MAIN RECENT LESSONS
▶ Media Theory / Mass Communications
In these lessons, basic theories about mass media, including those from Habermas and McLuhan, just to name a few, were taught. Students were given a medium-to-medium look at mass media today. Completely delivered by David Feng, these lessons introduced fresh new insights into contemporary media. Students were in particular clearly informed about the importance of media literacy and the legal use of media.
▶ English Language and Culture / Academic English
This is taught to all students at the Communication University of China. It contains information about English in a worldwide setting, basic academic English exercises, and the use of English in different fields and countries. Also included were a history of the English-speaking world. There was a separate edition available for academic professionals which were more focused on current events. The first generation of these handouts were given in paper format, so that students may take these onboard airplanes as reading matter when leaving China for an international destination.
▶ World Culture
In these lessons, which take part both inside and outside the classroom, students are given a unique insight into world cultures, and to find differences between the cultures of the West and the East. In some lessons, students were introduced to “slang”, so as to reduce problems when talking with locals in foreign countries. Differences between individual countries were also introduced, so to lessen “cultural shocks”.
OTHER RECENT LESSONS
▶ Media in China
These lessons were given to incoming students from abroad in English and French, and focused on a general look at the media in China. No topic was left untouched in one of the most wide-ranging coverage available on the subject. Students also submitted their questions in for quick info sessions, and role-play was employed to make students understand the Chinese media situation better.
▶ Cross-Cultural Communication
Last delivered June 2013
These lessons had both a unified part, given to most students, and a country-by-country part, which was either optional or a separate module. The country-specific part included specific studies of cultures in East Africa and Australia. These lessons were mainly given to students of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Science.
Last delivered June 2013
This was taught to students at the Renmin University of China and centred on communication in English.
▶ China’s Media and the Emerging World Order
The Anglophone media have hitherto been seen and touted as models of universal applicability. However, in this evolving and changing world order, the Chinese media, in a system distinct from that of the Anglosphere, are seen as a visible factor that appears as distinctly visible outside the Anglophone media system. These sessions examined the Chinese media system and their evolving place in the world today. These lessons were co-led with Prof de Burgh of the China Media Centre.
▶ Study Skills
Study Skills is a module I led which aimed to improve students’ studying abilities. Assistance is offered to all students. Lessons are divided between 40-60 minutes of guidance / briefing lectures and interactive debate and hands-on exercises. This module was being taught at the University of Westminster.
▶ Trade English
Last delivered early 2003
These lessons mainly involved conversations between people involved in international trade.
PRO BONO LESSONS
▶ Tuanjiehu English Society, Beijing
I’ve been a pretty frequent speaker for local residents in Tuanjiehu, one of the parts of Beijing more active in learning English. Most lessons took place in spring and early summer 2013, but I also returned in late May 2014 to introduce and promote an English-language book for Beijingers that I co-authored in early 2014.
(These are given by year, not by subject taught.)
- September 2012 – (main involvement): Communications University of China — Lecturer of English culture and of Media. My courses are English, language culture, and media. These included special lessons for faculty (English improvement lessons) since October 2012.
- June 2012 –: Chinese School of Social Sciences — teacher of English culture. I’ve been teaching mainly people working in Chinese State-owned enterprises and even government officials about English and culture outside of China.
- 2003 – 2004: University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China. I was the teaching assistant and even hosted a few lessons on English for international students. This was part of my BEc studies and was teaching assistance.
- October 2000 – January 2001 and again September 2001 – January 2002: Beijing International Trade Vocational School, Beijing, China. For two semesters, my duty was to teach vocational high school students how to use English the right way to settle international trade agreements. This was part of my BEc studies and was assigned to my by a course teacher.
▶ Other minor involvements
- October 2011 – November 2011: Heilongjiang Chengguang School and Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang, China. I taught English and how to correct the Chinglish phenomenon, and got kids interested in two lectures about why writing “wronglish” is problematic.
- August 2007: Inter-Community School Zürich, Zumikon, Switzerland and The Riverside School, Zug, Switzerland. I spoke to classes in both schools about media in China as well as contemporary Chinese history.
- March 2002 – May 2002: University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China. As assisted work as part of my BEc studies, I was in charge of lessons to “continued education” learners — those who are no longer enrolled in universities.
- January 2002: Inter-Community School Zürich, Zumikon, Switzerland. I gave ICS a quick introduction to the Chinese language.
- Winter 2000 – 2001: Fangcaodi Experimental School, Beijing, China. Took over a few lessons for primary school students.
At other times, I was also a private tutor in English and English culture for students from primary school through to adults. I’ve also trained students in Shenzhen on behalf of a Hong Kong-based TV station in December 2006 (English and international language culture).