JISHOU, HUNAN — Rather than blather on about Bitcoins and Ripple, this post is about teaching — y’know, my job.
Last term, I had 10 sessions of teaching the freshmen and sophomores, plus a biweekly session with five Ph.D. candidates needing practice in speaking English. Each session is 100 minutes long, including a 10-minute break.
This term I have only eight sessions, because another teacher (actually, the associate dean of the college) has taken the two sophomore Listening Comprehension sections. Whether this has anything to do with nine of those 75 students failing my final exam last fall, I cannot say, but the lighter course load is a nice relief.
So, this term I meet the two sophomore sections on Mondays for Oral English. The end of the week is much busier, with Listening Comp with the three freshmen sections on Thursdays, and Oral English the day after.
Each term, I settle into a new work routine. Saturdays and Tuesdays are what I call goof-off days, meaning I use them for non-teaching activities, like laundry or writing on this blog. Sundays and Wednesdays are class-prep days. I give the freshmen a listening quiz each week, so that means I have to mark those 80 or so papers to hand back the following week. (Several students switched into the Business English major this term, so the enrollment numbers in the spreadsheet above are no longer accurate.)
Compared with my teaching loads a few years ago, this term is ideal. For one previous term, I had 12 sessions a week, with seven sections of freshmen, sophomores and juniors. (Each section then comprised 36 students on average.) For another term, I had only four sessions, which sounds nifty — LOADS of free time — but in fact I was pretty bored.
It’s not a bad gig. We’re still looking for another foreign English teacher, so if you’re interested, leave a comment below. Leave your email in this form — yourname AT somewhere DOT com — so the email bots don’t scrape your email address to share with the spammers.
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