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American Ways

Learning from America’s Success  (The American Ways–US History and Culture)–Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA        Xiamen University,  Economics Dept Click “refresh” (刷新) in your browser to upload the most recent version of this page; I often change things before quiz/exam time. Primary Textbook:American Ways (美国文化背景); By Dateman, Maryanne Kearny; Crandall, Joann; […]

Poem: Reminiscence

I have not written many poems like this one. (Most of my poetry ends up as songs!) This exception was inspired by a “memory flash” triggered on a bus in Beijing, when I was teaching English there in 1987. My dad and I didn’t become “close knit” until after I was away from home at college. I […]

Poem: Mom’s Day-Dad’s Day

I wrote this poem for my parents in 2013. It is an acrostic poem, where the first letter in each line forms a word. This kind of poem is not difficult for second-language learners to write because they don’t have to pay attention to meter or rhyme scheme. Try it with your class on Mother’s […]

Punctuation–rules for when you type

“When do I add a space?” “How do I break a line of type; what can start or end that line?” “What are the rules for naming files?” Most of my EFL students have never been taught the simple (?) rules for typing or using a word-processor (PC): where to put spaces, when to break […]

Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • August English Corner

    This month we will look at two practical ways to improve your English. First, pick a video (i.e., movie) with a lot of action and call a friend who also wants to improve listening and speaking skills. Have one person face the TV and the other face away. Show a portion of the video but turn off the volume. The person facing the TV describes the scene to the person facing away. Then the person facing away describes what he heard. Finally, watch the video together with the sound to see how accurate you were. Than trade places, and do it again for other clips. Secondly, build up your vocabulary schema by making labels for the various objects, appliances, furniture, etc., around your home or apartment–each month, label many things you don’t know how to say in English. Every time you walk around your home you will see these labels and it will help to reinforce the vocabulary. It is also helpful to be able to associate the real object with the name in your memory. Visit again next month!  © 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.
  • Aug 15

    The world seldom notices who the teachers are, but civilization depends on what they do and what they say.

    –unknown (probably some unknown teacher or a grateful student!)


    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 quotations websites is: www.quotationspage.com. 51

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