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Share 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make In Their Child's English Education
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 English Punctuation Is Important
2019-6-19 07:12
I'm often surprised how little punctuation is taught in English classes in China. To be excellent in English, you must learn punctuation and know how to use it. Here is a short lesson in using the apostrophe ( ' ) in English punctuation (from www.yourdictionary.com). Apostrophes ( ' ) Show Possession or Indicate an Omission (something that is left out (omitted)) An apostrophe is used to show possession or ownership. An apostrophe and an -s should be added to singular pos ...
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Share Why I Live In China
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 Big English Mistake
2019-6-9 08:26
I've taught nearly 5,000 classes since I arrived in China in 2011. I've had several thousand students that range in age from 5 years old to 80 years old. I've taught numerous students who are now studying at top universities in America, Canada and Australia. I've trained 350 Chinese English teachers for 12 hours a weekend for 6 weeks in Henan and in Sichuan. I've taught many more Chinese teachers in weekly classes. I've even written a book about learning English. There are two very common mis ...
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Share What does it take to get a high score?
2019-6-8 06:58
What does it take to get a high score?
I've taught English in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, off and on for the past 8 years. I came here with the intention of staying only one year. When I saw the desperate need for quality English education, I knew that I could help. So, I've stayed. Right now, we are in the season of the Gaokao. Tens of thousands of high school seniors have been cramming for months, if not years, for this once in a lifetime exam. In late August, students who desire to study abroad, will be taking the next offering ...
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Share Did China 'Steal' American Jobs?
2019-6-7 14:52
This is an assertion that Trump made during has campaign and now, during his presidency. To rational, intelligent people, we know that this isn't true, because, in fact, it would be impossible for Chinese to 'steal' American jobs. American companies started outsourcing manufacturering jobs to many countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and others, many years ago. Why did they do it? The answer is simple. These countries could produce consumer goods at ...
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Share Why Bill Gates Gives Away Money
2019-6-7 03:50
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and most American billionaires have committed themselves to giving away 90% or more of their money in their lifetime. When asked why he would give away his money, Gates replied, "The pursuit in life is not about money. It is about making a difference in the lives of others and making an impact on humanity." This is why he travels to impoverished regions of the world and directly gets involved in the lives of the less fortunate. Charity (donating money) is a tra ...
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Share Americans Don't 'Go Dutch'
2019-6-6 16:09
I just read a blog on here that stated that 'it is well known that Western people go Dutch.' It further stated that Western people don't entertain or invite others to meals at restauarants. I'm not sure who told someone these things, but, it isn't at all true. Americans love inviting others to restaurants for meals. In my nearly 6 decades of living, I've never once 'gone Dutch.' In fact, I've never witnessed this in America. Americans love inviting others to a meal at a restaurant and do ...
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Share American Gaokao - The Pursuit of High Scores
2019-6-6 04:51
American Gaokao - The Pursuit of High Scores
It is that season again when students almost go insane with anxiety as they go headlong into the most important exam they'll ever take. America has its own version of the college entrance exam, or, as I've heard many call it, the Meiguo Gaokao. In fact, there are two exams that are quite popular, but, the SAT is the one that is most well-known. As opposed to the Chinese Gaokao, it is only about a 3.5 hour exam (the length varies depending on whether a student chooses to take subject tests and ...
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Share 'Adversity Factor' Added For College Entrance Exam
2019-5-20 14:36
There are two entrance exams available to students who are seeking admission into American colleges. There is the SAT and the ACT. For international students, in addition, most will need to take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam to assess English proficiency. Last year, about 2.1 million students took the SAT while just over 1.9 million took the ACT. Nonetheless, the SAT has been the most well-known of the two exams for quite some time. A few years ago, the SAT scoring structu ...
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MichaelM

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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  • Why I Live In China 2019-6-13 16:59

    Sorry. I don't have time to correct all of your grammar mistakes. There are too many. I have students that are getting nearly perfect scores on the SAT who deserve my attention.

  • Big English Mistake 2019-6-13 16:52

    SEARU: I will insist on correcting your grammar till I find out your error in your past writings!

    (One foreign friend told me I was bold on using of Englis ...
    You're very welcome to try. However, so far, you've only displayed your own poor grammar. Happy hunting!

    I won't check yours. You have too many. I don't have time to try to help you. Besides, I am a professional and I get paid to correct poor grammar. Good luck!

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