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Share Why Learn English?
MichaelM 2019-6-25 08:16
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” - Bruce Lee English is like every other endeavor in life. If the English student does't actually take action in learning the language, then, it is useless for he/she to learn it at all. I've often wondered why English is required in China. There are few who actually master the language and become fluent. There are many who hate learning it and others who find it infinitely frustrating. ...
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Share Why I Only Teach Elite Students
MichaelM 2019-6-24 17:33
I have no interest in teaching every child that I meet. I do have a deep desire to help everyone that I encounter. I'll explain. I interview parents of students before I allow the children join my class. I used to accept about 40% of them. Now, It is down to less than 30%. Why do I do this? Why do I turn away 7 out of ten students who come and whose parents want them to study with me? First, I don't need more students. I'm very happy with having no more than 150 students. I had a big scho ...
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Share Creative Teaching Methods That Work
MichaelM 2019-6-24 14:22
Teaching involves far more than simply feeding facts and figures to students and telling them to 'go learn this.' Teaching effectively is the ability to know how the brain works and knowing how true learning takes place in the brain. My parents' generation were taught to, 'shut up, sit down and listen.' Today, my English teaching style is almost the opposite. I want my students to 'stand up, follow me and start talking.' As with mastering any language, the foundation in language learning mu ...
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Share What Americans Think
MichaelM 2019-6-23 13:50
Today, a parent of one of my students came to my class for a discussion about her child's English learning. She said, "I know Michael is not Chinese, but, he needs to know how Chinese parents think." She went on to tell how 'Chinese parents think'. Of course, I know several Chinese parents who do not think this way, so, I know that 'all Chinese parents' do not think as she does. The fact is, she is only telling me what she thinks. She feels that it makes her case stronger if she can m ...
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Share 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make In Their Child's English Education
MichaelM 2019-6-19 12:41
I've been teaching English in China for about 8 years. I've taught more than 5,000 classes. I've taught thousands of students and hundreds of teachers. During that time, I've seen some amazing students (and teachers). In fact, the reason I've stayed in China is because of the achievements I've seen with our students. I've seen my students score as high as 1580 (out of 1600) on the SAT. I've seen them score as high as 118 (out of 120) on the TOEFL exam. Our average score for our students who t ...
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Share English Punctuation Is Important
MichaelM 2019-6-19 07:12
I'm often surprised how little punctuation is taught in English classes in China. To be excellent in English, you must learn punctuation and know how to use it. Here is a short lesson in using the apostrophe ( ' ) in English punctuation (from www.yourdictionary.com). Apostrophes ( ' ) Show Possession or Indicate an Omission (something that is left out (omitted)) An apostrophe is used to show possession or ownership. An apostrophe and an -s should be added to singular pos ...
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Share Easy to Predict the man of Thirty in the Future
shehemego 2019-6-18 10:36
What am I going to be when I am thirty? Looking at who I am now, I CAN predict the man I will be-- the same as I am, with only age number larger. The right thing to do is say I WILL meet the challenge And see how much and how long I can shoulder it As days slip, with normal life, normal work Being Ordinary is acceptable to me, right? Why seeing the peers find their good jobs, earn their success makes me feel misery? I look at storys of millionairs, the disabled of success, ...
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Share More intellectuals work in the Forum
SEARU 2019-6-17 16:32
This morning the news program on the radio told me: Recently President Ximentioned that newspaper authority should take effective measures to attract more intellectuals to make the media business get better for the public! In the forum I have met with many teacher bloggers whose articles were quite nice those could reflect the reality of the true China. But it is a pity thatmany of the talent writers had only worked here for a short period. I miss them very much ...
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Share Why I Live In China
MichaelM 2019-6-11 14:48
If you read my blog often, you know that I came to China in 2011. My intention was to stay a year, experience the culture and return to my comfortable life in America. However, once I got here and realized the desperate need for quality English education, I felt that I could do something to change the fate of many Chinese children. Now, I've been here off and on for about 7 years total. It has been quite difficult to live here as a foreigner because, well, not everyone is so nice to for ...
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Share Big English Mistake
MichaelM 2019-6-9 08:26
I've taught nearly 5,000 classes since I arrived in China in 2011. I've had several thousand students that range in age from 5 years old to 80 years old. I've taught numerous students who are now studying at top universities in America, Canada and Australia. I've trained 350 Chinese English teachers for 12 hours a weekend for 6 weeks in Henan and in Sichuan. I've taught many more Chinese teachers in weekly classes. I've even written a book about learning English. There are two very common mis ...
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