And We Are Officially Going On Vacation!

The crowds during the Fête de la St-Jean-Baptiste in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Taken on the 23rd of June 2006 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P93 5.1 MP camera. Part of the Quebec City Lights Series.

On Thursday morning, I casually informed the administrator in charge of the foreign staff that I had completed all of my mapping and if he could please review them so that I could make any required changes before leaving for my vacation.

So fast? I haven’t even started mine!

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Racism And Reverse Racism In Taiwan For English Teachers

The sky in Montreal, Canada. Taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P93 5.1 MP camera.

Ideas and ramblings on teaching in Taiwan, racism, reverse racism, HFRBs, ABCs and fake ABCs.

If you didn’t know, this is what all of the schools in Taiwan want:

  • North-American English teacher, from the US or Canada
  • BA
  • Preferably caucasian

Really?

No shit!

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Thanks to Mark, I corrected some of my ideas that I had originally posted. Most of these things came out of one HFRB, not a whole bunch. Some of the things I posted came out of hearsay and it is impossible for me to validate them without first hand information.

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Vista Or Not?

My old keyboard in Montreal, Canada. Taken on the 22nd of June 2006 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P93 5.1MP camera.

Vista was released this week with some fanfare.

Am I thinking about upgrading soon?

Not really.

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Taiwan Bloggers

The secret waterfall at the Lakeshore hotel in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm lens on the 13th of December 2006. Part of the Lakeshore Series 1

I’m sure most foreigners in Taiwan have heard of the following article, but I felt it important enough to post about it. In it are two blogs that I read, both foreigners living in Taiwan. Micheal Turton’s blog is probably the most famous, since we used his old web site as research before we came over from Canada.

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Advanced English: Creative Writing Lesson 1

Napoleon in Hsinchu? Yes, in the gardens of the Red General. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm on the 25th of January 2007. Part of the Red General Series 1.

I taught my advanced English class yesterday. I concentrated on some creative writing. The basics on how to write stories and why it is important to have a plan before you start. I had started the last lesson by giving them a simple assignment:

  • Write a story about yourself in Narnia or another fantasy world.

They really enjoyed that one, but most of the the stories were about similar themes. Getting Cinnamarolls, playing with friends (At the end of the day, they are still 10 year old girls!). It doesn’t help that all of the students are friends and do a lot of things together with their families, so they have a lot of shared experiences which are showcased.

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Driving In Taiwan

The HSR train in Hsinchu (Jhubei). Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm on the 16th of January 2007. Part of the HSR Hsinchu Series 2.

How bad are the drivers in Taiwan?

Compared to India and other places in Asia?

An insane discussion with over 41 comments on Prince Roy’s blog ensued.

Ask any expat who has spent significant time abroad the most maddening aspect of living in a foreign country and the answer invariably is: the insane local drivers. I’m no different, and this particular kvetch is one of my national pastimes. I’ve read Taiwan’s English newspapers maybe three times since arriving in June, and on one of those occasions the other day, the Taipei Times just happened to feature a “Letters to the Editor” page devoted to foreigners’ frustrations on driving in Taiwan.

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Adult Conversational English Lesson Plan 2

Another view from the HSR station in Hsinchu (Jhubei) of the surrounding area. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm on the 16th of January 2007. Part of the HSR Hsinchu Series 2.

Here is the second lesson plan I used with success from the same thread on forumosa. Thanks to Fox. For this time, I only had time to use the first part of the worksheet, which was a modified version of truth or dare. The students really liked it and we got some good energy.

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Adult Conversational English Lesson Plan 1

The HSR station in Hsinchu (Jhubei). Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm on the 16th of January 2007. Part of the HSR Hsinchu Series 2.

I have mentioned before that I had to use my own material and lesson plans for my class at a language school. I found this excellent lesson plan on forumosa. Thanks to Fox.

About half of the time, we go over the book, which is American Headway 2. It’s good, but a bit dry sometimes. These plans add a lot more fun and make all students interact in English, which is the plan for these types of classes. At best, I try to schedule between 60 to 45 minutes for these plans, but I always run out of time. My guess is that their are best suited for 90 minutes.

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I Am Always Confused In The Morning

A view from the HSR station in Hsinchu (Jhubei) of the surrounding area. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm on the 16th of January 2007. Part of the HSR Hsinchu Series 2.

Yesterday, after my marathon of posting, I came home after my adult conversational English class and watched…

You guessed it The Apprentice and CSI.

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