A Manual for Teaching English in China

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2009 - Education - 208 pages
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Come with us now to the first day of class to teach English in China. Both students and teacher's hearts pound with anticipation as students file into the room, chatting and pretending not to notice the foreign teacher standing behind his desk. But they can't help glancing at him anyway for a first look. Laughter mingles with the sound of books and chairs clanking together. A buzzer sounds in the hall, and Bill Burkett, affectionately known in China by his students as "Mr. Bill," begins. A Manual for Teaching English in China takes us from the first day's buzzer through the first weeks, months, and semesters of teaching English in China, sharing numerous stories, laughs, interesting facts, and many effective ways of teaching ESL. A Manual for Teaching English in China is packed with Bill Burkett's practical ideas, methods, and teaching techniques that can actually be used to teach ESL anywhere.
Bill Burkett recently returned from a seven year stint of teaching English in the universities and training schools of Henan, China. An internationally renowned public speaker, Burkett has lived in 46 nations in the last 43 years. He developed a strong interest in linguistics which was fueled by his close association with interpreters. In Chinese classrooms where he taught English, he conducted active research, experimenting and taking student polls. He concentrated on eliminating speech impediments and strong accents. His education, experiences, and research shaped his philosophy of teaching English as a Second Language and formed the basis of his first ESL book, A Manual for Teaching English in China. Following the manual is Secrets to Better English which reveals a proven method of teaching ESL without accent. Although Burkett's doctorate is in philosophy, his love is making a difference in his students' lives by teaching diction and the skills of speech.

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The First Steps Toward Teaching in China
Understanding Your Students
The Central Goal of the Oral English Program
Basic Class Structures
Documentation A Source of Order in the Classroom
Behavior and Decorum
Read Along
Talk Along and Follow Along
The English Corner The Classroom Without Walls
An Introduction to Grading Oral English
Exam Basics
The Oral Exam
Administering the Oral Exam
Scoring Methods for the Oral Exam
Doublechecking the Accuracy of Your Oral Scoring
Teaching Resources and Class Materials

Secondary Objectives and Miscellaneous Exercises
Correcting Chronic Mispronunciations
Teaching the Whole Student
Living in China
Textual Initialisms and Glossary

Common terms and phrases

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