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About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.

Our New College Initiative: Trying to Improve Image in the Educational World

  The beginning of the 2018 Fall semester ushered in a rather noteworthy change in the college.  It’s  what I call the Impressive Titles Campaign, where every department was  asked to improve its department with a name-change.  To explain this, … Continue reading

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A Hectic Semester; A Silent Website

Greetings, All!! Yes, I’m alive! I’m finally on holiday for Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) with the end of the Fall semester having arrived. The weekend of my birthday, January 12, began the winter break for our 9,000 students on … Continue reading

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It’s Job Fair Day!

At Luzhou Vocational and Technical College, my seniors have been gearing up for our annual school job fair on October 26, today, which began at 9:30 a.m. and will continue for the rest of the day. Every year, the school … Continue reading

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An October Mystery: Gremlins at play?

I am having a bit of a mystery at present.  The English Language Resource Center  has a 5-gallon jug water dispenser which has 2 levers:  one for hot (to make tea or instant coffee) and one for cold. In China, … Continue reading

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New Competitive Swimming Pool Opens in Luzhou

If you don’t know, I am one of those die-hard swimmers who never did get rid of the swimming pool bug.  After many years on a swimming team growing up, and also swimming with my university team, I still get … Continue reading

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The English Language Resource Center Finally Up and Running!

It’s been awhile since a last update.  What with the school year starting, daily pool swims, organizing new lessons for the freshmen, and currently a 1-week holiday from Oct 1 – 7 (dubbed Golden Week) commemorating the founding of the … Continue reading

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Farewell to Our Little Lao-lao: “再见, 小老老. 我们会想你.”

It was a sad departure for my mom and me yesterday. Not so much for the mother-daughter farewell  as I head back to China, but more for the loss of our Chihuahua, Xiao Lao-lao,  Little Old. Despite my best efforts, … Continue reading

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