September 15, 2007

An Inspector Calls

Filed under: Dalian,language — Kim @ 2:38 pm

Next week my University has a big and ever so very important government inspection. A bunch of experts from Beijing are coming down to check out how Dalian University of Foreign Languages does its stuff and we lowly provincial teachers are going to try to wow them so we can get a good grade, and thus more students and more money. It’s being taken very seriously indeed and so I am, of course, anxious to do my bit and not let the side down.

All of which means that I’ve been bloody busy recently preparing lectures, schedules, and course descriptions, and typing out lesson plans. This semester I have to give a lecture series on Discourse Analysis (looking for patterns of organisation in text, basically) and since I’ve never given a 90 minute lecture before – let alone 14 of them – I have had to put in quite a few hours of preparation.

The week after next I hope to have time to blog/breathe easily again.

Till then.



  1. Don’t sweat it too much. I had a similar thing a few years ago here in Beijing (nobody’s checking up on you “provincial” types, it’s the state-level ministry checking on provincial-level practices). I had such huge problems with my students- basically, I couldn’t convince the useless wankers to drag their lazy arses out of bed and get into class by 8 am (it was a study abroad preparation programme, all spoilt little rich kids, and they pissed me off because I lived a lot further away then they did, but I was always first to class)- that the boss said, right, we’re taking a break this week, give them an assignment. So I did, and halfway through the week of the inspection I got a phone call from somebody I hope was a student’s mother asking if that week was a holiday. Assuming it was a student’s mother who phoned: That shows how useless my students at the time were. Anyway, I’m back at the same school, but better programme and better students.

    No worries, mate, just do your job, you’ll be fine. Chances are you won’t even see these inspectors, anyway.

    Comment by chriswaugh_bj — September 16, 2007 @ 10:26 am

  2. Prepare? Class? Wha? 😉 Best of luck man. Don’t let them see you sweat.

    Comment by The Humanaught — September 20, 2007 @ 4:39 am

  3. Are you gay?

    Comment by Jeff Spicoli — September 27, 2007 @ 2:26 am

  4. Do you think he is gay or do you hope he is gay?

    Comment by Humphrey — October 12, 2007 @ 9:00 am

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