Excerpt from Chapter 5 Once More into the Breach.
Since I was not a grammar teacher and had not done a TESOL or similar course to prepare me for teaching English as a second language, what I began to do with the students was quite simple. I simply made them talk.
What I began to discover was that students really wanted to talk about a variety of issues, and once their initial fear subsided, did so enthusiastically. By the time I reached my last semester, I had already begun to streamline my teaching methods and fast track student participation. For the very first 'group discussion' ever to be held in my classes the topic question was: 'What do you think about Taiwan?'
It must be appreciated here that topics involving Japan and Taiwan were (and are) a definite 'no-no'. When the students arrived in class for that (first of all the classes) group discussions, they were accompanied by the politics teacher who had obviously been warned that the foreigner was teaching students about Taiwan. I guess he was there to make sure that I breached no Chinese Laws. However he may have prepared himself for that session, what transpired left him speechless.
One of the things I had taught students was that how you answer a question is really up to yourself and since the question about Taiwan was not political, the ensuing conversation would only become political if the students chose to make it so.
When I opened the topic by asking what they thought of Taiwan, one student commented that if she were the President of China and the Taiwan people wanted to be independent, she would just let them. I very much doubt that the teacher had imagined hearing a statement like that for he immediately sat bolt upright and opened his mouth to speak, but before he could say anything, another student said: "If you did that I would take a gun and shoot you!" I immediately asked the student if he was prepared to overthrow the government on such an issue and he said that he would.
That poor teacher! Caught between a rock and a hard place, he didn't know what to do or who to scold. I somehow suspect that the comments were 'a put up job' specifically for that purpose, because all the other classes did exactly as I had expected they would. They would take that innocuous question and turn it into a discussion about Taiwan's scenery, music scene and other equally interesting but non political topics.
............My relationship with the boys in Hong Hu went beyond the mere four walls of my apartment, for what it did was open up to me an opportunity to slip into Chinese culture, perhaps faster than the Average foreign worker living in China.
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2013 Social Commentary Articles
Giving the Finger to Comrade GOOGLE's brand of Communism
By Comrade R.P. BenDedek
August 26, 2013
I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?
Pathological Blindness of Political Correctness
Aug 23, 2013
Here are excerpts from three different articles which all portray symptoms of PC induced pathological blindness. The forces pushing Islam (not to be confused with Muslims practicing Islam) have only one goal which has been stated over and over again by many people in many places at many different times: "To turn the world to Islam" (and destroy the Big Satan - The USA - in the process.)
Political Islam is full of hypocrisy and lies
by R.P. BenDedek
August 11, 2013
Politicians care only for themselves and nothing for the truth unless it suits their purposes. What they do call truth is usually nothing but lies! The general population - never seem to notice when radicals of all nationalities, religions and persuasions turn to 'ad hominems' rather than to logical debate when someone disagrees with them. The honest man will argue his point honestly. The perverted man ignores the argument and attacks the man (ad hominem) as though truth is not found in discovering and weighing the evidence and facts but in the character and 'Politically Correct Nature' of the person speaking them.
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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