Visit of Guangren

August 27th, 2015

Guangren (彭光仁), a student I taught at Cheihshow Junior High School around 33 years ago, paid me a visit this late afternoon. He was 13 when I taught him, and now he is 46! Read the rest of this entry »

On Teachers’ Working Hours–”把教育當志業 怎有工時問題”–from UDN

August 27th, 2015

把教育當志業 怎有工時問題

2015-08-27 01:45:13      聯合報 馬惠娣/教育工作者(南投市)


My comments: This is not true. When I taught, Ususally, I got to school around 7:30am, left school around 6-6:30pm. After dinner, having finished housework, I went to my study and went on with my job, reading students’ homework and preparing lessons for the next day, which included designing classroom activities, searching for supplementary materials, such as videos and articles, related to the lesson. I often worked until 11-11:30pm. Read the rest of this entry »

Jack, Happy Seeing You Again, and Good Luck!

August 26th, 2015

Had an afternoon tea with Jack, a former student who graduated from NHSH in 2009. Last Thursday, he asked if I could go over his motivation letter for applying to a language school in Germany, though having a deadline to meet, I still did it promptly and offered him some revision suggestions. This afternoon, I read the revised letter and also gave him a mock interview in English. He’s going to have the interview with someone from German Institute Taipei tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

“Relatively Speaking: 5 Strategies for Teaching Relative Clauses” (關係子句教學策略)–from Busy Teacher

August 26th, 2015

When it comes to English grammar, relative clauses are nightmares to many learners. The modifying structure is totally different from that in Mandarin. In Mandarin, we put the modifying clause in front of the modified noun while in English, it follows the noun. A former colleague once told me when seeing her students’ confused looks, she spent one hour re-teaching her senior class this grammar point, which was supposed to have been learned in 9th grade.

However, I find this grammar point intriguing and always had fun when teaching it. The following webpage deals with ways to teach relative clauses. A good reference.

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“The 21 greatest graduation speeches of the last 50 years”–from Vox

August 25th, 2015

I love to watch/listen to graduation speeches. A graduation speech is always spoken from the speaker’s heart based on his/her precious lifetime experience. In my last year of teaching, I used excerpts of four such speeches in a final exam I wrote for high school seniors.

Vox presented the 21 best graduation speeches of the last 50 years. I don’t know what the criteria are. However, it seems to have missed J.K. Rowling’s at Harvard Commencement and Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos’s at Princeton University. Read the rest of this entry »

A Gathering with Mr. Wu, Former NHSH Principal

August 24th, 2015

Mr. Wu, former NHSH principal, retired this past summer. Ms. Lai organized a dinner gathering for him and some retired teachers. Though retired from public school, Mr. Wu serves now at Taipei Kuei Shan School as principal. His second career. Knowing he enjoys the work very much, we were all happy for him.


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Best Books of the Month_Amazon

August 24th, 2015

Surfing the Net for some information, I came across this Amazon page entitled “Best Books of the Month.” A good reference for those who are looking for books to feed their mind and/or heart.

The following are books listed on this page. For further information of each book, please click the above link and check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

“Literature in ELT: Who’s Afraid of Literature?”–TESOL Bolg

August 23rd, 2015

Literature in ELT: Who’s Afraid of Literature?

Posted on 19 August 2015 by Guest Author   Sybil Marcus

I admit it—I’m passionate about using literature, especially short stories, for language learning. As I result, I take every opportunity to talk about this to teachers of intermediate to advanced-level ELLs. In a nutshell, I think literature is a great teaching tool for these reasons:

  • It’s an opportunity to teach language skills in an authentic context.
  • It’s a chance to practice critical thinking skills.
  • It introduces a diverse array of social and cross-cultural topics.
  • It gives rise to energetic class discussions. Read the rest of this entry »

4T in Flipped Classroom–”翻轉教室始祖 來台傳「4T」心法”–from UDN

August 22nd, 2015

翻轉教室始祖 來台傳「4T」心法

2015-08-14 03:27:22      聯合報 記者林秀姿/台北報導

「翻轉教室」在台灣喊得震天價響,但到底什麼才是「翻轉」?讓學生玩遊戲學數學就是翻轉嗎?翻轉教室創始人強納森柏格曼(Jonathan Bergmann)首度來台現身說法,提出翻轉四T:Thinking(思想)、Training(訓練)、Time(時間)、Technology(科技),老師必須突破這四大要素才能完成翻轉。

My comments: Want to know more about Johnthan Bergmann and flipped classroom? Please read:

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Stop and Smell the Roses with Mei-chu

August 21st, 2015

Though I’m retired, my life is still kind of hectic. So today, with Mei-chu, a high school classmate, I escaped to the embrace of nature. Also, by inviting Mei-chu to lunch, I showed my gratitude to her for taking Ms. Lin, my high school teacher, home by taxi after my son’s wedding banquet on May 30. We chatted over lunch and took photos. Read the rest of this entry »