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Published on July 16, 2009, by in Teaching.

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UESTC summer camp 2009

 

 

Lord, what a trip the last 2 weeks have been. The first 6 days of summer English camp weren’t too bad – the heat and humidity were at bearable levels. This week was a different story, the heavy moist air hovering around 100% humidity and the temperature on the rise. All I could think about was sweating. The brain doesn’t work under such conditions. Still, there were high points….

Tuesday was the Summer (Camp) Olympics, with sports such as group jump rope, water balloon volleyball, and a backwards egg-balancing relay race.

Tuesday evening was my first Business English class (after a full day at summer camp), at a company where I’ve taught before. As I rode my bike to class, the heavens opened and a rainstorm descended in full fury. I walked into class dripping wet, soaked to the skin. It was a minor mortification.

This afternoon was the summer camp Dating Game. It was a hoot – too bad only 20 out of 82 students showed up. I even dug up the original 60s Dating Game theme song for the occasion. At least one of the winning couples went on a real dinner date – with 50 RMB provided by the foreign teachers for the penniless students.

Tomorrow is the Final Exam, then a celebratory dinner at Peter Pan Italian Restaurant. Then, blessed oblivion for 2 days before my new evening classes start next week. Who said summer was for relaxing?

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