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China: Beijing. Lianhuashan skiing.

Alas it finally snowed here in Beijing, last Wednesday, as I was told since I wasn’t in town. Instead of trying to escape the snow I actually found myself surrounded by it as I headed off skiing for the day with the rest of my colleagues from work. I’ve never been skiing before, so I [...]

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Thursday Thanksgiving Day.

This Thursday is American Thanksgiving Day so we are doing a few Thanksgiving Day activities in the school, although mostly hosted by our American teachers, who seem to be the only ones who really understand the meaning of it. I’m not sure the kids will really understand the concept of saying ‘thank you’ as one [...]

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Yeah… I don't feel like chatting.

Over the last 6 or so weeks, the academy has acquired a handful of new Korean teachers. It’s part of an overhaul that academy is undertaking to focus a little more on the older students, where grammar is considered a lot more important that saying words correctly. While I appreciate the importance of grammar, I [...]

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A dreary Saturday lined up at EXCO.

I would like to say I’m happy it’s Friday as I don’t have to work tomorrow, but I’m not and I do have to work tomorrow. About 3 times a year we have presentations for the students. The students work for a month on them and, as I’ve posted about before, they present them in [...]

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New seating arrangements at work.

Rightyo, I’m actually doing a follow up on an earlier post from last week regarding the rearranging of the teachers desks at work. I mentioned that all the desks are being rearranged, and that I was fearful of being put beside one of the older lady (ahjumma) teachers for no other reason than the level [...]

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PART II: I'm a swine flu target.

I posted this morning about how I, and the other three co-workers at my place of employment, were told not to interact with other foreigners in fear of getting swine flu and passing it on to our students. You can read about that rant here. I have to admit I thought that would be the [...]

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I'm a swine flu target.

My hagwon has a reputation of having a lot of meetings, so when the head teacher called us for a meeting an hour before work yesterday, we didn’t think a great deal about it. They’re usually nothing more than a general update of what’s going on, any feedback the head teacher has regarding the way [...]

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New positions in the teacher's room.

I’m glad it’s Friday and the weekend is almost here. The weekend itself hold nothing special, but Em and I will head downtown tomorrow for a small bit of book shopping, and then our usual grocery shopping on the way home. Aside from that, it’s looking fairly open, which is a good enough time to [...]

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Muffins for the teachers.

As I had mentioned yesterday, a lot of the students had been busy at the hagwon with double classes for both their presentations and to prepare for their PELT English test. What I failed to mention is that the Korean teachers, too, were also extremely busy. For ever additional class there was also a Korean [...]

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