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Share The Biggest Secret to Learning English
MichaelM 2018-9-19 10:41
A student just showed me a study entitled, 'The Number One Benefit For Chinese Students in Learning English.' Not surprisingly, it was language immersion. Of course, most cannot travel abroad and their Chinese English teacher is often teaching English in Chinese; not English. So, what is a parent to do? The study said that parents need to find a way to get their child (as young as possible) into an immersive English classroom environment. The stud ...
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Share My Chinese Student, A Leader At Yale University
MichaelM 2018-8-13 01:00
MY STUDENT, CHOSEN AS A LEADER AT YALE Lucy Mao, one of my long-time students' mother, here in China, contacted me today to let me know something. Her son, my student, is Gary Mao. His father is one of the top level, city leaders here in Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million people. About two months ago, just before I left to go back and visit my family and friends in Texas, Lucy, Gary's mom, invited me to dinner with her and Gary. We went to one of the nicest restaurants in this city. In fac ...
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Share Encouraging Trends in Chinese Education
MichaelM 2018-6-25 06:15
I am highly encouraged as I read reports about changing teaching/learning methods across China. I just read the story here on CD about the support of using play in educating children. ( http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201806/24/WS5b2f0568a3103349141de6d2.html ) The story was specifically written about the use of Legos building blocks in teaching kindergarteners. (Another very interesting story you might want to read is of a professor, Huang Chao, teaching anatomy at Sichuan Agricultural U ...
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Share English Enlightenment
MichaelM 2018-6-23 02:58
Seven years ago, I was sitting in Texas (USA), semi-retired while hosting a syndicated radio program called, 'Success In Living.' I would rise up at 4 a.m. to go in and prepare for the day's show. It would start at 6 a.m. and focused on getting people inspired and motivated for their day of work. At that time, I had been featured on the back cover of SkyMall magazine, which was found in the seat pocket of nearly every American airline (Delta, American Airlines, etc.). I was featured for my su ...
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Share Excellence In English Education
MichaelM 2018-6-21 15:36
I led a school in Texas, USA, for 15 years before coming to China. It was a very successful school of several hundred students. Graduates excelled in major universities and colleges. I sold the school and property and took semi-retirement. That's how I finally landed in China in 2011. Since coming here, I've experienced far more success than I expected. I didn't plan to stay here more than a year, but, was compelled to due to the lack of quality English education that I observed. Students an ...
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Share Brilliant Chinese Parents
MichaelM 2018-6-20 06:01
A child's education is totally in the hands of their parents. No one has more influence and determines the results more than the parents. Teachers can and do 'influence' what happens in a child's education, but, parents determine the outcome. I've been deeply involved in the English education of Chinese children for 7 years. I came to China (Zhengzhou) on August 25, 2011. I came at the invitation of a university dean. He knew that I'd owned a school in America and that I'd been featured for s ...
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Share Amazing Chinese Student
MichaelM 2018-6-15 04:13
Amazing Chinese Student
Yesterday was the most interesting of days. Being half way around the world from your home and choosing to do what you can to make a difference in the lives of Chinese children can be both exhilarating and sometimes, exhausting. Here is how my day unfolded. It started out with plans to go to the hospital to get checked out regarding some pain that I'm feeling in my body. It was nearly noon and we knew that there likely wouldn't be any doctors available. So, I went to a professional massage th ...
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Share Cellphones in the Classroom
MichaelM 2018-5-28 20:41
The biggest controversy today in education is regarding kids bringing cellphones to school. One school in eastern China, takes the phones from the kids and destroys the phones. Another spends a few hours before school begins, frisking students and searching for weapons or cellphones. With President Xi's call for innovation and technology to expand in China, education is a place where both can be very useful. Just in the school that I teach several classes a week, we have followed technologica ...
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Share Why I Recommend Chinese Schools
MichaelM 2018-5-22 19:22
No matter anyone's opinion about America and their post secondary schools (colleges) and rankings, there is no denying that American colleges still dominate all of them. There is a lot of criticism regarding the revered U.S. News and World Reports ranking, so, I choose to forego it and rely more on the Shanghai list. The Shanghai list ranks 49 of the top 100 world colleges/universities in America. It is not controlled by anyone in the West and, in my opinion, is trustworthily objective. O ...
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Share Can Chinese Education Change?
MichaelM 2018-5-9 15:33
My 11th grade students often want to engage in open debate on certain subjects. Of course, they want to do it in English. It challenges their English skills and enhances their fluency abilities. Today, they asked me questions about Western education. They particularly are interested in the differences in their education and an 11th grade student in America. Most of them had dim views about Chinese education. Part of the trouble is (1) they don't know much about Western education (the positive ...
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