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Basic Writing Tips

British writer CS Lewis was an Oxford Don, Cambridge Professor, and best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction. He faithfully answered every letter sent to him, and many of his letters have been published. The following was a reply to a school-girl in America in 1959, who had asked for advice on writing. Basic English Writing Tips from […]

Thoughts on choosing an English name

Article: Choosing an English Name ©Michael Krigline, MA (2007) Chinese names mean something. Your parents probably chose your name because they liked the meaning, and liked the way it sounded. In most cases, every Chinese person can look at your name and know the meaning. English names are different. Parents may look up a name’s […]

Resources (overview)

Just when I was starting to understand how to use WordPress, I got “promoted” from educator to administrator, and my spare time all-but disappeared. So, there’s not much hope that EFLsuccess.com will ever become what I wanted it to be (unless someone wants to volunteer to help me make it great!). I’d hoped that this […]

Abbreviations & Punctuation

Common abbreviations and English Punctuation marks Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com I expect all of my students to understand these basic abbreviations in English (adj): adjective (adv): adverb AmE: American English ans: answer ASAP: as soon as possible avg: average BrE: British English [c]: countable noun EFL/ESL: English as a Foreign Language/English as a Second Language […]

Exam Preview

Exam Preview Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com Are you coming up to one of my quizzes or tests? This preview page will show you what to expect. Because all of the instructions for my tests and quizzes are in English (unlike Chinese exams, where the information is in Chinese), it is important that my […]

American Pop Culture

American Pop Culture  (US and UK Pop Culture)–Summer 2014 Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA        Xiamen University,  Economics Dept This class ended July 2014; this page may disappear at any time. CURRENT STUDENTS: Watch this page during the semester. I’ll add special vocabulary and other resources for our class. Vocabulary and Key Topics (to help with exam […]

Syllabus–summer 2014

Syllabi for my Xiamen University (厦门大学) Summer 2014 courses Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com This PDF file shows the syllabus or “plan” for each of my 2014 summer classes. It is subject to change, but should help you know where we are heading. NOTE to my current 厦门大学 students: Sometimes pages at […]

Welcome

Welcome to my Class! Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com You are taking this class because you know how important English is for China’s development, as well as your own future. Successful language progress requires a good memory, plenty of hard work, and a willingness to use what you learn. Your oral, listening […]

Basic English-learner Terms

Here is a list of some of the most common vocabulary terms used at EFLsuccess.com (and elsewhere in the English-speaking world). If you don’t already know these, it is a good idea to learn them, as well as the abbreviations and punctuation terms listed on another page. Basic English-learner terms: (things your teacher expects you […]

Narnia–News Sample

Narnia: Sample News Articles The following articles about the first Narnia film are from my book: Successful Writing for the Real World. They served as examples in my chapters about news writing. I’ve posted them here to supplement my Movie Study Guide for the Narnia films. In my book, these articles also have related vocabulary lists and exercises. Line numbers were added […]

Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • July English Corner

    Welcome back to the English corner and this time I’ll give you some tips on how to improve your speaking. Many internationals are so concerned with making mistakes in their spoken English that they are very reluctant to practice speaking. A better objective is to focus on fluency rather than accuracy. That is to say, just speak regardless of whether or not you make mistakes. I know it’s difficult, because I went through the same experience when I learned Chinese in Shanghai. Practice as much as possible. Take advantage of English Corners, conversation partners, etc., and take classes that are specifically designed to help improve conversational skills. This month, try to overcome your fear of speaking, and don’t forget to check out next month’s EFLsuccess.com English Corner.  © Mark Peter, M.A. Used with permission.


    Mr. Peter was Michael’s colleague at the Agape English Language Institute of Limestone College (Columbia, SC). Throughout his career, Mark has taught English at many schools and universities, in the US and in China.
  • Jul 25

    (If you are looking for a great book to read during the summer, here is a suggestion)

    “Many basic concepts and principles of Western culture have come down from the Bible. Many common English phrases and expressions have their origin in the Bible as well. So whether you are reading this book for cultural and historical knowledge or for improving your English, the Bible is still a book for all people at all times.”

    –inside cover of the Chinese-English Bible published in China by “Crazy English” (a great source of useful English-learning materials)


    Note: A quote’s original source is not always known, and authenticity has not been verified. To find out about an author, type the name into a search engine (like Google or Baidu). One of my favorite websites for quotations is: www.brainyquote.com/   49

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