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Optional course

I'm wondering if there is any good ideas about interesting English optional course we can open for our students in senior high school.

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    Oct 18 2013: Here are some common idioms.......
    TO LEND A HAND
    = to help

    The Smiths' neighbors lent a hand when they were building their new fence (The neighbors helped them build the new fence).

    IN HOT WATER
    = in trouble

    Bob didn't do his homework, so he's going to be/get in hot water! (from the teacher)

    PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!
    = If you believe that what you are saying is
    true/right, let's bet on it!

    THAT TAKES THE CAKE!
    = That's unbelievable/incredible/ridiculous!

    NOT PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK
    = crazy

    That guy always talks and shouts to himself.
    He's not playing with a full deck!

    PUT A LID ON IT!
    = Be quiet!!!

    TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!
    = Two people who work together will have more ideas than just one person!

    TO LOSE YOUR SHIRT
    = to lose all of or most of your money

    I lost my shirt at the casino!
    Joe lost his shirt betting on the horses.

    TO LOSE TOUCH
    = to fail to keep in contact/communication with someone

    After I graduated from university, I lost
    touch with most of my classmates.

    PAINT THE TOWN (RED)
    = Let's go out and enjoy the exciting
    entertainment of the city!

    After the exam, let's go out and paint the town!

    A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!
    = A picture explains things better than words can explain things

    LET'S GET THE BALL ROLLING!
    = Let's start now!
    (usually said about an important project)

    I HEAR YOU!
    = I agree with what you are saying!

    YOU BET!
    = Yes, sure, of course!

    ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
    = Once in a while, occasionally

    I go swimming outside once in a blue moon.

    IT'S A DEAL!
    = Okay, I agree, it will be done!
    • Oct 18 2013: Hi,Mary!

      Thank for your prompt reply!

      It's so detailed .:) I have kept it in my computer.

      The more the better.lol
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      Oct 18 2013: Thats a great start Mary, I can already see the effects on the class, it's hilarius when you tranlate word for word into another language. I do think the kids will enjoy it!
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      Oct 18 2013: I can't find any link or button, so how do I enroll for this interesting English class? :o)

      Thank you, couldn't help but to learn something ...;o)
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        Oct 18 2013: Just click on the doohickey, then go down three thingamabobs, and when a whatchamacallit pops up, just go ahead and input some doodads!!

        Seriously....she is brainstorming to find new ways to help Chinese high school students learn English in a fun way.
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          Oct 18 2013: Wait, let me just get another bottle of my last single malt to get your instructions right ... lol :o)

          And I was serious in my comment too!

          Chinese high school students may outnumber me, yet I can easily keep up with them to lean English in a fun way! :o)

          Especially phrases are so important to learn, because if you don't know them they can easily set you on hold for 5 and more minutes before, if ever, you figure out their meaning.

          Maybe we should ask TED ED if they'll set up a small online classroom for you, half of China, some other happy individuals here and there and me.

          Deal? Or should I put a lid on it? :o)
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        Oct 18 2013: I think the internet is a wonderful tool for anyone wanting to learn new languages.
        Many Chinese individuals, both students and teachers, have come on here with different questions regarding education.

        For me personally it is a real privilege to be able to help them in their language learning.

        I know that 25 years ago when I began to teach, I never in a million years thought that I would be exchanging classroom ideas with teachers from around the world.
        For me it is a great privilege.

        TED ED has some real talented individuals.........I do not think I can walk in their shoes.......
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        Oct 18 2013: Oh and speaking of idioms.........and in particular, "Two heads are better than one".....here is a little piece that includes that idiom......Listen carefully!!

        The piece is called "Twisted"...........which in itself is a multiple meaning word:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao2_PmitMrM

        Happy Weekend!!!
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      Oct 19 2013: ;Wow,bravo!
      Mary,you are born to be a great educator´╝ü
      How i wish to be your student!:)
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        Oct 19 2013: I would love to go live in China and teach English.
        Are there Americans living there who work as teachers?
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          Oct 20 2013: Yep,Madam.
          In my school,there are Americans teaching optional courses ,and also research courses about international education.
          Unfortunately i didn't attend most of them.But,that's OK.I chose the ones that i was not so familiar with in order to dive into the things i did't know.

          I also see foreigners teaching non English subjects in China.I used to met a lady from France who taught mathematics here.:)
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          Oct 23 2013: Hi, Hermana,

          It's good to hear you want to teach English in China. I think we need many well-experinced foreign teachers like you. And you can teach both English and Spanish. I know in China there're many international schools which may need some teachers. And I've heard some foreigners rent a apartment and set up their private classrooms to teach young kids English in some advanced Chinese residential blocks or foreigner's residencies. But if you want a stable and safe job status, you can choose to teach in some public schools.
          I think you will be very popular in China because you are so knowledgeable and passionate about teaching~!:)

          And you can travel around China and savor the amazing Chinese food~!
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        Oct 23 2013: Yijiia and Yoka.....

        I have researched teaching jobs in China........there are lots of them online.
        This would be such a wonderful experience........perhaps when my children are older it would be possible? Who knows? I never lose hope.

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