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Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:29

Small World!

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As a child, I remember riding the popular "It's a Small World" ride at Disney World in Florida. A common English saying is "It's a small world," when we hear a story about people far away having some chance encounter or seeming coincidence. 
The words "small world" came to me twice this week when I heard from two team teachers. 
This story came from Mrs. Armistead:
"The most amazing thing happened in Step 4 today.  Scott and I had taken our friend from China to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Monday afternoon to see the Terracotta Army exhibit.  It was great!   I was very excited to share with my students.  So today in class I showed them the pictures I had from the museum and was ready to share views from the internet as well.  Suddenly Bruce pipes up - that's where I am!  He and his family were in Xi'an and had seen the site yesterday!  They leave tomorrow.  I couldn't believe the timing!  So Bruce was able to tell us about what he had seen and learned and we encouraged the others to go if they can!  And I encourage you to come to Richmond to see this exhibit if you can!  It will be here until March 11.  It is the first time in it's 80 year history that the VMFA has an exhibit devoted to the art and archaeology of ancient China!
Just had to share this cool story!"
This story is related to Mrs. McKinney:
Mrs. McKinney teaches our Advanced Vocabulary/Reading 2 class. We are only a few weeks away from Chinese New Year, and one morning this week she texted me that her students were not in class. We suspected they thought that our online classes has stopped for the holiday. So, I quickly texted the mothers--in Beijing-- on Chinese social media, explaining that class was on and the teacher was waiting. Within a few minutes, the students joined the class and kept improving their English skills. Even in this technological age, I still marvel that Mrs. McKinney can text me, I can then text Beijing, and within a few minutes, our students in China are meeting with their teacher in Virginia--13 hours and 8,000 miles (12,800 km) away!   
It's a small world after all!
Do you want to make YOUR world a little smaller, and a lot closer to the USA? Join one of our online English classes-- contact Scott today to find out how!
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Scott Dreyer

A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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