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What Chinese Students are Curious About the West

This semester I’m teaching all speaking classes. It’s my favorite subject to teach because we can talk about, and do, anything, as long as it is in English. So we have enormous freedom in class to do fun things. After years of teaching I have dozens of lessons already planned, some of which we’ll do. … Continue reading »

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Trying for a Work/Life Balance While Living on Campus

Almost exactly five years ago I went to my first dinner with students. I was so excited, and honored back then that the students wanted to spend time with me. That even though they didn’t know me very well, and their English level was a little low, they were willing to spend time, speaking English, … Continue reading »

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How to (Successfully) Find a School to Teach in China—and Announcing my Next Destination!

I have the signed contract and visa paperwork in hand so I think it is only fitting to finally announce where I’m going next year. (I wanted to wait till it was legal before I jinxed anything.) Next September I’ll be teaching in the beautiful seaside city of….Xiamen. I know, I know! If your my … Continue reading »

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The Last Class

Three and a half years ago I met class 105 and 106. (In China the classes stay the same, with the same students taking all their classes together, for 4 years.) Both freshman classes, new to university life, I was hesitant to say the least. Freshman not only have the worst level of English, but … Continue reading »

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Riddle Me This

At the beginning of the semester, 2 of my senior students told me that they had class with one of the other foreign teachers. I was suprised by this because the foreign teacher, Jenny from England, doesn’t teach any of the english majors. In fact, she mostly teaches children. But it turns out it was … Continue reading »

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Concerns About the Future

I have a pretty easy schedule this semester (much to my surprise as first semester is usually the busy one). I basically teach only one subject to 6 classes. (I have one minors oral english class but I could teach that in my sleep, have to do no prep or homework, and therefore I can … Continue reading »

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And so it Begins……Year 5 at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University

So here I am on the eve of the new school year. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already. Where did the time go? I expected to be in China for one year, but for 5?! It boggles the mind. Of course after such a long time you get accustomed to things. I remember … Continue reading »

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Teaching English in a Training Center

So I stuck around Hangzhou this summer to do some part-time work and pick up some extra cash, yet with only one week left remaining, I haven’t written much about my job. Despite living and teaching in China for the past 4 years, I’ve only had one job experience at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University. … Continue reading »

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Somethings you Can Count on

There are a few things you can count on being a teacher. During mid-autumn festival you get a lot of mooncakes (basically small little fruit cakes) and during Dragon Boat Festival, which took place yesterday, you get zongzi. Zongzi is sticky rice with a filling (meat, egg yolk or bean is most common) all wrapped … Continue reading »

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“What Are Your Travel Plans this Summer, Becky?”

With only a week left of classes, I’m getting the same question over and over again. “Where will you travel to this summer?” During the summer I always spend at least a month traveling all over China, and my students and friends know me well enough to expect it by now. So I like to … Continue reading »

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