China or Bust! A new bi-lingual book in English/Chinese.
Available in all Xinhua Bookshops.
If you are in China, going to China, thinking about going to China, interesting in going to China or just someone who loves a good read, you need my new book. If you are a recruiter for ESL teachers to come to China then you need to recommend this book to your clients. Just published in bi-lingual form, Chinese/English, by Xiamen University Press, China or Bust is for you. Anyone who has been an ESL teacher will understand the challenges faced, but when you add moving to a country like China, so different, so diverse, and so exciting, it brings a completely new dimension to the experience, especially if you were like me and couldn’t speak any Chinese. Not only do I tell you about the good bad and the ugly, and the hilarious of teaching, I give you all the information you will need when you go to China for the first time. How to use the buses and trains when you can’t read or speak Chinese, how to find a job, visa advice, how to decide where to go, shopping, money, accommodation, doctors and hospitals, and personal safety to mention a few topics. China or Bust is available online through – http://www.dandong.com/ www.amazon.com, www. jingdong.com. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Reading should be fun, and for ESL students, reading English stories should be fun as well as educational. Print these stories and poems by right clicking on the page and choosing print.
Primarily I have established this site and written these stories for anyone whose second language is English. (ESL) While living and teaching in China I soon realised that Chinese students rarely read just for the fun of it. Their lives are chained to school, textbooks and learning material. I also found it nearly impossible to get short stories that older and adult students could read in just a few minutes that were not related to ‘lessons’.
However, being practical, I have added comprehension questions at the end of each story for two reasons. Firstly, teachers may download these stories and use them in the classroom as a complete ESL lesson plan. And more importantly, the parents of Chinese students, who insist their children must be studying at all times, will view the questions with approval believing their child is doing something constructive.
Lana Kerr holds the copyright for all content on this site. Permission is granted for visitors to read online, or to download these stories and use for personal reading or in the classroom.
Of course, you don’t have to be Chinese to use this site. Everyone will find something to enjoy, to transport you for a few minutes from your day-to-day routine into a little world of make believe, make you laugh or cry, or just make your day a little happier.
The ability to read is a gift. The ability to understand educates us. The capacity to read for pleasure touches our hearts and adds meaning to our lives.
I hope my stories amuse and entertain you, and especially touch your heart.
Enjoy! Lana Kerr. (Ke Lan. 柯兰)