What books would you recommend to an ESL teacher to help teach adult students grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation rules?

For adult beginners and intermediate level students, I use Interchange by Jack C. Richards, published by Cambridge. This course starts with the very basics of grammar and vocabulary and steadily builds. It covers all aspects of language—grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking. At university, I use Inside Out, various authors, published by MacMillan. This Read More …

Is English language a required subject in Chinese schools?

English is compulsory for all school students in China. Many will start learning English at kindergarten. By grade 3 or primary school, everyone will be taking English lessons. The high school entrance exams (Zhongkou), high school graduation exams, and university entrance exams (Gaokou) all include English as a major section of the marks. All university Read More …

Should I use ‘assured’ or ‘insured’ in the sentence, “your maximum privacy will be _______”?

I would say assured in this case. When you assure something, you confirm that it is going to happen. Assuring someone’s privacy is a guarantee of privacy The word insure means to take out a policy against losses with an underwriter. That is not the meaning that you want here. I think perhaps you have confused insure with ensure. When you ensure something, you guarantee to Read More …

How much does it cost parents and students to go to English language schools in China?

The cost of English language schools in China varies massively. There are big differences between cities and regions. There are also big differences in the quality of tuition provided by various establishments. Thus different costs and benefits. I shall answer based on my city which is a middle-sized city in Liaoning. How much does it Read More …