Reflections on Teaching–and Gratitude!

Teaching has been interesting to say the least. Sometimes it can be a bit frustrating, especially when each of my students has differing levels – students from pre-intermediate to advanced are mixed in the same class. Some students do not see the value in learning a second language, while others are often distracted in class. […]

Moving On

When I began my search for a job after graduate school, I began to apply for positions in international education; that was one of the reasons I looked into teaching abroad. I wanted to increase my experiences abroad and figured working abroad was a good way to achieve that goal. I looked into organizations that […]

Observations on Chinese Students

Most Chinese students have their given Chinese name and use an “English” name in classes; they also have called me some interesting names. I suppose that it’s easier for us English teachers for them to use these names, but I also wonder how this affects their relation to their own culture. Names are often part […]

Beijing Travel Tips

In my last week in China, I traveled to the capital, Beijing. Beijing is a bustling city full of history, sights all around, and people; about 22 million. I decided to write a post about things you should do prior to your departure and some highlights. Enjoy! Before you leave: Make sure your passport and […]

Home Sweet Home

Here are a few things I miss about the States: Driving. 
 In China, the public transportation system is phenomenal! While it may take a little bit to get anywhere, it’s quite easy to get around. Since China has such a huge population, it does not make sense to have a car because it’s difficult […]

Life In Dalian

I actually live in Lvshun (pronounced Lushun), which technically is part of Dalian, but not really. The main part of the city is about a 50-60 minute bus ride away from the school. There are a ton of restaurants on and around the campus including a coffee shop, and I am looking forward to getting […]

Observations In China

So I’ve been in Dalian for a few days and here are some of the observations I have made: – Chinese is CONFUSING! Pointing and gesturing get you by well. : ) That said, make sure to learn some phrases when you arrive. Even knowing how to say thank you, hello, and other phrases will […]

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