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.

 

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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

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误区一:托福考试的分数就跟高考的分数一样重要,什么样的托福分数就觉得能上什么样的大学,所以刷托福分数是第一要务。

托福TOEFL考试是美国ETS考试中心研发的英语能力考试。是世界上众多可供选择的英语考试产品中普遍被北美地区学校所接受的考试之一。而国外大学在录取学生是会综合参考学生的学业成绩,语言成绩,社会实践活动等内容。尽管托福考试的分数是录取时十分重要的参考,但分数的高低绝不简单等同于录取学校的优劣,所以,一定不能因此忽视学业成绩和综合能力的培养。

 

误区二:只要不择手段刷到托福的高分,我的大学生活就能一帆风顺,万事大吉。

托福考试是一个水平测试,其主要目的是帮助有意录取来自非英语国家学生的大学鉴别某位申请者是否具备在国外大学顺利完成学业所必需的基本英语能力。托福考试的题型和模式都在尽量“原生态”的模仿国外大学中授课,生活,讨论等各类场景,基本的托福考试成绩是顺利完成大学学习的必要条件。但由于托福培训行业的市场化影响,机经,模板等考试技巧的应用,导致不少学生的托福分数与其真实英语能力不匹配,出国后学习遇到各种困难,甚至半途而废的也不在少数。所以,即使有了出色的托福成绩,还必须注重培养英语语言运用的技能,才能在将来出色完成大学学业。

 

误区三:中国人的托福成绩都很好了,才会导致学校对托福分数的要求水涨船高。

首先,中国考生的托福成绩在全球范围内并不理想,不但远远低于中国香港和澳门地区的考生水平,跟韩国,日本的考生的平均分数相比也有不小差距。由于青睐于美国等国家名校的考生越来越多,导致录取国际生时对托福成绩的要求水涨船高,而在这方面不占优势的中国考生就更加有必要加紧一切练习机会努力提高自己的英语水平。

 

误区四:托福考试对于词汇量的要求很高,上万了,所以我最重要的任务是要死背单词。

背单词列表这件事本身值得商榷,暂且不论大把的时间投入之后真正记住的单词有多少,而那些所谓“记住”的单词也并不能完全内化成自己的语言能力。翻译理论里有提到,两种语言中的词汇,几乎没有完全一一对应的关系,且在缺乏语境的情况下更是容易导致对所记单词词义理解存偏差,导致词汇误用。然而,很多学生都已经完全接受了这种“简单粗暴”的英语学习活动,甚至痴迷于此。若一定要让背单词表发挥它最大的作用,大量阅读英文材料是不可或缺的。所以,背单词表绝不是最重要的英语学习任务。

 

误区五:我的一个同学考托福机经全中了,轻轻松松得了高分,我就不用学,到时候背机经就好了。

 

目前市面上炒得再热的所谓“绝密”机经都从来不敢担保它的命中率。不可否认,ETS的托福题重复出现是有一定概率可循,可是将自己的英语学习此绑架在一起就跟赌博没有区别了。再说,即使机经中了,得了高分,将来在大学里听不懂课的时候却不会再有神奇的“机经”来解救你的大学生活。所以,诚恳扎实的英语学习是根基,比什么机经都来得重要。

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.

托福阅读指代题,一直以来都是中国考生的头疼问题,部分是因为中文里的指代关系与英文差别很大。但是弄清楚指代关系对于正确无误理解文章是十分关键的。所以,素来以测试考试是否具备在英语国家学习的语言能力的托福考试,自然会在指代问题上出题。

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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.

要提高阅读能力,需要大量的阅读。但是对于考生来说,在考试中确实有一些技巧来对付这样的指代题,其实称作投机取巧或许更合适。因为我不希望学生借此认为,投机可以取代刻苦地阅读来提高阅读能力。

First, lets take a look at an example,

首先我们先来看一道例题,

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.

在英语中,当你被问及指代问题,一个简单的解题方法便是把选项带入句子,看看作为宾语或者主语的代词,是否跟谓语动词形成逻辑关系。

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

下面还有几道练习题,来让你适应这种做题方法。

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.

但需要注意的是,不管这样的技巧能帮你在考试中提高多少分数,提高阅读能力最好的方法仍然是大量阅读。

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

Sentence:

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.

 

 

托福阅读技巧2

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

心灵医学

从小到大听说过很多关于老师的比喻:老师是辛勤的园丁,是蜡烛照亮了自己燃烧了别人。对于这些,我个人都不太赞同,这几年的教学经历让我更愿意把教师这个职业与另一门至关重要的职业—医学,相比。

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

人吃五谷杂粮,生病之后,在医院,医生通过询问病史,查体,生化检查,影像学检查等一系列方法诊断疾病,综合权衡,依据自己的医学知识,出具最合适的治疗方案。而教师,面对学习上遇到困难的,以及剩余的貌似“学的很好”的学生们,却也利用上课提问,观察表情,月考,期中期末考,谈话等来综合判断一个学生的成长状态,并且尽自己的智慧,提供最合适的教学总和产品。然而,正如世界上最厉害的医生也会有死在他手里的病人一样,再优秀的教师也会有栽在他手里的学生。事情的发展,并不以人的意识为转移。这一些列的文章,受到医学上病例讨论的启发,记录教育学生过程中遇到的各种疑难杂症,以及各种应对方法的有效率,以为后效。

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。

该病起病缓慢,并且有可能是其他更严重病症的临床表现。治疗多以鼓励,沟通,谈话为主。

该病若为单一病症预后较好,若为其他基础性病症引起则需要先行治疗基础性疾病,若转为慢性,预后不佳。

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.

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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

已经有差不多一个多月的时候没有更新文章了。在这段时间我的教学工作进入了高二的攻坚阶段,越来越多的学生需要在尽可能短的时间内取得比较理想的托福成绩。有一部分同学开始着急了,在我看来是很好的。一些紧张的气氛的确有助于提升学习效率。或许科学上也有关于“肾上腺素”的理论,在我看来,这种气氛是可以传染的,控制到好一定会大有裨益。

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.

近期以来没有做多少关于教学研究方面的工作。更主要的是像前文所述,做好教师的本职工作,但是对于托福听力的教学还是要记录一下自己的心得体会,以便能有资格和其他奋战在统一战线的战友们加强交流。

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.

本月的课程当中,听力部分着重总结了Conversation部分的主要主题:课程注册,和课程取消,我分别是用了下面的两幅框架图来涵盖听力内容。以其在学生听陌生的材料之前能够对于可能发生的对话有所预期。

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

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

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   通过流程图类型题目的讲解,可以比较显著地提高学生在听力材料播放过程中的解码能力和解码速度。当然这还只是感性认识,真正的研究结果还要等到数据统计。

   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.

总结起来通过绘制听力流程图的方法来讲解托福听力CONVERSATION部分的好处一共有三点:

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

第一,流程图能够把需要学生掌握的新词汇通过场景串联起来,从此学生面对的不仅仅是一张单词与单词之间没有任何情景联系的词汇表,这将显著提高在这个场景下学生对该类词汇掌握的熟练程度。

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.

第二,通过流程图的讲解可以规避允长的听力材料理解的不便。试想4分钟的听力材料若是在课堂上播放三遍的话就已经占据了差不多三分之一的课堂时间,而且三遍之后学生还不一定能正确理解听力材料的内容。

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.

第三,流程图成为复习提问和进行课堂活动的得力助手。当第二天的课堂需要回顾课堂内容的时候,可以用流程图让学生反映出相应的应为内容,并且可以通过小组竞赛的形式让学生在播放听力材料的时候同步控制PPT的播放。这样大部分学生都会被“骗”到比赛中来而不得不多听力几遍重复的听力。

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.

关于流程图讲解Lecture部分的内容且听下回分解。

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

 

托福听力

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.

首先要明确以下几点:
Let’s make sure the following points

1,托福考试阅读网考的总时间是60分钟,每篇文章可用的时间是20分钟。
1, TOEFL online reading test takes 60 mins,and 20 mins for each passage.

2,考试问题与文章的顺序基本对应,且基本能够轻松定位想关语段。
2, It is usually not difficult for test takers to locate the right paragraph for a specific question.

那么做题之前到底要不要做全文通读,就此我做了以下的研究。
Whether we should read ahead or not, I have done the following research.

我找到了六位同学,其中两位托福成绩100分左右,两位在70-80分之间,剩下的两位在70分以下。我将学生分为A,B两组,每组各包含成绩为100分左右,70-80之间和70分以下的同学一名,A组做题前通读文章,B组安排直接考试做题。测试用时20分钟
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

得出结论如下:
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

粗略的统计结果似乎证明,先通读文章,对于英语程度较高的学生更有利,但对于中等的,和英语程度比较薄弱的学生区别不大。我将自习具体分析到每道试题,看看具体各种类型的答题情况如何。且听下回分解。
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.