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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 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 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 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 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 Smashing Mobile Phones
MichaelM 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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