Tips for Postal Teachers
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tips make WEI correspondence easier and less expensive. The helps here have accumulated from the beginning; but, it includes many of the latest helps.

Postal Mail
and Face-to-Face Help

Tip 1: Message to New Teachers
Tip 2:
Welcome Letter to Student
Tip 3: Sending the Introductory Lesson
Tip 4:
Business cards telling that you are a teacher
Tip 5: Advertising to gather students
Tip 6: 
Mailing Resource (See also Tip 26)
Tip #7: Using your PC to collect student names
Tip 8: Personalize & Keep Track by Keith Farris
Tip 9: Preparation to Teach by
Gene & Nancy Banister
Tip 10: Mail WEI with WBS System
Tip 11: Questions Teachers Ask
Tip 12: ETR Bibles - Gift for Your Student
Tip 13: How to Use Your ETR Bible
Tip 14:  Jesus Film
 

 

 

 

Teaching Help

 

Tip 16: Audio Tapes on-line
Tip 17: Advanced English Quiz Sheets
Tip 18: Translations Available
Albanian
Chinese
French
Romanian
Russian
Spanish


 

 

 

On Teaching

Tip 19: Humor & Illustrations
Tip 20: Teacher's Reward
Tip 21: Teaching English in Texas

Tip 22: How to Teach WEI lessons
Tip 23: Why is Teaching English so Difficult?
Tip 24: On Teaching by Bill Patterson
Tip 25: Ideal Teacher
Tip 26: Typoglycemia
Tip 27: Is Spelling Important?

General Topics

Tip 28: The Orthodox Church - West Vs East
Tip 29: The Muslim Faith
Tip 30: Buddhism
Tip 31: Christian Apologetics
Tip 32: Seminars

Tip 34: How to keep a list of scripture references (see references)
Tip 35:
Student & Teacher's Questions

 


Postal Mailing can be an enriching involvement when a group of members work together on a regular schedule, perhaps on a Monday evening. Other activities such as sending cards to visitors and members needing attention can enlarge the experience. At times, the returned mailing from postal student may be low and other activities will be very rewarding to all who participate. It is called "Monday Night For The Master."

 


TIP #3:  Sending the Introductory Lesson can be a lot of work.  The task requires opening each lesson, placing your name and address on the last page, carefully refolding the lesson, taping the edges, adding the student address and mailing it.  The motivation for following this process is to keep the Air Mail cost down to 60 cents since the taped lessons weighs in at 0.5 oz.

If you  or someone in your church has computer skills, here is an alternative that weighs in at 0.6 oz and costs only 73 cents to mail. (Check latest Postal rates.)

  1. Compile the names and addresses in Excel or your favorite spreadsheet or word processor.
  2. Mail merge these to address an envelope - cost 1/2 cent for the envelope.
  3. Compose and print a letter giving the student the teacher's address. You can also personalize the Introduction with a "Welcome..." message and tell about WEI's lessons.  You can advertise the web site and communicate other messages of importance too.
  4. Stuff the lesson and the letter, seal and get ready for some time savings at little extra dollar cost.
  5. Mail the Intros in the envelopes. You will be surprised at how much easier and quicker this is.  And, the cost is only 2 cents more. A real bargain for the time saved.
  6. You can take advantage of the envelop and establish a personal relationship by adding a small picture of yourself.

Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com

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Tip 2: Welcome Letter

 

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World English Institute
And Bible Correspondence School

www.weiady.org/

MAILING ADDRESS to TEACHER
(please print)

Welcome!

You are about to enjoy a dynamic course in English that will help prepare you for the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The course consists of three Basic Books and three Advanced Books in English. There are 7 to 12 lessons in each book. Reading assignments will be taken from the Bible, the world’s best seller and with which much of the English speaking world is familiar. Certificates will be awarded when you complete the Basic Book No. 3 and the Advanced Book No. 3. The certificate may be helpful in college applications.

The complete course begins with an Introductory Lesson. This lesson will help the teacher learn about your English skills. It will give you some idea of the learning process. I think you will enjoy the lesson too.

Please write out your answers to the thought questions for the test sheets in the Bible reading books. When you complete all lessons in each Book, please mail the test portion and the answers to the thought questions to the above address. You do not need to mail the Books, only return the test sheets and thought question answers. The lessons will be graded and the next Book will be mailed to you from your teacher in the USA or another country. You may preview the contents of each book on the web at www.weiady.org/.We trust you will agree to complete the WEI course in English.

We hope you will enjoy the lessons and get to know your teacher. Your teacher is now your contact to WEI.

Feel free to correspond with your teacher as you wish.
 

 _________________________________

Teacher

Name: _________________________
Address: _______________________
City: ________ State: ___ Zip: ______
Country: _________
Email Address: ___________ (optional)

 


Tip #5: Advertise to gather students: to gather students, you can advertise WEI. For example, place an ad in the local newspaper. Or, put a sign where students gather such as in an Internet cafe.

You can copy a logo as a *.jpg file (right button) and use it for your own advertising or business cards. You are not allowed to modify the logo.
 


I
mprove Your English
FREE
English Correspondence Course
 by Postal Mail

Have your own teacher

Register at www.weiady.org/

Print this in any language.

I
mprove Your English
FREE
English Correspondence Course
 by
Internet

Have your own teacher

Register at:
www.worldenglishinstitute.org/

Send to (add your email address)
 

 

 

Choose how they shall reply.

 

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 Tip #6:   Mailing Resource
   (for WBS, click here)

A Better Solution for All Your Mailing Needs

We Specialize in International Media Mail and Printed Matter.

We offer Air Mail services that are specially tailored.

for the needs of World Bible School Teachers   

Alpha Mailing Solutions, Inc.

16110 Anderson Mill Road

Suite # 155

Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Or call for more information or if you have questions:

Ron Pottberg   @ 512-635-8519

Susan Pottberg @ 512-699-1994

ONE LOW RATE              ON TIME BILLING      

DETAILED INVOICING

Give us a try and find out for yourself!


HELPFUL HINTS FOR TEACHERS AND COORDINATORS:

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     We at Alpha Mailing Solutions, Inc. want to assure that every piece of mail reaches it's destination in a timely manner and intact, so we offer the following suggestions that will help you and us in handling your mailing pieces.

      All mail pieces need to be legibly marked with students name and address, and capitalize country if possible.  All mail being shipped Internationally MUST have a U.S. return address in the upper left hand corner on every piece, (as this is to comply with international mailing standards,) and your billing code number (please contact us if you require a code number.)  Do not use the country of destination address for your return address on the outside of any piece of mail.  To simplify the process, we recommend you have a rubber stamp made with your US return address for faster handling of your mail pieces. 

       All of your mail is shipped "Airmail", so you do not need to write "Air Mail" or any other designation on any piece of your outbound mail.  Do not write "Surface Mail" or "Par Avion" and please do not affix any other stickers or customs slips, as they are not needed on your mailing pieces.

      Any piece of mail thicker than one-quarter inch needs to be secured with clear two-inch tape in both directions, to ensure it's safe arrival. Do not rely on braded envelopes to remain closed, as they will not hold.  Please seal each envelope with appropriate tape. Scotch tape does not hold well and we highly recommend the wider two-inch clear tape.  Seal all introductory lessons on both ends and across the middle with appropriate tape.  Do not use staples, as International Postal agencies do not accept this.   Bibles need special strapping, as they tend to tear open the envelopes very easily so be sure and secure them well in both directions.

       Again, We would like to ensure that your mail arrives at it's destination, therefore any piece that is not properly prepared will be re-strapped by our workers and a small fee will be charged for each piece needing special handling or re-taping.

      Once you have prepared your mail for shipping, we recommend that you place all of your mail in a box or appropriate size package. Print Alpha Mailing Solutions clearly on the package.   Be sure to put your return address and Code number in the upper left hand corner. We recommend that when sending your mail to us that you check with the USPS and UPS/FED EX and other s to find the cheapest means of shipping for the volume that you do.  Always remember that sending one larger box is always cheaper than sending several small parcels or envelops, thus you save more money. We can also receive UPS and Fed Ex parcels if you choose to send your mail to us using these services.  However, we want to save you as much money as possible, and this includes getting your mail to us for processing.  If you need any assistance in this area or more information, please feel free to call us at: 512-699-1994.

  Updated 6/10/2008

 

  
 World Bible School Mailing
(This information must be updated.)

 Dear World Bible School Teachers,

     In a constantly changing world, it seems like nothing stays the same for very long.  This is true even in your work with World Bible School.  It seems as if costs are rising on everything these days, and that is why I am taking this opportunity to write to you.  As a fellow WBS teacher, I know that the cost of mailing lessons to students is an ever-increasing concern that we all share.  It was for this very reason that we began to research options to see if there was a faster more reliable way to get mail to our students and still save money in the process.

      We have found a solution and want to share this information with you so that you can also take advantage of these great savings on your mailing needs.  We have found a way to consolidate our mail at a very reasonable price that will still offer a fast and reliable Air Mail service to the student.   For one low price we can now ship all of your printed lessons and materials to your students around the world. No more sorting mail into different categories or sorting by countries.  Simply place all of your mail in one envelope or box and mail it to us and we will take care of the rest. 

      We have established this business in order to provide the best possible service for World Bible School teachers and other ministries that are shipping printed matter to mission points around the world.  Alpha Mailing Solutions Inc. specializes in International Air Mail Services and can SAVE you MONEY!  We have one low rate of  $7.75 per pound rounded to the nearest ounce, which guarantees you the lowest rates around.  We ship weekly, keeping your mail moving to your students.

  Our Guarantee: If we can't save you money, we will tell you how you can.

      Remember, no sorting into different classes of mail and no sorting into countries.  Simply follow our simple mailing instructions on the back page and we can save you money and time. We offer one low price for all of your mailing needs.  Compared to what it would cost through the USPS, we can easily save you up to 70% on your mailing cost.   Remember, only $7.75 per pound rounded to the nearest ounce.

      And we guarantee detailed invoicing and timely billing for your convenience!

              Call us for a quote for your next mail shipment:  512-699-1994

 Saving you money makes your WBS budget accomplish more!

 Do you send Bibles to your students?       

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     We can save you money on shipping your Bibles to Students as well:

Why pay to ship Bibles twice when you can simply send us your mailing labels for your students with your return address label and we can send a Bible for you.  We offer two rates for shipping Bibles that are cheaper than any other mailers rates and we can get your Bible to your student in a timely manner.  Compare our rates for the complete Bible and N.T.:

      Air Mail to your Student: $ 10.00    (10 to 14 day Air Mail service)

       NIV New Testament         $ 5.00     (10 to 14 day Air Mail service)

     Simply send us your mailing labels with the Students name and address clearly printed on them.  Also include a return address label with your US return address and your code number on it.  Indicate which type of Bible that you want shipped,  (either N.I.V. or K.J.V. or N.I.V. New Testament) All Bibles are now shipped Air Mail as that is our only available shipping.

 What other mailing needs do you have?

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     We can also provide mailing services for other types of shipments that are not printed matter. However these must be shipped separately from your printed matter.  If you need to ship overseas, we can find a way to do it for you and save you money.

     Feel free to call us for quotes or for suggestions on how to best handle your other mailing needs, no matter what the shipment consists of. 

 For all correspondence or mailing send to:      Alpha Mailing Solutions, Inc.

                                                                16110 Anderson Mill Road

                                                                Suite # 155

                                                                            Cedar Park, Texas 78613

 Or call for information or questions: Susan Pottberg

                                                                               @  512-699-1994

             Remember:  only $7.75 per pound rounded to the nearest ounce! 

 

 Updated 6/10/2008

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Tip #7 Using your PC to collect student names

Postal mail students often come from missionaries in the field who can accurately give names and addresses with few errors.

How can Missionaries in the field save teachers tons of work and prevent errors? Errors cause delays in reaching the student by sending the names and addresses of new students incorrectly; mail will be returned. Missionaries can send the addresses in typed format. Think of having to translate handwritten names from letters of students who request WEI studies. No errors allowed!

Who better knows these than a native of the area? Typing student names will require someone who knows the language and writing characteristics of the students. A new Christian in the field can be given the assignment and will feel valued if asked to do this task. Someone in your congregation who has a special talent can now find their special ministry. Marvin Whitt in Cuba City, Philippines has his wife translate the WEI names and address for him. Josie is a native of the Philippines.

How are the names best written down? Collecting the data in a word processor or spreadsheet and e-mailing it to WEI will make it easy for everyone.  Marvin and Josie type the data in Microsoft Works, a word processor. The file is e-mailed at the speed of light using the "attach" feature of their e-mail software.  When received, the data are downloaded and the file is read into Excel. The data are processed into the desired student distribution format - letters, labels, etc.  It's quick, easy, and error free!

How do I format data in a word processor? Josie knows that the data management will be done in Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet with columns and rows, so she uses the "comma separated" feature preferred by the spreadsheet  (Any other spreadsheet program will work the same).   Josie knows the column names of the columns used in the spreadsheet, so she types the data like this...

FORMAT:

FIRSTNAME,LASTNAME,ADDRESS1,ADDRESS2,ADDRESS3,CITY,PROVINCE,
POSTAL CODE, COUNTRY   followed by a return or enter to begin a new line

EXAMPLES:

Grace,Cena,Mt. View Village,Inayawan Pardo,,Cebu City,Cebu,6014,Philippines

Bonifacio,Dy Tan,19 Sikatuna St,Happy Vally Rd,Apt. 1,Cebu City,Cebu,6000,Philippines

Brunilda,Shingjergji,Lagja.E Re Pall.23/1,Rr:Kraste No.10,Apt.H.B./8,Fier,Albania,Europe

Notice the following details:

The format is obeyed.  For example, the first name and last name are separated by a comma as are all other entries.

There are no spaces between the commas which makes the eventual printing onto envelopes and labels align uniformly.

In the first address, i.e., Grace..., there is not an "ADDRRESS3", but there is a comma as a place-holder for that entry. This places the data in the correct columns of the spreadsheet when there is no third address.

In the last example of Albania, notice the address that is completely unfamiliar to teachers in English speaking nations.

Also, notice that another datum is added, i.e. Europe.  The continent is required when mailing to Albania.  The format needs to match the address requirements.

How does the spreadsheet work? Once the file has been e-mailed and is on the hard drive, it is opened in Excel.  In Excel, the "comma separated" selection is made and the data automatically go into columns with each address going into a row. Transferring any number of addresses is done in a split second!  Marvin's files have been from 4 to over 100 students in a single mailing.

How are the names processed for teachers to use? Mail Merge them. In Microsoft software, open Word, the word processor.  From the tool bar, select "tools", then "mail merge."  Go from there. The "source" will be the spreadsheet and the output can be any label, envelope, or custom page. The "Mail Merge" feature is a standard feature in most word processors. 

Instead of using a spreadsheet, the same can be accomplished by opening the e-mailed data into a word processor. Data in comma separated format can be mail merged from a word processor too. Any other format is fine as long as the PC users agree on the preferred procedure.

What other advantages are there to using a spreadsheet? A spreadsheet is designed for data management.  Data in columns and rows can be sorted,  filtered, and counted.  Many other functions can be used. 

One useful spreadsheet function is the "find" feature. To quickly look up a name, address or a teacher is very useful.

Sorting is arranging the data alphabetically. For example the data can be sorted by city or zip resulting in grouping by city or zip.

Additional columns can be used for recording the names and addresses of teachers when assigned. This gives the ability to make labels with return addresses for mailing.

Filtering means that only those rows having a selected name will be listed. This gives power to making tables of students assigned to teachers where the assignments are made randomly. A list of student names from Romania given to Carolyn in Southwest congregation in Little Rock can quickly be made and printed.  Statistics of WEI activities worldwide can be published for planning purposes.

Why Bother?  If we are to reach WEI's goal of all of the nations within our lifetime, we have to be efficient.  We need to be teaching students instead of processing envelopes and mail. The best tool presently available is a PC. Postal mailing has a significant place where the Internet is not available.

How to get started?  Most of us know someone who is PC literate.  Engaging them in this ministry will be like adding a half dozen people to your staff. For translation of those difficult envelope addresses, most likely there is someone in the field who can be engaged.  Leaders were placed in the church "to prepare God's people for works of service..." Eph. 4:12 as we "Go into all the world..." Mark 16:15.   

Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com

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 Tip #14: Jesus Film

The film "Jesus Film" is available on the Internet in many languages. This is the story from Luke and is judged to be very good until the end message. The end message is an appeal to become a Christian, but it fails to teach how to become a Christian correctly. The usual "evangelical message" to receive Jesus and be saved is the content. Forgiveness is promised by a simple receiving by saying a prayer, the believer's prayer.

This film has been shown in many foreign countries with a significant response. It will bring students to you where you can teach the Bible's message of "repentance and baptism" for the remission of sin and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

In offering this film to your student, you should have a good relationship and have studied through the WEI Advanced Book 1, New Birth.

You may find this ending a risk and chose not to use the film because it fails to tell the story of Acts 2 and the essentials of baptism for forgiveness and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit; however, it has brought students to us with softened hearts. Ask God for wisdom as you exercise this available film.

Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com 4/25/2000

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Tip #12: ETR  Easy-To-Read) Bibles - Gift for Your Students
-- are ideal for your WEI students. Students reading the Bible in English for the first time will be greatly aided by a gift of an ETR Bible. The Easy-to-Read Bible uses fewer and simpler words in it's translation without doing violence to the text. In fact, the meaning is often more clear, and easier for the student to grasp. 

For example:
Genesis 1:1 "God made the sky and earth. At first, 2 the earth was completely empty..."

Matthew 5:3 "People that know they have great spiritual needs are blessed. The kingdom of heaven belongs to those people."

John 1:1 "Before the world began, the Word* was there. The Word was there with God. The Word was God."

Acts 2:38 "Peter said to them, 'Change your hearts and lives and be baptized,* each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."


1 Peter 3:21 "That water is like baptism that now saves you. Baptism is not the washing of dirt from the body. Baptism is asking God for a pure heart. It saves you because Jesus Christ was raised from death."

I found students in Albania, where reading in English is premium in their post Communist culture. They want to read the Bible in English.  Students with several years English in school read the ETR Bible with vigor.  Students will read and mark selected scriptures with a passion for more. Within a few days some will read and mark half the entire New Testament.  Be sure and give them a yellow highlighter and give them permission to mark whatever seems important as they read for the first time.

The ETR has a good index with page numbers. Students can learn the books of the Bible from this index. There is a wonderful Introduction to the Bible in the front of the ETR Bible. It is only 10 pages long and makes very good reading during a class time or as an assignment. The introductions tells the story of the Bible.

Idea!  Why not use the ETR Bible and the WEI lessons in your regular youth curriculum, or even adult classes?

The WEI Basic Bible Course surveys the Bible from Genesis 1 to Acts 20 and uses the ETR Bible for quotations.

ETR Bibles are available from WEI. Cost of an ETR Bible is $6. Mailing of Bibles to your foreign students will cost about $6 each.  (See Tip 4). Your students will be blessed with this gift. To mail by International Air mail plan on about $10 - $12.

Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com 4/25/00

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Tip #8: Personalize and Keep Track.  One of the things that needs to be considered by the teacher is keeping track of your past correspondence. I put my past letters into the computer with the address which I just repeat on the next copy. Their letters go in a notebook, even though I don't save all the lessons, just the letters and written "Thought Questions" from the Bible section. On the first lesson, I include a picture of myself, perhaps with Lyn or a grandchild. I request a picture of them, which I put in my work area. The more personable I am the more interest is seemingly generated.

I also find that some information about the country (Oregon) or other non-lesson points of contact help. I avoid anything that tells of the affluent lifestyle that we have here.


Author: From Keith Farris 10/26/98

 

Tip #9: Preparation to Teach  In terms of "How to Teach using WEI," I would encourage people to get involved with the correspondence course first, if possible. It will introduce them to the lessons on less than a crash basis such as we went through on our first time to teach in Elbasan, Albania in 1998. I don't know how you would cover such or prepare for such, but our greatest struggle was with some students doing three + lessons per time while others were doing one. That meant we had to prepare for each student independently while learning what was in each lesson at the same time. I have mentioned the problems without mentioning the good things about this series. The series is very good for students who come with little knowledge of God's word and that is of course the very audience in Albania.

Author: From Nancy & Gene Banister 10/26/98 gnbanister@juno.com

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Tip #4:  Your own business cards invites students.   If you have a PC with a word processor or better still Publisher software, you can readily make your own business cards. Put a few in your pocket, purse, daytimer, billfold or even in your Bible so you can readily find them to give away.  

Put WEI's web URL on the card - www.weiady.org/.  Now, your new contact can send you their address for your follow up.  Ask them to e-mail to you so you will have their e-mail address too. 

Important contacts other than potential students may bring to you a teacher or a campaigner.  Maybe you can bring someone to make a financial contribution to WEI's campaigns just by giving them your address and phone number.  Whatever you do, make it your business to be proactive in spreading the good-news of Jesus and his kingdom. Advertise. Be professional.

Example Card:

WORLD ENGLISH INSTITUTE
Improve Your English


FREE
ENGLISH CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
By email: anybody@somewhere.com
or
Write: Your Name
Your Mailing Address
City, State Zip
Area Code + phone no.
 

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Tip 18: Translations Available

[The demand for hard copy books in Romanian, Albanian, French, and Chinese has been so insignificant that we no longer keep them on our shelves. You may find them at the resources below.]

Albanian: hard copies of the Intermediate and Advanced Bible courses in Albanian are available in Tirana, Albania, c/o Sedete Hoxha at weitirana@albmail.com
 

Chinese:  all electronic Basic Bible books are now available. Go to supplies.
Book 1, Lesson 1 is
now on this web. Click to read Lesson 1.

 

Chinese: The Spirit of God.  It has been translated into Chinese by Yeli, is available from Ed Mosby at chinaliterature@bellsouth.net.


Chinese:
Who Is Jesus? Yeli is now translating into Chinese. To be available soon. Write Dick at weiady@aol.com


French: beginner's English Course for French-speaking students is available at Geneva, Switzerland, c/o Doyle Kee at thekees@bluewin.ch.
 

Romanian: hard copies of the Intermediate and Advanced Bible courses in Romanian are available in Oradea, Romania, c/o Vasile Iuhos (with a capital "i"). Vasile can be contacted at vasile_iuhos@yahoo.com


Russian: 
WEI’s Bible Books 1 "The Conflict Between Good and Evil" is now on this web. Click
 

Russian:  WEI’s Bible Books 2 "The Conflict Between Good and Evil" is now on this web. Click


Russian: WEI's Advanced Book 1, Lesson 4: "The History of Sprinkling and Pouring" Baptism -- translation by Galina Binkley. It is on this web. Click
 


Russian: WEI's Advanced Bible Course, Book 1: The New Birth -- translation by Galina Binkley. It is on this web. Click
 


We have all of the Spanish translations here at the WEI office. Go to supplies.
 

I'm glad you mentioned the Spanish version of The Spirit of God. I'll have to check, but I don't think we have had that book translated into Spanish. It has been translated into Chinese by Yeli, and the Chinese version can be ordered from Ed Mosby at chinaliterature@bellsouth.net. Yeli is now translating Who Is Jesus? into Chinese.

I think I have all the books (except the French, Albanian, and Romanian translations) in electronic form. Would you like for me to send them to you so that you can include them on the web site? In changing computers some time ago, I lost the Albanian and Romanian translations, and I never did have the French translations.


Dick Ady

 

Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com

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Tip #13:
 Humor You Can Use    Click to go there. Do you have a humorous story to share?
 


Tip #20: Teacher's Reward  "There is no reward like that found in teaching!  This is especially true when I got the following letter from a 64 yr. old Albanian who speaks 5 languages and says he has never heard of God or the Bible as taught in the WEI lessons. His background is having grown up from a 2 yr. old orphan into "The System" of Communism where he was told where to go to school, what to study, and what job he was to do.

FROM A TEACHER - This will make you smile.

"I wish I had the character and disposition of Ezekiel. I do not, but one thing we have in common; we can't stop teaching. I understand so well his desire just to give it up and go eat something fattening. Today I got a lesson back that clearly showed me that one of my students, a true unbeliever, is moving toward faith. Rats! Now I can't stop." That fire in the bones stuff.
 

Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com                                  

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Tip #21: 
Teaching English to a Texan The quantity of consonants in the English language is constant. If omitted in one place, they turn up in another. When a Bostonian "pahks" his "cah," the lost r's migrate southwest, causing a Texan to "warsh" his car and invest in "erl wells."

Source: off-the-church-wall

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Religions in History

Tip # 16: The Orthodox Church   A comparison of the teaching of The Orthodox Church and the church of Christ will help you target the issues when showing students where they stand in the biblical teachings. Click on Religions in History above.

Tip # 17: The Muslim Faith Here are some points to consider for the Muslim faith based on the Koran. Additionally, there are 3 handouts to our Muslim friends authored by Gene Banister. Links to an extensive comparison of Islam and the Bible are on "Religions in History"

Tip 40: Buddhism in Asia Click to go there.

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Tip # 1:  Message To New & Prospective Teachers

We want to thank you for your willingness to serve as teachers of World English Institute. WEI is one way to reach the lost with the saving message of the gospel. It is only in the last FEW years that such a tool has been available. As God said to Moses, "What is in your hand?" so He says to all to whom He has given tools which may be used for His purposes.

It is suggested that each teacher acquire a complete set of the hard copies of WEI so you can see the "whole picture." Each teacher should have in his computer all WEI lessons, each filed individually so they can be readily accessed for use. (go-to Order Blank)

We will give specific guidance with any questions you may have, but a few general suggestions are necessary as you begin. These are not in order of importance; ALL are important.

1. Be committed. If you do not have time to answer a student promptly, do not accept him/her. It's best not to wait more than 2 or 3 days.

2. Familiarize yourself with the WEI lessons before beginning. If you disagree with anything in any of the lessons, learn that before accepting students. If you do not agree with the overall concept of teaching Bible & English lessons together, decide that before accepting students.

3. Although our main goal is teaching the gospel, the main goal of  beginning students may very well be improving their English grammar & usage. That is part of this course. We promise to help them with that and we must maintain the integrity of WEI by doing it. Students do not learn just from the lessons; they also learn from corresponding with a person whose first language is English.

Since grammar and usage may not always be perfect, we need to be especially mindful of our grammar, spelling, etc. If your not a particularly "good speller," it may be helpful to compose your messages in your word processor first & then copy & paste into the message. Another thing we need to remember is that we UNTHINKINGLY use idioms that, when translated literally, make no sense whatsoever to someone studying English as a second language. In writing, there's hardly a paragraph goes by ("goes by"?) that I don't pick up ("pick up" - there's another one!) something that the student may scratch his head over ("over"?) See what I mean??? Don't be afraid to write naturally to your students! They learn English (or at least American) from these things too, but .... just be aware.

We may write with all sorts of slang, cutesy ways of saying things, and abbreviations to each other, but try to avoid that with students.

4. Try to establish a relationship with your student. We are not just "grading lessons." Show a genuine interest in your student by sharing things about yourself (your interests, activities, etc.) and asking them to do the same. Some may want to stay strictly with sending and receiving lessons, but most will appreciate your personal interest. They love to have a photo of you. You may send by air mail to their regular postal address. Many will respond by sending you a photo of them and this exchange will make you both more real to each other.

If your student has a Skype address, spend time talking with them on Skype. Try to have a camera on your computer so that the student can see you. You will have to work out the differences in time zones.

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Tip # 15:  Enrich You Lessons

You can enrich your WEI lessons with scripture, explanations, stories and comments. Many students want to learn more Bible, so teach them. This link goes to all Basic and Advanced WEI lessons. Answers to many of the lessons' questions are here.

Enhance Your Lessons With Scripture When teaching WEI lessons, the teacher will often complete the English lessons leaving most of the hour for Bible study. Depending upon the student's pace, the Bible study may be reviewed and the quiz graded before the hour is up, assuming you are face-to-face in a study. Here are several suggestions you may use to round out the hour in a profitable way.

1.   Have the student read with you the Introduction to the Easy-to-Read Bible. This section gives a very good overview of what the Bible is all about -- the story line. It's only 9 pages long, and may take several days of study time to complete. Time taken to answer questions and give meaning will enhance your WEI lessons. Showing the pages of the Bible that covers each part of the overview will teach the student about the Bible. For example, compare the Old Testament to the New Testament with "Someone is coming," and "Someone has come!"

2.  You will find meaningful references at the end of each lesson in the WEI lessons. Helping the student look up these references will give them experience in using their Bible. This is premium time with the student.

3.  For students eager to learn the Bible, you can venture into scriptures relevant to the lesson.

Example 1: In Book 1, Lesson 1, you may enhance the message "We will make man a copy of ourselves. Man will be like us."

Example 2: In Lesson 2, "Thus God made Adam and Even in his own image. God made them as a copy of himself," found in the section The Two Became One. 


Scriptures and comments you may find useful can be found by clicking here.
ENRICHMENTS FOR WEI LESSONS

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Tip # 31 Christian Apologetics Tailoring each answer to your students may require some research on your part, especially if you grew up in the church and even more so if you are not in touch with science and the world's education.

Click here to see WEI's "Evidence Books". Click to buy them here.

Click here to get go to the "Apologetics" page.

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Tip 22:  How to Teach WEI face-to-face

Teaching WEI lessons face-to-face involves meeting 1 hour each day with each student. At times 2 or 3 will want to study together. This may be necessary if one is not very good in English. WEI lessons are made to be read ahead of time which means that if a student cannot do this he/she will need help.

Here is an example: In the first year, I taught one student with her younger sister. I taught her sister how to say "Hello, how are you?" and not much else. Her sister taught her at home. The second year, the younger of the two spoke English fairly well. I baptized both of them. Without my awareness, they taught their younger sister who spoke no English. She was baptized first. The mother watched and was extremely pleased.

The way to select students who are able to read and do the homework is to give each one the Introductory lesson, ask them to complete it, and come in for an interview. If they have done well in their reading, then take them as a student. If not, then they can be matched with an interpreter or put into a Beginner's English class (held later and taught by one of their language).

Each lesson is to be read and the quiz is to be done in both the English and Bible each day. They are to write out their answers to the thought questions.

The hour session begins with grading their English quiz. Ask if there are any questions. Make suggestions regarding learning vocabulary, help them with pronunciations (They should be given Tape 1.) and any grammar if they need help. Don't spend a lot of time with English.

Second, grade their Bible quiz. The thought questions will give a good starting place. After a brief discussion of the thought questions, show them your own answers and lead them into an open Bible discussion keeping it simple and on the subject of the lesson. This is important. The lessons will teach themselves and are progressive.


Time wise:
5 min "How was your day?"
5-7 min English "Any questions?" (may take 20 min)
25 min "Let's work through your Bible lesson."
15 min "What do you want to talk about today?" or "I have some scriptures for you today."

Some ideas for the scripture enhancements:

1. In the ETR Bible, have them read the Introductory pages and mark up anything interesting with their highlighter. This can be an assignment or an activity during the hour. It gives a great summary of the Bible narrative.

2. Walk them through the Bible. Many have never seen a Bible. I use the theme "Someone is coming; Someone has come; Someone is coming again" to teach divisions of the Bible and the message. Take this from Genesis 3:15. Then, as you study show them the "types" and "shadows" of the "Someone." For example, Jacob's ladder is a type of Jesus. Jesus is the ladder. John 1:51. The angels going up and down the ladder are the offices of Jesus -- priest (up: man to God) and prophet (down: God to man.)

3. Have them look up scriptures, using the Index.

4. Find, mark and memorize key verses.

5. Teach them simple songs. If you have several students at once (I like 2 to 5 students who know each other), they likely will love to sing. This may not be useful until about the 3rd week after they feel comfortable being in a school environment where they perhaps have been to a group singing. A good song is "Heaven is a Wonderful Place. Full of glory and grace. I want to see my Savior's face. Heaven is a wonderful place. (Repeat)"


On the "What do you want to talk about approach:
Teach people instead of material. Take them from where they are to where you want them.
I will not forget the 3 girls that I studied with for 3 hours on day one. We talked about boys and choosing husbands. All three were baptized after completing the Advanced course.

An older gentleman enjoyed my showing him the meaning of key verses using Greek words studies.

An eager Orthodox needed a walk through church history.

A Catholic was baptized only after she saw the history of the Roman Catholic church.

An Atheist wanted to learn English, so I taught him English and Christianity as a system for governments -- as he led me into a discussion of Communism, Capitalism, etc.

For your information: On the web are some answers to the thought questions. Some are extensive and are for teachers. Some are incomplete. When they ask about evolution, there are some ideas for you on the web.

You can find these at the home page www.weiady.org, and click on "Lesson Enrichments." Or copy this URL into your web browser: "http://www.weiady.org/tips/scriptures_for_Book_1.htm. In eMail, you can copy/paste/edit them as part of your Teacher's Comments. You can do the same when teaching with the Internet system.

Giving each student an ETR Bible is highly recommended once they have shown that they are a serious student. The WEI lessons reference this version. All other English versions are too hard for their English skills, especially the KJV and ASV with the Thee and Thou English. Don't give them these for the study. They will not learn much. Give them a yellow highlighter and show them how to use it.

Sequence of Thoughts
Walk them through this though sequence as you go through the lessons:

1. We are created by God in his image -- able to think and free to choose; we will choose. There are only 2 choices: God and Satan. You will choose one or the other. You cannot not choose.

2. God hates sin. We all sin. Before the earth was formed, God had a plan to restore the relation we have with him because he knows that Satan was free on the earth.

3. Having a relationship with God is based on trust, beyond believing.

4. Someone is coming. He is
Jesus.


5. There is only one decision needing to be made: Did Jesus come out of the grave? If "no," then we are learning History. If "yes," then we need to revisit trust and be sure of the consequences of our decision.

6. Tell me about your sins. This is a question in Book 3.

7. Here is how you get yourself right with God. The ETR Bible in 1 Peter 3:21 has "We are asking God to forgive us when we are in the water" -- paraphrased.

Each teacher has their own skill set. I like to use a pencil, pad and my own sketches as I make key points. With one who is still learning English, writing down key words and making simple diagrams gives them a visual easier to understand and one that I can reference again and again. I highly recommend each teacher have these tools and learn to use them.

Toward the end of the 3rd book, the student needs to be marking up their Bible text where they have questions. After baptism and near completion or after completion of the last lesson in Book 6, give them an assignment to read and mark anything interesting in key NT books. I saw several students read and mark all of John in one evening; they marked all of Ehp., Phil., Col, Thess., overnight; we took 2 hrs to mark up James together; overnight two worked through Acts filling in a table of what was done in each recorded conversion story. Their enthusiasm ran wild. Then, they wanted to sing and learn songs.

You will find ideas on the web for correspondence teaching.


Author: Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com

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Tip #22: Teacher's Resources

WEI's Advanced English test on Listening will require either a cassette tape and player or listening to the test on the web. 

The advanced books are: 
Advanced English Book 1 --
Listening
Advanced English Book 2 -- Writing
Advanced English Book 3 -- Vocabulary & Reading

There are two ways that a Postal student can take the listening test.

  1. Send a cassette tape by postal mail. You will need to confirm the student mailing address. This may not be possible in some countries. Also, confirm that they have a cassette player.

  2. WEI's tapes may be listened to on the web. Give to them the following address where they may take the test for Advanced English, Book 1: www.weiady.org/tapes/audio.htm. They may copy the quiz sheet that will be necessary for taking the test.

 

RESOURCES ON THE WEB - Benchmark these for quick access home or away from home.

  • How to teach WEI lessons - step by step (return to this page)
     
  • Some answers to Lessons - Teacher's Comment - From there you can navigate to all six books.
  • Language Translator - Google Click on translate (Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese and even Chinese) The accuracy is "not too bad" for simple sentences.

How to find a church in your city.
Check the
links section in this website. Ask Dick Ady, other teachers, or others for help before sending the student an address. It is best to contact the missionary personally even if it takes snail mail. Anticipate this delay and write that letter ahead of time if you think you will need the contact. Remember to
"water thoroughly."

Links (go to site map)
*
World Religions - links to ACU and goes from there.
*
Denominational errors -- know your Bible before using another's materials.
*
Bible study tools on the web -- many translations, concordances, dictionaries, etc.
* Children's Bible Studies -- useful for English reading practice as well as teaching Bible to children & adults.


Author: Bob Patterson,

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Tip 23 Reasons Why The English Language is Hard to Learn (& Hard to Teach)

1)   The bandage was wound around the wound.
2)   The farm was used to produce produce.
3)   The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4)   We must polish the Polish furniture.
5)   He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6)   The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7)   Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8)   A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9)   When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10)   I did not object to the object.
11)   The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12)   There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13)   They were too close to the door to close it.
14)   The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15)   A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16)   To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17)   The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18)   After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19)   Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20)   I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21)   How can I intimate this to my most intimate  friend?

Author: Galanell Pamplin

More:

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,

 But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.

 One fowl is a goose, but two are called  geese,

 Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

 You  may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,

 Yet the plural  of house is houses, not hice.

 

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Tip # 10 Mail with WBS System  -- See update at www.worldbibleschool.net/
(This record is rather old. You need to consult with WEBS for the present method.)

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL MAIL SYSTEM
(In-Countrv Mail Box Addresses for 9 African Countries)

WEI lessons are welcomed in the WBS mailing system.

The World Bible School Mail System is for in-coming mail from targeted nations only. This system has been put in place to assure a reliable way for students to get their mail back to their study helper in a timely manner that keeps them studying and interested. We only provide this service for the countries listed below. All mail is handled by WBS workers and so there are no other people handling the mail or causing any other delays.

If you choose to use this service, you simply show the address below for your students return address in-country. The mail is collected and posted to Cedar Park, TX for sorting and shipping on to the teacher. You must use your WBS Code # on all mail, (especially the answer sheets) or it cannot be returned to you as the Code is the only way we have of knowing whose mail it is. If you do not have a WBS Code # for your congregation, you can call and we will assign one for use by WBS teachers in your congregation. The Code # is free of charge and is assigned by state as shown: (TX-001). Please put the proper address on all mail and use your CODE in all Teacher boxes (Red Boxes on all lessons) in the appropriate places and in the small box on the bottom of each answer page.

U.S. Postal Regulations require a U.S.A. return address on the outside of the envelope of anything that IS mailed to a foreign country. Please always put Your USA Return Address on the OUTSIDE (upper left-hand comer) of each envelope mailed to your student, and NOT the in-country address below.
 

For more information about this service you can contact us at: 512-345-8190 or by writing to: World Bible School Mail System, P.O. Box 2169, Cedar Park, TX 78630. For update, www.worldbibleschool.net (This list may be out of date; so, write for updated information.)

GHANA

KENYA

MALAWI

NAMIBIA

* NIGERIA

Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
Private Bag:
World Bible School
Accra North GHANA
Teacher's Name and Code World Bible School
PMB: 3029
Surulere, Lagos State
NIGERIA
Teacher's Name and Code World Bible School
Private Bag: #13
Thondwe
MALAWI
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
WBSP.O. Box 20688
Windhoek
NAMIBIA
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
P.O. Box 3543
Kano.Kano State
NIGERIA
* NIGERIA SOUTH AFRICA TANZANIA ZAMBIA ZIMBABWE
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
PMB: 3029
Surulere, Lagos State
NIGERIA
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
WBS Private Bag X10
Boksburg l459
SOUTH AFRICA
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
PMB: 6570
Moshi, Kilimanjaro
TANZANIA
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
P.O. Box 33536
Lusaka,
ZAMBIA
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
Private Bag: A 6115
Avondale, Harare
ZIMBABWE

 * There are now two boxes in Nigeria. The new Lagos State address will be convenient to your more southern students and the Kano State address for your northern students. Either address will work for any of your Nigerian students if you are unsure of location.

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Tip # 11: Questions that teachers ask

Teachers ask hard questions, both English and Bible. I have published my answers on the web. You may review these answers and use them as you need. You may disagree with the answers. Feedback is always welcome and will be appreciated.

When you have Q/A to share, send them for review and sharing.

Click here to go to that page.

Bob Patterson, weibp@aol.com

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Tip # 13: How to use your ETR Bible

Dear Student,

Let me tell you about your Bible.

The Bible has two major parts. They are the Old Testament and the New Testament. The OT was originally written in Hebrew. The NT was originally written in Greek. Jesus spoke Aramaic, the language of Israel in AD 30. The Bible has been translated into many languages, literally hundreds of languages. It is the oldest book in the world. It is the world's best seller. Every year, more people buy the Bible than any other book in the world.

Your Bible has been translated from the original languages by using only 500 words. This is to make it easy for you to read. This is why it is called the Easy-to-Read English Version of the Bible. There are many English versions as a result of continuing language research. As changes in the English language occur newer translations are issued.

Do you know that you can buy a Bible in almost any language?

The word "Bible" means "book of books." In the OT, there are 39 books; in the NT, there are 27 books. This makes a total of 66 books in the entire Bible. You can find a list of the names in the first pages of your ETR Bible.

One way to learn the names of the books is to make groups of them. The OT has 5 groups. The groups have the number of books like this: 5, 12, 5, 5, 12 just like the fingers on your hand. The first group is called the "Pentateuch" because there are 5 books in it. We are familiar with the meaning of "penta" from Intel's Pentium, the 5th computer processor that they made.

Here are the groups of the OT:

5 books of law tell the story from Creation to the nation of Israel.
12 books of history tell the history of Israel.
5 books of poetry and proverbs.
5 books of major prophets are major because they are long.
12 books of minor prophets are minor because they are only a few pages.

WEI's books 1 and 2 are stories from the Pentateuch.

In the Garden of Eden, God told Eve that "Someone" would come and crush Satan's head. That "Someone" is Jesus. When Jesus came, Satan was angry. He had Jesus killed. Jesus died. He was buried. After 3 days, God raised him from the dead. Jesus came out of the grave. He was alive again! He walked; he talked; he ate; he was human; he was alive again! Amazing! Satan could not keep him in the grave. Satan's head (the seat of authority) was crushed. He lost his power forever.

Before Jesus came, the story about him is in the Old Testament (OT). After Jesus was born, the story is in the New Testament (NT). You will find that the OT has many more pages than the NT. The story of Eve and the promise of "Someone" who would come is in the OT; the story of Jesus being raised from the dead is in the NT. Jesus is the "Someone."

The idea of a "Testament" is the same as that of an agreement. The OT is the agreement of God with his people before Jesus. God made an agreement with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then, when Jesus came, the Old Agreement was finished, and a New Agreement or New Testament was given by God. We live under the New Agreement or NT.

Now, you can look at the NT.

There are 27 books in the NT. They can be remembered by the number of books in each of 5 groups -- 4, 1, 14, 7, 1.

4 books tell the story of Jesus and are called the "good news" or gospels.
1 book tells about the followers of Jesus and the establishment of his church.
14 books are called Pauline Letters because they were written by Paul.
7 books are called General Letters and are written by Peter, James, John, and Jude.
1 book is called Revelation. It was written to Christians who were being persecuted.

WEI's books 1 and 2 are taken from the OT -- creation to Isaiah. WEI's book 3, "The King has Come," is taken from the gospels plus the book called "Acts." The lessons in WEI's Advanced books are taken from all of the NT books. They tell of God's plan for forgiving your sins. They tell about God's people today.

The Bible is often called the "Scriptures." Each book of the Bible or Scriptures is divided into chapters. Each chapter is divided into verses. This is so that we can find "references" or "passages" in the books as they are called. We can easily find the "passage" again by using the book, the chapter, and the verse. If I tell you to find John 3:16, you can find the page number in the index for John, then you can find the chapter and the verse. Try it.

You will find in the front of your ETR Bible a few pages that tell the story of the entire Bible. In your Bible, it is called the "Preface." I suggest that you read this story.

The Bible was written by about 40 men over a period of about 1,600 years. The stories cover a period much longer that that. The writers did not know each other. But, there is only one story -- Jesus is coming, Jesus has come, and Jesus is coming again. The Bible says that the words were "God breathed" which means that he gave the words to the writers. It is God's Word. In it are no contradictions. There is only one story and it can be believed. God wrote it.

You can believe the Bible because it is true. How do we know that it is true? Here are some reasons:

1. No other book has ever been written by 40 men over 1,600 years without contradictions within it. Only God could do this.

2. It claims that God wrote it. We would expect this.

3. The message makes sense. It tells us what every philosopher wishes to know.

4. There are many prophecies in the OT. All of these came true. How could that be?

5. Science continually proves the Bible to be true. For example, the Bible told us that the earth is suspended in space before science discovered it to be true. How did the writer know this fact? (Job 26:7).

6. There was a man who died, was buried, and he came out of the grave to walk the earth again. Men from Galilee witnessed his ascension into Heaven. He believed the Bible to be true. It is a story about him. His name is Jesus. He is our King!

The reason the Bible was written was to tell you about God, where you came from, who you are, where you are going, and that God loves you dearly. It tells us how to be saved from our sins and be right with God so we can eat of the Tree of Live and live forever. It is a book of Peace, Joy, and hope.

When I read an important book, I mark special words and places so that I can easily find them again. I suggest you mark your Bible in this way. Use a pencil or a pen that does not come through the paper. Be neat and careful. When your Bible is old and torn, you can have another one.

Read your Bible everyday and think about it every night. When you follow Jesus, you will be happy on the earth and you will be ready when he comes again to take you to heaven with him.

May God bless you,

Bob Patterson weibp@aol.com

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Tip # 24: On Teaching

by Dr. Bill Patterson

    Jesus was recognized as a Teacher from God (John 3:2). He is our Master Teacher and He expects His followers, by reason of growth, to become teachers. (Hebrews 5:12). Our Great Commission is to make disciples/learners (Matthew 28:18-20) and this calls for teachers.

    A serious mistranslation in most English Bibles is James 3:1, "Let not many of you become teachers." The original (Greek) actually says, "Let not many of you continue to teach," action in progress is to be stopped for many were stumbling not knowing what they were teaching; they would receive "heavier judgment" (see also 1 Timothy 1:7). Their tongues or teaching would get them and others, like ships, in troubled waters.

    It is important not only to know how to teach but also what.

    Jesus was the Master Teacher because of at least three things: 1) He Himself was the subject — "Come learn of Me;" 2) He understood the learner — "He Himself knew what was in man" (John 2:25); and, 3) He knew and used all of the methods of teaching, especially those that would make learners think — questions, stories, discussions, visual aids, even argument or debate.

    With all of this said, what makes a growing Christian a growing Christian teacher? First, he must know the subject, the truth, doctrine which is "all that I commanded you" (Matthew 28:20). Understandably, this takes Bible study: much regular serious study.

    Likewise, the effective teacher will know his/her students. We teach learners not lessons. This takes establishing a warm friendly and loving relationship. In a real sense a teacher is a mentor, a friend and wise counselor, a trainer.

    Since we teach learners, we need to know something about how learners learn: the process, the dynamic, of learning. Putting together all these three areas of which Jesus was Master, we will do well to recognize the three domains of learning: head, heart, hand. Or, as educators put it: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Too, we will do well to realize that there are two stages or levels of learning in each of these domains. In the head-cognitive it is Acquaintance and Understanding: awareness and objective reasoning by which we grasp eternal and essential truths.

    In the heart-affective domain it is Insight and Decision: our feelings along with subjective activity such as attitudes, values, beliefs, commitment. The hand-psychomotor domain is the Living and Empowered levels: doing-action-experiencing and joyful strengthening (to keep on learning/growing).

    When the growing Christian learns to work with these dynamics of teaching-learning (the two go together), he will see that this is the basis of getting to know God. First, we learn about God's will (Colossians 1:9). Then, as we progress through the levels up to and into Living, we are "increasing in the knowledge of God (v. 10). In this level we come to know God experientially for we experience "God who is at work in you both to will and to work" (Philippians 2:13).

    Unquestionably, becoming a Christian is an awesome experience. Then becoming a growing Christian is a perpetual challenge to grow in our Christian life.

                                    — Bill Patterson
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To purchase "Growing Christian Teacher" study books as well as others contact Bill at ACCEBILL@AOL.com .COM. Write for information. Bill will send to you his courses on a CD.

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Tip # 25: Ideal Teacher

Dear Teachers,

Who was your best teacher ever? Is there such a thing as the Ideal Teacher?

I'm convinced there is no single Ideal Teacher, because students' needs differ at every age and stage. There might be three ideal types, though. The great elementary school teacher, the great middle school and high school teacher, and the great college professor.

What makes them great?

I've been asking that question a lot lately, trying to understand what makes a teacher great. I've talked to all kinds of people, from little kids to busy adults to teachers of teachers. From their answers I was able to distill a list of traits:

Great teachers ...

*    make you feel special.
*    teach you how to learn.
*    inspire you with their passion.
*    engage your whole being.
*    keep you focused.
*    open you up to new experiences.
*    have no agenda.
*    make the complicated simple.
*    give clear explanations.
*    show you how everything ties together.

Can all these traits be found in one teacher? Yes, Jesus is the "Master Teacher." Editor note.

And you know what? Now that I think about it, maybe there is one trait that separates great teachers from those who are merely good: this ability to open doors and give you the power

to walk into new worlds on your own. That's what I'd say, anyway. What would you say?


Source: Microsoft Encarta.

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Tip # 16: Audio on-line

Please note that there are two links here to offer to your students. Each has a benefit and each has a liability. You, the teacher, should exercise discretion in sending information to your student for them to listen to these recorded messages. Please, review the benefits and liabilities before you send this information to any student.

1.   WEI Tapes: www.weiady.org/tapes/taudio.htm  Click here to listen.

The two WEI's tapes are now online for listening on the web.

Tape No. 1 pronounces each of the new vocabulary words found in each English lessons. Please, note that side 2 of Tape 1 is a reading from the New Testament.

Tape No. 2 contains the listening test of the Advanced English book No. 1 "Listening Comprehension." This tape is necessary for a student wanting to prepare for the TOEFL exam. These audio tapes are online and are available to all new students on the web who are evaluating this course. There is a link from the Welcome page for all to click.

  • Benefits -- these are extremely valuable for a student who lives in a non-English speaking country.

  • Liabilities-- students who are in a public place may find it impossible and maybe disallowed to listen to any sounds in their Internet Cafe or work place. Most computers have a speaker within; however, very few have a headset for private listening. Internet Cafes are silent. Note that in some countries the student might be put at personal risk should they be listening to or viewing American produced web material. Use caution as you advise your student.

2.   WEIAudio: www.weiady.org/audio.htm  Click here to listen.

The second audio link makes possible for one to listen to every Bible lesson in the Basic 3 books. The student simply clicks on each lesson and then on the paragraph to which he wishes to listen. He/she can listen to it again and again. Give your student this address.

This audio resource is also available in enlarged print for those who have eyesight issues.

Comments are those of Bob Patterson,  weibp@aol.com
 

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 Tip 26:  Is spelling important?

Believe it or not! You can read it!

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the! rghit pcl ae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia.

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Amzanig huh? Yaeh and yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt


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Tip 38: Seminar

PowerPoint slide show 119 slides suitable for class room or a preaching seminar.

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