|From left to right: Leo, Juan, and Simon|
It is my great pleasure to have this opportunity to be at MWSU for the academic year. I have been teaching engineering students English at Xidian in my home country for 16 years. In the last 8 years, my research and teaching have mainly focused on helping students acquire the English language to communicate rather than simply know about the language.
Ms. Tiantian Zou was among the first teachers who had the opportunity to go abroad in our department. (It is interesting that young teachers in other departments at Xidian have a lot more opportunities to be visiting scholars abroad than language teachers.) She shared a lot of her experience in America with our faculty members, which inspired me to shake up my comforting routines for a change. Besides, an increasing number of students are interested in American culture and are motivated to learn English to communicate. Many students consulted me about life and study in America, and always what I shared with them is from books and the internet. Experience in America will help me get a better perspective in seeing how living in America may look and feel. I will be flexible enough with open eyes, an open mind and an open heart to gain an insight here.
|The family experiences 1950s Americana|
China is developing and changing rapidly. I would like to introduce modern China to the community. I believe in the future more of our faculty members from Xidian and students at MWSU can benefit from the exchange program.
I love cooking, traveling and reading. I also have great interest in child education.
|Simon has his first bison encounter|
My family has travelled to different parts of China and has enjoyed different Chinese cuisines. In fact, we can understand the culture and customs of a country from their traditional food. A new television program this year (2012) in China entitled “A Bite of China” (舌尖上的中国) has broken all audience records which highlights the geographical, historical and cultural dimensions of what Chinese eat and why. I will also introduce many other aspects of Chinese culture to our students here.