For those inept at Chinese or google translate, the above phrase means good news. And yes, I have plenty of it to share!
First, my schedule has arrived. Next term I will be teaching News Writing to third years, New Media to second years, and Oral English & Intercultural Communication (fancy name for Oral English) to first years. I am teaching in the Translation Department so it is safe to say their English level will be higher. Of course, the freshman will probably be more or less the same as my current students.
Secondly, I am only teaching 12 hours. Yes, that’s only four hours less than previously, but as I have survey courses, I will have spent those extra hours preparing in the summer. I must have my intended syllabus more or less complete or else the class will not have a successful beginning, middle, and end point.
Thirdly, my new boss actually asked me my preference for hours and days. She even told the Foreign Teachers’ Coordinator (FTO) that I would be teaching 14 hours, because Lin Zhu (the FTO) said I have to work a minimum of 14 (not true, since I know teachers that have worked as little as 8 hours a week). This, as my boss told me, will require me to assist her with her News Editing class; I am still not sure in what capacity I am supposed to help, but as in the Chinese fashion, time will tell and/or go with the flow!
Finally, I have been given the green light to order texts I deem necessary from the States,through Amazon (unless anyone knows another site that ships internationally?). So, as you may have suspected from this entry, I am elated to not only be teaching subject matter that serves a greater purpose, but to be able to extend my professional knowledge towards my intended field of employment. I haven’t given up on my intentions to work in journalism. Who knows, maybe journalism teaching is my calling…