My First Class was First Class!

Trip Start Oct 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2012

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

First Class was first class!

  Zhao came on her bike to meet me, She brought me some breakfast and a soup like rice drink (with a straw) – it was really lovely of her but with me having cold/cough and very little sleep I didn't feel like eating at all, it made me feel a little unwell, but I felt bad as she had gone to such trouble so i sipped it slowly. She walked with me to my first class, then brought me two cups of hot water to drink –strangely enough it was really good and just what i needed!

What an awesome class – the students are lovely - I so enjoyed teaching them. When I told them they were my first class in China – they all clapped and cheered!

I was told they can understand written English better than spoken so asked to speak slowly to the class. I asked them to let me know if I talked too fast and planned to back up what i had to say with a presentation and writing on the board...

For various reasons I wasn’t able to use the overhead projector, so ended up writing (and drawing) TONS more than expected on the blackboard - got absolutely covered in chalk dust!I

They didn't seem to know what i meant by browser, (i had been planning to demonstrate these things such as "use right click to view source" - I had to improvise.... I drew a browser window on the board - it helped a lot and we all laughed when I drew a pc mouse so I could point to left and right click saying "click click" – but they got it!

When I asked questions - they understandably seemed a bit apprehensive at first but were soon fine – in fact it was great they shouted out answers together.

At break I asked if they would like to see pictures of my home (when i can use the projector), they seemed keen – perhaps they can include the images into their web pages.

At the end of class I asked if they minded if I took a picture – gave them the chance to leave if they didn't want to be in the picture– but they were happy to and all waved or put up a peace sign. As they left class they all said “bye” in really cheery manner. It was a really good class – lovely friendly students.  Hope the c++ one goes as well. 

Zhao also sat in class, afterwards said I teach them well and they will learn fast – I really hope so. I need time to look at the software they are using and get used to the links in Chinese so I can help them more.


After class Zhao took me to the canteen to get lunch, this time we ate downstairs – it was busy
but really nice the way staff and student mixed and the way students just filled in places in the tables – none of this “oh I can’t sit there as there are other people at that table”!  so I just squeezed in between two others and sat opposite Zhao. 

After that we went to get my university card – it proved a bit of a problem for staff as my name isn’t Chinese - Zhao helped me, communication between us can be difficult – but we get by- her English is OK (and so much better than my Chinese).

Next Zhao took me to see where the shops are, they are all very handy, as are the canteens, she took me in a shop; I had to ask her what half the items were! I got some water, peanuts – will list some prices here next time. Then she took me to a fruit stall – down a cool wee street of
interesting stalls.
  street with stalls just round corner  nuts again  Nuts
It’s still hot still here (mid 20’s)– I am roasting but they are all wearing jumpers here, some even have umbrellas up to shelter from sun and are still wearing jumpers! I feel I have to wear a jumper to fit in!

After that she took me back to my accommodation. I said goodbye – I think we will meet later
in the week – I hope so – she is very nice.
My internet connection was restored– it’s good to be in touch! However lack of sleep was
making me dizzy.

Oh I noticed there are dragons on all the roofs that I can see from my window, and there are some people out working on the land.

Of course I had to test for myself to see if Facebook was really blocked – it is! I could have got
a VPN but read even that’s not reliable – anyway I am not bothered – so long as I can keep in touch.

Got nearly 2 hours sleep :o)

Then up again and now blogging! What a mess my blogs were in – think I’d been tired or something!

Hope you enjoyed my waffling!


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Steven on

Shaping up to be an amazing experience , looking forward to more posts :) x

jean Redden on

This is great ,fantastic to be able to keep up with you xx

Emma on

Lovely to read this and see how you are getting on. I will show it to Lewy tomorrow, Love you xxxx

rebecca_redden on

Yes it is very good that we can keep in touch. Emma it will be interesting to hear what Lewis says about this, you must tell everyone what he said about the planes! x

Amy R on

The campus looks really nice. It must be huge if that is only part of it!! x

Elaine Q on

Brilliant blog - great to see where you're working and the surrounding area :oD

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