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Cottage Grove students will travel to China to teach American slang

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

courtesy photo Students and staff who will travel to China this summer are: Right to left front row: Reba Bradsby, Grant Pearson, Gabby Howe, Chloe Combs, Galen Phillips, Sue Haberly, Right to left second row: Mavis Bradsby, Caleb Leczel, Jarrett Raade, Hana Westercamp, Holly Lamb, Argus Voigt and Kyle McGown.

Sixteen fortunate high school students – 12 of which are from the Cottage Grove area – will be traveling to China this summer for full emersion English teaching positions.

These 16 students, along with four adults, will be staying for a total of 18 days in July in the Southern Chinese city of Nanning. They have been hired by Bo Lan International – an education and language translation service based in the US – in order to help run a summer camp for Chinese students to teach English slang.

This is the first time Bo Lan International (BLI) has brought US students to China, though they plan on operating four of these “camps” in July and August of 2014. BLI was started by a local school teacher by the name of Brandon Haberly and his wife Laura, both of whom have been working in China for many years now. Mr. Haberly works there nearly full time teaching English. These summer camps will be geared specifically toward talented Chinese students who already know English but want to learn to speak American English, which is full of slang words and phrases that we have grown accustomed to. Examples would be “what’s up?” or “blow your mind.” They are phrases we hear nearly every day but that don’t make literal sense.

Mr. Haberly has written three books on this topic and travels to various universities in China in order to teach. These books, specifically “Bring it on”, will be the basis for what the American students will be helping to teach during their stay in the Orient.

However, there is much more to the trip than simply teaching classes. Each of the Americans will be staying with host families of some of the distinguished Chinese students attending the classes.

For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.

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