America

God’s Not Dead

 God’s Not Dead; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Josh is a pre-law student at an American university. His philosophy professor asks all students to sign a paper saying “God is dead,” but Josh refuses to violate his conscience and submit, even though his stubborn decision is not supported by his girlfriend or parents. The story shows the result, as […]

Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Are old lions still dangerous? Two formerly-lion-like bachelors (Hub and Garth) end up taking care of a deserted nephew (Walter) and a “used” lion. Little by little the stories of their amazing lives (and endless supply of cash) unfold—filled with adventure, romance, exotic lands and treasure. But is it all true? Like all […]

Last Holiday

Last Holiday, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Georgia Byrd is a “typical” (though “plus-sized“) African-American saleswoman. She works hard, but isn’t appreciated. She loves a co-worker but is afraid to let it show. She’s a great cook, but won’t eat her delicious meals for fear of getting too fat. At Christmastime, her doctor tells her that a brain disease will […]

Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants, www.EFLsuccess.com Story:What are you living for? Americans love babies, and they love winning football teams. But Coach Taylor’s Eagles have lost for six straight years, and off the field, he can’t get his wife pregnant. With the “giants” of fear and failure defeating him in football and life, he finds inspiration in his Bible to […]

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 […]

The Family Man

The Family Man, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Jack is a rich, successful stock broker. One Christmas Eve, he gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he had made different choices. What did he give up by not marrying his college girlfriend and raising a family? This movie will give you a lot to think about, especially […]

The Sand Lot

The Sand Lot (1); www.EFLsuccess.com Story: How do kids spend the summer in America? In this film, you’ll see July 4 fireworks and a local fair (tiny, moving amusement park), but you’ll mainly see the guys play baseball by the hour on a neighborhood sand lot (useless piece of land). Childish pranks and scary stories about […]

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: What would you do if you could live the same day over and over? A selfish TV weatherman is trapped, reliving a cold February day—will he use this “extra time” to achieve personal goals, to improve himself, or to help others? Once he takes the focus off himself, his eyes become open […]

Paulie

Paulie, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Paulie is a parrot (鹦鹉) whose mouth keeps getting him in (and out) of trouble. Separated from the little girl he loves, Paulie flies across the USA, and (along with lots of laughs) lets us experience several aspects of American culture, including a look at life for immigrants, Hispanic people, senior citizens, […]

Rudy

Rudy, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Rudy presents the story of the only football player at prestigious Notre Dame University ever carried off the field in celebration by his teammates. Rudy is small and lacks talent. Everyone laughs at his dream—except himself. Rudy makes up for his weaknesses with a determination to help every teammate perform at his best. […]

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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