Tips for Teachers

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 Help

Tip 1: Sending the Introductory  Lessons
Tip 2: Welcome Letter
Tip 3: Advertising
Tip 9: Personalize & Keep Track by Keith Farris
Tip 10: Preparation to Teach by Gene & Nancy Banister
Tip 11: Business cards telling that you are a teacher

Tip 4: Mailing Resource (See also Tip 26)
Tip 26: Mail WEI with WBS System

Tip 27: Questions Teachers Ask

Tip 7: ETR Bibles - Gift for Your Student
Tip 28: How to Use Your ETR Bible





Email Help

Tip 25: Read this before using email.
Tip 8: Teach by e-mail
Tip 18: Message to New Teachers

Tip 22: Email Teachers Resources

Tip 33: Audio Tapes on-line
Tip 36: Advanced English Quiz Sheets

Tip 21: Email & PC Skills - FAQ

Tip 12: Translations Available

Tip 6:  Jesus Film



On Teaching

Tip 13: Humor & Illustrations You Can Use
Tip 14: Teacher's Reward
Tip 15: Teaching English in Texas

Tip 23: How to Teach WEI lessons
Tip 24: Why is Teaching English so Difficult?
Tip 30: On Teaching by Bill Patterson
Tip 31: Ideal Teacher
Tip 35: Typoglycemia
Tip 37: Is Spelling Important?

General Topics

Tip 5: Using your PC to Collect Student Names
Tip 16: The Orthodox Church - West Vs East
Tip 17: The Muslim Faith
Tip 40: Buddhism

Tip 20: Christian Apologetics
Tip 38: Seminars

Tip 39: How to keep a list of scripture references (see references)

Student & Teacher's Questions


TIP #1:  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.

Author: Bob Patterson,

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Tip #2: Sending a "Welcome" Letter: A "Welcome to WEI" letter  will personalize your teacher/student relationship, and it is often the relationship that makes the difference in winning souls. Of course, a welcome letter is part of Tip #1 and can communicate the return address for the student making it easier to prepare lessons for mailing.  We can use some help in making things "faster/better/cheaper" nowadays. Below is an example welcome letter.

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World English Institute
And Bible Correspondence School

Name: _________________________
Address: _______________________
City: ________ State: ___ Zip: ______
Country: _________

(please print)


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

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.

We apologize for any delay in assigning a teacher to you and we thank you for your patience. The requests are numerous  this year. You may go as fast as you like. We recommend you use International Air Mail for returning your lessons. Let’s get going!



Tip #3: Advertising: You can copy the logo as a *.jpg file (right button) and use it for your own advertising or business cards as long as you do not modify the logo.

Improve Your English

Have your own teacher

Register at
Print this in any language.
Improve Your English

Have your own teacher

Send to (add your email address)
Subject:  English

Choose how they shall reply.


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Tip #4:   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      


Give us a try and find out for yourself!



     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

 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 MONEYWe 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?       


     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?


     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

Tip #5:  Using your PC to collect student names

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...


POSTAL CODE, COUNTRY   followed by a return or enter to begin a new line


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 1 million students in the year 2004 and 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.  E-mail is a true blessing when working with students from abroad - immediate transfer of names and no expensive stamps. 

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,

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Tip #6: 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, 4/25/2000

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Tip #7: 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 BibleThe 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, 4/25/00

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Tip #8: Using e-mail to send WEI lessons can shorten the time for processing lessons from several weeks to only a few minutes of your time while maintaining the personal relationship with your student. Savings in  mailing cost is an added bonus for your budget allowing you to take on even more students.

Learning at "remote learning centers" is increasing with the growth of the Internet and e-mail industry. In some countries, students send and receive e-mail almost daily. To accommodate e-mail students, Jan Towel has converted all the WEI lessons into an e-mail format. Teaching by the Internet is not the same as by email. Using the Internet system of WEI has some excellent features:

  • Click to send a lesson

  • Auto graded lessons

  • The system provides an extra measure of safety with encryption. In some countries, death is the law should a student convert to Christianity from Islam. Teachers and students must be on guard!

  • A message system is provided for sending/receiving personal message much like in email.

Having the student's email address offers a more personal contact than the with the automated system. Some features that are different from the Internet system are:

  • Attachments can be easily done in email

  • Discussions of topics is simple

  • Sharing personal information and pictures is easy to do in email

  • Links to useful Internet addresses can be transferred easily in email

  • Transferring a student to a local (their city) missionary for baptism and/or worship permits bringing in the communication that person or persons. Email can be sent to "Copy To:" feature of email.

If you are interested in receiving these lessons, you need to do the following:

  1. Qualify to be an e-mail teacher by completing and submitting the registration form

  2. Review the process with Dick Ady, or Bob Patterson who are experienced teachers using e-mail

  3. Have sent to you the lessons by e-mail, and

  4. Correspond with your students just as you would if you were mailing printed lessons,
    but much quicker and with a lot less expense than the postal mailing system.

Register as an Internet Teacher - Click here address:

Ask for help as an email Teacher - Send to (Bob Patterson) or Dick Ady


  • What does it take to teach by e-mail? If you have a computer, a love for the Lord and the lost you can decide to use it to teach students. All you need to know is how to click on a lesson to send it. If you want to use your own email, then you need only to know how to cut and paste lessons into an e-mail letter and send it.

  • How much time does it take? You can send a lesson in about 5 minutes. Grading of the lessons is about the same as receiving the lessons returned by any other method. But, you don't have to stuff envelopes nor go to the post office. You might get into a live discussion with a student with "Instant message" or even Skype and spend a extra minutes with each lesson. Overall, you will save a lot of time using e-mail teaching!

  • How much does it cost? There is a significant savings using e-mail.  Books and mailing by snail-mail comes to about $30 per student where e-mail cost you nothing where you already have an internet service provider.  Internet service providers like AOL cost $10 to $21.95 per month. Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft's hotmail are free!. Likely, you already have an ISP, so the added use for teaching is zero.

  • What is the advantage for students? Now, here is an advantage!  Many students cannot afford postage. Of course, they have to have access to a computer. Some have access at their school or work place. The students you will teach by e-mail will be on-line already and computer use for WEI lessons will cost them very little depending upon their own situation.

  • How do I get started?  First, you need to be a registered teacher with WEI. Second, you need to have some students. Third, you need the lessons that are configured for e-mailing. Then, you boot up and communicate with friendliness, sincerity and ease.

  • How do I get lessons on my PC?  Send your request  by e-mail to Bob Patterson or Dick Adyclick hereJan is your contact for Internet teaching.

  • How do you recruit e-mail students? Jan says that advertising can be done along with WEI advertising by missionaries in the field. But, today students find WEI on the Internet using Google as a search engine. Students from all nations have registered and many now have teachers sending lessons by the Internet. Other ways of gathering students that are very effective are 1) referrals from former students , 2) referrals from missionaries, 3) advertising in store fronts, especially in Internet shops.

  • Want the most effective way? Use WEI's Internet teaching website. Click here to learn about it and register as a teacher.



STUDY ENGLISH & BIBLE on the Internet

"WEI offers all English and Bible lessons on the Internet.  If you have Internet access and would like to have an online teacher assigned to you, simply respond to this invitation.  Go to and register. Jan,  ( ) is the Internet coordinator. She will get back to you quickly and your first lesson will be sent to you at electronic speed! When you have completed the lesson, follow the instructions and the Introductory lesson will be automatically graded. A personal teacher will send the next lessons and help you learn English and Bible. You can correspond with your teacher by the Internet system or by e-mail." 

Now, that's fast!
 Register as a Teacher - Click here

Author: Bob Patterson,

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Tip #9: 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 above my computer. 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

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Tip #10: 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

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Tip #11:  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 pocked, 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 -  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:

Improve Your English

By email:
Write: Your Name
Your Mailing Address
City, State Zip
Area Code + phone no.

Author: From Jan Towell 3/20/99

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Tip 12: 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.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.


Author: Bob Patterson,

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

Tip #14: 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,                                  

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Tip #15:  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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Tip # 18:  Message To New & Prospective E-Mail Teachers

We want to thank you for your willingness to serve as e-mail teachers of World English Institute. WEI is one way to reach the lost with the saving message of the gospel. And, e-mail is one means of sowing the seed. 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. E-mail is one tool we have in our hands.

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. E-mail students expect quick responses. 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 e-mail does not have spell check & you're not a particularly "good speller," it may be helpful to compose your messages in your word processor first & then copy & paste into the e-mail 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 be able to attach a snapshot to an e-mail or you may want to send 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.

Author: Jan Towell, (Jan Towell)

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Tip # 19:   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.


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Tip # 21:  Email & PC Skills - FAQ (Frequently Ask Questions)


ANSWER: Put them under a folder named WEI and then into four separate subfolders on your hard drive.
C:\My Documents\WEI\WEI lessons\Basic English
C:\My Documents\WEI\WEI lessons\Basic Bible
C:\My Documents\WEI\WEI lessons\Advanced English
C:\My Documents\WEI\WEI lessons\Advanced Bible


1.    The better of two ways is to copy/paste a single lesson into the email message. Sending a single lesson in each email message helps the student be organized. Also, many email systems limit the number of pages that can be emailed in a single message.
2.    Only attach your lessons if the student prefers this method. Many students will not know how to download an attached lessons, they may not have the software to read your file, and they will not know how to attach the quiz to return it. Attached files will require more file management.
3.    Save your file as a *.txt or *.rtf file so that the recipient can open it in any word processor. They will have to have at least the version of Word that you have if you save it as *.doc. Students may not be able to open *.docx formatted Word files. So, save it in the suitable format and send that formatted file as an attachment.


ANSWER: Your PC has a special memory where you can temporarily (copy to) store text and from which you can transfer it to the email message window (paste into). First, you select the text you want to copy. This may be the entire lesson or only the quiz, a word, phrase or paragraph. Use the left button of the mouse to select the part you want to copy and then use the right button to perform the copy and paste functions. Do it this way:

1.    Open a lesson with your word processor. You may use Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, or another word processor including WordPad. Notepad will not allow large files.

2.    Note: Your Windows operating system will allow you to have many files open at a single time. You do not need to close the open file (lesson) to open your email window.

3.    Now, open the email window and prepare it to send, adding the address and heading. Use a heading that is descriptive of the lesson such as WEI Book 1, Lesson 1, English or WEI, Book 1, Lesson 1, Bible.

4.    Return to the lesson and "Select All." You may do this with the left button of the mouse; you may do this by using the pull down under Edit; or you may use the keyboard Ctrl + A keys simultaneously. The Ctrl + A is quick and simple. First touch the document with the left button of the mouse, then, hit Ctrl + A. The selected portion will be dark.

5.    Using the right button and choose "Copy."

6.    Now, return to the email window and paste the copied lesson into mail. How? Click on the email window with the left button and then with the right mouse button choose "Paste." Its done!

7.    Check the lesson to be sure you have made no errors and then send the message.

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ANSWER: Some students prefer to have one lesson at a time; others prefer to have all 7 lessons (an entire book) sent together. For new students, one at a time is preferred. As a teacher, you need to decide what is best in teaching each student. Don't send all 7 lessons at once if your student will be overloaded and not study each lesson with you.

ANSWER: If you choose to send all lessons of a book, open all lessons before beginning the copy/paste/send process. This will help you keep track and reduce mistakes. If your email system has a "Send Later" feature, it is recommended that you use this function so you can double check that they are all correct before sending. Then, send them together.


ANSWER: There are several ways from which to choose. Basically, all files need to be stored in folders with the student's name on it. What is important to retrieval is the name on each email file. Label them accordingly as you sent them. Examples follow:
1.    File sent: WEI Book 1, Lesson 1, English
2.    File received: The student's title on the quiz email sent to you.
3.    File graded and returned to student: WEI Book 1, Lesson 1, English - graded.
4.    Communication files: add student's name, subject, and date to each email title sent.

Avoid hitting "Reply" without changing the Title appropriately. Repeated titles as you send and resend becomes very confusing.

American On-Line (AOL) will automatically save all sent and received files to your hard drive. To set it up, go to My AOL/Preferences/Mail. The files go to your "Personal Filing Cabinet." These files can be viewed by clicking on "My Files."

AOL Personal Filing Cabinet allows "Adding Folders" and "Find" functions. Make folders for each student, drag and drop each file to the student's folder as you operate on it.


ANSWER: When you or your student sends an attached file from a word processor, the file will be compressed to transfer faster. The format will be changed from *.doc to *.ZIP or to *.mim or *.mime. When your student or you receive the *.mim file, a file converter is required to open it. The converter is another program. Some email systems will automatically zips and unzips files for attachment or to be downloaded.

If AOL was unable to decode the mim or mime file, one of the following programs will allow you to decode it so that you can use it on your computer. This is true for other ISP (Internet Service Providers) also.

Use the Keyword Download to find it. If you are not using AOL, find WINZIP from the web by searching for WINZIP in any Internet search engine. Downloading the trial version will get you going. Then, you should buy the program.

Windows 7 and Word 10 will save files as a *.docx instead of *.doc. Previous versions of Office will not open the new version.  Users have the option of saving the file as a *.doc. Request that they send only *.doc files.


ANSWER: Remember your PC's speed is limited by the slowest step in processing data, just like the weakest link in a chain is where the chain will break. There are several "weak links" in a PC.
1.    Modem speed - upgrade to cable. New modems should be wireless and set to up to work with your PC. Not all PCs, laptops, and printers are configured to wireless.

2.    Switch to cable: Telephone service - for older PC set to operate with the slow telephone connection to the Internet, find a 57 kb/sec phone number in your area, if possible. Switch to cable or DSL to increase the Internet speed by a factor of 50 or more.

3.    Add memory chips: PC RAM (random access memory). Old operating systems such as Windows 95 or 98 need a minimum of 32 MB RAM just to run windows. Windows 98 needs more.  XP should have 250MB or more. Today's PC are configured to 1 - 7 GBites. Add RAM up to these levels. 2 GB is typical.

4.    Delete temporary files: "Windows' Temporary Internet Files" folder can become overfilled. Delete all files in C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files. This folder stores everything you have ever looked at on the Internet. It needs to be purged regularly. This will free up a lot of space in your RAM. Cookies in this folder can be kept since they are small, but I delete them. Windows XP and 7 have a Disk Clean function. Put it on your desktop and use it often. How? Find it with Start/Programs, then, Rt button "send to" desktop. Avoid Windows 8!

5.    Run msconfig: Your PC Start-up files can overload your RAM.  Decrease the number of programs that open when you boot your PC; so, change the list of files to be opened when you boot your system. How? For XP Windows, use Start/Run/and type in msconfig (do not include C:\). A configuration window will open. Go to the Startup tab and check only the minimum programs needed to be open. You can always open a program later as you need it. This is especially needed for Windows XP that will open nearly all of your programs even if they are not needed. This eats up memory fast!

6.    Defrag your hard drive. PC save files "on the fly" and a file is distributed over the entire drive. The next file saved does the same. It's like yellow and red train cars in a switching station. They are mixed over the tracks. To line them up and put all of the yellow cars together, to put all of a single file together, run your "defrag" program.

7.    Run commercial programs available for download (at a small cost) on the web. Clean PC is good.

Work out your lesson management procedures and stay with them for greatest satisfaction and results.

Author: Bob Patterson,

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Tip 23:  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, and click on "Lesson Enrichments." Or copy this URL into your web browser: " 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,

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Tip #22: Email Teacher's Resources (go to Tip#27)

EXAMPLE STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS (You can copy/paste this if you wish to save time. Fix it to suit yourself.)
I recommend that you create folders on your computer for your lessons such as
C:\My Documents\WEI\WEI Lessons\Filename.

You may choose to save all your lessons and the quizzes that are returned to you.

I recommend that you copy each lesson into your favorite word processor to work on it. Indicate your answers in the quiz. Write out your answers to the Thought Questions. You may ask any question you want at any time.

When you are ready to send the quiz, please send the quiz portion only. It is easily done by a copy/paste procedure. If you need help, please feel free to ask for instructions. I am here to support you.

Do the Introductory lesson and send to me the quiz portion. Just copy/paste the quiz portion and email it to me.

I will grade your quiz and return the lesson to you. Then, I will send the next lesson.

Keep working on lesson 1. Do the English and then the Bible.

I need to confirm how I can send postal mail to you. Your cassette No. 1 will be in the mailed as soon as you confirm the address.

WEI's Advanced English lessons can be sent by an attachment in email. They are not suitable one lesson at a time by email,
but the Advanced Bible is to be sent by email.

The books are called,
Advanced English Book 1 -- Listening,
Advanced English Book 2 -- Writing
Advanced English Book 3 -- Vocabulary & Reading.

Both cassette tapes may be sent to each student by the WEI email administrator. Teachers must request the Advanced tape from

Tell your student the cassette tape, if you are using cassettes, is on the way and to let you know when he/she receives it. Most students will not have a cassette player.

WEI's tapes may be listened to on the web if the student's computer has a speaker system. Give to them the following address where they may listen to each tape including the test for Advanced English, Book 1:

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

How to find a church in your city.
Check the links section in this website. Ask Jan, Dick Ady, other teachers, or me 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 24 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


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  25 Instructions for all eMail Teachers


Part 1 Agreements

*Welcome to eMAIL Evangelism.
* Agreements

Part 2 Process of Teaching

Part 3 -- Supplies

* Ordering WEI materials for yourself
* Receiving lessons for eMAIL
* Saving your work
* Making backups and about viruses
* Hard copies for your students
* ETR Bibles and payment
* Diplomas

Part 4 – Starting your student

* Don’t wait
* Your introductory welcome
* Jump starting a student
* Help them get started right.
* Give instructions if needed – filing, editing, sending & receiving.
* Give copy/paste instructions if needed.
* Sending lessons
* Sending Book 2, English, Lesson 3 – Special case of long messages

Part 5 – Teaching Grammar

* Teach English with proper English
* Correct their grammar: “GRAMMAR HELP” and rewrite their sentence. Make notes.

Part 6 – The TOEFL

* The TOEFL exam
* Order Books early: When you get to Book 3, Lesson 5, order Advanced English
* Ordering WEI materials & ETR BIBLES – for your student

Part 7 – Resources

* Resources on the web

Part 8 – Guidelines for watering

Part 9 – Special Cases

Administration of eMail Students and Teachers

Part 10 -- Dealing with Computer Viruses

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eMAIL teaching is not the same as postal mail.

a. Student expectations are higher. Quick replies are expected.
b. Our students come for English; so, we are obligated to teach them English grammar
c. Friendship is often possible. Photos can be exchanged. Instant Message conversations are possible.
d. Global time differences range from 5 to 17 hours. They may send at 3 AM your time, for example.
e. Student’s available computer may be restricted or even disappear.
f. Student’s mail servers are often unreliable. Lessons may be lost. SPAM blocking of your mail occurs. HTML settings can alter quote marks, etc.
g. Postal mailing of tapes and books may be inspected and rejected. Expect 3 – 4 weeks delivery.
h. Students may be in a restricted nation and at risk politically and religiously. Student may be an informer.
i. The Islam (Muslim) community can impose severe life threats and death if a student is detected.

Only qualified teachers are part of this program – James 3:1
Teachers are powerful! Like the rudder on a ship or a match in the forest!

The basic measures:
1. Be a member of God’s Kingdom – the church of Christ.
2. Have Bible teaching experience, especially with young adults.
3. Have read WEI books: Law 1 of "The 7 Laws of Teaching," reads, "The teacher must know what they are to teach." Most Bible teachers can manage WEI lessons without concern. But, what do these books contain? Are you in agreement?
4. Must be willing to sign the “Agreement statement.”
5. American English is the teacher’s native language – capability to teach English is implied.
6. Have a PC, not a WebPC without a hard drive.
7. Checks eMAIL daily.

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"World English Institute and Bible Correspondence School is an outreach ministry of the Metro Church of Christ in Gresham, Oregon. We ask that you carefully read all six Bible course books before you begin corresponding with any student. WEI wishes to prevent all problems that may occur because of your personal understanding, views or disagreement with teachings in any of the material. By this agreement, you are saying that you will work with WEI to achieve the purpose of spreading the gospel into all the world without compromising any Biblical truth as presented in WEI materials. After reading all the materials, if you find this agreement unsatisfactory, please do not register. All course material is copyrighted and cannot be changed or edited in any way."

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1. REGISTRATION JUMP START – Welcome & Introductory Lesson
a. Registration is received from the web.
b. Welcome and Introductory Lesson are sent.
c. Student replies with Introductory Lesson quiz and confirmed address.
d. Introductory Lesson is graded and returned to the student.
e. A teacher is assigned to the student for 1-on-1 studies.
f. Registration, returned Introductory Lesson and all correspondence is sent to the new teacher.

2. BASIC COURSE – Teacher takes over.
a. New teacher sends personal welcome. Builds relationship.
b. New teacher sends English, Lesson 1 & Bible, Lesson 1.
c. Student returns Lesson quizzes.
d. Teacher grades quizzes, answers questions, and makes comments.
e. Teacher returns quizzes and sends Lessons 2, English & Bible. With discretion, teacher may send all 7 lessons at once for students who are advanced in English. It is recommended that Bible lessons be sent one at a time.
f. Teacher may send ETR Bible, but likely wait until interest has been demonstrated. Consider the cost factor.
g. Teacher may send Tape No. 1 at any time. Cost is to be absorbed by teacher. Student is not to pay. Consider cost factor when student fails to continue. Note: the tapes can be listened to on the web. Click on “Audio.”
h. Teacher continues studying Books 2 and 3.

1) Early mailing: At Book 3, Lesson 5, teacher mails Advanced ENGLISH Book 1. The student will do much better with the hard copy. Teacher may EMAIL it as an attachment. It may be necessary.
2) Advanced ENGLISH Book 1 (Listening) and Tape No. 2 are airmailed. Use of the web audio is recommended where the student has web access and a computer with audio capability.
3) Teacher may order ETR Bible to be mailed. Depends upon student interest.

1) Teacher continues through Basic Book 3 (7 lessons).
2) Teacher sends diploma by postal mail for Basic Course. Emailed image with names written in can be done when the students has a good printer.
3) Teacher begins search for missionary to make personal contact for closure. This may take a lot of lead-time.

a. Teacher sends Advanced Bible lessons, Book 1 -- NEW BIRTH. Multiple lessons may be sent.
b. Teacher continues through Advanced Bible - NEW BIRTH.
c. Teacher may send ETR Bible (recommended) with instructions on how to use it.
d. Teacher need not grade Advanced English. Student has grading sheets.

1) Early mailing: At NEW BIRTH, Lesson 6, teacher airmails Advanced ENGLISH Book 2. EMAIL as an attachment is possible and may be necessary.
2) Advanced ENGLISH Book 2 (Structure & Written Expression) is airmailed.
3) Teacher may order ETR Bible (highly recommended) with instructions on how to use it.

a. Teacher sends Advanced Bible lessons, Book 2 -- NEW LIFE. Multiple lessons may be sent.
b. Teacher continues through Advanced Bible - NEW LIFE.

1) Early mailing: At NEW LIFE, Lesson 6, teacher airmails Advanced ENGLISH Book 3. EMAIL as an attachment is possible and may be necessary.
2) Advanced ENGLISH Book 3 (Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension) is airmailed.
3) Teacher may order ETR Bible (highly recommended) with instructions on how to use it.

a. Teacher sends Advanced Bible lessons, Book 3 -- THE CHURCH. Multiple lessons may be sent.
b. Teacher continues through Advanced Bible - THE CHURCH.
c. Teacher sends diploma by postal mail for Advanced Course. Emailed image with names written in can be done when the students has a good printer.

At appropriate times, the teacher enlists others to find missionary contact in student’s country for closure. Campaigners travel to some countries at various times, especially in July – September and may make contacts.
Businessmen travel and may make contacts at various times in the year.

NOTE: serious English students will want help preparing for the TOEFL. Timing is important to them and they often do not have enough time to complete WEI’s English course before the TOEFL. Make the decision of how to help them – grading their essays, etc. Keeping them studying Bible.

NOTE: serious Bible studies will challenge the student to confirm their faith and willingness to obey. Language differences must be taken into account to assure understanding. When they say that they understand, they may not understand. Cultural differences must be strongly considered in all correspondence. The student may be at serious risk with their government and even with their own family and friends for studying the Bible.

REMEMBER, without a strong relationship established, the student may have little reason to listen to your persuasions.

Part 3 -- Supplies (go to supplies) return to list

You will need a hard copy set of books. You should have both tapes. For each student that completes the course, you will need two diplomas. Order them from WEI by mail, phone or FAX. Or, order them from the EMAIL administrator by eMAIL.

An order blank and prices are on the web under supplies.

Order the following:
Set of six Books (English and Bible) and tapes: Part number SEb
Grading Keys: Part numbers TGE, GKAB, and GKAE
Diplomas: Part numbers ED, and AED

World English Institute
1525 NW Division
Gresham OR 97030
Phone: 503-661-0348
FAX: 503-666-8309
EMAIL orders to with “Order” in the Subject line.
Credit cards are not accepted.
You will be billed for the books and tapes ($7.75 with 10 diplomas each). Postage cost will be added to the bill.

You will be billed at the end of the month and payment will be due then.

1. Lessons will be eMAILed to you to get you started.
2. An attached file of all lessons will be sent to you. Watch for the latest update and version.
3. Saving your work: Regularly make backup copies of all student communications. Save to a floppy, another hard drive or other device.

1. Normally, hard copies are not sent to eMAIL students.
2. With “Jump Starting” the cassette Tape No. 1 may not be mailed.
3. To control quality, hard copies of the Advanced English and Tape No. 2 are airmailed where possible.
4. ETR Bibles are available and must be requested by the teacher. A Bible is recommended with the Advanced Lessons.

1. Payment for supplies is often budgeted by churches as Mission Money. Teachers who cannot pay are not required to pay. Students are not to pay. The course is offered FREE!
2. If you cannot pay for books and Bibles (ETR Bible cost is approximately $16.50 each mailed by International Airmail -- $6 material + $10.50 shipping), negotiate payment with the present Administrator, Bob Towell at

The ETR Bible is the Easy-To-Read version of both OT and NT that is quoted in WEI’s lessons. It is a reliable version. If you want to see more of it, go to Tips for Teachers. See the index.

Your student expects a diploma at the end of the Basic Course and another at the end of the Advanced Course. Get these from Oregon. Mail the appropriate diploma at the appropriate time.

Part 4 – Starting your student  return to list

Order your lesson books, but do not wait to send lessons to your student.

At the outset, introduce yourself simply. Assume that your student speaks and reads English poorly. So, use short sentences and give very little detail about yourself. Make an effort to become their friend. There will be many times later where you can tell all about your degrees, your accomplishments, and your high paying job should it become important. You may never reveal this kind of detail. Consider that an American is rich and affluent in their eyes and too much detail can make them jealous or simply unable to communicate. Instead, tell them that you like to be simple and want to be their friend. Offer to answer their questions about getting started. Feedback from the field indicates that we need to be simpler in giving instructions. In suggesting that they send their photograph, be careful not to make them obligated to you. They may not have a way to scan a photograph or maybe they don’t have a camera. One or two short paragraphs in your welcome will work best of all.

A new student needs immediate attention. To "jump start" new students, the Welcome Letter and Introductory lesson is sent to them by Bob Towell. When the lesson is returned, we grade it and return it to the student. You will receive the graded Introductory Lesson with comments to the student when it is returned. All personal information and correspondence to the student will be sent to you. Then it will be your turn to send the English and Bible lessons with your personal welcome.

We recommend that you send one lesson at a time at first, i.e., English Book 1, Lesson 1, and Bible Book 1, Lesson No. 1. Increase the number of lessons, as you know your student. Work up to 7, the entire book to reduce your workload.

Some students are motivated to do one lesson at a time -- Filipinos especially. Receiving more than one lesson is an overload and they might quit. Some want the whole Book -- all 7 lessons at once (14 actually). If you delay, they may quit. Start slowly and escalate. Or, they may want to move faster because they are smart or in need to meet a deadline. They might not be as inquisitive and will miss some Bible message when allowed to go too fast. Plant and water is the rule! Talk with them.

Let them know that you are sending the following books:

English Book 1, Lesson 1, and
Bible Book 1, Lesson 1

You probably don't need to send how-to instructions. If you do, you can send the following steps to your student. Edit the instructions to suit yourself and send them if it becomes advisable.

: Copy/paste your lesson into your word processor. (See below to learn how to copy & paste.)

We recommend you copy each lesson into your favorite word processor to work on it.

STEP 2: Save the Lesson.

If you are working on a computer in an Internet Café, ask if they can print your eMAIL. It is usually available to you. Also, ask them to help you copy the lesson to a floppy.

If you have your own computer, create folders on your hard drive and file your lessons there. In Microsoft Windows, folders might be…

C:\My Documents\WEI Lessons\Filename. Use Windows Explorer to make folders and to copy/paste files. You may choose to save all lessons and the quizzes that are returned to you.

STEP 3: Study your lesson.

Study the English lesson first and then the Bible lesson. The English lesson has new vocabulary to learn. When you have studied the lessons and are ready to send the answers, edit the quiz indicating your answers in the quiz. Write out your answers to the Thought Questions. You may ask any question you want in the quiz section to be sent to your teacher.

STEP 4: Send your quizzes.

Please send the answers only and not the entire lesson. It is easily done by a copy/paste procedure.

Please, do not send attachments unless your teacher agrees with you to send attachments. Attachments of photos are acceptable.

You may wish to do all of your work inside the eMAIL window. To send only the quiz, first select it. Then, in the “Return” mode, you can edit and type in your answers to the quiz.

Put in the Subject window: WEI Book No., English or Bible, Lesson No.
Keep this format for all lessons.

Lessons for C-hina should NOT have anything in the subject line for security reasons. You might make it Hello from Bob.

STEP 5: Reviewing your quizzes.

You teacher will grade your lesson, answer your questions, and return it to you. When you receive it, save it. Review the quiz and the lesson being sure you understand the lesson. You may ask questions any time.

COPY & PASTE PROCEDURE return to list
Your PC has a special memory where you can temporarily store text (copy to) and from which you can paste to a word processor or to the eMAIL message window (paste into).


ANSWER: Select the text you want to copy using the LEFT mouse button and drag over the part. Open the other window where you want to paste. Paste the copy into the desired window using the RIGHT mouse button.

You can copy/past the entire lesson or only the quiz, a paragraph, phrase, a word, or even just a letter.

Use the LEFT button of the mouse to select the part you want to copy and then use the RIGHT button to perform the copy and paste steps.

1. Open a lesson in eMAIL or in your word processor.

2. Note: Your Windows operating system will allow you to have many files open at a single time. You do not need to close the open file (lesson) to open the other window.

Use Alt-Tab to go between your word processor and mail or another file that is open.

3. "Select" the part you want to copy.

You may do this with the LEFT button of the mouse and drag over the text you want to select (the quiz).

OR, you may “SELECT ALL,” by using the pull down under Edit (to select all),

OR, you may “SELECT ALL,” by using the keyboard Ctrl + A keys simultaneously (to select all).

4. Return to the other window, eMAIL or word processor window, and paste the copied lesson into mail. To paste, use the RIGHT mouse button.

Part 5 – Teaching Grammar return to list

Watch those idioms. Watch phrases like "up to speed." The following, "I put my pants on just like you, one leg at a time" will not be understood. So, “Fix it!” What does "fix" mean? Watch those word choices. We may use words talking to each other that we shouldn't use with students.

Write in simple sentence structure at first: subject + predicate. Later, teach by using more complex sentences. WEI lessons are written in 4th grade American English. This will be hard for some students and too easy for others. For the more advanced student, use complex sentences. Use them accurately to demonstrate proper grammar.

WEI's books are not a bad place to check if you have forgotten a grammar rule.

Common errors in our culture are “I seen…” for “I saw…”(past tense of see), “Him and I…,” for “He and I…”and others like this.

Our students came to us for help with English improvement. Don't let them down -- or WEI!

The “THOUGHT QUESTIONS” of each Bible lesson is the best place to correct their English. By correcting some or all of their writings in this section, good progress can be made.

One way to teach grammar to a foreign student is to…
1) Rewrite the sentence and 2) Recite the rules.

Example 1:
Student’s sentence: Whatever happens to me may have God' meanings, so I should not discourage myself and continue conduct God' commands. God always bless people who obey him.

GRAMMAR HELP: Whatever happened to me may be for God's purpose, so I should not be discouraged and should continue to obey God's commands. God always blesses people who obey him.

++ Sentence structure: Phrase + comma + compound sentence. Keep sentences simple.
++ Whatever happened…+ (,) + so I should not be discouraged…and should continue… God …blesses…
++ Use the past tense of happen: happens, happened, will happen – present, past, and future tense. (Tense tells time.)
++ The possessive of God is God's.
++ Choose the word “purpose” instead of “meaning.” God has a purpose for you.
++ Use "continue to conduct" or "continue in God's ways" or "continue to obey." Note the next sentence where you used obey. Keep it the same in this sentence – to obey.
++ God always blesses... Use 3rd person present tense – God blesses me, you, and them.

Example 2:
Student’s sentence: Adam and Eve became one because God hopes they love each other and help each other.

GRAMMAR HELP: Adam and Eve became one, because God hoped that they would love and help each other.
++ Sentence structure: Simple sentence + preposition + simple sentence.
++ Subject + verb + object + preposition + subject + verb + compliment (or object)
++ Adam and Eve + became + one + because + God + hoped + that they…
++ Use the paste tense. This story is in the past tense.
++ They became: they are becoming, they became, they will become – present continuous, past, future tense.
++ Use the past tense: God hopes, God hoped, God will hope -- present, past, future tense. (Tense tells time.)

Part 6 The TOEFL return to list

This exam is required to enter universities and colleges in the USA. It is like the SAT, but much harder. Most of our students have signed up with us because they want to pass the TOEFL. It is our obligation to help them. The Advanced English Lessons are designed to help them with this exam.

This may require more English teaching than you prefer, but if you want to win their souls, this is where you will meet your student. I recommend that you offer to grade their practice essays. Some may want to establish an Instant Message connection to you so they can ask questions on-line. To do this, go to or and download the Instant Message program. You can determine time zones and agree on a time to correspond by IM. This can be exciting and very rewarding. It will give you personal time with your student. Most of the time, your conversation will give you opportunity to influence their love for the gospel. Use Skype for a more intimate connection and conversation.

WEI's Advanced English lessons are not suitable for eMAIL  because of the many columns of information. They can be attached in most cases. So, you may choose to send a hard copy or you may negotiate with your student to send the entire book as an attachment – all 40 pages. Some countries will not permit postal mail and you will need to negotiate an attachment. Tape No. 2 is recommended for Advanced Book 1; however, the text is in their material. Another could read it to them.

But, the ADVANCED BIBLE LESSONS are to be sent by eMAIL.

We recommend that orders for the Advanced English books be placed early. For Advanced Book 1 – Listening, order at the completion of Basic Book 3, Lesson 5. International Airmail takes 3-4 weeks for delivery to your student.

Note: mail to some countries may never be delivered. Nigeria does not allow mail from the USA. Iran listens to every tape entering the country. Alternatives are attachment or a missionary who can mail it inside the country. A missionary may take several months or even longer to deliver. God will find a way if you persist!

Note: if all 3 English books are sent at one time, you may never hear from your student again. Keep them studying Bible as they study the Advanced English lessons.

Advanced English Book 1 – Listening + Tape No. 2. Order early.
Advanced English Book 2 – Writing. Order early.
Advanced English Book 3 -- Vocabulary & Reading. Order early.

At this point, tell your student that the Advanced English books and cassette tape are on the way and ask them to let you know when he/she receives it.

Part 7 – Resources return to list

A private group eMAILing address is available for those who subscribe. This is a closed group where you may send mail to all teachers. In turn, you will receive all mail sent to the group. You can ask for help in answering questions of your student, in finding a missionary for your student, to distribute WEI related information to the group, and to receive updates on teaching. Use it meaningfully. It’s for you.

To subscribe, send an empty message to Upon acceptance by our administrator, you can send and receive.

Privacy note: not all eMAIL teachers have registered. At anytime, you can view the eMAIL addresses of registered teachers by going to You may unsubscribe at anytime without approval.

To Subscribe:

To post a message:

To unsubscribe:

Benchmark these for quick access at home or away from home.

1. Supplies:

2. PC Help: #Tip 21

3. Grading keys: write for help

4. The advanced grading key can be accessed from the basic key or from

5. Note: This is a private address. There are no links to this URL. You must enter it into your browser to go there. Do NOT give it away. These addresses may be changed periodically so as not to compromise security.

6. Teacher's answers and comments:

You can copy/paste these answers and comments into your eMAIL. They should be read carefully and edited before sending to your student. You may need to explain the meaning of the references when sending a Bible quotation. For example, “Acts” (This is a book in the Bible that tells of the church before 100 AD.)

7. Links -- Go to the home page of and click on "Links."

  • Bible study helps are available -- translations, concordances, dictionaries, and other helps.

  • How to find a church near to your student -- WARNING: Many churches listed are non-institutional, all black, or churches that may not be suitable for your student. Write and/or call before recommending a church. The cult, “International Church of Christ” is highly advertised.

  • One way to find the addresses of missionaries is to be aware that we can help each other. We maintain a database of all European missionaries, churches and people interested in evangelism.  Write to us at or to get addresses quickly.

  • World Religions -- Links to ACU and other resources.

  • Denominational errors -- Know your Bible; know other doctrines. Ask if you have any doubts.,

Part 8 – Guidelines for watering return to list

As teachers, we "plant and water" and God gives the increase. One very important watering step is to facilitate contact of your student with a missionary in the field.

Make very few assumptions about your student.

  • Take them where they are and lead them to where God wants them.

  • Very early in your relations exchange photos and personal interest.

  • Always compliment them on their work.

  • Always be gentle and loving, especially when teaching against error.

  • Always stress your interest and willingness to answer their questions.

  • Answer them by asking a question of them.

  • Learn from them when they have a particular interest, especially a religious interest.

  • Give exceptional care to their personal lives when beginning the Advanced Lessons.

  • Respect their culture and government by avoiding issues.

  • Use your resources to resolve difficult questions.

  • Use the Bible as God’s powerful tool.

  • Contact your student while you are on mission trips.

  • Invite them to meet you when they are in the USA.

  • Contact the missionary in a nearby city. They attend the workshops held in the US.

  •  Arrange for a missionary in their city to meet them.

  • Connect with them using Skype

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Many students from VN and China have registered, from Communist countries. Missionaries, humanitarian workers and businessmen who go there are monitored continually.

This means that YOU must be extremely careful what you say to any student. PLEASE CONSIDER EVERYONE A POTENTIAL INFORMER -- "secret shopper."

As you build your relationships and teach, do so without any reference to politics, the previous war, or any connections whatever to a missionary, humanitarian worker or businessman. NEVER GIVE OUT NAMES or ADDRESSES. Just enjoy your friendship. Build it. Teach the gospel message. Keep the English side strong.

In mailing to Vietnam there are to be no markings on the package indicating what is inside. Should you send mail to your students do not put more on the outside than your personal name and address. MAKE NO MENTION of WEI … “BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL!”

If all else fails in sending lessons, have your student open another email account.

All mail including attachments and images are encrypted. Only with a password can the mail be read by anyone. You will have to send by hushmail, and they will have to use their hushmail to read the mail.


Should you receive strange mail from these countries, do not respond to it. Delete it from your computer. You may send it to Bob Towell.

Bob Towell, & Jan Towell,

Part 10: Dealing with Computer Viruses return to list

1. It is highly recommended that you do NOT ACCEPT attachments from your students. Attachments may contain viruses that your student is unaware of. Your virus protection system may not be updated and catch those that are real. Unreal viruses are called HOAX. Many hoax viruses tell you how to remove them when they are actually leading you to delete Windows files that are part of your computer’s operating system.

2. Protect yourself and your students from Internet viruses.
Subscribe to a virus software service – McAfee or Norton and many others are reliable.
Always, virus check incoming mail.
NEVER double click or open an unchecked file with *.exe extension!

3. Never send mail from an infected computer.

4. You are advised to follow these rules for controlling viruses sent to students and other teachers:

  • Do not forward or send these warnings until you have taken several CRITICAL STEPS. If such a virus is transmitted by email, you will just be sending it out to all of your friends.

  • First: go to McAfee or Norton on the web and see if the virus is real or a hoax.

You can go to Norton and research for the same information.

If you have the name of a virus, you MAY find it with your Start/Find/Files buttons. BUT DON'T DELETE IT JUST YET.

IMPORTANT: Let your Virus Protection SW find it and delete it as appropriate.

  • Search for the virus with an UPDATED version of your virus checker.

  • Before you say Yes to ANY PROGRAM regarding whether you should delete it, do the following:

    • Read any and all instruction on the web at McAfee or Norton regarding how to delete the thing. There may be a special program to download and run. You can find it on the web. (Note: you may have another virus checker. Check with every resource you have.) Research BEFORE YOU ACT can save you a lot of pain!

  • REALLY! Do your homework BEFORE even using McAfee. Would Norton be better? Maybe! Maybe not! Reports say they are about equal but McAfee should have given me instructions instead of simply asking me to respond Yes or No.

  • Get some advise from someone who has dealt with any particular virus, especially if it is on the high-risk list. Call your computer service person.

  • BACKUP everything that you want to keep BEFORE YOU ACT on a virus. Your files will not be contaminated. Your programs may be, however.

5. If you wish to be benevolent and warn your friends about a virus, please make certain of two things:

  • That you have a clean hard drive, i.e., the virus is not on your computer. If you do send any mail about a real virus, tell them that your computer is clean.

  • Make sure it is not a hoax. Save your friends a lot of unnecessary time. And, avoid sending around bogus information!


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Tip # 26 Mail with WBS System  -- See update at
(This record is rather old. You need to consult with WEBS for the present method.)

(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, (This list may be out of date; so, write for updated information.)






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
Teacher's Name and Code World Bible School
Private Bag: #13
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
WBSP.O. Box 20688
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
P.O. Box 3543
Kano.Kano State
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
PMB: 3029
Surulere, Lagos State
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
WBS Private Bag X10
Boksburg l459
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
PMB: 6570
Moshi, Kilimanjaro
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
P.O. Box 33536
Teacher's Name and Code
World Bible School
Private Bag: A 6115
Avondale, Harare

 * 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 # 27: 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 to be appreciated.

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

Click here to go to that page.

Bob Patterson,

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Tip # 28: 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

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Tip # 30: 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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Tip # 31: 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 # 32: Email Made Easier

Dear friend,

I have some suggestions to make our email experience easier and safer.

Since most email programs allow for multiple email addresses, please consider using a receiver-friendly email address such as and, like ours. Addresses such as and  and are confusing, since

    1. You can't recognize who the person is right away, unless you get email from them regularly. (It could be someone sending a virus, either accidentally or intentionally.)
    2. Unless you hit REPLY or copy-paste them, you will probably type them wrong because...
    3. You should avoid using number one(1) or lower case L(l) or zero(0) or capital oh(O) in an email address, because each pair often gets typoed. I have a friend who is haunted by her address. Is she Karen zero or Karen 0gden?
    4. Don't let your new Internet Service Provider assign your email address such as They don't think about the confusion it may cause.
    5. You may say, "Well, I have a common name that is already taken." My real name is Robert Shaw, nickname Pete, and there are about 3 or 4 gazillion Robert Shaws in the world. Ditto for Amanda Shaw. We did get lucky with using our nicknames. Nicknames are fine, as long as people can recognize you right away. If your name is John Smith, you may need to use john_taylor_smith or jack_t_smith or smith_jack. Some email programs let you use dashes (-) too. You may have to experiment to get one that is recognizable. (No, hackers cannot empty your bank accounts if they have your real name.)
    6. I also use signatures, which are nice. You make two or three and just decide how much info you want to reveal:
        Robert W. "Pete" Shaw
        Dexter, Missouri USA

        Robert W. "Pete" Shaw
        16775 Christian Drive
        Dexter, MO 63841 USA
        Phone: 573-624-3452

2. Concerning sending email, the SUBJECT line is important too. (I know, we all have forgotten to put one in at times, and it shows "No Subject" or is blank.) Some virus-spreading hackers use "A card for you!" or some other catchy title. If we use practical headings like "From Pete Shaw", then it is very convenient and safe. If you don't know the sender, then be sure and do not open any attachments. When deleting, be sure and also delete it from the deleted folder.
3. Concerning the latter, we have a Norton anti-virus program that scans all emails coming in and going out (and a pop-up box gives a warning and fix), so it protects us and you. AV programs are not free, but good insurance.
4. If you don't have a firewall such as the FREE Zone Alarm, you may want to get one. Especially if you have DSL, Satellite, or some other high-speed Internet access which are more vulnerable to hackers, since they are "always on."

I do not sell software, and I don't mind if you double-delete this message right now. I just want us all to have convenient safe email.


Robert W. "Pete" Shaw
16775 Christian Drive
Dexter, MO 63841 USA
Phone: 573-624-3452
posted 1/22/03

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Tip # 33: 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:  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:  Click here to listen.

The second audio link makes possible for one to listen to every Bible lesson in the Basic 3 books. This is a great feature now possible because of Bob Towell's ( effort. 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.

Comments are those of Bob Patterson,
Bob Towell:

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 Tip 37:  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.


Amzanig huh? Yaeh and yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt

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 Tip 38: Seminar

  1. 119 PowerPoint slide show suitable for class room or a preaching seminar.

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