DAAD Short-term Professorship in April/May 2015Prof. Schmied met former SYSU students who had studied in Germany before (in Guangzhou, but also in Shenzen and Hangzhou). They helped him to recruit the new MA and BA students for the exchange 2015/16 and reported about their career plans:
He enjoyed life on the South Campus, one of the greenest and oldest in the world, with many buildings over 100 years old, very unusual for Asia:
He also taught BA students from Foreign Languages and BA and MA students from International Studies at Zhuhai Campus:
He did research in the M.A.K. Halliday Library and had the opportunity to discuss the application of systemic functional linguistics (SFG) to student writing with Prof. Halliday. He took part in a Symposium to celebrate his 70th Year of Teaching and Researching Chinese on 13 May 2015:
During his work in the old library, Prof. Schmied found an ancient manuscript by ZuZhou, a European traveler before the times of Erasmus, that shows the intercultural experience of this interested novice to Chinese cultures. He edited the texts carefully and made them available here for the first time as ZuZhou`s Tales.
Since Gz is also a great city of culture, he had the opportunity to visit over 2000 years of history from the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King of the second Nan-yue king Zhao Mo (137-122 BC! in his jade and silk suit) to the modern Guangdong Museum of Art and Opera:
During the 2015 TESOL Conference at Shanghai University Prof. Schmied chaired the talk given by Prof. Krashen and had the opportunity to discuss cooperation and Academic Writing with other leading international scholars like Rod Ellis (Aukland, New Zealand), Michael Byram (Durham, UK) and Wen Qiufang (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China):