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The Epoch Times, Circumventing the Great Firewall of China

October 18th, 2007 · No Comments

I just came across The Epoch Times, a New York-based newspaper with an emphasis on China. I found it while reading about an environmentalist who was arrested last year. Because this newspaper is critical of the Communist Party, it is blocked in China. Thus, to read it, I need to use a circumventor. I’m currently […]

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Tags: blog · China · computer stuff · global issues resources

Podcast #20 – K12 Online Conference and Issues in Chinese Education

October 10th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 This week, I talk about the K12 Online Conference, primarily giving some of my thoughts on the pre-conference keynote. Keynote speaker David Warlick talks about how Web 2.0-type technology is changing how we should approach our students, and I reflect on how this applies to language teaching. I also make some comments about the […]

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Tags: blog · China · conferences · ESL resources · k12online07 · podcasts · professional organizations · theory

Podcast #18 – Critical Thinking, Giving Advice and Intonation

September 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

mp3 I start by talking about how last week’s headline activity ended up going differently than I’d planned. I discuss some of the difficulties of looking critically at current events here in China and also talk about some of the uncomfortable issues that came up. In doing so, I refer to this article from Beijing […]

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Tags: blog · China · ESL activity · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking

Beijing Newspeak

September 14th, 2007 · No Comments

I included Beijing Newspeak on my recently added China information page. It is a fantastic blog written by a “language polisher” for the Xinhua News Agency, the official voice of the Chinese Communist Party. He writes well, and offers keen insight into the inner-workings of China’s government-controlled media. For example, check out this recent post […]

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Tags: blog · China · global issues resources · reading · the environment

TEFL China / TESL-L / Wikiology

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

TEFL China – A collection of three listservs dedicated to teaching English in China. One focuses on teaching, one on jobs and one on life in general. TESL-L – The main list has over 30,000 subscribers. There are also sublists dedicated to CALL, IEPs, jobs, young learners and ESP. Archives of each list are also […]

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Tags: blog · China · ESL resources · listservs

Podcast #12 – Two Discussion Activities (Students Misbehaving and Athlete Salaries)

June 17th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 I begin with a discussion activity that I came up with after seeing this clip of students tormenting their teacher in Beijing. After having students share what they knew about this, I had them go through a set of discussion questions (below). I found this news story via the Hao Hao Report, a cool […]

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Tags: China · ESL activity · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking

Podcast #11 – Advertising / Money Discussion Activities, Consumerism and Education in China

June 7th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 I begin by briefly discussing Kira’s Earth Day activity, which I finally put online. (sorry!) I next discuss a couple of discussion activities that I used this past week dealing with advertising and money. These include two sets of discussion questions (see below) and having students create their own ads. These topics were popular […]

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Tags: China · ESL activity · global issues activities · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking · the environment