矿业大学讲座3/11 7pm

I’ve never been to 矿业大学 before, so I’m excited about tonight’s lecture with Harvey and Hu Laoshi. It’s supposed to get down to -7˚C tonight, and the high winds will make it feel even colder, so I hope we don’t freeze!!

Hope to see some of you there at the lecture.

Coming up on this blog will be a series of posts on nine (9) specific things you can do to improve your English.

Tonight’s lecture

Just got back from a lecture with Harvey (刘洪波) and Hu Laoshi at 北京理工大学. We had a great time and the students were very receptive. Harvey talked about primarily about vocabulary and culture, I talked about spoken English, and Hu Laoshi talked about the four different levels of listening. Our school is right across the street from 北理工 inside the 农科院, so I look forward to speaking there a lot and getting to know the students.

Less* Chinese students going to US

According to this article, the number of foreign students applying to US universities dropped by five percent this year. For Chinese students the figure was even higher:

But the CGS said challenges remain. Applications from the two largest source countries, China and India, are down 13 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Students from those countries are increasingly being lured by stronger domestic programs or by programs in Europe and Australia that are recruiting aggressively.

The article mentions that one of the reasons fewer students are applying to schools in the US is that it is so difficult to get a visa.

I, for one, am sad to hear that less foreign students are going to the US. Some of my best friends at university were from foreign countries, and I think that foreign students bring so much to the United States.

*The “less” should actually read “fewer”. For more information, see the comments. 🙂

明天去北理工!

明天胡老师,刘洪波和我要去北京理工大学做讲座。我们的主题,“人人都能学好英语”,也是我们新航道学校的一个重要的主题。如果同学有时间的话,希望我们可以在北理工见!(晚上七点钟在北京理工大学七号楼报告厅)