From 2017 to beyond

‘Tis the season, or so the saying goes. And so, another year ends. I was reading how I summed up 2016 here, and I described it as ‘interesting’. 2017 has been, if anything, ‘more interesting’ and certainly more depressing. Brexit seems to be spiralling aimlessly out of control, with the Brexiteers seemingly hell-bent on leaving …

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Meetings, meetings and other such things

Christmas has been and gone, and New Year is nearly here! In terms of gifts, as ever I was very lucky. I got a cool Doctor Who 'Gallifrey University' hoodie; three books by famous British comedians, a mug, a little notebook, socks (always useful), some Christmas novelty items, and some chocolate. The Christmas meal was …

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It’s exam time! (and other things)

I am really proud of my students. Last week, they completed their final speaking exams. They put together some wonderful, and funny presentations, and some great leaflets. Their topics ranged from the university (focusing on food, the library, clubs and such), through to places like Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Tahiti, Brunei, to lifestyles such as going …

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Asking the right questions

On Saturday, I had to judge a speaking competition. It was paid (albeit pretty poorly), but as with many things here, I did not get much information in advance, until the night before. The 23rd China Daily "21st Century Coca-Cola Cup" National English Speaking Competition, Regional Final - Beijing, was held at my university. 31 …

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