Evolution of an Intercultural Text

I’m a staunch believer in using materials designed to meet the particular needs of particular students—their current circumstances, their culture, their preparation for the jobs they were most likely to have. I came to this conviction in 1984 when I arrived at Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China, and was told that the fourth-year composition classes I’d been hired to teach had been given to someone else. I would be doing first-year and graduate-level conversation. Instead of the box of composition books I’d brought with me from the University of Pittsburgh, I needed conversation materials. In the stacks of the …

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An Unintended Adventure

This is a story of love, perseverance, courage and faith—an adventure which began when Chris lost his legs above the knee. He and Geri struggled to maintain their active lifestyle, working, traveling, scuba diving, doing martial arts, and moving from Korea to Okinawa.

Teaching Liberal Arts in Korea, Part 2

In this two part interview, an American tenure-track professor at Underwood College in Yonsei University talks about his experience teaching liberal arts and the understanding–or lack of it–of his students about Korea’s history, it’s place in the world and the feminist activities of some students.

International Kids, Part 1

Andrew and Crystal are thirteen and fifteen. They attend Yongsan International School of Seoul, an American-based private school which is both Christian and broad-minded. I was particularly interested in their stories because when I was a child and young adult my family spent a year in Europe every five years, first in Luxembourg and then in Germany, where I attended public schools and university. It turned out there were some similarities. We spoke in their home in Seoul. Andrew’s story Before I moved here to my international school in Seoul, I went to Navarro Elementary School in Seguin Township, Texas. …

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