Why I chose to study Chinese by Joel Leavitt, Assistant Principal, John G. Diefenbaker High School
Hi everyone, my name is Joel Leavitt and I’m a teacher at John G Diefenbaker High School. I’m really happy that I have a chance to chat about why I chose to study Chinese, why it’s important to study Chinese and my feelings about Chinese in general.
When I was 19 years old, I began to study Chinese. In university in the States, I was required to choose a second language to study. I chose Chinese because I really liked the beautiful characters. A couple years later, I went to Taiwan to continue studying Chinese and to teach English to some kindergarten kids. After 3 years in Taiwan, I moved to Canada where I enrolled at the University of Calgary to study Chinese language, Chinese culture and Chinese history. Even though it was not easy to study Chinese and was difficult at times, I believe that the studies have really helped me in life. I am able to help newcomers to Canada, especially new arrivals from China that may not have strong English skills. Even though my Chinese is still not great, I still try to practice everyday. I am not afraid to make mistake which helps me to improve. I hope all of you can come and try to practice with me so we can study Chinese together. Thanks everyone!