Tag: family

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • June English Corner

    Here’s a tip to help improve your reading comprehension. When reading an article or chapter in a book, first read the first and last paragraphs. Then go to each of the subsequent paragraphs and just read the first sentence. Then skim or read quickly through the entire article. This will help you to get ahold of the main ideas and thereby greatly improve your comprehension. Understand the main idea; when reading, it is not necessary to understand all of the new vocabulary words. When many internationals read, they translate every word they don’t understand in a passage. This is known as the Grammar/Translation method and it’s an ineffective way of learning which takes far too much time. Try out the reading method I’ve just described, and I’ll see you next time at the English Corner.  © Mark Peter, M.A. Used with permission.


    Mr. Peter was my colleague at the Agape English Language Institute of Limestone College (Columbia, SC). After teaching ESL to recent immigrants and long-term visitors in the SC Public School System for several years, he returned to China (teaching English in Ningxia). Mark is currently teaching back in the US.

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