This afternoon I had to give a demonstration class to some senior teachers at the University in preparation for the visit of experts from the Ministry of Education in Beijing in a fortnight. Every teacher has had to. I was told four teachers would watch my class - eight turned up. I was told to be ready at 2pm - I finally got the go-ahead at 3.15pm. The main feedback was that I should use Powerpoint more and give more of a lecture. I politely pointed out that my role is to get the students speaking - in pairs, groups and as individuals - not to give lectures. They said they understood and that was fine normally, but that the Beijing "education experts" like to see Powerpoint-led talks. So I need to fake a poor, inappropriate lesson rather than do my normal interesting and interactive lesson. Very Chinese!
Afterwards, I just managed to catch the end of a Welcome Meeting for new teachers to the University which included a tea ceremony [see above]. As I enter my third year at YUFE, I find myself one of the old-timers. It only seems like yesterday I was being welcomed myself.
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