This is to make future teachers searching on Google or anywhere else aware of what to expect from Siyuan University(西安思源学院). Some of what I tell you might even hold true for other Universities but not all. Some of what I say could be my personal views, cultural differences of how I feel compared to what is expected in the US, and other things. Your experience could be different from mine but I still think some of what I say still holds true. I apologize to the regular readers as they might not interest you unless you’re going to teach at this school or want to learn a little bit about Chinese education.Here’s a combination of my review and guide for future teachers coming to Siyuan University in Xi’an, China (西安思源学院). Sorry for the long article but there’s a lot to say after a year here. 西安思源学院审查
I flew to Xi’an, China in August 2010 to teach English part-time at Siyuan University for about 10 months. I had been to China before for one month but it was just for travel. I’m now at the end of my stay in China and about to continue my journey elsewhere. I’m going to really miss China.
I’ve mentioned it several times here of my popularity status in China and so has Stephanie but this last weekend has topped it all off. Since the warm weather is finally here, Spring sports had a big kick off at the University I teach at in Xi’an, China. I was asked to attend the Spring sports ceremony. For the days that followed, there were various sporting events including running, basketball, and even dancing. It’s much like a field day back at home when there’s no classes and everyone attends the sporting events.
A student once asked me why a wise man and a wise guy were opposites. I didn’t understand the logic of my own native language. English can be a hard language to learn. I realized this more when I started teaching it in China.
Last year, when I hiked up Tiger Leaping Gorge, I noticed no matter how high I went or how middle-of-nowhere I felt, there was always cell phone reception. In New York City, I’d go one floor down and suddenly lose signal. Cell phones are just as part of Chinese modern culture as rice is. I have yet to get a cell phone and whenever I’m asked for my number, I’m blankly stared at as if life shouldn’t exist without one. However, if there was one feature that’s abused more than texting, it’s the camera on the phone.
I’m teaching English as a second language in Xi’an, China. Keep in mind the cost of living would be dramatically higher if I were living in Shanghai or Beijing. Since this is my first month, I needed a lot of basic things for the apartment. I landed in Beijing August …