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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 […]

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 […]

Patch Adams

Patch Adams, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: In a mental hospital, Patch learns (from fellow patients) that “if you focus on the problem, you can’t see the solution,” and this inspires him to apply his brilliant mind to the field of medicine. In medical school (1970s), fun-loving Patch tries to inject comedy and compassion into the medical profession, believing that […]

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: The first China-born Olympic medalist was Eric Liddell (born in Tianjin, China). This film tells the story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, leading up to the 1924 Olympics. Along the road to victory they face life-changing choices when conflicting demands come from family members, friends, leaders, rules, traditions, outdated ideas, […]

EFL Links (overview)

Whether you are an English-learner or EFL/ESL teacher, you should know that the World Wide Web is a remarkable resource! This section of EFLsuccess.com is here to link you to the help you need to successfully reach your language goals. NOTES: Visiting websites can allow viruses into your computer. Be sure your anti-virus software is up to date! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: How far can people bend their traditions to make room for love and progress? This international musical stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of a poor Jew (with five daughters!) whose love, pride and faith help his family face the oppression of pre-revolutionary Russia. You will laugh, cry, and want to […]

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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