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James Baquet,
B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Cand.)

Cross-cultural Educator and
Specialist in Intercultural Communication

 

Study Abroad Preparation

Be ready to compete with native speakers

Students preparing to study in other countries face two challenges; how to live in another country, and how to succeed in a classroom filled with native English speakers.   James can help students with the "survival" skills; as an ESL teacher and administrator, he oriented hundreds of students to life in America.  And as both a teacher and a student, he knows the classroom environment, and what it takes to be "tops in your class"!

A special element of James' training is to teach you the vocabulary for math, science, history, art, literature--things you already know in Chinese, but do not know how to express in English.

For example, can you read this "sentence" out loud in English?

32 x 25=288

(It's "Three squared times two to the fifth power equals two-hundred-eighty-eight")

Every native-born student in your class will know how to do this!

Here's a brief quiz:

  1. What does the prefix "mega" mean?

  2. What is the name of Darwin's great "discovery"?

  3. What do we call the "beat" in poetry?

  4. Which two countries fought each other in the War of 1812?

  5. What do we call the head person of the Roman Catholic Church?

These are not difficult questions; almost every American can answer them.

The answers:

  1. The prefix "mega" generally means large.  In technical expressions, it means one million.

  2. Darwin's great "discovery" is called The Theory of Evolution.

  3. The "beat" in poetry is called the meter.

  4. America and England fought each other in the War of 1812?

  5. The head person of the Roman Catholic Church is called the Pope.

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