Going online-Online education

online-education    Recently,the discussion on whether the school should launch a weekend extra classes program is very hot. Headmaster of school believes longer instruction time will definitely buy higher academic result. As for me, though it may work, there is a way far more interesting, exciting and efficient,that is online education.

Online education helps students to reflect and learn more effectively. Imaging a student listens only to a teacher who needs to split his or her attention,to be moral, equally to everyone in class. There is no way for a single teacher to caster to the individual needs of each students. Classroom instructions have to focus on a bigger picture, that is leading the right direction. Individualized learning could be better achieved if an online learning system based on statistical data from previous students’ performance is introduced as a supplement of classroom instruction. Students choose what they needs to know or revise after school hours.

Online education helps teachers and schools by taking the repetitive tedious part of the job from the teachers. Repetition is evidenced to be an effective way of learning a new language. In the past, a teacher ought to constantly correct the students pronunciation, and as tiring as it is, over and over again. A online TTS based pronunciation module will save the teachers from endless “please repeat after me”, so that teachers could focus on designing and researching for better educational solutions.

Student management made easy by online education. As a teacher, I can’t stopping fight with my students about their wasting time during self-study. I used to check every student’s computer screen every 10 seconds to make sure they are not playing computer games or facebooking their friends. When online education system is adopted, a full detailed report of student activities will be shown in front of my screen, and instantly I can take actions when a student is not being responsible.

Going online, coming in the classroom.


Online educationonline-education

Making a program work

Since I have taken the job as the department chair of the English subjects, in different occasions, I have realized more than one the making the program work involves a lot more than a slogan on the wall or some elaborate words to be said in the meeting.

A good English program must be a well-structured systematic course with incentive programs and parental support. Implementing a good textbook is comparatively much easier than, say, let the textbook benefit the language learners as it was originally designed to. Teachers need to understand that teaching a English program is more of a coaching job than a lecturing one. Students need to bare in mind that their language ability is to be trained and practiced rather than taught. Parents must be aware that money alone do not buy language success if they are reluctant to let their children challenge themselves with hard work. And headmasters should know that language learning is not to be determined solely by a TOEFL score.

An English program

How to transfer money to Your US Bank Account From China.

transfer money to Your US Bank Account From China  ?

From foreigners working in China, you may want to sometimes send your earnings here back to your bank account in the US in order to pay off your bills there. Of course you can always go to almost any branch of any bank in China to wire your money back to your account, however the fee is a lot. Banks in China charges a fee for international money transfer, and your bank in the US typically charge you again for receiving a wire usually about 16-20 USD. To avoid the fee and as well to move your money more efficiently, I figured out a solution myself. That is, bank draft + mobile check deposit.

First, you need to by a bank draft from a bank in China. A bank draft is a check written by the bank and pay to your appointed receipient. This method is very commonly used for international transections. In
this case, you pay the bank to write you a check under the bank’s name. For example, for China construction bank, the fee for buying a bank draft is 0.1% of the amount. IMG_1055IMG_1057

Second, enable your mobile banking with your US bank account and download the apps from the appstores respectively. Write done “For Deposit Only” at the bank of the bank draft you have just brought in the first step. Open the bank app and deposit the bank draft in the check deposit section. IMG_1056

Third, wait for the bank to process the request. Usually it will take one business day for your deposted amount to be availabe in your US bank account.

In this way, you saved the incoming wire receiving fee, and a lot of other fees charged by the Chinese banks.

One more thing, currently, foriegners are not allowed to buy USD with RMB exceeds the limit of 500 USD. If you have legal income in China, you need to go to the HR to have them write you a letter indicating your income and tax payment,before you can actually buy USD with your RMB earned in China.

千万别再弄错啦! —–解析中国人对 托福考试的误区

千万别再弄错啦! —–解析中国人对托福考试的误区


















TOEFL ibt Reading skills 2- Reference Questions 托福阅读技巧2 – 指代问题

Reference Questions have always been the headaches of some Chinese TOEFL ibt exam takers,partly because the Chinese language doesn’t put them that way when it comes to make a reference. As a clear understanding of references is vital in comprehending a passage,it surely will be heavily tested in the TOEFL ibt test which targeted a measurement of ability for successful academic study.



To improve reading, of course one needs to read a certain amount of stuff, but for taking the tests, there are some techniques, or tricks, I would like to put it that way because I don’t want students to take it for granted that tricks are better than wit when it comes to improve language skills.


First, lets take a look at an example,


32. The word “they” in line 4 refers to

(A) seasonal changes

(B) natural forces

(C) theories

(D) human beings


And the sentence in the passage is like this:

The argument for this view goes as follows. In the beginning, human beings viewed the natural forces of the world, even the seasonal changes, as unpredictable, and they sought through various means, to control these unknown and feared powers.

The traditional way of cracking this might be paying attention cracking on the grammatical structure of the sentence to identify the reference, but surely,a simpler way is to put the potential candidates from the questions in to the sentence to test.   In the sentence “they” act like the subject of the sentence with the verb of “sought through”, a verb clearly indicate the subject to be humane. Then the answer is much easier to be spotted.

按照传统的做题方法,我们需要很好的分析这句话的语法结构,从中间找到指代关系。但是另外一种更加快捷的做题方法就是把各个选项中的词汇带入句子当中进行测试。代词后面的谓语动词是sought through, 很显然,这个动词的主语一定要是人,到这里,答案就显而易见。

In English, when pronouns are asked to be identified, a simpler way to do this is to look at the verb, to think whether the reference of pronouns would work for the verb as subject or object.


Here are some more Questions for you to practice with this technique.


Last but not least, read more is always the ultimate way of improving reading, regardless of any tricks or techniques that helped you in any tests.


4. The word “They” in line 5 refers to

(A) houses

(B) bluffs

(C) walls

(D) families

Sentence: At least a dozen large stone houses took shape below the bluffs of Chiaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico. They were built with masonry walls more than a meter thick and adjoining apartments to accommodate dozens, even hundreds, of families.


15. The word “them” in line 17 refers to

(A) years

(B) hands

(C) pieces

(D) films


The suggestions became more explicit, and so emerged the musical cue sheet containing indications of mood, the titles of suitable pieces of music, and precise directions to show where one piece led into the next.

Certain films had music especially composed for them. The most famous of these early special scores was that composed and arranged for D. W. Griffith’s film Birth of a Nation, which was released in 1915.


24. The word “which” in line 7 refers to

(A) crusts

(B) kilometers

(C) plates

(D) continents

Sentence:The crusts and the top, solid part of the mantle, totaling about 70 to 100 kilometers in thickness, at present appear to consist of about 15 rigid plates, 7 of which are very large.




TOEFL ibt Reading Skill

There always is a fire of hope, hidden in the greatest despair.

I have always wanted to write something about the past year, a year of challenges, and adventures. Until this very moment, my writing is triggered by the experiences celebrate the Chinese New Year.

As is known to all Chinese, the past year is the snake year. Everything goes upside down, gets twisted, and is finally achieved by continuous efforts. I personally, has experienced burdens in work, shock in emotions and upset in mind. A fire of hope is always shinning somewhere in the greatest despair.

For the coming year, the horse year, everything is supposed to reach its  next level, just like the jumping and forwarding of a running horse. There are three basic things to be done in this year.

1, The modification and renovation of the English learning websites with organized student profile and more intelligent grading system.

2, Increase the frequency of publishing to quickly enrich the content of the front end.

3, Try to learn coding, to make sure the optimization of source code for the needs of this specific websites.

心灵医学 1 – Soul Medication Series 1



From childhood, words like teachers are gardeners of growing flowers or teachers are candles swiped off darkness while burning themselves, have been taught to me,on which now, I am not quite agree. My teaching experiences has lead me to believe that teaching, can be compared to another important profession –medication


People eats all kinds of food, good or bad, so eventually, people end up showing in hospitals treating all kinds off illnesses. A doctor, based on his medical knowledge and with the help of all the biochemical tests, radioactive tests diagnosis for an illness, and then work out for an over all reasonable treatment for the patient after all. As a teacher, we are facing students with learning disabilities, and those “very good” students. So we use various methods like monthly tests, interviews, to diagnose of a study problem.  Inspired by all the medical books I have read, I begin to feel interested in seeking treatment for all the hard illnesses of students. Record the effects and prognosis.

常见病症1: 课堂恐惧症。典型症状:上课铃声响起,出现急性呼吸困难,气短胸闷。病症较轻者脸色苍白,端坐不语。病症较重者可以继发寒颤,病人用棉衣尽可能包裹住身体的所有部分,蜷缩。病因尚不明确,或与多年期某学科成绩不佳有关。



Illness 1, classphobia. Symptoms : Class bell ringing triggers difficulty breathing,pale faces and speechless. Severe ones can suffer from excessive chillness, showing the intention of covering the body up with a coat,Huddled in a corner。

If the illness develops slowly and independent of other illnesses, then a good prognosis is expected. or prognosis can be very poor.

Things you need to know about banks in China. 1 在华外国人的银行选择。

Coming to China to work, one of your major concern would be your bank account. Since I have been helping people with their banking issues in China, I think my experience with those banks would help.


There are almost 15 national level banks in China with four of the so called state-owned banks, namely Industrial and Commercial Bank of China(ICBC), the Bank of China (BOC),the China Construction Bank (CCB) and the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC). These four banks owns the grestest number of branches and services center around the country, most of the time, every county. Considering the English or multilanguage interface of facilities, like the ATMs, they are all very good. But if you need an completely functional English interface of Internet banking. ICBC and BOC are your only choices. And BOC is the best.

In old times, the BOC was once the only bank that is approved by the communist government to do foriegn businesses,at most subleve branches of BOC in big cities, English speaking bankers and clerks can be easily found.

As a non-chinese resident, you are not allowed to convert your income(if it were in RMB) to US dollars or other currencies. You may go to any bank branch in China to convert currencies if the prefered amount does not exceed 500 US dollars worth of cash.  You will have to obtain a certificate from your employer to clear that you have paid tax, and as well you have a legal job in here. But a better and easier option would be asking a chinese resident to help you convert your money. A Chinese resident is allowed by the government to convert no more than 50,000 USD worth per year.

托福听力 技巧-Teaching strategy of TOEFL Conversation


It has been almost a month since the last post. My job has been keeping me up for it is the second year of the international high school when students are eager to obtain their preferrable TOEFL scores. Some of the students begin to worry about the exam, from my perspective, that’s beneficial. For one thing, it helps to be a bit nervrous to keep onself concentrated, secondly, the anxiety would spread and if properly diverted by the teacher, it can be taken advantage of.


I haven’t been able to find time for teaching research tasks, like I put before,I have been a down to the earth teacher for quite a priod of time, but still I would very much to share my observations of tutoring TOEFL so as to keep myself updated with everybody else.


During this much, I worked on tutoring the Conversation part of TOEFL listening, especially on the following two topics, namely course registration and course cancellation. I found flow chart is useful in preparing a student from a topic about which they have no ideas.

课程注册流程图: FLow chart for Course Registration


课程取消流程图: Flow chart for Course cancellation



   By analyzing the flow chart, the student get well prepared for the listening, as a result, the decoding and responding of students have been shortened. But the detailed report of that relies on future statistic analysis.


As a whole there are three advantages of using flow chart in tutoring the conversation part.


Firstly, Flow Chart helps to organize the new vocabularies in a semantic content, or the new words would become seperated in different word lists and create a headache for the students to remember.


Secondly, Flow chart makes it easier to guide the student’s comprehension. Imagin a four minutes length listening comprehension being played three times in a period of class, half of the class time could have passed, with little comprehension achieved from students.


Thirdly, Flow chart can be developed into tools and activities to facilitate classroom teaching. For example, the next time, teacher may want to check on the student on the content. It is easy for the teacher to ask the student to recall the English content base on the flow chart. And students can be enticed to listen to the comprehension for many times if the process is made into a game in which the student should play the PPT in accordance with the flow of conversation.


Would like to hear more on Flow chart of lectures? Wait for the next post.



托福阅读 技巧小结1 – TOEFL ibt Reading Strategy 1

托福阅读 考试当中,是否需要在做题之前通读文章,是困扰很多考生的问题,今天就这个问题进行一些探讨。
During the TOEFL iBt reading test, whether it is necessary to read the whole passage before answering questions has been puzzling many test takers. We are going to discuss a bit on this today.

Let’s make sure the following points

1, TOEFL online reading test takes 60 mins,and 20 mins for each passage.

2, It is usually not difficult for test takers to locate the right paragraph for a specific question.

Whether we should read ahead or not, I have done the following research.

I found six students, with 3 levels of TOEFL grades namely around 100, between 70 – 80, and below 70. They are categorized into two groups leaving each group one student from each level above.
Group A Read the whole passage first before answering questions and group B the opposite. They are given 20 mins to complete the test

阅读测试语篇为TPO-10 第一篇 Chinese Pottery。
I used Chinese Pottery from TPO-10

Results are as follows:

A组 GroupA
A组考生 正确题数量 正确率
100分段 13 0.928571429
70-80分段 8 0.571428571
70分以下段 3 0.214285714
B组 GroupB
B组考生 正确题数量 正确率
100分段 10 0.714285714
70-80分段 9 0.642857143
70分以下段 3 0.214285714

From the approximate analysis, it seems that reading the passage before answering the question is a better choice for the high levels,however, it doesn’t make much difference for the medium or lower level students. More detailed analysis based on specific type of questions will be brought to you next time.