85-year-old US professor travels across the Pacific to spread goodwill
2018-06-22 14:07:23  Source:China Daily

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Connell loves to sit in his courtyard and enjoy the sunshine in his spare time as he has mobility issues. [Photo by Wei Liang/China News Agency]


Age cannot dampen English teacher's spirit.


Every weekend, Richard Connell gives free English classes in his home - a secluded courtyard he has rented in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. The 85-year-old American retired professor came alone to Taiyuan two years ago, teaching English to students at different ages.


"I love China and Chinese culture," he says. "I like to teach young people here to learn English," Connell adds that he will continue to offer free lessons to Chinese children as long as he can.


Born in 1933 in Toronto, Canada, Connell was sent to an orphanage in Illinois, United States, at the age of 6. He said he learned there how to help others and carried this trait with him ever since.


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Richard Connell, an 85-year-old American professor, gives free English lessons to Chinese children in his rental in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. [Photo by Wei Liang/China News Agency]



During his 40 years of teaching at University of Florida, Connell has been to more than 90 countries including China, for academic exchanges. He has traveled to many Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an, just to name a few.


These experiences made his longing for China even greater and left him with a strong interest in the ancient civilization. Since retiring in 2003, he mulled over the idea of moving to China for some time, then finally moved to Taiyuan from Orlando in August, 2016.


"China is open and inclusive; I quite enjoy my life here," he says.


Connell has been giving two free English classes per week since November 2017, so as to help more Chinese children learn English.


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Every weekend, children of various ages come to Connell's to learn English. [Photo by Wei Liang/China News Agency]


Editor:太原外办
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weekend, Richard Connell gives free English classes in his home - a secluded courtyard he has rented in Taiyuan
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graduation ceremony at Communication University of China in Beijing on June 25
business opportunity. Hou, who will graduate from Communication University of Shanxi this year
weekend, Richard Connell gives free English classes in his home - a secluded courtyard he has rented in Taiyuan
Officials from Xilin county of Guangxi province visited Shanxi University (SXU) on June 11
equipment manufacturing enterprises. Based on Zhongding Logistics Park and Shanxi Fanglue Bonded Inland Port Park where China Railway Express sets
marathon opened at Beiwudang Mountain, Lyuliang city, on June 18, attracting nearly 2
Farmers pick mushrooms at a greenhouse in Miaoping village, Linxian county, Shanxi province, June 14. The village established an agricultural technology demonstration park in cooperation with local companies, farmers and cooperatives in 2017.
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