“9 Foods That May Help Save Your Memory”–from Health Newsletters

May 4th, 2016


9 Foods That May Help Save Your Memory

My mom once told me that the disease she was most afraid of having is dementia or Alzheimer’s. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.”  This article from Health Newsletters suggests foods for good memory. Click the link, and you’ll see the photos and read the explanations. But before that, guess what the 9 foods are. You might have read several articles on the same topic. Could you remember any memory-improving foods? Read the rest of this entry »

“The art of teaching teachers how to teach reading”–from CNN

May 3rd, 2016


The art of teaching teachers how to teach reading

By Kelly Wallace, CNN

Updated 1251 GMT (1951 HKT) April 29, 2016

(CNN)A lifelong educator and advocate for children, Principal Diane Daprocida of P.S. 94, an elementary school in the Bronx, says she has been waiting for one thing since she started running the school 10 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Websites_”網站資源:閱讀文章與閱讀理解題”

May 2nd, 2016



This site introduces 21 website for English reading.

Another Happy Get-together

May 1st, 2016

Time: 13:00~15:00

Place: Zhanlu Coffee, Neihu, Taipei

Pei-yi (陳珮宜) is a former student of mine who graduated from NHSH in 2009. I only taught her in her senior year. Our last meet-up was about two years ago. During today’s gathering, we spent most of the time talking about her work; also, we chatted about her high school classmates, ways to improve English listening skills, what I have been doing in my retirement, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Ting-chun, Long Time No See!

April 30th, 2016

Time: 10:30~13:30

Place: T.B.C. Cafe

I had a tight schedule today. To begin with, I had a meet-up with Ting-chun (陳亭君), who I haven’t seen for around 10 years. Next, I visited my sister-in-law in the hospice with George, followed by attending a former student’s college graduation fashion show at 7pm. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Scams_What’s Wrong with Our Education?

April 29th, 2016

This afternoon, I heard on the read a poignant talk about telephone scams. The host interviewed an editor of the magazine Businesstoday, the newest issue of which features phone frauds by Taiwanese.

What a shame! The host mentioned there have been 100,000 scammers in Taiwan. Many of them have their base in foreign countries. From those countries, they called innocent people in Taiwan and China to cheat them out of money. The host asked once in a while what was wrong with Taiwan’s education. Read the rest of this entry »

A Day with Former NHSH Colleagues

April 28th, 2016

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Tips for Making Great Progress on TOEIC in a Year–”高二生多益980分 1年進步400分怎辦到的?”

April 27th, 2016


高二生多益980分 1年進步400分怎辦到的?

2016-04-22 10:17 聯合報 記者廖雅欣/宜蘭報導



My comments: Intrinsic motivation counts most.

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High School Student Finishes an English Sci-Fi in Three Years–”英文太好免修課 南一中生寫出10萬字英文科幻小說”

April 26th, 2016

Good language learners have been the subject of several studies. Besides their aptitude, their attitude and strategies are the key.


英文太好免修課 南一中生寫出10萬字英文科幻小說

2016-04-14 07:49 聯合報 記者鄭惠仁/台南報導



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Yi-fang, Brilliant Piano Recital!

April 25th, 2016

Time: 7:30pm, Apr. 25, 2016

Place: Recital Hall, National Concert Hall, Taipei

Pianist: Yi-Fang Lee

(Left to Right: Yi-fang’s mother, father, my aunt Lily Hong, me, Li-chu Chen)

Thank you, Lily for inviting me to the concert.

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