Stale

By Bryan • china • 28 Feb 2005

Slow, slow, slow…just been feeling a little uninspired. TEFL is really becoming redundant, the same thing, day after day, after day. I’ve been dragging myself to work every morning and longing for the breaks even more than my students. I figured I’d just complain today.

The bad news: I’m still doing IELTS oral. I seriously cannot think of anything else to talk to my students about, let alone develop an interesting way of teaching it. This is one of the negative aspects of teaching the same group, the same subject, 18 hours a week for 30 weeks. Everything gets stale. Because it is IELTS, I’ve got to stick to the test…I can’t bugger off into anything different.

They’ve still got me doing culture lessons…which I hated before because it was just myself lecturing about stuff that no one could relate to for 2 hours. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that culture classrooms are a waste of time. It is something that has to be done, or practiced. Another item which has been bothering me…my students don’t have any resources of their own (ie. they dont’ have regular access to internet, computers or library…because they are not ‘officially’ NNU students) therefore, assigning any interesting projects is impossible.

The good news: I’m teaching business English, which is super cool (maybe because it is actually interesting), but only for 2 hours a week, and I’ve got Friday’s off. Still like China too.

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3 Responses

  1. Jeremy

    Hey Bryan thoguht you might be interested in this article. http://www.newscientist.com/channel/earth/mg18524884.100

    Glad to hear you had a good trip and I look forward to hearing more about it. Take care man.

    Jer

  2. Bryan

    Thanks for the article. I read a bit about this back in one of my water management courses.

    While many will disagree with me, I still feel that Hydro is far cleaner than the fossil fuel alternatives. Carbon emissions may be higher when residual decomposing biomass is added into the carbon equation, yet Hydro will not blank the landscape in a thick layer of fog, cause respiratory problems, destroy tourism, deface buildings and stink up the air.

    I will agree that social implications of large Hydro are probably indeed larger than using fossil power schemes.

    It’s a tough call. Definetly depends on the local ground situation. Using China as an example, coal is used for both heat and electricity. That means that in addition to the large coal power operations, there are thousands of little furnaces around cities, in addition with tens of thousands of individual coal pots used by the street vendors.

    *good to see your still using the email…heh heh*

  3. Fraser

    hehe…B you gotta check out this site. Especially check out the “Daily CNN news section”

    http://www.gizoogle.com/

    heh heh heh

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