These are just random pictures to show some of the things that go on here in Jinan.
|After our two hours of meetings, we always have lunch together. It is potluck but Wendy (lady in the black top) always makes about 5 different things so we always have too much food. Sundays are our favorite days for eating.|
Normally the only time I really cook is for our Sunday potluck. Several times we have invited some of our Chinese friends to sample American food though. These are some of my students from last semester. They organize English Corner for us. Ivy (Cindy on the left, Hailey in the middle and Ivy on the right) was saying she wanted to taste mashed potatoes so we invited the for pork chops and mashed potatoes. Next week they are coming for lasagna.
In our classes, our aim is to get the students speaking English. To do this we try to have activities for them to discuss things. The picture is from the day we did "Who Gets the Heart". The students role played doctors deciding which of 7 patients would receive a donor heart that had just become available. They really got into this activity. One boy told me he did not want to discuss it because the heart should just go to the person who was on the list first. Most of the students were really considering health condition and family status.
I have been asked several times by my students to judge some activities they have planned. The next group of pictures is from an environmental contest that they had. Each group was given a bunch of materials to recycle into outfits. Then they had a fashion show where we judged them. It was fun and there were some really interesting outfits.
|The shiny silver is actually DVD's that have been broken up.|
|A wedding dress made out of recycled paper? Very economical.|
|This group had a cute presentation taking them around the world. They painted all the designs on the material.|
|Another group did Chinese minorities costumes.|
|I don't know what is with the guy but the girls look pretty glamorous.|
|All of the people involved in these concerts are always dressed in very fancy dresses and we have wondered if the dresses belong to them or does the school have a costume department that they choose from.|
Each semester the teachers are given a free lunch for every day that they teach. Credit is put on our faculty cards to buy the lunch. Because of our teaching schedule, we rarely are able to eat in the canteen so occasionally we will rent a room on the Central Campus canteen and invite all of our Branch members here and anyone else we can and we buy dinner for them. This picture was taken when we did this in May.
|Front, Hansen. Middle row: Nancy Pace, Wendy Purnell, Stan Pace, Eva (the Cox's co-teacher). Back row: David Cox, Me, Wayne, Jim Purnell, Simon and Kathy (Hansen's parents) and Lily (another Chinese friend).|
|Wayne went with several of the other teachers to walk down near the beach. This was a monument they have to honor some battle. You can find these in most of the cities commemorating one battle or another.|
|This is what our table looked like after being cleared of the fancy dishes.|