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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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)
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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!
The USA is based on the idea of "self-government." That is, the people have the freedom--and responsibility--to choose their own leaders, and if those leaders do a poor job, to fire them!
This experiment, though imperfect, has been in place since the 1770s. In the US, we choose our leaders on election day. Sometimes we vote to keep the leaders we already have, and other times we choose to get new ones.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 was election day across the USA. It was called "mid-term election" because they are in the middle of the president's four-year term. Voters choose all 435 members of the House of Representatives, about one-third of the Senate, and some states chose their governors and local officials too. (Note: the House and Senate together are called the "Congress.")
Here are some pictures from the 2018 election day in Roanoke, Virginia.
Long before the actual election day, some people really care about the outcome and get involved. Some people put bumper stickers on their cars or yard signs in front of their homes or businesses, to give their candidates some free advertising. I once heard my Congressman, Bob Goodlatte, say that when you put a bumper sticker on your car and just drive around like normal, you give your candidate over $200 worth of advertising value!
On election day in Virginia, the polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you will be traveling, away at college, or physically unable to vote on election day, you can request an absentee ballot in advance from your local registrar. You just have to request it early enough to get it in the mail, make your votes, get it witnessed, then mail it back to the registrar by election day. During the ten years I lived in Taiwan, I voted in I think all but one election, by requesting an absentee ballot.
On election day you go to your voting place, line up, and show your voter card and Photo ID to the poll workers who then find your name on the voter rolls, and they mark your name off, so you cannot vote again that day. They give you a ballot and you go the voter booth, mark your choices, and then turn in your ballot to be counted or scanned. Many places then give you a sticker that says "I voted" or something. In recent years, MANY people put a selfie on facebook with their "I voted" sticker, and they encourage their friends to go vote too.
The voting ends in most states around 7:00 pm. Around 7:30-8:00, the first results start coming in, and many people watch the TV to see the how things went. Since the US has six time zones, it takes many hours to get the results from the West Coast, so sometimes we do not know until late at night who won. And in cases where the races are very close, and sometimes there must be a recount, we do not know the winner until the next day, sometimes even days or weeks later!
Do you want to know more about the 2018 mid-term elections? Listen to my podcast!
In my Advanced Writing Class, we read some sample descriptions of people and I asked the students to pick someone and write their own description.
We are using Writing with Skill, by Susan Wise Bauer, and on page 215 of the ebook she lists some traits one can look for and describe in a person.
Description of a Person Definition:
A description of selected physical and non-physical aspects of a person. Decide on which aspects will be included. They may include:
Sound of voice
What others think
Portrayals and portraits
Challenges and difficulties
Expressions of face and body
Talents and abilities
Economic status (wealth)
Fame, notoriety, prestige
Family traditions, tendencies
Below are two descriptions my students wrote:
Confidently dressed in red, and always dressed in red, Santa Claus is the epitome of joy in the world. Along with the everlasting smile on his face, Santa's deep, rich voice evokes a sense of wisdom and generates a sense of trust for all. Unsurprisingly, society is naturally attracted to his unique aura as a result.
His unmistakable white beard extends down to his stomach, creating a sense of wonder and provoking awe among the masses. However, it is his equipment -- gigantic goodie bag that never fails to surprise-- that steals the show. In a world where challenges are prevalent and meeting obstacles is inevitable, having a friend who rewards one for his or her efforts while never discourages is a true blessing for all.
In addition to being deeply rooted in Christianity, which promotes values of equality and reward for the faithful, Santa Claus brings yet another form of utility within the household: discipline. His presence commands children to sleep early, catch up on schoolwork, do the dishes, and much more. The possibility of being on Santa's naughty list terrifies many as their dream toy may disappear along with their wrongdoings.
Despite this potential fear factor that Santa places among the young of society, Santa maintains his annual tradition of riding his sleigh across the world and delivering presents to all the well-behaved children. This consistency has not only earned him widespread international support, but also much respect as his countenance consistently creates a calming yet inspiring mood in the world of darkness. -- Aaron, Grade 11 student, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Scott's feedback: I like how this writer, Aaron, picked Santa as his person to describe. Creative! Good hook: "Confidently dressed in red, and always in red...." Fine use of a variety of punctuation too, including dashes and a colon, keeps the flow moving. Aaron employs alliteration: "his countenance consistently creates a calming...."
Brandon Crawford, all-star shortstop for the San Francisco Giants, has been a consistent performer for the three-time World Champions since he debuted. He stands out on the field, dishing out seemingly-impossible defensive plays with his luscious locks flying out behind him. Crawford’s calm and collected demeanor lets players and fans alike feel secure when a ball is hit in his direction. Furthermore, his improving prowess at the plate has been crucial to the Giants’ success. The power that Crawford possesses makes him a luxury, as shortstops that can both hit and field are rare. His smooth swing is always a pleasure to watch.
Outside of his playing, Crawford is also a family-man, seen through his interactions with fans, his teammates, and his family. Often, he can be seen signing autographs for kids, or discussing strategies with his fellow infielders. He also runs a blog with longtime teammate Brandon Belt, showing his humorous yet self-effacing personality. As a caring, fun-loving dad of five, his social media is full of pictures of their family trips or activities as well. Because of his well-roundness and ability to please fans, players, and family on and off the field, he is someone a kid can look up to. -- Justin, Grade 12 student, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Scott's feedback: This author, Justin, loves baseball and once lived in California, so it makes sense he described a baseball star. This just goes to show: 1. writers make deliberate choices, 2. writing is an extension of you, and 3. if you write with your authentic voice, no one else can copy you! Justin has GREAT word choice: consistent, debuted, dishing out, demeanor, etc. I also like his three examples of alliteration, shown in bold underlining above.
October 2008 was a strange time in the USA. For millions of Americans there was terrible fear, but for millions of others, great excitement!
But at the same time, many other Americans were full of joy. A little-known US Senator from Illinois, Barack Hussein Obama, seemingly came out of nowhere to defeat well-known Hillary Clinton and by October was well on his way to becoming the next US president. To hear the way many in the news and entertainment media were presenting him, Obama seemed to be a new savior to solve our problems and show us the way!
Against this odd backdrop, I tried something I had never done before. On Wednesday, October 22, 2008, I taught my first online English class to Asia!
Seated by my laptop on my dining room table in my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, I taught my inaugural online lesson to two sisters in Hsinchu, Taiwan, where I had lived from 1989-1999. The class began at 7:00 a.m. and ended by 7:50 Eastern Time, so I could then hop on my bicycle and teach the rest of the day at my full-time job at a local high school. I had been a licensed teacher since 1987, and had taught both in Virginia and Taiwan, but presenting a lesson over the internet was a novelty then. Over the passing ten years, the internet has exploded with more and more classes, shopping, and much else, but in 2008, that was still a new step, both for me and for the parents and students who trusted me with this responsibility.
You can listen to more of the story below.
Listen to Podcast Episode 12. Listen here.
To celebrate our 10th Anniversary of Online English classes, I am offering FIVE FREE classes all next week, October 22-26! Here are the details.
When? Monday to Friday at 9:00 p.m., China Standard Time
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.
I hope to see YOU online SOON!
--Scott Contact me today if you have any questions or would like to know more!
Photo: Jack Gittoes
Recently a teacher on the DreyerCoaching.com team sent me this in an email:
"I couldn't resist sending this to you! Katie said she wrote this in 10-15 minutes! Amazing!"
Truly, this is AMAZING writing, from Katie, a middle school student in Hsinchu, Taiwan, who has taken a DreyerCoaching.com writing class for many years. Notice the great verbs: exhaled, creaking, shivered, gazed, flopped down. Notice the great adjectives: damp, shadowy, musty, creepy. Great use of thoughtshots too, set off with italics: Why had he chosen this house to live in? Why couldn't he have chosen another house, more brightly lit and modernly furnished?
Very creepy story-- just in time for Halloween. Enjoy!
He exhaled, his breath making puffs in the frigid air, the wooden floorboards creaking under his feet. Running a hand through his purple hair, he set down his knapsack in the middle of the dusty bed. He shivered, and pulled out a damp windbreaker and put it on. An owl hooted outside, and he quickly turned just in time to see a shadowy figure outlined in the window. He rubbed his eyes, and the figure disappeared, and he sighed, turning back to the bed.
He sat down on the bed, the musty smell of the feather stuffed mattress filling the air. Wrinkling his nose at the stench, he gazed into a corner of the old room. The sky outside was dark, and the moon cast creepy shadows into the room.
He flopped down onto the bed, closing his eyes briefly. Why had he chosen this house to live in? Why couldn't he have chosen another house, more brightly lit and modernly furnished?
The man stretched, and yawned. It had been a long day, but now he was unable to sleep. The whole feeling of the room was extremely off-putting. He felt like he was in a haunted house, complete with bats and four-poster beds.
He huffed out a breath and pulled out his cell phone, squinting at the brightness. In the corner of the screen in tiny letters, it said “no service”. He scrunched his nose in disgust and tossed it aside, the phone landing on the mattress with a barely audible “whoomp". He closed his eyes, and tried to fall asleep, to no avail. He sighed.
His eyes snapped open and he swung his legs over the side of the bed and got up, slowly opening the door. It creaked quietly. The man stepped out into the hallway, careful to avoid the questionable puddle of dark liquid that was too dark to see. He shrugged, and continued down the hallway, stopping at an open door. He peeked in, seeing a old painting in the corner of the room, a small lit lantern in a another.
He cocked his head at the painting, wondering where he had seen that painting before. He reached for his phone to search it up, but, he remembered that he had left his phone in the room he was sleeping in, and there was no service. He muttered something under his breath and stepped further into the room. The painting had an oak frame which was in an archaic style, in a simple red and black. The paint was chipped and cracked in multiple places. There were cobwebs hanging from every corner of the frame, and there was a large closet made of maple standing in the room.
He stopped and admired the design of the closet, the way the cuts in the wood made an intricate design. He could have sworn he heard footsteps, and he whirled around, only to see a shadowy figure drift across the doorway.
He stiffened. Was there someone else in this house? He stopped and listened. Nothing. He scratched his head, and plopped down on the floor. He sighed, suddenly tired. He leaned back on his hands, and he felt his hand touch something slimy and wet on the floor.
He picked up one hand and sniffed the liquid, the metallic smell of blood filling his nose. The lantern suddenly went out and a voice boomed throughout the room.
“Hello, it’s been awhile. I’ve been waiting for you.”
Our son David recently applied to the University of Virginia (UVA) and below is his Pesonal Statement from the Common Application. He was accepted and is a Biology major.
(word count: 355)
Transferring to a four-year university has always been my goal. Beginning when I was five, my parents invested in the [prepaid college] program to pay for a bachelor’s degree for my three older siblings and me. Every parent’s dream is to see their children succeed, and my parents did what they could to help make that happen. Even as a child, I knew I wanted to make an impact in the world. I wanted to do something that set me apart; not something just anybody could do. By the time I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. Since then, I have narrowed my career down to becoming a dentist or an orthodontist. I have been working towards that goal for three years at Virginia Western Community College, and while my time at Western has been fruitful, it is time for me to move on and get one step closer to achieving my goal. Transferring to a four-year university is the next step. My ambition is to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and upon passing the Dental Admissions Test, to matriculate at VCU’s School of Dentistry. After that, if I decide to specialize in a particular branch of dentistry, I will go on to study that post graduate program. While every step in this journey is important, I believe that the most important step is always the one that we are facing at the moment, and in my case, that would be transferring to attain my bachelor’s degree. These next few years will be pivotal in the direction my life goes, and I want to ensure I make the right choices and meet the right people, as cliché as that sounds. I am blessed to be a world traveler; however, my whole life, I have lived in Roanoke, and this is an opportunity to expand my horizons and enrich my life by seeking new experiences and meeting new people in new places. College is the ideal place for this, and I am eager to meet other bright and ambitious students who are also working toward their goals.
He also wrote two other essays, specific for UVA. Stay tuned.
Are you an international student studying in the USA, or you want to? Check out this article with helpful ideas about how to be successful in a US university! (PS: The tips are good for American students too!)
Do you want help with English writing? See how we can help you here. Do you want help applying to a US high school or college? See what universities Scott has helped other students gain acceptance to. Scott helped them; he can help you too!
Contact Scott today to find out more.
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