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。二十多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90%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好琴，画好画。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。写作的五大要素是：主题， 细节， 选词， 句型流畅和篇章结构。这些技能一定要通过系统有效的指导和练习才能获得。
* 改变阅读习惯，学会把读书的积累运用到写作中：您的孩子在没有接受写作训练之前，读书的主要目的是获得知识和乐趣,他们的注意力主要集中在故事情节和人物特征上。经过有效指导，学生将学会怎样观察和体悟到生动形象的用语和微妙微肖的描述，加上写作五大要素技能的训练， 您的孩子将逐渐把阅读的接受能力转换为写作的产出能力。
*改变写作习惯：我把我的学生分为两大阵营，话闸子型和三言两语型。 第一类滔滔不绝， 重复不断，到了三五句才说到点子。第二类像个羞羞哒哒的小姑娘，要么轻描淡写，要么范范而谈。下面看两个实际例子：
What were you doing when you were four? If you were watching TV and scribbling down sentences, you are like the most of us. But for Chinese painter Wang Yani, it is going to be a lot more different. She started painting when she was only two years old. Two years later, Yani held her first exhibition in her home country, China.
Most four year olds are watching TV or scribbling down sentences in their free time, but Chinese painter Wang Yani already held her first exhibition in her home country at the age of four!
My soccer coach yells at me during practice to run faster and harder but I found it very hard to run faster.
"Move it, slow-legs! Even the snails will beat you in a race." My soccer coach barks at me during practice. His beady eyes are glaring at those lagging behind. He pushes me to run faster, but I can barely keep up with the team. My legs ache, my heart pounds, and my lungs wheeze. The last 100 meter feels like a marathon. By Sean Tao
前后天壤区别。在我的指导下，第二篇的修改融合了选词， 细节， 句子流畅三大技巧。 Sean运用了明喻The last 100 meter feels like a marathon. 暗喻 slow-legs， 夸张 Even the snails will beat you in a race， 句子平衡结构 My legs ache, my heart pounds, and my lungs wheeze. 一个穿着球服，跑得气喘嘘，满头大汗的小男孩形象跃然纸上。
当然写作五大要素最难的是主题的构思和表达，在每写一篇文章前，我会选用多年收集的各类精彩，篇幅适中的好范文给学生在主题，文体等方面分析引导， 加上写作的五大要素（主题， 细节， 选词，句型流畅和篇章结构）的系统严谨训练，通过大量的练习，您的孩子一定会写出清晰完整，生动形象的好文章。
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23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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