LJMU English’s Alice Ferrebe is leaving for China this week, to teach a short course based upon her research specialism to students at Shanghai University, as part of their International Term. Undergraduates at SU study for a total of four years, and in the third term of their first year, they are able to select a range of modules designed and taught by academics from abroad. Alice will be teaching a literature module focussed upon the representation of youth in post-Second World War British writing, which will draw upon material used in LJMU English’s Level 4 ‘Literature in Context’ course.
Alice said, ‘I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Chinese Literature department at Shanghai University last year, and ever since then I’ve been wondering what it would be like to teach British culture and literature to Chinese students. I’ve become obsessed with the idea of finding out what students from such a different background might make of Alan Sillitoe’s short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’. Our first years really seem to enjoy the way the story engages with ideas of rebellion and individualism – I can’t wait to see if students at Shanghai University feel the same. Broadening my experience in a different kind of classroom from those at LJMU will help me to reflect upon my teaching techniques, and I’m looking forward to bringing the new ideas back home to teaching next year.’
Alice’s trip has been supported by LJMU’s School of Humanities and Social Science, and the Chinese government. Watch out for her tweets about her teaching experience abroad on @JMUEnglish.