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Share Is 'West' Best?
2018-2-5 17:56
I recently watched a video produced here in China, about the industrial revolution of China. America had her own industrial revolution about 100 years ago. With Deng's 'opening up' from 1978, Chinese looked to the West to understand an open economy. With this look westward, they also set out to understand western mechanisms of industry and technology. Along with many other things, this resulted in emulation of Western technology, innovation and economic norms. As a student of history, I also ...
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Share Smashing Mobile Phones
2018-1-26 06:12
Smashing Mobile Phones
Recently, there was a news article about a school in eastern China that was taking the students' cellphones and smashing them to pieces. Destroying something that cost their parents a lot of money. Destroying something that could be used to advance education in an amazing way. I was contacted by a well known international news organization and asked to weigh in on this action and write a series of articles for them. The exact question was, 'How can cellphones be used to educate students?' I ...
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Share You Misunderstood Me
2017-11-7 09:41
I read an article by a Chinese English teacher/blogger/philosopher a few days ago who was talking about the difference of how many Chinese think (I don't believe that 'all' Chinese do this even though I have personally experienced it many times) compared to how most Westerners think. One point made me chuckle with agreement. It said, "Most Chinese are quick to say, 'You misunderstood me.' Most Westerners say, 'Sorry. I misunderstood you.'" Very true. He went on to say, "Most West ...
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Share Chinese Students Will Conquer English
2017-11-7 09:05
Chinese Students Will Conquer English
The ancient wisdom of Confucius is timeless. His thinking has led Chinese for thousands of years. I've embedded his sayings in my own life and let them shape my character. English teaching/training seems to be one place where his wisdom is forgotten. Very few students are taught to use English. They know a lot 'about' English, but, they never master the language. They struggle. For many years they work so hard to learn, but never achieve their goal. I've met adult Chinese English learn ...
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Share Learn English: Immersion Classes
2017-10-30 05:27
Learn English: Immersion Classes
There are some excellent English training centers in China. Most are focused only on 'the exam.' They teach you shortcuts and tricks to get high scores. Though English is quite useless for those who are only concerned about scores, getting high scores is a reality for advancing in education in China. As a foreign, native English speaking teacher here, my focus is on those who want to get more than a high score. My work is with those who actually want to learn the language and use ...
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Share No 'Try' Classes For English
2017-10-29 18:32
No 'Try' Classes For English
Any professional teacher knows that a student can't 'try' a class and know what the class is about it. In English training, it takes years to develop the skills and knowledge needed to master the language. Usually, it takes 3 years for our students to become good enough at using English in order not need translation in the class. Yet, I still have people wanting to come and 'try' a free class. I don't allow it. First, if they can know whether my system is good or not based upon attending one ...
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Share Avoid This Kind of English Training
2017-10-29 16:28
There is no shortage of educational training centers in every city in China. I know, that here in Zhengzhou, there are several on nearly every block. There are good ones and ones that aren't so good. During my walks every day, I pass English training centers. What's interesting to me is when I stop outside to listen to the class and I hear almost no English being spoken. When I was in college (several decades ago), I took Spanish. I was required to take it to earn my liberal arts de ...
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Share President Xi: The World's Leader
2017-9-13 06:37
In a recent report reflecting an interview of the former, number one advisor to the U.S.'s president, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon revealed, what I believe, the most important perspective that President Trump holds regarding other world leaders. The report said, " President Donald Trump respects Chinese President Xi Jinping more than any other foreign leader, his former chief strategist Stephen Bannon said in a speech in Hong Kong in which he also warned ...
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Share English - Quote of the Day
2017-8-21 04:37
QUOTE OF THE DAY - Just do it! ~ Nike What does this quote mean? It means, 'take action now'. If you have a dream or goal in your heart and mind, get started making it come true now. Even if it is something small; take action right now. Thoughts and dreams always come first, however, nothing will come true unless you take action on those thoughts and dreams.
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Share Please, Don't Embarrass Your Country
2017-8-19 16:58
We all do stupid things from time to time. I know that I've done more than my fair share in my life. If we are honest, we know that we do. Most are not willing to admit it, but, they know. We are all human. The old adage, 'to err is human; to forgive is divine' is still true in these modern times. However, we need to live by certain personal standards that reflect and reveal our own personal integrity and character. I've always said, "You can be a character (a person who purposely does things t ...
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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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  • Avoid This Kind of English Training 2018-3-15 05:05

    Liononthehunt: A very interesting phenomenon is that most students in Eastern Asian countries, in particular, China, Japan and South Korea have all notoriously under ...
    In my experience, what holds back English education in China is that their is no foundation of learning to speak the language. Speaking is fundamental and foundation in language learning. It is rare here in China. I find it interesting that most Chinese primary and secondary schools do not teach Chinese grammar. Yet, they focus 90% or more of their time teaching English learning grammar rules. An effort in futility from my experience of teaching more than 4000 students and thousands more students.

  • Chinese Students Will Conquer English 2018-2-8 01:21

    Until the Chinese change the methods used to teach English by Chinese teachers and get rid of 99% of the poor foreign teachers. Maybe 5% of the Chinese will master English.Maybe. Taliking how and actually doing it are very different.

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