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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 […]

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 […]

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they face life-changing choices when conflicting demands come from family members, friends, leaders, rules, traditions, outdated ideas, […]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 […]

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 […]

Exam Preview

Exam Preview Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com Are you coming up to one of my quizzes or tests? This preview page will show you what to expect. Because all of the instructions for my tests and quizzes are in English (unlike Chinese exams, where the information is in Chinese), it is important that my […]

Syllabus–summer 2014

Syllabi for my Xiamen University (厦门大学) Summer 2014 courses Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com This PDF file shows the syllabus or “plan” for each of my 2014 summer classes. It is subject to change, but should help you know where we are heading. NOTE to my current 厦门大学 students: Sometimes pages at […]

Welcome

Welcome to my Class! Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA   ♦   www.EFLsuccess.com You are taking this class because you know how important English is for China’s development, as well as your own future. Successful language progress requires a good memory, plenty of hard work, and a willingness to use what you learn. Your oral, listening […]

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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