Hi, y’all –
Nihao ma? (Psst: your line is, “I’m fine, thank you. And you?”)
Not a whole lot to report here. Another term has ended, and three of my classes had their final exams this week. CE03 is now CE04, CE04 is now CE05, which means they also start a new textbook, and my junior high class, CJ07, is now CJ08. They have been reading a simplified version of Phantom of the Opera for their class, which we’ve all been enjoying very much. We have one chapter left, which we will finish on the first day of CJ08, before we begin our new reader, Gulliver’s Travels.
The other classes have been doing fine, with the exception of my third adult class, which meets on Monday and Wednesday nights, and my adult writing class, which meets on Friday nights. They have both been cancelled due to low enrollment. That’s a mixed blessing, but a predictable one: adult classes are highly unreliable because the students tend to get caught up in their lives and stop going to class. Children, on the other hand, don’t have the luxury of laziness or the freedom of choice, so they keep coming whether they want to or not. I now have room for several more children’s classes to open, which Jennifer is trying to do. It looks likely that I’ll get a new CE01 (beginning children’s) class sometime in July, and possibly a CJ01 (beginning junior high) class too.
Clara has had a friend from America visiting for the past week, and I've been able to join them on a few outings now and then. Her friend isn't in any of them, but here are some more hiking pictures:
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
- Robert Louis Stevenson