The Next, And then the Next…

March 30th, 2015

“You must never think of the whole street at once, understand? You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, do next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else…That way you enjoy your work, which is important, because then you make a good job of it. And that’s how it ought to be.” (Ende, Momo 36) Read the rest of this entry »

“Trusty translation”–A Column in The Student Post for English Learners

March 29th, 2015

The following is an old column in The Student Post (Sunday, July 20, 1997). It presents two ways to translate the same Chinese sentences. The A translation is how students in general would do, and the B translation is sugggested by The Student Post. You can translate the Chinese sentences first before reading the two versions. As noted in the column, the B translation is not the only correct answer, but it is how native speakers would say.

Trusty translations  精譯求經 Read the rest of this entry »

Giving Away Books

March 28th, 2015

Guess what I was doing here? Read the rest of this entry »

“Teach students everyday English please”–from Sunday China Post

March 27th, 2015

Besides the “Ask Alexander” column, there is “Campus Voice,” where students in Taiwan talk about education issues.

Here’s an example: Read the rest of this entry »

“How to increase your pleasure in reading”–from Sunday China Post

March 27th, 2015

I stocked quite a few copies of Sunday China Post like this. For the sake of de-cluttering, I’ve got to throw all of them away except one or two copies. Thanks to the digital camera, I can still keep some good articles in them.  Among them is the “Ask Alexander” column, which deals mostly with English learning. I guess it was the main reason why I kept the papers. The following is an example: Read the rest of this entry »

A Postcard from Salzburg

March 26th, 2015

(Only the left half is shown here because in the right part is my address.)


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“Adding Excitement to Your Classroom”–Speech Handouts from Studio Classroom

March 25th, 2015

(Please click the photo to enlarge it.)

Doing the cleaning-out, I found the handouts given during a speech by Ruth Seamans from Studio Classroom years ago. If my memory serves me right, it was more than 10 years ago. All the tips provided were what I tried my best to do when teaching.

The sentence on page 1 “Teacher should speak English in class. If you don’t, why should your students?” contains a good argument.

P.S. Finding this precious handouts reminded me of the book A Perfect Mess. Had I thrown them away, I would not be able to share it here now. Why didn’t I share then? Well, I hadn’t started my blog by then.

On Reading–”青春名人堂/閱讀 是拿來用的 不要只是讀”–from UDN

March 24th, 2015

青春名人堂/閱讀 是拿來用的 不要只是讀

2015-03-24 09:00:03      聯合報 今日登場/鄭俊德


我每次演講時總會被問到,怎樣可以很快讀完一本書(大家似乎都希望很快讀完),或是如何面對網路的大量資訊。面對這些問題,我是這樣回答: Read the rest of this entry »

My Favorite Teacher–from Studio Classroom

March 23rd, 2015

This essay was written by Billy Haselton, a Studio Classroom teacher. Since I couldn’t find it online. I’d like to type it up and share here. You can see how teachers make a difference. Following the essay are words from Billy’s favorite teacher and some ideas for showing appreciation to teachers.

 My Favorite Teacher 

by Billy Haselton  September 27-28, 1999, Studio Classroom, pp. 32-33

I love math. All those Xs and Ys and equations…solving word problems…playing with numbers and formulas…I call this fun. Maybe you’re surprised that a Studio Classroom English teacher could enjoy math so much. You’ll understand better when I tell you about my favorite teacher, Mrs. Lou Cleveland. She taught me—you guessed it—math. Actually, though, I haven’t always enjoyed math. In fact, in 7th grade, I hated it. Read the rest of this entry »

“Ten Ways to Simplify Your Life”–from Studio Classroom

March 23rd, 2015

Before having this old issue of Studio Classroom (Dec. 1996), I’d like to share some tips on simplifying our life presented in its last article.

The article was written by Mark Golin.

Living Principles

1. Just say “no” to unnecessay commitments. Read the rest of this entry »