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Share SAT Cheating
MichaelM 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
MichaelM 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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Share Why I'd Choose A Chinese School Over An American School (for my child)
MichaelM 2016-2-28 08:28
Having taught more than 4,300 classes with about 3,200 students since coming to China, and having interviewed several hundred students for English assessment and placement, I've learned a lot about how English is taught and many of the problems and pitfalls that students face. I came to China in 2011. I've taught, on average, about 20 classes a week. Some semesters, I taught as many as 32 classes. Others, as few as 20. I took some time off to travel back to my home in the USA. Nonetheless, I' ...
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Share Why Chinese Students Excel
MichaelM 2016-2-28 08:07
This is a repost from another blog that I wrote on a different website. It reflects the rigorous requirements for Chinese education and reflects why students in China excel in education as they do, especially when they come to the West for college. Education in China is not for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of hard work. I know. I see students doing it every day. It always makes me feel so proud of them to see their diligence and grit in getting their education. The average Chinese ...
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Share Do You Want To Study in the USA?
MichaelM 2016-2-20 09:40
I teach students who will study abroad for college/university. I often hear that they spend from 25,000 RMB up to 100,000 RMB for services that help them in the selection and application process. Applying for a university or college in the USA is actually not as difficult as many believe. The problem is that most students don't know where to go and look for the information that they need. All of the information that they need is online. However, also due to Internet restrictions, many don't know ...
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Share Why I Continue To Teach In China
MichaelM 2016-2-17 19:46
I've been in China now for almost 4.5 years. More than 4,000 classes and nearly as many students has given me experiences I'll never forget. I didn't come here in need of job. I semi-retired in 2005, nearly 11 years ago. I wrote a book that sold quite well during that time and got hundreds of invitations to speak at various venues regarding my message. However, after having many years building a private school and watching it thrive and succeed, I never got education out of my heart and ...
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Share A Foreigner Learning Chinese
MichaelM 2016-2-6 15:31
I've been in China for 4.5 years. I've taught 4,234 classes since I came here. That's almost 1,000 classes a year; 500 a term. That's an average of about 30 classes or more a week. I stay busy. I've made several attempts at getting a Chinese teacher to teach me the Chinese language. I can presently recognize about 200 Chinese characters and can speak perhaps a few more words than that. But, finding a teacher who can teach a foreigner is a bit challenging here in Henan. First of all, there are ...
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Share 4,214 English Classes And Counting
MichaelM 2016-1-11 20:37
It has been 1,601 days since I landed here in Henan in Central China. Since that time, I've taught 4,214 classes and about 2,150 students as well as 300+ Chinese English teachers. I've taught every age from primary school to the eMBA students at Zhengzhou University. I've taught oral English, IELTS Listening, IELTS Speaking, TOEFL Listening, TOEFL Speaking, AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Geography and have lectured on the book I wrote 10 years ago. I've given 36 public presentations in numerous colleg ...
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Share 10 Ways To Improve Your English
MichaelM 2016-1-3 12:33
I've been teaching here in China (Henan) for 4.5 years. I've taught more than 2,000 students in about 2,500 classes. I've seen some students who advance quickly and others who don't. There is no big secret to learning English. There are some tried and tested ways to get better. Many will say, "Practice makes perfect." This is a noble suggestion and certainly contains some truth. However, if you practice something that isn't correct, you are becoming perfect at the wrong thing. You need t ...
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Share A Great Tool At Baidu
MichaelM 2015-12-30 15:32
Perhaps I overlooked a remarkable tool for learning Chinese (for a foreigner like me) or those learning English. It is at (you can also find it at I've used both of these in the past to get a more accurate translation, however, there are a few features that are either new to both sites or I've simply overlooked. One is the button to turn on or off Pinyin. This is very helpful, especially for foreigners who want to learn accurate pronunciation of characters. ...
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