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Monday, May 19, 2008

Education Worksheet

Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills, and also something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge, positive judgment and well-developed wisdom. Education has as one of its fundamental aspects the imparting of culture from generation to generation. Education means 'to draw (pull) out', facilitating realisation of self-potential and latent talents of an individual.
Education systems
Education systems are established to provide education and training, in most cases for children and the young. A curriculum defines what students should know, understand and be able to do as the result of education. A teaching profession delivers teaching which enables learning, and a system of polices, regulations, examinations, structures and funding enables teachers to teach to the best of their abilities. Sometimes education systems can be used to promote doctrines or ideals as well as knowledge, which is known as social engineering.

1.) What does education mean?

2.) What are education systems established to provide?

3.) In your opinion, what are the strengths of the Chinese education system?

4.) In your opinion, what are the weaknesses of the Chinese education system?

5.) How do you think the Chinese education system could be improved?

Monday, May 12, 2008

New Vocabulary

著名 zhùmíng famous; 名词 míngcí noun
女人 nǚrén, =妇女 fùnǚ woman
问题 wèntí question, problem; 访问 fǎngwèn visit
机器 jīqi) machine; 收音机 shōuyīnjī radio; 飞机 fēijī aircraft
很不错! hěn búcuò! not bad at all!
最近 zuìjìn recently/soon; 最喜欢 zuì xǐhuan favorite
重新 chóngxīn again; 新闻 xīnwén news
便宜 piányi cheap
门口 ménkǒu doorway; 部门 bùmén department;
政府 zhèngfǔ government
听见 tīngjiàn hear
关系 guānxi connection
变化 biànhuà change, transform
世界 shìjiè world
收入 shōurù income
火山 huǒshān volcano
市场 shìchǎng market, 城市 chéngshì city, town
师傅 shīfu master
报纸 bàozhǐ newspaper

This week's worksheet - Xenophobia.

Xenophobia (Xe-no-pho-bi-a)
Xenophobia is a fear or contempt of that which is foreign or unknown, especially of strangers or foreign people. The term is typically used to describe fear or dislike of foreigners or in general of people different from oneself.

As with all phobias, a xenophobic person is aware of the fear, and therefore has to believe at some level that the target is in fact a foreigner.

For xenophobia there are two main objects of the phobia. The first is a population group present within a society that is not considered part of that society. Often they are recent immigrants, but xenophobia may be directed against a group which has been present for centuries. This form of xenophobia can elicit or facilitate hostile and violent reactions, such as mass expulsion of immigrants, or in the worst case, genocide.
The second form of xenophobia is primarily cultural, and the objects of the phobia are cultural elements which are considered alien. All cultures are subject to external influences, but cultural xenophobia is often narrowly directed, for instance at foreign loan words in a national language. It rarely leads to aggression against individual persons, but can result in political campaigns for cultural or linguistic purification.

1.) What is xenophobia?

2.) What are the two main objects of xenophobia?

3.) What is your attitude towards foreigners? Are you ‘xenophobic’?

4.) Do you respect foreigners as much as you respect Chinese people? Explain.

5.) In your opinion, why are some people xenophobic?


1.) Fear: 惮, 忌惮, 恐惧, 懔
2.) Contempt: 轻视
3.) Foreign: 外来
4.) Unknown: 不得而知, 不明, 未知
5.) Especially: 格外, 特别是, 尤其
6.) Stranger: 陌生人
7.) Term: 术语
8.) Typical: 典型
9.) Describe: 摹画, 形容
10.) General: 大都
11.) Phobia: 恐惧症
12.) Aware: 察觉
13.) Level: 程度
14.) Target: 目标, 目的
15.) Main: 头等, 主要
16.) Object: 事物, 物, 物件
17.) Purify: 净化
18.) Society: 都会, 社会
19.) Consider: 忖, 考量, 揆
20.) Recent: 最近
21.) Immigrant: 移民者
22.) Century: 世纪
23.) Form: 式, 类
24.) Elicit: 引导出
25.) Facilitate: 使容易
26.) Hostile: 怀敌意
27.) Violent: 暴力, 暴烈
28.) Reaction: 反应
29.) Mass: 大量
30.) Expel: 赶走
31.) Case: 例子
32.) Genocide: 种族清洗
33.) Primarily: 主要地
34.) Elements: 因素, 元件, 组成
35.) Alien: 外来, 对外
36.) Subject: 遭到
37.) External: 外, 外来
38.) Influence: 影响
39.) Narrow: 狭, 戋
40.) Linguistic: 语言学的
41.) Aggression: 侵略
42.) Individual: 个人

Proof that I rock.

Last week I gave my students a writing assignment. I basically asked them which country they'd like to visit/live in for a year if given the choice.

What follows is one of the student's responses:

If I could live in a different country for one year, I would choose America.

The most important reasons is: My English teacher is American. My classmates and I love him. So, I love America.

America is as big as China. America attracts many Chinese people who immigrate (to) this country. Americans are richer than Chinese people. This country people are very friendly and open. If I could live with an American family for a year, I could improve my spoken English (and) expand my awareness of the world.

Niu Yue (New York) is a beautiful country. And in this city science and technology is developed. and this city is famous all over the world. If I could live (in) Niu Yue I will find a(n) American boy. Because I think find another country's boy will be different. After a year, I will go back to China. China is my mother country. I like it very much.

Wang Si Si