Kunming Medical University Foreign Expert Michael
Krigline's new English Writing book was released on April 2, and 20
university leaders, foreign experts and students joined him to celebrate.
The textbook is the result of a six-year process involving input from
around the globe.
The advanced English writing textbook, Successful
Writing for the Real World (高级实用英语写作),
is available from China's leading English textbook publisher: Foreign
Language Teaching and Research Press (外语教学与研究出版社).
Focused on producing authentic English for the "real world" outside campus
walls, the book's three sections (Writing Skills, Types of Writing, and
the Better Writing Study Guide) teach learners to communicate through
clear and simple English.
Mr. Krigline hosted the party at nearby Chuangyi
Yingguo. Honored guests included Dr. Liu Hong, head of the KMU Foreign
Affairs Office, and Vice-Dean Shang Li from the university Graduate
Department, along with several foreign experts who work in Kunming and
representatives from the Hong-Kong based Jian Hua Foundation. Some of Mr.
Krigline's students also participated, and particularly enjoyed the
chocolate cake from Dobos and cheesecake from Jiahua bakery.
Technically, the project started in 2002 when Mr.
Krigline was helping Prof. Zheng Shu Tang (郑树棠
proofread New Horizon College English Book 2 (新视野大学英语).
Prof. Zheng, highly respected among China's English teachers, wrote the
preface for Successful Writing, as well as the introduction on the
After moving from Shanghai to Xi'an in 2002, Mr.
Krigline developed advanced writing materials while teaching at NPU (西北工业大学).
First, he adapted the basic writing skills advice in
Secrets of Successful Writing into a textbook. The late DeWitt
Scott poured 40 years of experience as a writer, editor and instructor
into Secrets, showing writers that "simple, conversational language
results in clear writing."
From there, the book grew as chapters were created
to take students past "classroom" writing to practical English writing
that they can use after graduation.
Since 2003, Chinese English-learners, Chinese
teachers, and foreign teachers here and abroad have tested and proofread
the book, adding suggestions which have resulted in a thick (477 pages),
practical resource and study-guide for advanced learners.
You can order the book from your favorite bookstore
using this reference information: ISBN 978-7-5600-7264-7;
List price: 43.90 RMB.
Unlike most Chinese writing textbooks, this book
does not present a pure step-by-step introduction to writing. Instead, it
was designed to give students an interesting variety of lessons while
building important skills and expanding their understanding of English
Real World is actually three books in one,
interwoven to fill an academic year for third-year English majors (or
those at a similar English level).
Writing Skills lessons cover the writing process,
from pre-writing organization to final editing.
Types of Writing lessons introduce eight practical
styles, including academic essays, journalistic writing, product reviews
and basic business correspondence.
The Better Writing Study Guide (four lessons) shows
how to overcome common problems experienced by Chinese English-learners.
Seven boxes like
the one in this photo arrived from the publisher on March 31, 2008.
Opening the boxes gave the Kriglines a good excuse to order a cake and and
celebrate with colleagues, students and friends.
distribute the cake, and enjoyed eating it too!