Thursday, October 20, 2011

What we did last summer: Teaching teaching in China

Edmonds Community College Intensive ESL (English as a Second Language) faculty Jan Peterson and Kelly Weibel led a 10-day workshop for high school English teachers in China in August. The college received the request to provide training from the Zouping School District in Shandong Province.

They presented intensive interactive sessions on ESL methods, providing six hours of instruction per day, to 60 English teachers from four local Zouping high schools.

“We’ve taught Chinese students at EdCC for many years, but it was our first time to visit China. This was a unique opportunity to learn more about the Chinese educational system, to exchange ideas with fellow English teachers, and to experience a bit of Chinese life and culture,” Jan said.

They learned that Zouping is a relatively small city, yet the high schools each have 6,000-7,000 students, all living in dormitories on a gated campus. Students have classes from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and then supervised study halls in the evening. No personal cell phones or computers are allowed on campus. Education is clearly the focus and it isn’t free; parents pay tuition.

They enjoyed more informal time with local school officials and English teachers in the evenings and were taken on a five-day tour of sites in Shandong and Beijing after the workshops.

“It was wonderful to travel with our Chinese hosts and experience Chinese cultural sites with them. We also went to several places that were off the beaten track for most American tourists—that made it quite special,” said Kelly.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Student art exhibit opens at Schack Art Center Oct. 21

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The Schack Art Center in Everett features an exhibit of artwork by Edmonds Community College students, "Creation of Identity," October 21- November 18 in its Emerging Young Artist Gallery, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The exhibit is guest curated by Edmonds Community College student Juan Valdez.

Juan, who is the college's visual arts student programmer this year, received the Edmonds CC Community Read scholarship (which pays spring tuition) in 2010. He is a retired Army combat medic who is now pursuing his passion for painting and modern art. He is earning an Associate of Arts degree with plans to transfer to the University of Washington or Cornish School of the Arts. His long-term goal is to earn a Master of Fine Arts and to teach art. He is raising four children with his wife, Catherine. His oldest son, Jacob, is earning a Computer Game Development certificate at Edmonds CC.

Meet the artists at a reception 5-8 p.m., October 27. Free to the public. 

Gallery hours are weekday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

The artworks featured in the slideshow (as well as at the exhibit) are by Benjamin Aaron Vanderwerff:
  • “Untitled” Medium Acrylic on Canvas
  • “Scream” Medium Soft Pastel on Sandpaper
  • “200 hours of work for 7 seconds of your time.” Medium Soft Pastel on Sandpaper