, insightfulness, and guidance that helped me quickly accommodate to the new environment and challenges, making me feel that i have been in the Centre for a long long time, if not like a home.

All right, I should cut it short. Phycologists have proven that human being’s attention span is not very long. A good teacher’s trick is knowing when to stop talking. I look forward to my classes next year, and seeing more students enjoy their study here.

谢谢. Grasias, Merci!

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