Recently my class has been given the privilege to work with a group of ESL students from varying countries. These countries are the same countries that we are exploring in Second Life. This has allowed us to have both views of the community as both people from the physical and virtual world are contributing to our understanding of their communities. Although both distinct groups are valid they do provide an excellent comparison to one another.
The three ESL students from China; Gerry, Carol and Holly. They allowed us to interview them on a multitude of questions. The interview occurred as follows.
How did you prepare to come to America?
Gerry: We bring a credit card from China and I think maybe 500 cash on me
What did you wish you had done before you left for America?
Gerry: Not sure… I just wanted to come here and have some fun
Did you study to come here?
They informed us that they spent quite a large amount of time learning English and even visited New York City (which they though was dirty).
Anything else you wanted to do before you came here?
Carol: Go to Hawaii
What were your first impressions of America?
Gerry: Hungry; I was really hungry. I wanted to try hamburgers.
What were your first impressions of UK and Lexington?
Why do you say that?
Carol: Everything is spread out here
What do you think of the students?
Gerry: Pretty friendly and polite
What do you think of the city?
They confirmed that they have been downtown but stated that it was too far away.
Did you all have any pets?
Gerry: Like three years ago my grandma had a cat and dog. The cat died.
What’s your favorite Slang word?
Any words of advice to Chinese coming to America?
Bring money. Practice English.
Do you all miss anything?