Alice’s Speech: The Stones, The Legacy

Every year, university students from across China compete in the “FLTRP Cup” National English Speaking Contest sponsored by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. By 2004, just two years after it started, more than ten million college students from across China participated annually. That number has continued to grow, making it one of the…

Giving and Getting

Fall is my favorite time of year in Chengdu. We’ve definitely passed into winter by now, but I’ll take a minute to look back at all the wonderful parts of the last two or so months. November 11, or Single’s Day as it’s known here, is the biggest shopping day in the world. It puts…

Expectations

I just made it through a rather difficult week of teaching. There wasn’t one thing in particular that stood out, rather several moments where I realized my expectations differed from those of my students and co-teacher. Mixed in though, were some pretty amazing moments. Business English Writing This semester, I’m co-teaching a writing course for…

Solo but not alone

“Lady get out of the car!” It was almost 11:30 pm the first night of my solo trip in northern China and the taxi driver was yelling at me in heavily Shanxi accented Chinese. I pulled the door closed again and yelled back, “My phone app says we still have 3 kilometers to go!” Next…