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Share Making Lemonade From Lemons
2016-9-16 23:16
A policy of the Chinese government that many foreigners know little or nothing about is, after a foreigner has worked in China for 5 years, he/she must leave for 6 months before they can come back to work in China. This policy is the reason why so many foreigners are in China on tourist visas and working illegally. In fact, most of the foreigners that I've known in China are on a tourist visa. They need to leave China once every 3-6 months and then come directly back in so that they can show ...
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Share Fake Foreign Teachers
2016-8-28 06:07
Right now, I'm in the midst of helping my daughter get her college diploma 'authenticated' so that she can teach in China. This is apparently a new requirement in light of the fact that I've never had to do it before. It is, I suppose, a response to make sure that foreign teachers actually have a diploma. The process begins with getting a notary public (a person officially deemed trustworthy and who is licensed by the state and bonded by an insurance company) to place their stamp and ...
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Share 'Anyone Can Teach English'
2016-8-22 19:15
I'm involved in a project here in the USA in teaching English teachers how to teach the language to non-native (ESL/EFL) English speaking students. One assumption that I was asked to address and is often made (especially in China where native English speaking teachers are only required to have bachelors degree in order to teach) is that, 'anyone who can speak English can teach English.' In my opinion, this is very wrong. Let me tell you why. First, most schools teach the alphabet to new Engli ...
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Share Foreign Teachers Leaving China
2016-8-17 15:14
Foreign Teachers Leaving China
I recently saw a statistic from a foreign teachers' union website that showed that 43% of foreign teachers who taught in China last school term, won't be back this fall. It leaves a gaping hole of over 12,000 openings for schools in China. The fact is, the need and demand for foreign teachers is greater today than it has ever been. It will continue to increase with the growing desire for Chinese students to study abroad. Even with the reduction of potential scoring on the Gaokao of 100 points ...
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Share Confucius Versus Modern Chinese Thinking, Part 3
2016-5-25 08:23
Another important golden nugget of wisdom that Confucius taught the world is revealed in what is likely his greatest and most memorable quote. "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand" - Confucius After coming to China and teaching more than 1,000 classes my first year, my eyes were opened to the need of good English education for students here. At first, I only planned to come here for a year and then go back to the comfort of my home in America. I stayed because ...
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Share Teacher Can't Speak The Language
2016-5-3 05:15
I will share an interesting news story from America. This is how foreign language classes are taught in America. High school French teacher reportedly doesn't speak French Published May 02, 2016 It is unimaginable that a language teacher cannot actually speak the language that he/she proposes to be able to teach. Fluency in speaking that language, especially for a high school teacher, is nearly always a minimum requirement. If a teacher cannot travel to the country ...
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Share English Lesson 4-10-16
2016-4-11 06:23
English Lesson 4-10-16
If you want to receive a FREE English lesson every day with useful English tips and Mp3 audio, you can scan the WeChat (weixin) QR Code below and join Michael's English Club. Good morning. A group of students that I was talking to recently, asked me about the relationship between certain verbs and the word ‘you.’ For example, ‘I want you to study hard.’ They asked me about something that they’d learned from another English program. They asked me how we connect the two sounds from these ...
Personal category: Education|726 views|0 comments
Share Learning About Western Culture
2016-4-2 06:08
Learning About Western Culture
How To Use A Person's Name Part 1 Learning a second language isn't so easy. Learning a language involves many different things. It involves listening, speaking, writing and reading. It is also very important to learn about culture. Recently, one of our members had a question about why we use first names (also called given names) when meeting someone for the first time. In Chinese culture, you use the person's family name (also called surname) as their 'first nam ...
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Share SAT Cheating
2016-3-30 07:48
I teach 3 SAT English preparation classes each week here in China. I'm closely connected with the CollegeBoard, the organization that writes the SAT and I receive daily updates on what is happening with the SAT. The exam is given by a cooperation that the CollegeBoard has with ETS, Educational Testing Services. What is the SAT? If you don't know, the SAT is an exam that is given to students who want to enter college in the USA. It is often compared with the Chinese Gaokao. There is anot ...
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Share A Serious Teacher With Heart
2016-3-9 07:31
I just finished reading a story about a school administrator who was once a middle school teacher in a large American city. She had a life-changing experience that I too can identify with. After dinner one evening, she was waiting to get on the elevator and when the doors opened, she was face to face with a former student who she had expelled (made to leave) school. The student was not allowed to return and now, several years later, she is face to face with this same student. He had ...
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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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