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  • "The authors reveal little know facts about the communist system in the classroom." - Ruby Anich, ESL Instructor 2008 - 2010
  • "It's informative, quick and sometimes a funny read." Kevin Lamb

About the Author

Susan, born in Sudbury, Ontario, and Frank, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, met and married fifty years later in Port McNeill, a small town on North Vancouver Island. Susan, the computer software trainer, and Frank, the town gardener for Port McNeill, spent their first year together on Frank's twelve metre sailboat. New life and new dreams drove them to get TESOL certified through Global TESOL College. To kick off teaching English as a second other language, they held classes at the local North Island College with a variety of students from all parts of the world. They chose China as an overseas destination. Why China? "Well, we have the chance to introduce the Bahai Faith as pioneers and we've never been there." Both coming from varied backgrounds and having had many career changes, adding one more was an easy accomplishment. Frank, an experienced Bahai travel teacher, free-hand sketch artist, carver, and amateur actor, added music to his many interests and uses these talents to teach in China. Susan, a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Certificate in Adult Continuing Education. Her long history of teaching provided her the confidence to partner with her husband to develop this book. Susan and Frank Black live and teach in China.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1213 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 142515915X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trafford (May 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00832WBEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Black is a Canadian who has has travelled world-wide teaching English as a Second Other Language. Her four-year experience in China was so exhilarating that she wrote her first book, "The Little Red Book: Teaching ESL in China." Her other ESL destinations took her to India, Nepal and South America. Prior to becoming an explorer with her ESL teacher husband, for fifteen years Susan taught business and computer software topics in Calgary, Alberta and then operated her own business school on Vancouver Island. In 2010, she won second prize at the Powell River Writers Conference for her essay, "Cowboys and Indians". In 2011, Susan's essay "How Detachment Changes Everything" was published in the anthology THE MOMENT I KNEW REFLECTIONS FROM WOMEN ON LIFE'S DEFINING MOMENTS.

Susan lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Happy Customer on October 12, 2008
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This book covers the gripes of ESL foreign teachers and bad HS students. It does not cover ESL overall in China, especially at the unversity level. The authors also share their Baha'i faith values. As a former ESL/EFL teacher in China, this book was quite depressing and would discourage anyone from teaching in China. It covers only the problems and not the solutions to ESL/EFL teaching in China. The title is misleading as the topics discuss. The book is simply discourses of complaining teachers and students. Don't waste your money! Buy something more academically useful. I'm returning mind for a refund.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrzej M. Ratajczak on February 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I too have read The Little Red Book Teaching ESL in China, and found it to be very helpful to me in identifying my student's motivation for learning English as a second language. There are many questions that you can use in the book to ask your own students why they are learning a foreign language. The author also collaborated with a Beijing University professor to help ESL teachers prepare lesson plans for group work in their classroom. The characters and stories in the book are real. I recommend it as critical reading material for anyone who is thinking about teaching ESL in China or is already there doing it.
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