“Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Literature prize”–from BBC

October 9th, 2015


Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Literature prize

8 October 2015  From the section Entertainment & Arts

Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature.

Announcing the prize in Stockholm, the chair of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, called her writing “a monument to courage and suffering in our time“.

Alexievich called the award, presented to a living writer and worth 8m kronor (£691,000), “a great personal joy.”

My comments: It is! Had she ever dreamed of winning the prize? I don’t think so.

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TFG 40th Reunion Theme Songs

October 8th, 2015

This Sunday, Oct. 11, I am going to attend a TFG school reunion banquet. Actually we celebrated our graduation in the 30th year in 2005. 40th is a bigger number, so we had not only a banquet but also a 3-day trip to Hualien, starting Oct. 12.

The following are three songs we’ll sing together on Sunday. They are all songs that accompanied us in our teens, and thus remind us of the good old days we spent together. Each video contains not only the song with its lyrics but also photos. Read the rest of this entry »

Nice Seeing You Again, Biling

October 7th, 2015

When I was in the States in September, Biling, or Chia-wei, a student graduating in 2006, sent me a private FB message, requesting a meet-up. And here we are.

Biling is a reporter for Taiwan indigenous TV. During the gathering tonight, he shared with me his working experience. It is not new that the job of a reporter is tough and stressful. However, Biling seems to enjoy it quite much. He told me his work required that he get in touch with different people and deal with a variety of issues and that to him, that was the fun. As a teacher, I’m always happy about students’ happiness. Read the rest of this entry »

How To De-Stress 9th Graders–”李家同:如何減輕國中生升學壓力”–from UDN

October 6th, 2015



2015-10-06 01:40:14      聯合報 李家同/清華大學榮譽教授(新竹市)

最近政府和社會又在關心十二年國教問題,我相信政府知道十二年國教並沒減輕學生壓力,所以有重新採計在校成績的想法。雖然很多家長反對,但我要指出,在十二年國教施行以前,國中生升高中是有完全免試的,採計在校成績也可以升學。以博幼基金會的學生為例,當時有七十%學生免試進高中職;值得注意的是,我們的學生都是想要進社區高中職,並沒有想要進明星高中。這種免試管道對於這種孩子是非常適當的,如孩子程度相當高,一心一意要想進明星高中,當然不太可能用這種管道。 Read the rest of this entry »

What 9th Grade Life Is Like–”國三課 官員來上上看”

October 5th, 2015


國三課 官員來上上看

2015-10-05 01:43:30      聯合報 曾慧珊/教師(桃園市)



My comments: What if teachers teach what is related to students’ life? Take English for example, teachers can have students put on a play depicting junior high school life in Taiwan or somewhere else. Don’t expect students to listen to your lecture; just have them do something. Read the rest of this entry »

Goodbye, USA! I’ll See You Again

October 3rd, 2015

I’m leaving San Jose for Taiwan this afternoon CA time. During the 23 days’ stay here, what impressed me most is

1. The air quality. Even though it is very hot sometime somewhere, the air keeps pleasant to breathe in; Read the rest of this entry »

How Do You Say in English “兩台互換” on the TV Remote Control?

October 2nd, 2015

I never thought about the English equivalent of this phrase until I came to stay with my sister in San Jose. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy World Smile Day!

October 2nd, 2015

(picture from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley)

“Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.” Yes!



Guess Where I Was

October 1st, 2015

Guess where I was on Sep. 25, the day before I went on the four-day trip. A cafe? Read the rest of this entry »

Four-Day Trip with Sandra

September 30th, 2015

I had a four-day trip with my sister Sandra from Sep. 26 to 29. Look how excited I was when I found myself in Grand Canyon. Read the rest of this entry »