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您可以為孩子的成功做的最重要的事情我在中國教英語已有9年了。我已經能夠讓一名學生進入哈佛。我幫助一位舉世聞名的醫生進入了世界著名的約翰·霍普金斯大學和美國醫學研究中心的一項頂級研究計劃。我幫助兩個學生進入了耶魯大學的課程。幾年前,我曾幫助一位女學生進入普林斯頓大學。她去了那裏並獲得了全額獎學金。最近,我曾輔導的另一位研究生帶着全額獎學金以及其他可觀的經濟利益進入了馬里蘭大學。當我在鄭州第19中學國際部任教時,我看到那裏的每個學生都進入了世界前2%的大學。我對所有這些優秀學生都觀察到兩個共同的方面。(1)他們都有穩定的父母。(2)他們都有父母與老師合作。讓我解釋。今年夏天,我們為班級增加了27名新學生。我們有50多名新生參加了我們的課程面試。我們不接受每個學生。我們喜歡保持班級規模較小,以便我們可以更加關注每個學生。我們問與我們面談的每位學生家長的第一個問題是:“您的孩子現在在英語培訓中心嗎?”如果他們回答“是”,那麼我們鼓勵他們留在該培訓中心而不動他們對我們的。孩子將他們轉移到其他學校是不好的。通常,這是父母做出的最糟糕的決定。每位專業老師都知道,一個穩定的父母將是一個最有可能獲得成功教育機會的孩子的父母。在擔任教師30年之後,對我來説很明顯的是,一個穩定的父母就是一個足夠明智的父母,可以給孩子帶來最大的成功優勢。父母的子女取得最高成績的另一個重要方面是父母與老師合作。父母為什麼要送孩子上學而不自學呢?答案是顯而易見的。如果我的學生的父母比我更懂英語,那麼他們會自己做。當我回想起我在第一段中提到的所有學生時,我知道這些學生的每個父母都很穩定,並且完全按照我對孩子的指示進行合作。我在中國這裏觀察到的另一件事是,大約90%的父母會做這兩種事情。他們很穩定,並且與老師充分合作。百分之六到百分之十的人不做這些事情,會影響他們孩子的失敗。老師和父母有一個共同的目標。這個目標是看到孩子成功。當父母穩定並按照老師的指示去做時,他們的孩子最大的優勢就是獲得最高的分數和成功。(百度翻譯)The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Child’s SuccessI’ve been teaching English in China for 9 years. I’ve been able to get one student into Harvard. I helped a nationally-known doctor get into a top research program at the world famous Johns Hopkins University and Medical Research Center in America. I’ve helped two students get into programs at Yale University. I helped a female student get into Princeton University a few years ago. She has gone there on a fully paid scholarship. Recently, another graduate student that I’ve tutored got into the University of Maryland with a fully paid scholarship along with other substantial financial benefits. As I have worked with No. 19 Middle School’s International Department here in Zhengzhou, I’ve seen every student that I’ve had there get into the top 2% of colleges in the world.There are two common aspects that I’ve observed with all of these great students.(1) They all have stable parents.(2) They all have parents who cooperate with their teachers.Let me explain.This summer, we added 27 new students to our classes. We had more than 50 new students who interviewed for our classes. We don’t accept every student. We like keeping our classes small so that we can give more attention to each student. The first question we ask each of the students’ parents who interview with us is, ‘Is your child in an English training center now?’ If they answer ‘yes’, then we encourage them to stay at that training center and not move them to ours. It is not good for the kid to move them to different schools. Most often, it is the worse decision a parent can make.Every professional teacher knows that a parent who is stable, will be the parent of a child who has the best chance of succeeding in their education. After 30 years as a teacher, it is very obvious to me that a parent who is stable is a parent who is wise enough to give their child the greatest advantage for success.Another important aspect of parents whose children have achieved the highest results is that the parent cooperates with the teacher. Why do parents send their kids to school and not teach them themselves? The answer is obvious. If the parents of my students know how to teach English better than me, then, they would do it themselves.As I reflect upon all the students that I mentioned in the first paragraph, I know that every one of those students’ parents were both stable and fully cooperative with the instruction that I gave to their child. Another thing that I’ve observed here in China is that about 90% of parents will do both of these things. They are stable and they fully cooperate with the teacher. Between 6 and 10 percent don’t do these things and will affect their child’s failure.Teachers and parents have one common goal. That goal is to see the child succeed. When parents are stable and follow the instruction of the teacher, then, their child has the greatest advantage is getting the highest scores and success.

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如何幫助您的孩子成功兩週前,我已經有兩年的學生告訴我,她將獲得免費學費,免費住房和每年28,000美元的美國馬里蘭大學助學金。這項提議將為她的家人節省約30萬美元或120萬元人民幣。她不僅將獲得博士學位。在那裏,但是,因為她將兼職做助教,所以她將獲得教學經驗,畢業後將獲得大學的工作機會。在中國的第三年,我有一個學生得到了普林斯頓大學的類似錄取通知書。在我的前三年,她都和我一起學習。實際上,普林斯頓大學為她提供了全額獎學金,併為母親提供了一份工作,以便她可以陪伴她在美國的女兒。自那時以來,我們的學生被哈佛大學,耶魯大學,南加州大學,芝加哥大學和世界其他排名前2%的學校錄取。我們一直在河南省培養出前1%的英語學生。每週,我收到來自亞洲各地的人們的信息,他們要求我用英語輔導孩子。就在昨天,上海一家大型科技公司的首席執行官聯繫了我,要求我在線教他的孩子。我沒有這樣做,但是,我確實將他推薦給了擁有TESOL碩士學位(以英語為第二語言或其他語言教學)的女兒。他非常興奮,希望立即開始。他説:“如果她是你的女兒,我知道她會是最好的。”我經常被問到的問題是:“我如何幫助我的孩子成功學習英語?”我最好的答案很簡單。“找到一位在學生學習英語方面成功的老師,並按照他們告訴你的做事。與他們充分合作,您的孩子將會成功。”在中國古代,當地老師享有很高的敬意。教師受到尊重和榮譽。孔子曾經説過:“尊重老師,也尊重孩子的思想。”我發現這些天經常忽略對老師指導的尊重。有些人忽略或抹黑了老師。一些父母認為他們比老師瞭解更多。我有時會遇到這樣的父母。這是一個巨大的錯誤,應不惜一切代價避免。最後,受苦的是他們自己的孩子。我回顧了在中國教過的所有成千上萬的學生,並思考了我最成功的學生的父母。他們所有人都與我充分合作,並聽取了我的建議和指示。父母不聽從我的指示和建議,往往會造成麻煩,甚至離開我的課堂。他們中的許多人將在一兩年後回來告訴我他們犯了一個錯誤。他們失去了兩三年,孩子落後了。然後他們變得急切地想救我。坦白説,我還不夠出色,無法幫助他們度過失去的歲月。同樣,“尊重老師,你也尊重孩子的思想。”不尊重老師,不聽從他們的指導和建議,您的孩子會遭受痛苦和失敗。老師將繼續教其他許多學生,他們的父母將跟隨老師。父母(您)是決定孩子未來的人。(Baidu Translation)How To Help Your Child SucceedTwo weeks ago, a student that I've had for about two years told me that she'd been offered free tuition, free housing, and a $28,000 USD a year stipend to the University of Maryland in the USA. This offer will save her family about $300,000 or 1.2 million yuan. She will not only earn a Ph.D. there, but, because she'll work part-time as a teaching assistant, she'll get experience teaching and finally a job offer from the university after she graduates.In my third year in China, I had a student who got a similar offer to Princeton University. She'd studied with me all three of my first three years. In fact, Princeton gave her a full scholarship and offered her mother a job so that she could accompany her daughter in America. Since then, we've had students who were accepted to Harvard, Yale, the University of Southern California, the University of Chicago, and other top 2% schools in the world. We consistently produce the top 1% of English students in Henan Province.Weekly, I  receive messages from people all over Asia who ask me to tutor their children in English. Just yesterday, the CEO of a very large tech company in Shanghai contacted me and asked me to teach his child online. I don't do that, but, I did refer him to my daughter who has a Master's degree in TESOL (teaching English as a second or other language). He was very excited and wanted to get started immediately. He said, "If she's your daughter, I know she'll be the best."The question I'm often asked is, "How can I help my child succeed in learning English?" My best answer is simple."Find a teacher who has success with students in learning English and do what they tell you to do. Fully cooperate with them and your child will succeed."In ancient China, the local teacher had a status of high respect. Teachers were shown respect and honor. Confucius once said, "Respect the teacher and you respect the mind of your child." I find that respect for the teacher's instruction is often neglected these days. Some people ignore or discredit the teacher. Some parents think that they know more than the teacher. I sometimes meet parents like this. It is a huge mistake and one that should be avoided at all costs. In the end, the one who suffers is their own child.I look back at all of the thousands of students I've taught in China and think about the parents of my most successful students. All of them fully cooperated with me and followed my advice and instruction. Parents who didn't follow my instruction and advice would often cause trouble or even leave my classes. Many of them will come back one or two years later telling me that they made a mistake. They lose two or three years in which their child falls behind. Then they become desperate for me to rescue them. Frankly, I'm not good enough to help them get back those years that were lost.Again, "Respect the teacher and you respect the mind of your child." Disrespect the teacher and don't follow their instruction and advice and your child will suffer and fail. The teacher will go on and teach many other students whose parents will follow the teacher. You, the parent, are the one who decides what your child's future will be.

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Late For Class

2020-08-04

When a student is ten minutes late to a 40-minute class, they are losing more than a fourth of the class time.  They actually lose at least half of the class because it takes them another 10 minutes to catch up with what's happening in the class. Their efficiency in learning for that class is greatly diminished. Not only that, if you are paying 100 yuan for the class, you just threw away 50 yuan.When parents bring primary or middle school kids to class late, there are certain things that they must do. I will share with you 'how to enter a class late.'First, let's talk about why you're late. I've been a teacher for over 30 years. I owned my own school in America for 15 years. I had about 750 students. We prepared students for the top 5% of colleges and universities in America. We demanded excellence from parents and teachers.I've been teaching English in China for the past 9 years. We produce the top 1% of students in Henan Province. We've had students who have been accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Southern California. Our average student who takes the SAT in America (American gaokao) will score 1530 out of 1600 points. Our average TOEFL student will get 110 out of 120 on that exam.I think I've heard every excuse for being late to class. The most common excuses are weather (such as rain) or traffic jams. If you've lived longer than a month in China and you drive a car, you know that there will be traffic delays when it rains. You also know that there will very likely be a traffic jam.Let me tell you what to do when you encounter these obstacles to getting your child to class on time.What do you do? You plan for it. How do you plan for it? You leave earlier. It is quite simple. There are always going to be delays and traffic jams whether it is raining or not. But, we (parents) are adults and we know this. A traffic jam in China is not a surprise. It is normal. Sometimes, a child is delayed from finishing another class they've attended. Each teacher should be responsible and respectful enough to start their classes on time and finish their classes on time. Any professional teacher will do this.We know that there are those teachers who want to impress the parent by going longer than the scheduled time for the class to finish. In my opinion, this is just a superficial and very naive way to try to impress parents. In my opinion, it is a silly way to try to show how 'hard-working' that they are. I think most parents are smart enough to know that this is quite immature and a facade.When you are late due to circumstances beyond your control, let me share with you the right and wrong ways to deliver your child to the class.WRONG WAY - This way is disrespectful, rude and uncivilized.- The child is very excited and the parent is allowing them to run to the classroom.- The child enters the classroom and is very disruptive to the class and disrespectful to the teacher. The class doesn't start when you arrive. The class starts on schedule.- The parent delivers the child late and continues talking to the child after the child has entered the classroom.- The parent delivers the child and tries to talk to the teacher after their child has come late to the class.RIGHT WAY- Calm your child down before going to the class.- Take your child to the class and lightly knock on the door.- Deliver your child safely to the class and leave immediately.- Be respectful.The ancient culture taught everyone to respect education by respecting the teacher, the school and the classroom. It seems that modern people have forgotten this. I guess that they need to be reminded.

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Study in America?

2020-05-29

There's no better time for any student who wants to study in America to begin making plans and begin preparation to do so.Why?U.S. colleges are hurting right now. They have an array of problems that are quite daunting.1. International and 'out-of-state' students pay moreFirst, their current students are suing them to get back tuition that was paid for 'in class' lectures. Most colleges and universities are providing online classes. However, the quality of these classes are not viewed the same as physical face to face (students and professors) classes by students. They want a partial refund for not being able to look at their professors face to face and getting the full benefit of what the institution has to offer. This has soured their attitudes toward such school.It is widely know that international students pay more to attend a school than their many of their American counterparts. Of course, at state schools, in-state tuition (students who live with a specific state) is much less than any out-of-state students. For example, a student who chooses to go to Oklahoma University, but lives in Texas or from China, will pay the same out-of-state tuition. I know this first hand because my daughter did it just a few years ago. Her Asian classmates paid the same tuition rate as she did as an out-of-state student.Private colleges are a little different. Though some schools report that there are increased costs to attend their school for international students, it is marginally different than an American student. In state schools, out-of-state students can pay up to 3 times more than an in-state student.American colleges love international students because they pay more. The increase in tuition for international and other out-of-state students offsets the costs associated with operating the university or college.The second thing that students who want to study in America need to consider right now is, 2. The college entrance exams are disappearing in many popular schools.I've provided classes for SAT and ACT preparation for several years now in China. These exams are the American version of the Chinese gaokao exam. They assist schools in assessing who is fit for their school. However, the nine schools of the University of California system is suspending SAT or ACT exams requirements until 2024 and eliminating it for in-state students in 2025. These are highly popular schools. Colleges across America are follwing suit.Even though my students average 1530 (out of 1600) on the SAT and 110 (out of 120) on TOEFL exams, it is good news that they likely won't have to face these entrance exams in the future. American colleges are going to a more holistic approach for admissions requirements which include GPA, personal essay and an interview with other possible requirements. Some colleges/universities will possible administer their own entrance exams in the future.The third thing for non-American students who want to study there to consider is,3. Less American students are returning to college/universityRecent surveys have shown that less and less American high schools students are planning to attend college. This makes it easier for international students to get into better schools.All in all, there is a positive side to what is happening now for the benefit of international students who want to study in America. Now is a good time to seriously consider this option. Things will likely be back to normal (somewhat) within the next year. If President Trump isn't re-elected, then, the restrictions for student visas will also quite likely be relaxed making it easier for international students.

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I never left China when the outbreak of the virus was steamrolling over the country. China could have never imagined that 82,000 people would contract this virus and that more than 3,000 would die. It has been unprecedented especially when compared with the number of the SARS virus of 2002-2003.Now, the even more utterly astounding unfolding of events have taken place as the virus reached the shores of America and has already (and is still taking) the worst toll on earth. It is heartbreaking and devastating.What America can't imagine is the very thing that I've watch unfold here in China over the past 2.5 months. The rapid response, the highly effective actions and measures and the cooperation of the Chinese people has been astounding to say the very least.China took two drastic measures while other countries implemented only one. China locked down immediately upon realizing the potential of this virus. This move was pure genius. The second thing that China did involved the diagnostic, contact history assessments and treatment process.A list of what 'China Did Right'1. locked down Wuhan and Hubei province immediately2. encouraged people who thought they might be infected to go directly and get tested3. aggressively and thoroughly researched the contact history of each person who was confirmed to be infected4. restrict and limit the mobility of people so as to reduce human to human contact5. made all testing and treatment free (this was especially vital for the poorer people who would't go get tested for fear of the cost)6. got every community and every business monitoring and checking tempatures at entry points7. very slowly reopened while cautiously understanding of the implications of reopeningDr. Tedros of the W.H.O. isn't favoring China for any other reason than, 'China got it right.' The actions and measures that China took were amazing. I saw it all first hand. America can't accept the fact that 'China did it right and won the battle as quickly and as effectively as it has.'It has been amazing for me to sit nearly on the front lines and see this miracle unfold.

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As I'm watching America panic over the COVID-19 virus, the amazing work that the Chinese authorities have done is being revealed. Just weeks ago, hundreds of people from America were contacting me and expressing their concern for my safety living here in Henan. They wanted me to come to America where I'd 'be safe.'<div><br></div><div>Well, that has all changed. Now, I'm safest right here in China. </div><div><br></div><div>With all of the criticism and blaming that China has endured from outsiders during this historical crisis, China has proven itself to be leading the world in 'how to handle a national and international crisis.'</div><div><br></div><div>Presently, America has 1,672 confirmed cases of the virus. China has had over 81,000 cases. The mortality rate in China has been less than 4%. Outside of Hubei, that rate is less than 2%. For weeks, America was seeing mortality rates of over 8%. Twice as much as Wuhan which is at the epicenter of this viral outbreak.</div><div><br></div><div>I am an American. I am proud to be an America. But, America has miserably failed in containing and controlling this virus. The lack of tests kits, masks and the unwillingness of people to self-quarantine and isolate themselves has been disturbing. On the other hand, the willingness of the Chinese people to fully cooperate with authorities in order to do what is best for the good of the public, has been amazing.</div><div><br></div><div>Every time that I walk out of my community and scan my QR code and get my temperature checked, I breathe a fresh sigh of relief to know that China is taking care of its people (and me) in a way that is extraordinary.</div><div><br></div><div>I applaud, not only the efforts of the government, but all of the actions of the Chinese people. Not only that, I applaud the compliance of all of the people here in China in coming together and working together to defeat this unseen enemy.</div><div><br></div><div>China, you are truly amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you to the leaders and all of the tens of thousand of workers who have risked their own lives and safety to make sure that this virus is defeated. You are all heroes in my heart and soul!!!</div>

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(Add me on WeChat; Wechat ID - BigTEXZZ)新概念英語系列叢書是學習口語的好方法嗎?為什麼或者為什麼不?事實是,New Concept English是為學習英語口語而設計和編寫的。但是,大多數學校和培訓中心僅使用它來教授語法規則。語法規則不會教您説或掌握任何語言。尤其不是英語。大多數中國英語教師和學生對新概念英語書不滿意的是,他們沒有閲讀該系列第一本書的介紹。我怎麼知道好吧,這是一個簡單的問題。我參加了他們的課程,看到他們做書中告訴他們不要做的事情。我也看到他們沒有按照老師的指示去做。當我第一次看到《新概念英語》系列的第一本書時,我並沒有想太多。似乎太簡單了。但是,在閲讀介紹後,我意識到細心的思想,研究和準備已經融入了這些書的寫作中。每節課都基於先前的課程,並且首先使用最常用的英語單詞。這為學生提供了學習有用的語言的優勢,而不是學習很多不那麼常見且沒有用的單詞。我的學生通過練習和我為他們創建的視頻的演練來掌握新概念英語書的課程。這些視頻遠遠超出了本書的教學範圍。我可以使學生從零基礎到流利度很快。我使用新概念英語書籍來做到這一點。即使它們有些過時,但如果您知道向他們學習的正確方法,它們都是學習英語的絕妙書籍。Is the book series, New Concept English, a good method for learning spoken English? Why or why not?The fact is, New Concept English was designed and written for learning spoken English. However, most schools and training centers only use it to teach grammar rules. Grammar rules will not teach you to speak or master any language. Especially not English.What most Chinese English teachers and students fail to do with the New Concept English books is, they fail to read the introduction to the first book of the series. How do I know this? Well, that's an easy question. I've attended their classes and have seen them doing things that the book tells them not to do. I've also seen them not doing things that book instructs teachers to do.When I first saw the first book of the series of New Concept English, I didn't think much of it. It seemed too simple. However, after I read the introduction, I realized that meticulous thought, research, and preparation went into the writing of these books. Each lesson builds on previous lessons and uses the most frequently used English words first. This gives the student the advantage of learning useful language rather than learning a lot of words that aren't so common and not useful.My students master the lessons of the New Concept English book using practice and drills from videos I created for them. These videos go far beyond what the book teaches. I can take a student from zero-basis to fluency very fast. I use the New Concept English books to do this. Even though they are a little out of date, they are excellent books for learning English when you know the right way to learn from them.

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I've been in China for about 8 years total. I came in 2011. I'm from America. I've gone back home several times. I've taught more than 10,000 English classes since I came here. I've appeared on television more than 80 times in China. I've had students who took my classes for many years and went on to colleges like Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University and University of Chicago.Many people from all over China have added me on WeChat. In fact, until WeChat allowed us to have more than 5,000 friends, my Friends List stayed full. They all want to know one thing.'How can you produce such high results for your students?'The answer to that question is simple, yet, can be complex. Part of my method is called the 'Natural Approach' to language learning. My mentor was the famous English teaching expert, Steve Krashen. I took his approach and molded it for Chinese students.I know the struggles that Chinese students have in learning English. Chinese students are hard-working and smart. But, why is English so hard for them?Through this blog, I'm going to take you through the method that I use. I'm going to give the secrets to learning and teaching English the way I do. The average student stays in my classes at least 5 years. Most of the primary school students I have will be fluent in English before they begin high school.Follow me on this journey as I share with you the method that I've developed and how I've produced amazing results. You can do it too even though you aren't a native English speaking professional like me.WeChat ID: BigTEXZZ

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On February 13th, the China authorities made a very bold, responsible and courageous decision regarding the coronavirus. They decided to include those who had been clinically diagnosed in the confirmed cases in addition to those who had been diagnosed by testing. This resulted in a huge increase (overnight) of the number of confirmed cases.Why did they do this?This is a question on many people's mind around the world. Especially in light of the fact that they knew that it would be misunderstood and exploited by those who want to blame and find fault with China. However, if you approach this crisis with any intelligence at all, you will know the reason that they did this. They did it as an over-precaution in treatment and monitoring of the potential spread of the disease. In short, they did it to save more lives.The consideration of 'saving face' or 'losing face' was irrelevant. They made this decision for the safety of those who had been clinically diagnosed as well as the safety of China and the world. Those who had been clinically diagnosed could now receive the same treatment as those who had been confirmed through testing. Not only that, but, they can investigate and monitor those who had come into contact with these patients.It was a bold move, but, it sends a message to the world that China is being very responsible in their actions in stopping the spread of this virus and to ensure that complete containment and control is accomplished.Of course, with this action, many Western media and governmental sources interpret it in a way to find more fault with China. These are ill-informed people who have a bias against anything that China does. Nonetheless, it was a right move to take this action.

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