Travel info, some pictures

1 10 2009

Hi. We went on the Purple Mountain Cablecar the other day, so here are a couple pictures. I’ll add them to the photo album later on. So it’s now Golden Week and we’re relaxing after watching China’s crazy, crazy National Day parade. This country knows how to assemble people to twirl and line-up in mildly militaristic-looking formations. We also got to hear the phrase “Socialism with Chinese
characteristics” about 99,000 times. Do you know what that means? That means that after the recording of Mao talking about how Communism is the way, they then sell the DVD for 20 RMB. Oh, China. I wonder why? Anyway, Saturday we take the train to Luoyang. We don’t have return tickets, but due to the somewhat chaotic nature of Chinese travel, we’ll just go and through caution to the wind. I’m sure it’ll make for some interesting blogs, if nothing else.
-Jeremiah

Photos
1. Which one of these is not like the other?
2. I know all you relatives and friends want to see your people. Well, most of you.
3. Old man plays an instrument whose name I cannot spell

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1 10 2009
Jeremiah

Damnit, I screwed up this paragraph:

This country knows how to assemble people to twirl and line-up in mildly militaristic-looking formations. We also got to hear the phrase “Socialism with Chinese characteristics” about 99,000 times. Do you know what that means? That means that after the recording of Mao talking about how Communism is the way, they then sell the DVD for 20 RMB. Oh, China. I wonder why?

It should have the “I wonder why?” after “…formations.”
Please, China, restore the Internet to your foreign language teachers to avoid future mistakes.

1 10 2009
Becki

Greetings from Morocco! I’m a friend of Krista’s, met you in Tucson a couple of times, you might remember. I’m currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. Somehow I seem to have agreed to teach English to a day-care/preschool class. I’ve no idea how to work with such young children ~ do either of you work with these ages? Any suggestions/ideas/resources ~ especially for those of us who don’t share a common language with our students? (my arabic still isn’t great)? Feel free to email me, I’d love to hear from you.

I love your blog ~ it looks as if you two are having a great time!

3 10 2009
Jeremiah

Hi Becki. We don’t really have the resources to look all this up right at the moment, since China is blockading the Internet, but we’ve found eslcafe.com is generally a very good resource for teaching ESL. If you scroll down on the left, there is a STUFF FOR TEACHERS section with lots of suggestions by people, some of which are very good.
We both teach older students (Teenage and up), but we’ve found that music is always a very effective method for getting the kids’ attention, no matter their command of language.
When we get back in town, maybe we can offer some other tips, but in the meantime, hope that helps.

3 10 2009
Becki

no, no ~ no need to do my research for me! I just thought for some reason that one of you had a class of young’uns. I’m teaching teens and up myself. I’ve got a few ideas for smaller kids. Eslcafe is a indeed pretty good site.

PS if you use music with your teens: I just saw that “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan was named the official anthem of the World Cup. It’s a good song with a good story behind it, and it went over big with kids at our summer camps.

Hope you two are having a fun weekend on holiday ~ including holiday from Internet!

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