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Published: September 4th 2007
End of term 05BE
Goodbye to my most hard-working class!
Well, the end of yet another term! I have now been in China for three teaching semesters. In that time, I have had the pleasure to work with over 700 young people, all aspiring to achieve their potential in this incredibly competitive society.
For most of them this was their last term of Oral English as next year they will be preparing to enter the workforce. I will be particularly sad to say “Goodbye” to my 05BE Business English class as they have been with me for the whole time I have been in China. They are a very hard-working class and have benefited from regular weekly English chats that they organized themselves in their very limited “free” time. I am very proud of their achievements over the last one and a half years and I wish them all the very best in their future careers in business. They represent the new face of business in China.
Best wishes for my 03 English Education Majors who face their final year of teacher training. For many, the thought of actually being in front of and responsible for a class of 60 students is a very scary proposition. My message
05BE cake celebration
Kylie and Patsy do the honours with the cake, while Jason and Joseph look on.
to you is- you can make a difference! Your students are China’s future. Lots of enthusiasm, commitment, patience, a sense of humour and a willingness to provide your students with lots of opportunities to express themselves and interact with others can inspire each of them to reach their potential.
For my freshmen 06AE Applied English, we have been together for one year. I have thoroughly enjoyed your company and hope to continue our progress next year.
I would still encourage you to practice your Spoken English out of class, every day - just 15minutes could make a real difference!
For my 04 students that I had last year, this is crunch time! Time to enter the real world of work! Congratulations on your graduation and good luck in your future. You will always be in my heart!
In addition to my own students, I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of students from surrounding colleges. Many of these I have met through the weekly English Corner at my friend Gary’s hotpot restaurant each Saturday night. I have also been a guest at a number of English Corners and English Competitions. Most recently I was a
It might only be orange juice, but it's the thought that counts!
guest at the new campus of Taizhou Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine College. This invitation was extended to me by Kevin, one of the regulars at the Saturday night English Corner. My best wishes to you all in your final exams and I look forward to catching up with you after the summer break!
So I leave you for now. The next 8 weeks I will be on the road travelling to Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and the Tibetan Autonomous Region. While on the road, I will be using the opportunity to showcase a number of my travels from the past year that I have not as yet shared with you all.
Zai jian for now!
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