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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)

At the moment, I’m just learning how to use WordPress, but eventually this section will have lots of resources for those learning English. To get you started, put your mouse over the “resources” tab, then look at the menu and sub-menus. You’ll find an article about “punctuation when you type”, class materials for “Learning From America’s […]

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

  • April English Corner

    As I always tell my students, the key ingredient in learning English is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. In practicing your listening skills, I would suggest that you watch and listen to the evening news, because most American news anchors speak in a standard Midwestern American accent. Watching videos and listening to the radio are also good ways to improve your listening. Of course, many video, news and radio programs are also on line. Concerning your speaking skills, you need to make an effort to get to know native speakers and practice. Reading and vocabulary development can be achieved by reading magazines and novels. I would especially suggest you read articles from the “Reader’s Digest” and work through their Word Power section. Even reading for ten minutes a day is very helpful on a regular basis. Well I hope these suggestions help, and I’ll see you next time at the 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.

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