龍潭校/ 學生 709B 趙翊崴 Nat/ ◎家長 吳昭宜
在大兒子四年級時，因緣際會上葛洛莉學英文，從小未上過補習班的孩子，一開始是極度排斥的。在經過一番讓孩子自己思考決定後，孩子便一直持續學英文而不肯停止－即便是已接近國三基測日子。 一直覺得幸運的是孩子在這裡奠立了很紮實的聽、說、讀、寫基礎，除了師資陣容堅強外，另外另有KK音標加強班、文法班、背單字班、全外師英語聊天室等等，在本班上課的孩子除了教材費幾百元外，有些甚至免學費。此外還常辦許多活動，為了培養孩子的英文能力可說是多管齊下的在教學。 而哥哥以他的經驗談認為弟弟應在三年級就來上英文才能學到更多，因此兄弟倆便和葛洛莉有了深厚的緣分。 在弟弟的709B教室後側的家長區觀看教學的日子裡，看到老師們莉莉和珍為了提升孩子的程度，出的功課內容十分活用，並要求孩子在休息時間要將該背的會了才能離開，莉莉老師下課後還將程度不佳的孩子留下加強，真是敬業有加。 而305A崔西及傑森老師在大兒子準備中級英檢時，除了平時訓練有素，甚至利用課餘時間給予加強指導，讓孩子在國中即能通過中級英檢，真是感激萬分! 深深感覺英文的學習，先決條件是讓孩子能有興趣且自發性的去學習，而在學習的過程中，家長佔了極重要的角色。英文學習絕非只是將孩子交給老師而付錢了事，家長須有高度的敏感度去察知孩子的問題，協助孩子尋求解決管道才能讓孩子應付更艱難的挑戰，以免心中留下恐懼的傷痕。 兄弟倆對英文至今仍抱著樂此不疲的態度學習，除了老師的認真教學外，亦常提醒孩子不懂的問題要隨時提問，如此才能事半功倍。而在孩子學習的日子裡，也開啟了身為家長的自己重新學習英文的熱誠，如今全家因英文學習而有許多交集的機會，更增進親子間的感情，真是一舉數得呀!
A Day I Will Never Forget同安校/ 林雨薇/ Vivian Most people celebrate their birthdays by hanging out with their friends or having dinner with their family, because their birthdays mean a lot to them. Someone’s birthday is also considered a meaningful occasion for family and friends to get together. As for me, I usually celebrate my birthday like other people. This year, however, I had a special birthday which made the day an unforgettable day in my life. February 5th is my birthday. I didn’t notice that day this year because I have to deal with numerous tests and endless studying, just like every other day. I woke up early as usual. I got on a crowded bus and then arrived at school. I thought it was just another ordinary day in my life. Under the pressure of tests and studying, I didn’t even notice something was wrong with my classmates until much later that day. All my classmates treated me like I was totally invisible. They neither talked to me, nor responded to me. I couldn’t help but wondered why. We used to hang out and have fun all the time. We used to be so close to each other’s heart. We could always talk about anything and share all our secrets with each other. What did I do wrong to deserve this? Was it something I said? Was it something I did? Did I hurt anyone without being aware of it? Many questions popped into my mind, yet they remained unanswered. I suffered from being ignored and isolated for the whole day. I couldn’t figure out why, and I didn’t think anyone on the planet could do. I didn’t even have the courage to ask why because things had become too hard for me to handle. After the long day, I felt upset, furious, helpless, uncertain and disappointed. All I wanted to do was to hurry home immediately and be alone. As I went out of school, however, and much to my surprise, I saw all my friends standing on the street! Apparently, they had been waiting for me. They shouted out, “Happy Birthday!” and presented me with a huge birthday cake with my name on it. I was so shocked and happy that I burst into tears. Finally, I realized that their silence was nothing but a practical joke! I felt so relieved. We hugged each other. Believe me, it was the best hug ever! What lovely friends they are! What a special and wonderful day it was! Even though I had painful feelings of being left by all my good friends, it was clear that it was never easy for them to pretend that they didn’t see or care about me. No one likes to hide their true feelings for someone they love or care about. My dearest and lovely friends, who had to fake it all day just to give me a surprise party, indeed brought me an interesting experience, and taught me an important lesson. Now, it still makes me smile every time I think of what happened on that day. In the coming years of my life, I will spend more birthdays hanging out with my friends or dining out with my family. I’m sure none of my coming birthdays, however, will be comparable to the one I had this year. I love this unforgettable birthday, and I love all my unforgettable friends! Not only did this unforgettable birthday mark the friendship between me and my best friends, but also wrote an unforgettable chapter in my young life!
My Life in Gloria同安校/ 陳怡靜/ Amy Gloria is not the first school that I have studied English in, but it is the first place that aroused my interest in English. When I started coming to class at Gloria, I was attracted to the special ways that teachers taught and the students that enjoyed learning. Teachers in Gloria teach English by playing interesting games, listening to pop songs, and even acting, not just studying rigid boring English grammar from text books. Teachers frequently give us lots of information in riddles, proverbs, and current events in English that can enlarge our horizons. Students here are not only classmates, but also friends you can practice speaking English and share your feelings or experiences with. It really helps me a lot. I have learned in Gloria for about four years. During this time, I have improved my listening, speaking, and writing skills so that I can use English more perfectly, and now I have no problem communicating with visitors who come from other countries or people I meet when I travel abroad. My teachers, Sino and Jerry, both play great roles in my life at Gloria. Sino is the best English teacher I have ever met. She is not only my English teacher but a friend that uses her life experiences and her optimism to influence values in my life. And Jerry is the funniest foreign teacher I have ever met. He uses his humor to make our classes more interesting and to help us answer many questions that we have about English. In Gloria, you don’t feel so much pressure studying, but you will always have fun learning English with earnest, conscientious teachers and smart, outgoing classmates. At the very beginning, I came here because I wanted to learn English, but now I remain here because of my love and interests.