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(原创) The 20th Week in Notts, UK  

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Sunday, 23 February 2003

    I went to the city centre. I went to Dixen Shop with the bills that Snow posted to me to take back the right money. Since the card was rejected, I should get back the same amount of money. But I was told the shop didn't receive any money from the bank. The problem was caused by the bank. Since I am now far away, I think I needn't phone the bank about it. But I keep the right of taking back the money.

   Several days ago, I sent two of my poems to Chen, the special-grade teacher, who shared the same room with me for the first month and we have become good friends, asking for his opinion. Here is his reply:

Mr Tu:

    I'm greatly honoured to have the chance to enjoy your poem Song of Love, which immediately aroused my feeling for my loved ones who are so dear to bosom of my heart but for the reason you know have to be far apart.

    I can say if a poem or anything that can move you so, it is successful. As a Chinese, you can so easily put these language elements together in so advanced a form of poetry. What a good mastery of the language! I have been interested in poems since the time when I was a university student but still I dare not try writing one in English. You tried, and you have done so well! Heart-felt congratulations to you.

                                                                                                                              Jingbo

    Thank you again for another chance to share the pleasure of the poem The Lake. The beauty and the wonderland in your poem and those in your mind, which, I think, are so fantastically mingled together that the lake and the sun that you described and your inner thoughts are totally in a great harmony.

Jingbo

    I felt I was greatly encouraged. But I know the two poems need to be further revised.

    I left the computer room before it closed usually at 16 o’clock on Sundays. I helped Yanmei to cook for we all decided to give a send-off party for Zhu, who is to leave next Tuesday. Meanwhile, another family were invited to the party. We all enjoyed a good dinner.

    I stayed on bed reading for some hours and fell asleep.

Monday, 24 February 2003

    Another week began. Now the day becomes longer. It breaks at seven now and when it is six in the afternoon, it is still bright. It’s warm too with the temperature of 10°C today.

    It was Chris’ turn to give us lessons today. The topic was Lesson Plan. I found some of his ideas were good.

    A good lesson plan will include the following features:

It will be easy to follow.

It will include a brief class profile.

It will indicate how the lesson fits into the overall teaching programme.

It will indicate the students’ assumed knowledge.

It will predict problems students may encounter, and solutions to them.

It will include enough, but not too much material.

    The material will be appropriate for the students.

    The material will be appropriate for the aims.

Language exponents to be presented in the lesson will be specified.

The stated aims will be limited, achievable in the time available, and clear.

There will be some variety of interaction patterns.

    The interaction patterns will be indicated in the plan.

There will be changes of pace and focus.

The stages of the lesson will follow each other logically.

The lesson will form a coherent whole.

The procedure of the lesson will be clear.

The aim of each stage of the lesson will be indicated.

The time needed for the completion of each stage will be indicated.

The resources and aids needed at each stage will be indicated.

    After the lesson I came to the computer room as usual.

    We had another family dinner party for Zhu will go back to Beijing tomorrow. That’s the last supper for her in England. After supper some friends came over to say goodbye to her. Mr. Wang and I chatted for the latest news both at home and abroad. I went to my own room at about ten.

Tuesday, 25 February 2003

    At seven o’clock, we all got up.The taxi arrived at a quarter past 7 to pick Zhu up to the coach station. Then Zhu would take a coach directly to Heathrow Airport. After Mr. Wang and I helped her with the luggage, Yanmei went with the taxi to see Zhu off.

    Now I counted my days to leave. There were only 43 days remaining.

    A guest teacher, middle-aged tall woman named Henrietta Pocock from International Language School, Nottingham gave us two lessons, introducing 21 classroom activities this morning. She taught very well. After the lessons, I had two apples, two oranges and a banana for my lunch. Then I came to the computer room.

Wednesday, 26 February 2003

    It was Sarah’s turn to give us lessons this morning. The topic was teaching young teenagers. She introduced 9 class activities to us, which were useful.

    My training course will be finished on March 27th. My recent trips are arranged:

February 28, the day after tomorrow: a trip to Oxford.

March 8: A trip to London (train ticket bought).

March 31-April 4: five days to Highland, Scotland. (travelling agency associated and money handed in)

    I'm also planning to go to Edinburgh before going to Highland, but it hasn't been decided. I find I am living in a sanatorium, where the most leisurely time I have ever spent. Now at the thought of being back, I am happy but also feel regret that I have to say goodbye to the relaxing life and I feel terrible for there is a lot of work waiting for me to do. However, the feeling of back is good.

  

Thursday, 27 February 2003

      Happiness is an inner state of well being. A state of well being enables you to profit from your highest: thoughts, wisdom, intelligence, common sense, emotions, health, and spiritual values in your life. Happiness is when your mind is thinking through your heart.

     Happiness is an emotion, which at first seems simple, but on reflection is quite complex. Americans have the “right” to happiness as part of their constitution. I find this difficult to understand because what makes us happy is so varied. To be happy is a fleeting thing, which we enjoy so much we often want it back as soon as possible.

That's why I want to be in a happy state every day. However, one shouldn't be living in the memory. The dictionary definition to happiness is "feelings of joy and pleasure mingled together”. A feeling of happiness is more than just an experience of joy or pleasure. It is a state of mind where the individual feels that “life is good”. True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. So one should choose to create happiness. Moreover, happiness is not merely a life lived by accumulating moments of pleasure. On the contrary, happiness is a long lasting enduring enjoyment of life. It is being in love with living. It is your reward for achieving a good character and personal rational values in life. Some important values are a productive career, romance, friendship and hobbies. Happiness is not a destination: it is a manner of travelling. Happiness is not an end in itself. It is a by-product of working, playing, loving and living.

    Often, people argue that to understand happiness, we must know sadness as well. To be unhappy, and in deep sorrow, is an emotion that helps us to know the value of the happiness we have experienced. Happiness is a kind of treasure, then, that we hold in our hearts to save ourselves from being pierced too deeply by sorrow. We remember the good things, the happy things, the wonderful time we spent together to protect ourselves from pain. Thus, the greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.

    So, happiness for me is to know that my life has meaning and purpose, and that every day my life touches others in a positive way--whether to make them laugh or learn or both at once!

 

Friday, 28 February 2003

    At nine o’clock we all gathered at the west entrance. The coach took us to Oxford. Oxford is famous for its university that I have longed to visit before.

    It took us two hours and a half to get there. We began to tour around the city. There are many buildings built from the 12th to 14th century. It is an old city. The university of Oxford is quiet, a good place to study. It began to rain. We didn’t see much.

    When it was time for us to return, I suddenly caught sight of many Oxford University students, most of whom were girls, lying on the road in the rain with their faces coated with some red liquid looking like blood. Some slogans were covered their bodies written “ STOP THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ” etc.  policemen were standing nearby. A lot of passers-by were watching. I quickly recorded these precious pictures with my camcorder.

    When I got home it was 7 in the evening. 

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