Posts Tagged ‘Shandong University’

comics by chinese students: part 1

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Finally, I am going to start putting comics up from my students in China.  Many will be 1-2 pages in length.  The students had to download a program and install, find photos, learn the software, and design their comics: all in one afternoon.  I think they did a GREAT job!  Click the comic to see a clear copy.

Image of Alex Chu's Comic

Tom and his Friends by Alex Chu

pictures, pictures, and more pictures

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

As promised, here are ALL the pictures I took in China.  I hope to share of Stacia’s soon.  Hope you enjoy!!



final class . . . finally . . . thanks to Joy

Monday, August 1st, 2011

So the one picture I lost when my camera got stolen that I most regretted was my final class’s picture from the English Summer Program at Shandong University.  Thanks to another instructor, Joy, who also had this class, I am now able to feature their photo here. Thanks to all of the students who participated in this summer program.  Many of them were required to be there and thus lost out on a month of their summer vacation, but they participated fully and hopefully had some fun doing so.

This is a picture of my fifth and final class at Shandong University

Joy if pictured front and middle. The rest are the students


back in the USA

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

That’s right, I arrived home on Tuesday, the 26th, at 1:00 am.  Jetlag is still my closest companion right now.  My equilibrium is still off from all of the air travel, and sleep isn’t exactly normal.  When I got in Tuesday morning, I ended up taking Tylenol PM to finally fall asleep around 2:00 AM.  I woke up at 9:00 AMon Tuesday and somehow managed to stay up until 11:00 PM.  I immediately fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  That lasted until about 3:00 AM when I woke up and was wide awake.  I read until time to go to work.  I lasted at work until about 2:00 PM yesterday before I finally had to call it quits for the day.  Last night, I did not take any chances and took Motrin PM around 10:00.  That seemed to work, as I was able to fall back to sleep each time I awoke to thunder and lightening, but for some reason, today I still feel groggy and dizzy.  Hopefully this will improve as the week goes on.


Strong Finish for class #4

Monday, July 18th, 2011

After a bit of a slow start with class #4 (my fault, not theirs) we finished strong on Saturday, working on comics for most of the morning and into the afternoon.  I’m anxious to upload some of my students comics, but until I get more reliable internet, it’s not possible.  I’m sure I’ll be back stateside before this can happen.  So here is my last class: a class whose names I learned!!!  YAY!!

Picture of my 4th Class at Shandong University

David, Dirac, Miao Miao, Dannie, Sheng, Hanzheng, ME, Harry, Yaly, Trevor, Lily, Little Fish



Friday, July 15th, 2011

I will continue to add to this album and repost as time allows.  It really is quite time consuming!!



3 1/2 down, 1 1/2 to go

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Well, I finished up with class 3 yesterday and started class 4 today.  This is the first time that I have had a LOT more guys than gals in the class.  The were trying very hard to stay awake today, but then again, so was I.  After lunch I had a killer headache, and if it hadn’t been for Joy (another teacher) having Motrin, it would have been a much more miserable afternoon than it was.

Here is the class photo of my last class.  I am VERY proud to announce that I learned everyone of their names the FIRST day of class.  This is a first for me.  I am really bad with names, and I’ve been trying so hard to learn their English names, but this is the first class I succeeded.  I wish I could learn their given, Chinese, names, but I just don’t have an ear for Chinese names.

Picture of my third class

Candice, Gina, Sirius, Snowy, Andy, Alan Z., Shawn, Copyright, Alan


Day . . . uhm . . . yea, another day

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I’m currently on day two of class two and I’m watching the Green Hornet for the second time.  I have a feeling that by the end of 5 classes, I might have this memorized.  Problem is that it is not even that great of a movie.  It takes the Green Hornet and makes a completely laughable character out of him.  So why use it?  Several reasons.  The Green Hornet was a radio show from 1936 to 1951 (?).  In 1940 the comic book began.  It was even a TV show with Bruce Lee as Kato for a year, and now it’s a modern movie.  So I have a copy of the radio show, which I’ve cleaned up and slowed down for students (and they still cannot understand it), a comic book on the iPad written in the 1930 style, a comic book on the iPad written in the modern style, and the movie.  So we spend one morning and part of the afternoon following the evolution of The Green Hornet!! (more…)

my first class at shandong uni

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011


A Picture of the table of food at supper in Jinan, Shandong, China

Supper with Liz's students

This will be a really quick, quick post, as I just got back from eating out with another instructor’s class.  Another traditional Chinese meal.  Again, it was a LOT of food, and much of it I was uncertain of.  However, I’m happy to say that I tried just about everything, and found that I liked most of it.  So much food.

The main reason for the post, though, is to introduce you to a great bunch of students.  They created some really cool comics this afternoon, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them.  They also read a Chinese Tom and Jerry to me, and we laughed at Tom’s antics.

Picture of my first class, 13 students, at Shandong University

My first class at Shandong University


first impressions: Life in Jinan, Shandong, China

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

After 31 hours of travel, Stacia and I finally made it to the hotel in Jinan, Shandong, China at about 11:30 last night.  The flight was long, but I swear I think the 7 hour layover in Shanghai was worse than the 14 hour flight from Chicago.  The good news, though, is that the flights themselves were not bad.  No really bad turbulence or unruly children, even though there were tons on the flight to China.

So, why China, right? (more…)