This term, I got to teach at my second UHMC sister school, Shanghai Normal University. My “English Writing for Tourism Management” classes were only nine weeks long and on the SNU Fengxian campus, 40 minutes by direct bus from the main campus (and our apartment) in the Xuhui area of SW Shanghai. As I did last year, I found the students friendly and interesting. However, I didn’t get to know the SNU students as well as my ZAFU students, many of whom I had known for 11 months and had interacted with often as we lived on campus.
As with many schools in China now, the main campus is for the junior and senior students; the freshmen and sophomores are far from the city and its distractions.
The SNU/Maui interns were guest speakers. Barry too encouraged my students: “With your English skills, you can go anywhere in the world.”
Spring was late in coming this year, but on the day I gave my finals, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
The classes have ended. So it is goodbye to Shanghai Normal University for this year– another wonderful experience in China.
Aloha and zaì jiàn, Renée