Tag: family

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: A “down under” undersea cartoon adventure. After tragedy makes Marlin (a clownfish) an overprotective father, his only surviving son (Nemo) rebels, and is captured off Australia’s Barrier Reef by a Sydney dentist. While Nemo and new fish-friends in the dentist’s aquarium plan Nemo’s escape, Marlin and his unlikely helper, Dori (a bluegill), […]

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Mix beauty-salon gossip, family love, a protective mother, a pretty wedding, a new baby, the Easter rabbit, Christmas lights, a funeral, and a big dog, and the result is “the funniest movie ever to make you cry.” While most people celebrate when Shelby (Julia Roberts) becomes pregnant, her mother worries (due to […]

Bend it Like Beckham

Bend it Like Beckham, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: No one plays soccer like Beckham, and a young woman shouldn’t play soccer at all—at least, not according to two traditional moms in this British comedy. Our past and heritage certainly affect our future, so how can we honor our parents and still reach for our dreams in this multicultural […]

Advent

Article: The Advent Season ©Michael Krigline, MA (2008), EFLsuccess.com⇔ An introduction to traditions related to the four weeks before Christmas⇔ Today’s Christmas traditions can be grouped into two categories: a secular winter holiday (Santa, gifts, snow, Christmas tree) and a celebration of the historical birth of Jesus Christ (“Christmas” is a shortened form of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

  • 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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