On the first weekend after the Chinese New Year, over 20 Chinese teenagers traveled to the U.S. to share New Year’s traditions with their VIPKID English teachers at Disneyland in California.
As VIPKID, an online English education platform, bridges the English and Chinese worlds, it introduced the Disney’s Youth Education Series — the “YES” program to Chinese students.
“We believe that the YES program will empower our VIPKID teachers and enlighten our students in their language learning and stimulate their interest,” said Hope Ma, VP of VIPKID.
Yiyi, a 10-year-old girl, gave her English teacher Melissa Moad a “Dino,” the mascot of VIPKID, as a New Year present.
“I taught her some Chinese as well, and now she can speak a little Chinese!” Yiyi said.
Although the little girl met Moad in person for the first time, she couldn’t help jumping up and down and enthusiastically chatting with her.
Yiyi’s mother was happy to see Yiyi’s improvement in spoken English and changes in her personality.
“She used to be very shy and didn’t have the courage to speak up in public,” said Yiyi’s mother. “But after a year of study with Melissa, she’s more willing to express herself.”
Moad also enjoyed the past year with Yiyi as an online teacher. She liked the flexibility to teach from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at VIPKID, while she could take care of her own children for the rest of the day.
Like the other 60,000 English teachers at VIPKID, Moad found closer relationships with students and a unique two-way cultural exchange experience at the company.
“I love the chance to cross the ocean through the computer and interact with another culture and learn about another culture and teach them my language,” Moad said.
“VIPKID has always aimed to bring the best educational resource to children around the world,” said Jason Li, general manager of branding at VIPKID. “We are also building a bridge to connect China and the rest of the world through communication and promoting our charming traditional cultures.”