Monday, September 01, 2008

First Day of School

My term at ZJU starts today. Light schedule, and very different from what I taught last year. 2 content classes: Intercultural Communication (twice a week, one class) and American Culture (once a week, three classes). Finally all that reading about culture that I did for my MA project will pay off...

I'm teaching two groups of students: one is from the ZhuKeZhen Honors College, the alleged "cream of the crop" of ZJU students -- a good 2/3 of them are science or engineering majors -- and the other are what we call the "Hong Kong Students," who have been accepted to universities in HK but who do a year here at ZJU before going. (I'm not sure why, because they're not really "exchange students" in Hong Kong. I guess ZJU is a halfway house, a way to help them move from Chinese high school to a "western"-style English-medium university.) Hardly any of my students are English majors, as far as I know, but a few are designated as social sciences or humanities majors.

Anyway -- I'm really looking forward to the semester, and I should have a lot of time for reading and writing, which is great.