· 童老师毕业于新加坡南洋理工大学国立教育学院，英语语言教学研究生。二十来年潜心于英语教学和研究，形成一套独到的教学系统。培养的学生均以95%以上高分考入多大附中(UTS)，UCC, Cresent School, Branksome Hall, Havergal等著名私校。
心理语言学家Eric Lenneberg认为，人的一些能力是自然获得的，如走路，说话，而写作技能一定要通过训练得到。就象弹琴，画画一样，我们一定要有老师的指导训练才能学会怎样弹琴，画画。不少家长认为只要通过大量阅读，写作水平就会自然提高。其实不然。虽然阅读对写作有一定的帮助，但阅读只是接受能力（Receptive ability），而写作需要产出的能力（Productive ability）。它是一种综合的能力。写作技能一定要通过系统有效的指导和练习才能获得。学生需要学会不同文体的标准与要求，词汇的选择，句子的组成，篇章结构，语气以及分析常见语病等知识，同时他们还需要阅读大量的范文，在老师的指导下反复练习，渐渐地由蹒跚学步，独立行走，到充满自信地飞奔向前。
· 选词意识：写作对词汇的要求非常高，正确的词汇选择能使表达更生动形象。学生将学会区分口头词汇与书面词汇，辨别同义词之间微妙的含义区别。学生在训练后会写出：He was indignant when he heard their unfair decision. 而不是：He was angry about their unfair decision.
· 各种文体的风格和写作技能：包括descriptive and narrative writing, book reviews, summary, expository and persuasive writing.
以下是 Tony An 的获奖作品 A Pair of Socks. Tony An 2011年2月参加童老师英语写作室. 其作品由他的在校老师推鉴. Turning Points Essay Contest 已有15年的历史. Tony 的 A Pair of Socks 在几千个参赛作品中以流畅的文笔,生动形象的用词获第三名.您也可进入www.thelearningpartnership.ca 了解更多的情况
Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
Third Place – Grade 6 (English)
Toronto District School Board
A Pair of Socks
It’s December. Festive lights are everywhere, and small snowflakes dance in the frigid air. People rush by with bags full of gifts, and a group of workers heave a large Christmas tree into place. Malls are full of shoppers, trying to purchase everything on their mile-long lists, and Christmas carols blast from speakers overhead. The only place lacking in Christmas spirit is the homeless shelter – a drab brick building everyone is too busy to notice.
I dropped by the shelter one day with my mom to donate food. As we unloaded our cans onto the counter, something on the wall caught my eye – small sheets of paper with Christmas wish lists scrawled on them by the shelter’s residents. I expected them to include things like flat screen TVs and other elaborate items, but upon closer inspection, I saw they consisted of simple gifts; the ones we ignore and push aside, like a new sweater or pair of socks. I was astounded – surely those with nothing would hope for something a little more grandiose, maybe?
My mom finished dumping out all the canned food and I followed her outside, getting hit by a blast of bitterly cold wind. As I walked, I heard children begging their parents for the newest trends, and I remembered what humble gifts the homeless wanted. Most of us would be furious if all we received for Christmas was a pair of socks, and yet those living at the homeless shelter wanted nothing more. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
On Christmas day, I felt a sudden urge to return to the shelter. When I arrived, everyone was looking through their donated presents. I saw one man, with a shaggy beard and squinty eyes, pay no attention to the new Smartphone on the table and instead open a newly knitted sweater with exuberance, his eyes shining with happiness.
For the rest of the holiday season, the same thought kept running through my head; happiness isn’t found in extravagant presents, and that for those less fortunate, what may seem to be the smallest gift can make the biggest difference.
Tony is a 12-year-old boy living in Toronto, Ontario, where he attends a gifted program. Born a natural martial artist, he’s had over 4 years combined of experience in Okinawan Karate and Shaolin Kung Fu, and plans to go for his second degree black belt in November. He is also a writer, a sketch artist, and a mathematician. Tony credits his success to the two years he’s spent in a writing class toiling in a world of subordinators, conjunctions, and 6-syllable words, not to mention his supportive family as always.
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