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Do you like to help people?
Be a DreyerCoaching Ambassador!
Help your friends, and help yourself!
Our best ambassadors are our students and their parents, who are happy with their learning with DreyerCoaching.com. To say "Thank You" to each person who introduces a new student who registers with us, we will give the introducer ONE FREE 1 on 1 English class -- an RMB 475 / NT$ 1,800 value!
AND, from December 14-21, 2018, we are offering a special bonus. For EACH student you encourage to register with DreyerCoaching.com, before December 21, you get ONE FREE 1 on 1 class AND we will enter your name in a drawing to win the GRAND PRIZE: 50% off the tuition for one 2019-2020 small group class (September 2019 - June 2020)!
When people register now, they get classes from January - June, 2019. AND, if they register soon, they can get the BONUS CLASSES during the week of December 17-20!
We have NEVER offered this before, so take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Help your friends! Help yourself! Be a DreyerCoaching ambassador!
Here is the current tuition for classes, January - June, 2019:
Small-Group Classes (2x/week--only 6 students maximum per class) (except for Writing Classes):
原价 RMB 8,950 / NT$39,550 RMB 5,500 / NT$ 24,500 (good until 1/31/2019)
Small-Group Writing or Conversation Classes (1x/week--only 3 students maximum per writing class):
原价 RMB 5,395 / NT$23,875 RMB 3,200 / NT$ 14,300 (good until 1/31/2019)
1 on 1 Class (with a DreyerCoaching.com USA Team Teacher)
原价 RMB 15,320 / NT$68,135 RMB 5,800 / NT$ 47,700 (good until 1/31/2019)
Do your friends want to know more about our classes? Give them this link.
Want to know more? Email Scott today!
In honor of the Christmas and New Year holidays, our normal DreyerCoaching.com classes will be closed from Monday, December 17, 2018- Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Normal classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2.
因圣诞节和过新年，我们的DreyerCoaching.com 的课程将休息两周，从十二月17日星期一2018年至 一月一日星期二2019年。一月二日星期三2019年再开始正常上课。
However, in order to celebrate our 10th year anniversary online, and to say THANK YOU and MERRY CHRISTMAS to our WONDERFUL students, we are doing something new. We are offering FOUR BONUS classes during the week of December 17-20!
为了庆祝DreyerCoaching.com网路教学十周年，我们将提供 圣诞特别课给现在的学生从十二月十七日，十九日，二十日和二十一日四天每天50分， 为要感谢我们网路学习的学生。
Who can attend? Any student of any age or any English level, now registered with DreyerCoaching.com for the 2018-2019 school year, can attend! (Sorry, this gift is not for students who are not registered with DreyerCoaching.com)
谁可参加？ 这 圣诞特别课只给现在上DreyerCoaching.com 的学生。
When will the classes be?
- Monday, 12/17 8:00 pm BASIC English level基础课给现在的学生
- Monday, 12/17 9:00 pm ADVANCED English level进阶课给现在的学生
- Wednesday, 12/19 8:00 BASIC English level基础课给现在的学生
- Thursday, 12/20 9:00 pm ADVANCED English level进阶课给现在的学生
- Friday, 12/21 9:00 pm Friendly Free Friday! Open to ALL students and guests!每个人都可参加
* all times China Standard Time
What will be the topics?
Christmas and how we celebrate in the USA!
Who will teach the classes?
Can I attend all 4 of the classes?
Yes! Please know that 2 will be taught at a basic level and 2 at an advanced level, but you are welcome to attend any of the sessions!
How will I get the zoom code?
Scott will send you the code for the Dec. 17-20 classes by Wechat, LINE or email. This code is for CURRENT students only; please do not share it!
Questions? Email Scott!
Do you know this saying (idiom)?
Light up like a Christmas tree
Meaning: 1. to be well-illuminated, 2. to be very happy, with a big smile
1. No one wanted to live near the huge Wal-mart parking lot, because it was lit up lit up like a Christmas tree every night of the year.
2. Felicia lit up like a Christmas tree when she got the acceptance letter from her dream college!
Learn more English idioms here!
Thank you, Merry Christmas, and I hope to see you online SOON!
The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. -German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. - Booker T. Washington, born in Virginia as a slave and later the first black to be a guest in the White House.
To celebrate success and improvement, we created the DreyerCoaching.com Most Improved Award (最佳进步奖) for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year, to help also celebrate our 10th anniversary online.
The FIRST winner of this new award, in November 2018, is Bob Liu, from beautiful Hangzhou, China.
Why did Bob win this award?
His DreyerCoaching.com teacher Mrs. McKinney reports that Bob has made GREAT progress since she began working with him, and Bob attends almost EVERY Friendly Free Friday class he can. Bob knows that learning a foreign language is a long-term process, and on top of that, when my wife and I were in Nanjing in June 2018, Bob and his mother traveled two hours by train from their home to Nanjing, just to meet in person. Wow! What commitment! Lastly, Bob is inquisitive and likes to ask questions, and always has a GREAT attitude.
So, for all these reasons and more, Bob is our FIRST winner of the Most Improved Award. Congratulations, Bob!
FRIEND WEEK! 朋友週!
October 1-6, 2018
How it works:
1. Invite 1 or 2 friends to join your DreyerCoaching.com online class! They can come to your house and take class with you, or join from home!您可邀请一两位朋友到DreyerCoaching.com您上课的时间，他们可到您的家或在他们自己的家一起和您学习并感受网路学习美语的情况！
2. Tell Mr. Dreyer their name and email address and he will send them the zoom link. Or, you can give them your zoom link.请告诉Dreyer老师他们的名字和电子邮件，老师就会给他们Zoom 的连接，或您可给他们您的连接。
3. Help your friend learn more English that week, October 1-6, 2018. It is more fun and helpful to learn with your friends!在十月1-6日这周，和朋友一起学习美语！
4. For each friend you bring to class, we enter your name 1 time in a drawing-- 3 people will win ONE FREE 1 on 1 class!
5. Encourage your friend to JOIN a class for the whole year! The schedule and sale prices are below!
Register NOW to reserve your space in these classes that run until June 2019. Each class is capped at 6 students or fewer!
原价Regular investment: RMB 8,950 / NT$ 39,550
优惠价至10月15日止 SALE PRICE! Only RMB 8,000 / NT$ 35,000! Offer ends October 15, 2018!
第一阶级 線上指導，週二 / 週五晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 3 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第二阶级 線上指導，週三 / 週四晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位 Spaces left 3 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第三阶级 線上指導，週一 / 週三晚上7:00-7:50 剩 余位Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第四阶级 線上指導，週二 / 週五晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 2 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第五阶级 線上指導，週一 / 週三晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位 Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第七阶级 線上指導，週一 / 週四晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 3 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第八阶级 線上指導，週四 / 週五，晚上9:00-9:50 剩 余位 Spaces left 1 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
第十一阶级 高中到大学線上指導，週三 / 週五，晚上9:00-9:50 剩 余位Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
英语写作课-6 週五晚上8:00-8:50 Spaces left 1 Only 人民币 4,850 (SAVE 人民币 545!) Only NT$ 21,400 (SAVE NT$ 2,475!)
会话课 週三 晚上9:00-9:50 Only 人民币 4,850 (SAVE 人民币 545!) Only NT$ 21,400 (SAVE NT$ 2,475!)
阅读級線上指導-4 國二到高三線上指導週一 / 週三晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,000 / NT$ 35,000
Contact Scott today to learn more and register!
I hope to see YOU online soon! -Scott
Learn to read and know basic sounds:
Learn days of the week:
Learn the months of the year:
Get ready for Fall!
2018-2019学年度小组课暑期大优惠 SUMMER SALE!
Register NOW to reserve your space in these classes, that run from September 2018 - June 2019. Each class is capped at 6 students!
原价Regular investment: RMB 8,950 / NT$ 39,550
优惠价至9月15日止SALE PRICE! Only RMB 8,550 / NT$ 37,600 Save RMB 400 / NT$ 1,950! Offer ends September 15, 2018!
第一阶级 線上指導，週二 / 週五晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 5 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第二阶级 線上指導，週三 / 週四晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位 Spaces left 3 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第三阶级 線上指導，週一 / 週三晚上7:00-7:50 剩 余位Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第四阶级 線上指導，週二 / 週五晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 2 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第五阶级 線上指導，週一 / 週三晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位 Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第七阶级 線上指導，週一 / 週四晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 3 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第八阶级 線上指導，週四 / 週五，晚上9:00-9:50 剩 余位 Spaces left 3 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
第十一阶级 高中到大学線上指導，週三 / 週五，晚上9:00-9:50 剩 余位Spaces left 4 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
英语写作课-6 週五晚上8:00-8:50 Spaces left 2 Only 人民币 5,125 (SAVE 人民币 270!) Only NT$ 22,700 (SAVE NT$ 1,175!)
会话课 週三 晚上9:00-9:50 Only 人民币 5,125 (SAVE 人民币 270!) Only NT$ 22,700 (SAVE NT$ 1,175!)
阅读級線上指導-4 國二到高三線上指導週一 / 週三晚上8:00-8:50 剩 余位Spaces left 5 Only 人民币 8,550 / NT$ 37,600
Contact Scott today to learn more and register!
I hope to see YOU online soon! -Scott
Do you remember times in school when you thought the teacher sounded like the teacher in Charlie Brown, kind of like this?
As a teacher since 1987, I wonder how many times I sounded like that to my students? And when it comes to teaching a foreign language, I think the risk for sounding like this can be HIGH. Much research shows that a foreign language should be taught in the target language, as much as possible. But many times it's easy to talk ABOUT the foreign language instead of IN the foreign language, and there is a difference.
A slow, boring pace can be another "cardinal sin" of teaching. Sure, teachers don't want to go so fast that we lose or frustrate our students. However, it is easy to go so slowly, that we bore them too. At DreyerCoaching.com, we want to find the right class speed. Not so fast we "lose" our students, but not so slowly that we bore them.
This is where language drills can come in handy.
I first experienced these in the 1980's when I was a student at William and Mary. First, I encountered it as a sophomore student in French 101x. William and Mary required all students to reach a fourth semester in foreign language ability, (which thanks to high school German, I was able to do quickly.) The "x" stands for intensive, because the school offered intensive classes so students could fulfill their foreign language requirement quickly. Here's how it worked: students took French (or another language) with the professor four times a week, Monday - Thursday. Those sessions had the normal explanations, lectures, tests, etc. However, in the afternoon, the students had a SECOND sesssion, called the "drill session." Here, the groups were kept small, usually eight to ten students, and they were led by an upper-level student. In our case, the drill was a senior girl who had just returned to W&M from her junior year abroad in France. The professors gave the drill instructors a dozen or so drills to do each day, drills that gave us intensive practice using the grammar points we had learned in our lecture class that morning or in the previous day or so.
Drill topics might include vocabulary practice; working with masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns; verb tenses; forming questions, etc.
How drills worked:
It was called "drill" because it literally "drilled" the information into our heads! The instuctor gave us the clue, a sample response, as a group we gave a choral response. We did this about 3-4 times, for some familiarity. Then she would give the same clue as we had in the choral response, snap her fingers, and point to one of us. If we got it right, great; then she went to clue #2 and the next student. If we got it WRONG, she just repeated the clue, snapped her fingers again, pointed to ANOTHER student, who then (hopefully) got it right, then she snapped her fingers and pointed to the person who got it wrong, giving that person the chance to say it correctly this time. If the student STILL missed it a second time, she repeated that procedure AS LONG AS IT TOOK for that person to get it right. So the good news is, the student ALWAYS got it right--it just might take awhile. But at least the student DID get it right, and that was a confidence booster. The teacher did a combination of individual and group questions: usually about 3/4 individual questions, and 1/4 group questions. The teacher both starts and ends each individual drill with the choral response. You start with it to build confidence with the new grammar structure, and you end with it to end on a successful note. This intense drill session went on for 50 minutes, without a break! Needless to say, we learned A LOT of French that year!
Two years later, when I returned to W&M from my junior year abroad in Germany, I was thankful when some professors asked me to be a drill instructor for German 101x. That experience let me make some new friends, help people learn German, earn some extra pocket money, AND it was my first paid teaching gig! So even though I did not get my Virginia teacher's license and start full-time teaching until 1987, I actually became a paid instructor in 1986, as a (very part-time) staff at William and Mary!
So let's talk about English.
There is NO SHORTAGE of places where students can learn English. However, I wish I had a nickel for each time a student or parent told me, "I [my child] learned English for years, but never learned to speak it. Every time I [my child] sees a foreigner, all I [my child] can say is 'Hello. How are you?'"
Let's say you want to teach a key, high-frequency language point. Sometimes, we need the slow, methodical explanation. For our basic learners, explaining it in Chinese can be a HUGE help too. But to give the students LOTS of chances to have verbal practice, and to keep the class pace lively, look for times to use drills. For each drill, I suggest using 5-7 clues, and use them over and over till the group can master the grammar point.)
Drill 1. Teaching "be" verb conjugations. The teacher should show a chart of some visual, maybe in the book, and explain how the "be" verb changes based on the pronoun. (Note: Chinese has NO verb conjugations! So that's one reason why Chinese is easy to learn, but it's hard for Chinese speakers to learn English.)
After the (brief) grammar lesson, try a drill.
SS: all students in class (choral response)
S1: first student
S2: second student, etc.
One idea behind drills is to START EASY, where the students only have to produce one item. You can add complexity as you go on, by gradually adding new elements to each drill sentence.
In person, the teacher snaps his fingers, then turns and points to the student who is supposed to speak. However, in an online class, the teacher can give the clue, then call the student's first name.)
T: I ... I am nice. I... (waves arms in sweeping fashing, to signal "choral response.")
SS: I am nice.
T: I ... I am nice. I... (waves arms in sweeping fashing, to signal "choral response.")
SS: I am nice
(Repeat 3-4 times, so students are confident with it. EACH student should be repeating.)
T: I ... Jessica
Jessica: I am nice.
T: I ... Tom
Tom: I am nice.
T: You ... Jerry
Jerry: You are nice.
T: You are nice. (wave arms for choral response)
SS: You are nice.
T: He ... Jack
Jack: He is nice.
T: They ... Jessica
Jessica: They is nice.
T: They ... Jack
Jack: They are nice.
T: They ... Jessica
Jessica: They are nice (teacher smiles)
T: Mrs. Smith ... Fred
Fred: Mrs. Smith is nice.
T: Mr. and Mrs. Smith ... Jessica
Jessica: Mr. and Mrs. Smith are nice.
T: You ... Jerry
Jerry: You are nice.
T: You (wave arms for choral response)
SS: You are nice
(repeat 2-3 times, to build confidence and end on successful note.)
Drill 2: Reviewing "be" conjugations and teaching nationalities
Note: Give the pronoun and country; then model for students to conjugate the verb and say the adjective. Notice how this drill is a bit harder: the students have to conjugate the verb AND change the country to an adjective. Ideally, we want to always be moving our students to higher and higher levels of complexity and competence.
T: I ... China (wave arms for choral response)
SS: I am Chinese.
(repeat 3-4 times to build confidence)
T: You ... Russia (Jack)
Jack: You are Russian.
T: He ... Vietnam (Fred)
Fred: He is Vietnamese
T: They ... Mexico (Jessica)
Jessica: They are Mexican
T: She... Brazil (Tom)
Tom: She is Brazilian
T: We ... France (Jack)
Jack: We are French
(Note: try to keep the clues consistent. That is, always use "they/Mexico, she/ Brazil, we/France" etc.
Drill 3: Countable and non-countable nouns (Note: Again, Chinese does not have this distinction, so it's a challenge for our students to master this. And let's face it: many native speakers of English make mistakes here too. How often do we see the ad "Less Calories"?)
T: Tomatoes ... delicious (wave arms for choral response)
SS: Tomatoes are delicious
(repeat 3-4 times)
T: Milk .. delicious (wave arms for choral response)
SS: Milk is delicious
(repeat 3-4 times)
T: Pizza ... Fred
Fred: Pizza is delicious
T: Chicken ... Jessica
Jessica: Chicken is delicious
T: French fries ... Tom
Tom: French fries are delicious.
T: ice cream ... Jack
Jack: Ice cream is delicious
T: ice cream cones ... Jessica
Jessica: Ice cream cones is delicious
T: ice cream cones ... Tom
Tom: ice cream cones are delicious
T: ice cream cones ... Jessica
Jessica: ice cream cones are delicious
T: peas... Jerry
Jerry: peas are delicious
T: Peas are delicous (wave arms for choral response)
SS: Peas are delicious
(repeat 3-4 times)
Drill 4: Forming questions
(Language note: It is easy to form most questions in Chinese. Many times you just say the sentence, then add the question word "ma" at the end, and that makes it a question. So, when one has to switch the word order to make a question in English, that is difficult for many students.)
T: You are a student.... Are you a student?
(Repeat 3-4 times)
T: You are a student (wave arms for choral response)
T: You are a student .... Fred
Fred: Are you a student?
T: He is an American ... Jerry
Jerry: Is he an American?
T: We are going ... Tom
Tom: Are we going?
T: She is from France. ... Jessica
Jessica: Is she from France?
T: They are from Japan ... Fred
Fred: Are they from Japan?
T: They are from Japan ... Are they from Japan? (wave arms for choral response)
Are they from Japan?
(repeat 3-4 times)
Drill 5: Using irregular verbs in past tense
These are difficult for even native speakers, so they are very hard for ESL learners. Let's say you want to drill these: be, bring, eat, get, read, ride. Say the infinitive form of the verb. Pause 1 second. Then say the sentence with the present tense. Students say the sentence in the past tense.
(Note: Here is a list of irregular verbs. Some are more commonly used than others.)
T: BE. He is happy.
He was happy. (repeat 3-4 times)
T: He is happy. He was happy. (Teacher waves arms for choral response)
SS: He was happy.
T: BRING...She brings cookies to the party.... Tom
Tom: She brought cookies to the party.
T: EAT... I eat a sandwich.... Jessica
Jessica: I ate a sandwich.
T: GET....He gets a book.... Jerry
Jerry: He got a book.
T: READ...I read a book..... Jack
Jack: I read a book.
T: RIDE...She rides a bike.... Jessica
Jessica: She rode a bike.
T: RIDE: She rides a bike. (wave arms for choral response)
SS: She rode a bike.
(repeat 3-4 times)
Would you like to know more about learning or teaching English online? Contact Scott today.
Chinese New Year is coming!
In honor of the holiday, normal DreyerCoaching.com classes will stop from Monday, Feb. 12 - Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. However, during those two weeks, we DO offer two extra kinds of classes! For many years we have offered intensive English classes during the holiday, because schools are out, students have more free time than normal, and many parents and young people want to improve their skills in an intensive way during these two weeks. For example, during Chinese New Year 2017, we offered two book studies: 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird, in addition to 1 on 1 classes. Please remember, since our classes are online, you can attend from anywhere you have an internet connection! You can spend all day relaxing and enjoying time with family, and attend just two hours a night, to keep improving your English! (Note: we do NOT have classes on Feb. 15 and 16, Chinese New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.)
Our Class offerings for Chinese New Year 2018
|What Kinds of Classes?||Group Classes 小组课||1 on 1 Classes 一对一|
|What will be the topics students will learn?||
This year, we are offering a new kind of group class. Scott is to present a history class, an overview of some key events of the 20th Century, using class materials Scott made himself when he taught the class he created, "20th Century European Totalitarianism," at a local public high school. Specific topics include:
Topics will depend on the student's English level and interest
|Who should take this class?||
Students who want to:
|Students who want to improve their English skills, 1 on 1, during the Chinese New Year holiday while schools are closed. Students can improve their listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, and writing skills|
|What English level is required?||DreyerCoaching.com Step 8 or 10, Reading/Vocab. 2 or 3, and Writing 5 or 6. The class will be taught in a seminar/lecture format, with many opportunities for Q&A. Since the class pace will be fast and it will include many terms specific to history and social studies, a high-level of English is required.||Any level, Step 1 to Advanced|
|What are the dates and times of the classes?||Feb. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 (8 evenings, 16 sessions total), 8:00-8:50 pm and 9:00-9:50 pm China Standard Time||Any evenings, 7:00-10:00, Mondays through Saturdays, Feb. 12-24, 2018|
|What is the investment?||RMB 1,900, NT$ 8,600 (Registration due by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Minimum of 3 students required to open class; spaces limited! Register today!||RMB 400, NT$ 1,800, per 50 minute session. You can register for as many 1 on 1 sessions as you like, from Feb. 12-24. (Registration due by Mon. Jan. 22, 2018. Register today!)|
|Who will teach it?||Scott Dreyer||A highly-qualified DreyerCoaching.com Team Teacher (we will attempt to match the student with his or her normal school year teacher, when available.)|
|How to find out more or register?||Contact Scott today!||Contact Scott today!|
Some topics and people we'll learn about in our group class!
Do you want to improve your English?
Do you have a question about English or life in the USA?
Join a FREE class with Scott Dreyer, president and founder of DreyerCoaching.com. Scott speaks Chinese, so feel free to ask him questions in Chinese; however, he will be joining you in class live from his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, USA.
When? Fridays at 9:00 p.m., China Standard Time (We do not know how long we can provide this free service, so take advantage of it now!)
How long will the class be? About 30 minutes, but you can start or leave at any time. No worries!
What level does my English have to be to join? Since Scott speaks Chinese, you can be at any English level, or speak none at all and just speak Chinese! However, most of the discussion will be at a DreyerCoaching.com Intermediate Level (Steps 4, 5 or 6) or above.
Sample questions might include:
- When do I use BORED or BORING?
- What is the difference between a RUG, CARPET, and MAT?
- What is the difference between a SHIP and a BOAT?
- What is the difference between the words FOUNDER and PIONEER?
- Do I say "The Philippines IS a country" or "The Phillipines ARE a country"?
- How do I pronounce AGE and EDGE, SHIP and SHEEP?
- You can even tell Scott a Chinese sentence and ask him to translate it into English for you.
What ages can join this class? Any age is welcome, but due to the content and format, it is probably best for students ages 10 and over. Adult learners welcome too!
Hope to see you there!
Back in the spring, I got a message on WeChat from a mother in Shenzhen, China. It went something like this:
We met about a year ago, when you talked with my son online. We did not sign up for your classes then, but we are in trouble now. My son has applied to an American school here in Shenzhen. He has passed the written part of the entrance exam, but he has failed the oral interview with an American teacher. He has taken the interview two times and failed both. He has a third interview in late May, but that's the last time. If he fails that one, he cannot get in. I am almost feeling desperate. Can you please help us?
Of course I wanted to help her, so we set up a time to meet online. I assessed her son's English level, heard more about about their goals, and we made a plan. Her son would have four 1 on 1 classes each week with a DreyerCoaching.com teacher, over the next two months or so, leading up to the interview. Each class lasted fifty minutes. His teacher used these and other questions as the teaching material.
1. The teacher would ask the question, so the young man would practice his listening skills. Let's face it: if you can't understand the question, there is NO WAY you can answer it correctly!
2. The student would try to answer the question, to the best of his ability.
3. The teacher would coach and correct the student, to help his word choice, pronunciation, and overall clarity.
If all this sounds like a lot of work, it is. As the old saying goes, "There is no shortcut to success." But the student and teacher met consistently and worked diligently for many weeks, about four nights per week.
The result? During the last week of May, I asked his mom how things had gone.
Thank you, teacher, we are so happy! My son passed his interview and will enter the new school this fall. Thank you so much!
Her news made the other teacher and I SO delighted to hear. Thanks to that targeted, intensive time of classes, that young man got into his desired school so he can pursue his dream. That's what we want to do at DreyerCoaching.com. Help you make your dreams come true!
Contact me today to find out how we can help you!
Here are some of the questions the DreyerCoaching.com teacher used with this young man, to help him PASS his school enterance interview:
Interview Questions you might be asked:
What are you looking for in a school?
Tell me three things you would bring to this school?
What classes are your favorite and why?
If you could meet one person from history, who would that be and why?
Do you hold a leadership position at your school? Do you want to in the future?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Who are your heroes?
What are you most proud of?
Are you involved with sports? Which teams? What position?
Do you like music or art? What type of music do you like? Do you sing in a chorus? Do you play an instrument? Are you involved with acting? Do you want to continue with these interests?
Do you keep a journal?
Are you involved with a community service project? What did you learn from this project? What was most significant about this project or projects?
Do you read outside of school? If so, what types of books do you like? Why?
If not, what books that you have read in school do you like? And why?
Do you like to go to the movies? What types of films are of interest to you?
Who was your best teacher ever and why?
Did you ever have trouble communicating with a teacher or coach? If so, what did you do?
What do you like to do with your friends outside of school?
What did you do this past summer? Go to camp? Work? Go on a remarkable vacation?
What does your typical day look like? How much time do you spend doing your homework? How organized are you and what types of methods do you use to keep yourself organized?
When you are faced with a problem, how do go about solving it?
What activities do you like to do with your family?
Tell me one thing about your current school that you most appreciate?
Why do you want to come to this school?
What do you see yourself involved in, if you were to come here?
More students apply here than we can accept. Out of all the qualified applicants, why should we admit you? What unique qualities or background do you bring to the table?
Do you have any questions about this school?
Here is a list of 40 new topics that you might find useful if you are preparing for Part 1 of the iBT TOEFL Speaking section. These are all Independent topics of the "open choice" / personal experience or opinion type.
- Who is your best friend? Describe this person and say why he/she is your bestfriend.
- What is your favorite place to visit on weekends? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite place to go.
- What is your happiest childhood memory? Describe it and give reasons to explain why it is your happiest memory.
- What is your most important possession? Describe it and say why it is so important.
- Talk about a person in your life who has inspired you. Describe the person and explain why you found him/her inspirational.
- Where do most like to go to eat out? Describe this place and say why you like it most.
- Talk about an important national holiday in your home country. Describe it and explain why it is important.
- What is your favorite book or movie? Describe it and say why it is your favorite.
- Who do you feel close to in your family (or extended family)? Describe this person and say why you feel close to him/her.
- Where is a good place to have fun in your city or town? Describe this place and explain why it is fun.
- Talk about an experience in your life that made you feel embarrassed. Describe it and say why it was embarrassing.
- What was your favorite subject at school? Describe it and explain why this subject was your favorite one.
- Who is an important person in your country? Describe this person and explain why he/she is important.
- Talk about an interesting tourist attraction you have been to. Describe it and say why it was interesting.
- Talk about a time when you experienced success. Describe the experience and say why it was a success for you.
- What is your favorite style of clothing? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite.
- Name a person whom you truly admire. Describe the person and say why you admire him/her.
- Think of a place that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. Describe it and explain why it is relaxing and peaceful for you.
- Talk about a difficulty you have overcome in your life. Describe the experience and say why it was difficult to overcome.
- What is your most useful study aid? Describe it and explain why it is useful in helping you to study.
- Talk about a teacher who had a positive influence on you. Describe this person and explain why he/she was so influential to you.
- Where is your favorite place to study? Describe this place and say why it is a good place for you to study.
- Talk about a positive experience with learning or using English. Describe the experience and say why it was a positive one.
- What is your favorite kind of food? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite.
- Name a famous or influential figure who has inspired you. Describe this person and say why he/she has been inspirational to you.
- Which place has fond memories for you? Describe this place and explain why it is memorable to you.
- When have you been happily surprised by something? Describe the experience and say why the surprise was a happy one for you.
- Describe a resource that helped you to do something better than before. Describe it and explain why it was helpful to you.
- Describe a person from your country’s history. Why do you think this person was important?
- Where would you like to go to spend a vacation? Describe this place and say why you would like to holiday there.
- Talk about something you and your family enjoy doing together. Describe it and explain why you all enjoy it.
- What is your favorite recreational activity? Describe it and say why you enjoy doing it.
- Who is the most intelligent person you know? Describe the person and say why you think he/she is intelligent.
- Where would you most like to live? Describe this place and explain why you would like to live there.
- What is your favorite season of the year? Describe the season and explain why you like it so much.
- What custom from your home country are you most fond of? Describe the custom and explain why you are fond of it.
- Which person are you most likely to go to with a personal problem? Describe this person and say why you would go to him/her in particular.
- Name a place in your country you would recommend others to visit. Describe this place and explain why you would recommend it.
- Talk about an event from the past that you would like to relive. Describe the original event and say why you would like to relive it.
- What is your favorite way of getting around? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite means of transportation.
- What career would you like to pursue/prepare for? Why, in terms of your abilities and motivation, do you think you are suited for this life work?
This morning I was having class with Queenie, a middle school-aged girl in Shenzhen, South China. We were working on some Q&A about a reading passage, and as I usually do, I asked "Do you have any questions?"
Graduation from high school is a night to remember. (Since our son David is graduating from high school in a few hours, that thought was on my mind.)
Our visit to Hawaii in 2010 was a trip to remember.
Hiking on the Appalachian Trail--an experience to remember!
The baseball game where we went into extra innings and won by one run was a game to remember.
And I asked Queenie, "Last summer, you came to our summer camp. Was that a summer to remember? She said, "yes!" So, Queenie can say, The 2014 Summer Camp with DreyerCoaching.com was a summer to remember."
Queenie in America
Are YOU looking for a summer to remember, for yourself or a child or other loved one? Join one of our summer or winter camps! Watch this short video to see Queenie (the second person speaking) and her friends from Vietnam and Brazil telling about "a summer they'll never forget." Contact me today for details!
Fear of Public Speaking
(This came in an email from Brian Flanagan, a man I had the pleasure of meeting when Zig Ziglar and his team came to the Roanoke Valley a few years ago.)
According to that great medical journal, The Readers Digest!, speaking in front of a group of people is still the number one fear in America.These three strategies might help you deal with that fear, whether speaking to a group of two, or 20, or 200
1. Preparation compensates for a lack of talent! Prepare the talk in advance. Organize your visuals, handouts, props, and material. Practice and rehearse not only the content, but also the delivery. Analyze the audience by asking yourself these questions: In what are the attendees interested? What is important to them? How do they want to feel or think about the topic at the end of my presentation?
2. Your "first burst" is important! You should practice, rehearse, memorize, and/or choreograph your "first burst." This is your opening sentence or paragraph. The purpose of the "first burst" is to grab the attention AND the interest of your audience. Using hilarious humor, quotable quotes, startling statistics, topical stories, and/or a focusing question can accomplish this. Use your imagination when creating your "first burst."
3. Your audience is more forgiving than you are! Loosen up, lighten up, and have fun when making a presentation. Don't take yourself too seriously. The audience is not expecting perfection and neither should you! Remember: angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
One more thing: when in doubt, just get in front of the audience and "let 'er rip."
This rhyme summarizes my point. It seems a 17-year-old boy was debating whether to kiss his girlfriend. He dropped to his knees and prayed. "Lord, Lord up above, should I kiss the girl that I love?" A voice came back saying, "Sinner, sinner down below, pucker up and let 'er go!"
When in front of an audience, remember to "just pucker up and let 'er go!"
Now, go sell somebody something!
When I began my teaching career way back in 1986 (instructing a daily German 101 intensive drill class at William and Mary--I was a senior who had just returned from a Junior Year Abroad program in Germany), I made a decision to try to "keep my teaching real." That is, I wanted to connect my teaching with real life, and the real needs of my students, in a real world--not the "vague otherness" of a fake world of textbooks only. So, as I taught the German grammar and pronunciation drills, I also tried to explain when the students would use those patterns, with a few illustrative stories from my year in Europe thrown in.
In the intervening 29 years I have been blessed to be in this very rewarding and satisfying teaching career, I have certainly spent a fair bit of time in the artificial world of textbooks. And I do not mean to unduly criticize textbooks-- they have their place and role. (Disclaimer: I have also co-written at textbook.) But wherever possible, I believe it is best to try to "meet students where they are" and try to "make connections" between the material I am trying to teach and the real life and experience of the students.
Now in our eighth year of offering online English classes, the wonderful team of teachers I am blessed to belong to is able to teach students, by the miracle of the Internet, across the world, from China to France to right here in the USA. And so it is a particular delight to see other members of this team making real-life connections and building relationships with students in other countries, from other cultures. For decades I have encouraged my students to "learn your foreign languages!", and as we at DreyerCoaching.com help students improve their English skills, they will be better-able to communicate with others and I hope, in a small way at the individual level, be better-able to contribute to a world of peace and understanding.
So it was a pleasure to receive this photograph from Mrs. McKinney, a master teacher on our team, of her recent class with Jason, a young student in South China. He plays the clarinet, and to "keep it real" in class, he played a few tunes for his teacher, across the 8,000-some miles (13,000 km), in real-time. What a fantastic way to build the student-teacher relationship and take a personal interest in the lives of the students we are are blessed to work with on a weekly basis.
My mother tells the story of her mother, who was born in the milestone year of 1900, in southern Indiana. As a young girl in a one-room schoolhouse, my grandmother vividly remembered the day when the peace outside was shattered by the novel noise of a passing-by motor car--a newfangled invention the children had never seen before. (Imagine the peace and quiet the world must have had, not to mention the slow pace of life, before the advent of the gas-powered engine and cars.) Naturally curious, all the children sprang from their desks and bolted to the windows to see that new spectacle: a motor car! At that moment, my grandmother also vividly recalled, the teacher barked out an order for all the children to return to their wooden desks, to continue their lessons uninterrupted. As a teacher, I think of that story and ponder: what a waste! For those children (and that teacher) in the early 1900's in rural Southern Indiana, they had caught their first sight of an invention that would soon spread round the world and change life for all of us, forever. Yet the magic of the moment was quashed by a teacher focused on getting through her lesson plan. Thank you, Mrs. McKinney, for making those real-life connections with our students. Let's "keep it real," fellow teachers!
Over the summer the students in our Writing Boot Camp worked on their writing skills and read a novel based on a true story set in Southwest Virginia. The book is the life story of Revered Bob Childress, a preacher who went in to teach Christianity in what was then an unbelievable wide and dangerous area, ironically, not a far drive from our offices here in Roanoke, VA. The story was set in the 1920s-40s.
As one of our last writing assignments, the students were to take Childress, who passed away in the 1950s, and place him in 21st century America. We wrote this as there was rioting and looting in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooing of an unarmed black youth there.
If he were alive today, what would Childress do? What would he say? How would he approach people and problems?
This is what one of our campers came up with. Fine writing, especially when you consider he is a middle schooler in Taiwan, a non-English speaking country.
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