Guizhou | Second semester teaching English in China

This week there’s a two-day national holiday in China so what better time to catch up with my blog than now! I’m condensing February and March into one post as most of February was my winter vacation which I talk about in these posts: Guide to Kunming – China’s city of eternal spring; Sanya – China’s Hawaii; YuanYangContinue reading “Guizhou | Second semester teaching English in China”

Guizhou | Chinese Tea Art

I don’t need to tell you that tea is an art in China and like building great walls they know what they’re doing. Today I visited my friend’s tea shop and she demonstrated the basic steps and let me, Aimee and James have a try. 1. Wash the bowls Using boiling water (100 degrees centigrade) theContinue reading “Guizhou | Chinese Tea Art”

China – Week 13

Monday 5th December The final exam had been looming over us the whole week. To pass it we had to score at least 70%. In the end the final exam wasn’t too bad, although there was one essay question which all of us found super tricky. After the exam was over, and we had saidContinue reading “China – Week 13”

China – Week 12

My blog posts for Week 12 and 13 are late because I was in Beijing from Monday 28th November to Wednesday 6th December. Now I’m back in Duyun  I can catch up with my blogging responsibilities 🙂 Monday 28th November Aimee and I travelled to Beijing to attend a seven day TEFL training course. Neither ofContinue reading “China – Week 12”

China – Week 11

Sunday 20th November Myself and the other foreign teachers were invited to dinner by an American couple who have lived in Duyun for over 20 years. They have raised two children, taught English, and started a cattle farm during that time. They also recently adopted two kittens which are so cute that I started toContinue reading “China – Week 11”

China – Week 10

Let me tell you teaching and having a social life is hard work. I barely survived this week. So it’s good fortune that there are only 5 more weeks until the end of term. Bring on the winter holidays!   Sunday 13th November Mine, Aimee and Stephen’s interview with the University’s News Centre was published.Continue reading “China – Week 10”

China – Week 9

The weather is getting seriously chilly in China and central heating is a facility based on geographic location. Jiang Yi details the reasons why North China has central heating and South China doesn’t. To find out whether I have central heating and what I was up to last week read on… Tuesday 7th November After teaching aContinue reading “China – Week 9”

China – Week 8

A word about our sponsor This week’s post is brought to you by the best jacket in town – Kate Moss and some pizza sllces. I can’t wait to see what other jackets make an appearance this season as the temperature decreases.   Back to our normal programming Routine? Stress? I don’t know why, but for someContinue reading “China – Week 8”

China – Week 7

Week 7 did not go as planned. It was meant to be filled with playing lots of sports but on Wednesday disaster struck. Sunday 23rd October Sunny, a Broadcasting student, invited me, Aimee and Stephen to be interviewed by the Broadcasting Society. They wanted to know about our experience in China so far and howContinue reading “China – Week 7”

China – Week 6

This week has been exhausting but fun!   Sunday 16th October Today I started lesson planning for my new subject – Tourism English. I teach it to four classes. There are approximately 60 students in each class. The students are seniors (final year) so their English level is very high. It’s an interesting subject whereContinue reading “China – Week 6”

China – Week 5

Where is the time going! This past week is a blur but luckily I remember enough to tell you this: Sunday 9th October The novelty of marking has worn off. Its gleam lasted no longer than the sparkle of receiving a pair of socks at Christmas. The students will find themselves marking each other’s homeworkContinue reading “China – Week 5”

China – Week 4

I feel tired so this week’s post will be brief. Sunday 2nd October I noticed a circus was in town. I wanted to find out the ticket prices and performance times so Aimee and I visited the box office. And guess what happened? We got in for free (foreigner discount) and the show started soon after. DreamsContinue reading “China – Week 4”