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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Relatively Speaking: 5 Strategies for Teaching Relative Clauses Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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.
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?
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 »
2015-08-14 03:27:22 聯合報 記者林秀姿／台北報導
My comments: Want to know more about Johnthan Bergmann and flipped classroom? Please read:
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 »