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Purpose of this Site

Background:

  1. There are a lot of Chinese people in China, AND…
  2. Many must learn English in school, SO…
  3. The demand for foreign English teachers in China is higher than the supply, SO…
  4. Many people (nurses, lawyers, etc.) who’ve had little or no linguistic training in how to teach a foreign language are coming to China to teach English, AND…
  5. Most of them are teaching oral English, AND…
  6. There are a lot of websites with classroom activities for oral English teachers in China, BUT…
  7. There are few websites with linguistic information for English teachers in China, SO…

This site has linguistic (non-activity) resources for oral English teachers in China.

The Resources on this Site…

  • Include supplemental materials for our guidebook Coach Them to Speak (complete list here).
  • Are customized for teachers in China (although some may be useful to teachers in other countries).
  • Focus on oral English teachers.
  • Are trimmed down for maximum usefulness for the sort of teacher described above (number 4). I may have left out things that hard-core linguists would say are important. But for this site, usefulness trumps completeness.
  • Came as reactions to the needs of current English teachers in China. Most of the resources on this site were created because some of the 60-70 foreign English teachers at Guangdong Peizheng College 广东培正学院 said something like, “Hey it would be great if we had such-and-such.”
  • …and a few posters.

Enjoy!
Elizabeth Mitchell and Albert Wolfe