In the end, the Zappias learn nearly as much about China’s history and culture as the students do conversational English
EVANS CITY, Pa. –
(PRWEB) May 02, 2013 -- Teaching conversational English with his wife in Italy proves such a satisfying experience that the author decides to volunteer again in another part of the world. This new book describes the experiences the pair had in May 2006, visiting China, a country rich with tradition and history. Working with Global Volunteers teaching conversational English for two weeks in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, allowed the pair to explore that marvelous city as well as Beijing.
“Teaching and Touring in China” features the treasures the Zappias saw such as the Terracotta Army Museum, which houses the 8,000 warriors made of terracotta and buried for more than 2,000 years, the unforgettable Great Wall of China, the 600-year-old Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world at more than 100 acres. John Zappia has a personal connection with Beijing, a coal-powered city whose air quality reminds him of his boyhood in Pittsburgh in the 1940s.
The people they meet add to the experience as much as the sights: a knowledgeable guide named George and the teachers, administrators and students at Peace Middle School. Numerous black and white photos punctuate John Zappia’s detailed description of their foreign adventure. In the end, the Zappias learn nearly as much about China’s history and culture as the students do conversational English. Appropriate for adventure seekers and travel buffs, the book offers a peek into the people and places of an often-misunderstood country.
Author John Zappia worked at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh for 38 years before retiring in 1998. He served in the Marine Corp for three years and earned a degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Zappia and his wife, Nancy, taught conversational English in Ostuni, Italy and Xian, China, through Global Volunteers. The great-grandfather has written two other books: “Teaching in Italy – Living a Dream” and “The Greatest Gift from Sicily – the Life and Times of Donna Brigita.”
For additional information, please visit http://www.teachingandtouringinchina.com.
Teaching and Touring in China
Dog Ear Publishing
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4575-1765-5 244 pages $15.95 US
E- book ISBN: 978-1-4575-1922-2 $ 7.99
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