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by Peter Easton
22 Oct 2011, 22:25
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Banking in China
Replies: 6
Views: 7672

Re: Banking in China

^ In China? Don't think so. A Chinese company is not going to pay your salary into a foreign bank. You have to use a local one.
by Peter Easton
15 Dec 2010, 04:59
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Banking in China
Replies: 6
Views: 7672

Re: Banking in China

ICBC have the best internet banking service. China Merchants Bank provide good all-round service but their internet banking is hopeless and their interest rate is miniscule.
by Peter Easton
13 Jul 2010, 07:41
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice on helping student (monk) in Laos, SE Asia?
Replies: 4
Views: 4644

Re: Advice on helping student (monk) in Laos, SE Asia?

Try The Alchemist. Very easy language and a compelling story about spirituality.
by Peter Easton
07 Mar 2010, 09:12
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Indonesia. China no degree.
Replies: 3
Views: 4549

Re: Indonesia. China no degree.

China is a big place. Who in thier right mind would wander off into a country that size. with no local language ability. People with a sense of adventure and a positive outlook. You could learn a lot, George. It seems rather odd that you have 15 years of teaching experience in Korea, yet no degree ...
by Peter Easton
02 Mar 2010, 21:51
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Concept questions for "to rent"?
Replies: 3
Views: 9454

Re: Concept questions for "to rent"?

'What do you call it when you borrow something but you pay for borrowing it?'

They're either going to say 'hire' or 'rent'.
by Peter Easton
02 Mar 2010, 21:47
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Not being native English..is it an issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 14095

Re: Not being native English..is it an issue?

There is a positive side to being a non-native speaker, and it's that they usually know more grammar than native speakers because they've been studying English for years. Does that include the errors they make? I think you'll find, Pete, that an educated native who has been teaching his/her own lan...
by Peter Easton
14 Jan 2010, 09:00
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: HELP - GAPY YEAR TEACHING IN CHINA
Replies: 6
Views: 8371

Re: HELP - GAPY YEAR TEACHING IN CHINA

A degree is not a requirement for teaching in China, it's a requirement for obtaining a foreign experts certificate which is needed for a Z visa, sometimes called a work permit . A Z visa is different from a residence permit (there's no such things as a work permit). You need a degree to get a Fore...
by Peter Easton
07 Jan 2010, 08:59
Forum: Special Needs
Topic: Bad Memory
Replies: 10
Views: 25044

Re: Bad Memory

There has been some good research on how stroke suffers can reacquire language. If you google 'neuroplasticity' you can learn a bit about it. Ultimately though I’m afraid it comes down to frequency and volume of repetition and active use of the material. There are no shortcuts really but there are p...
by Peter Easton
18 Dec 2009, 16:53
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Whole or entire
Replies: 5
Views: 18367

Re: Whole or entire

Firstly, entire is a French (Latin) based word whereas whole is Germanic (cf. hole). Therefore entire has a more formal, weighty and intellectual feel to it stylistically. Whole has a more natural, grounded, common connotation. There is a strong tendency among many English speakers to avoid the use ...
by Peter Easton
16 Nov 2009, 01:58
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Basic Alphabet
Replies: 5
Views: 6437

Re: Basic Alphabet

Yes, it's a bit of a minefield because there are so many variations and combinations of vowels just in the UK alone. Another interesting feature is the rhotic 'r' [ɹ] as in pronouncing the 'r' in 'water'. It is the biggest difference between the British and American accent. The rhotic 'r' is only fo...
by Peter Easton
15 Nov 2009, 12:09
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Basic Alphabet
Replies: 5
Views: 6437

Re: Basic Alphabet

Pete, are you Australian? I’m from the UK and I would change

your [ɑɪ] in ‘pie’ to [aɪ].
your [ʊə] in ‘pore’ to [ɔː]
your [e] in ‘bet’ to [ɛ]
your [eə] ‘hair’ to [ɛə]
by Peter Easton
26 Oct 2009, 09:15
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Bank language
Replies: 3
Views: 10180

Re: Bank language

Here are some old lecture notes I found (pre crisis): How Banks Work Warm Up (5-10minutes) Get students to shout out all the banks they know. Make a list covering the board. Ask the students what they know about banks and discuss any related points that are raised. If you are met with silence, pose ...
by Peter Easton
26 Oct 2009, 08:54
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: English Literature in EFL classes
Replies: 2
Views: 7031

Re: English Literature in EFL classes

Edgar Allen Poe is good.
Hemingway is not bad.
Another good one is 'The Little Prince'

I have a list of suitable texts somewhere. Let me see if I can dig it out...
by Peter Easton
26 Oct 2009, 08:49
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Visa/work permit confusion - please help
Replies: 5
Views: 5965

Re: Visa/work permit confusion - please help

Securing a job before you arrive will allow you to do your research about the company before you commit to working for them. Still more risky than actually coming to China and talking to people. There is only so much you can find on the internet. It is easy to come to China on a tourist visa and ge...
by Peter Easton
09 Oct 2009, 10:08
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Teaching one-to-one kinaesthetic learner lesson plan
Replies: 19
Views: 26369

Re: Teaching one-to-one kinaesthetic learner lesson plan

margyf wrote:Learner style: Kinaesthetic
I don't believe in teaching towards multiple intelligences. I think it's a silly synthetic way of looking at language teaching. Plus there is no proper evidence to suggest it really works.
by Peter Easton
03 Oct 2009, 02:39
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: what are the CONSEQUENCES of BREAKING YOUR CONTRACT?
Replies: 1
Views: 3986

Re: what are the CONSEQUENCES of BREAKING YOUR CONTRACT?

Make sure you quit after and not before payday.
will the country not grant me a VISA because I "terminated" my previous contract therefor "terminating" my work visa prematurely?
Don't worry. Unless you do something criminal, no school has that much influence with the immigration office.
by Peter Easton
02 Oct 2009, 07:10
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Grammar Help Please.
Replies: 2
Views: 3262

Re: Grammar Help Please.

Pretty informative website that, Pete. Especially the grammar part.
by Peter Easton
24 Aug 2009, 18:05
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Seeking investor and business partner for ELT venture
Replies: 11
Views: 23716

Re: Seeking investor and business partner for ELT venture

Search http://www.ft.com/ and http://www.janes.com/

Plenty of stuff there.
by Peter Easton
27 Jun 2009, 04:53
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Suzhou Foreign Language School, Suzhou, China
Replies: 33
Views: 40678

Re: Suzhou Foreign Language School, Suzhou, China

Why is Suzhou such a magnet for western wastrels, losers and criminals?


It's backpacker central, that's why....
by Peter Easton
27 Jun 2009, 04:49
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The “Getting Students to Read” Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 4021

Re: The “Getting Students to Read” Problem

Recommendations should be tailored to each individual, depending on their occupation / aspirations and biographies should constitute the core of that.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.” Socrates