Edutainment – Bouteiller’s English Teaching in Hong Kong

We shall Overcome by Martin Luther King Jr.
March 27, 2011, 9:17 pm
Filed under: * Poems & Songs - Music *

Do you remember what happened on March 11, 2011?

Have you ever experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake?

What would you do if you were one of those who lived in the aftermath of Japan now?

Recalling this horrible piece of news does bring tears to my eyes. Other than tears, what the Japanese really needs is: hope, strength and unity in the face of the aftermath of the disasters. Here the melody of a gospel/folk song plays in my mind – We shall Overcome.

Back in the 1960’s where the Black went on strike to free themselves from oppression, injustice and inequality in America, Martin Luther King Jr. did a public speech with this song. (See the video on

Personally, in America too, I went into a tragic car accident on the black Friday morning in the month of Christmas in 2002. I was in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital for 13 days. When I was awake again, it was already the Boxing Day. My friends who were flying over to spend the Christmas together had lost contacts with me and did not know where and how to reach me. Physically, I could move nothing of my body but just my eye balls! My spinal core was displaced and my brain bled pretty much!

After a tremendous surgery, I had to learn back how to walk, chew, swallow, mobilize my fingers and even breathe again, as I’d been attached to the breathing machine for a long time. Now that you could see me teaching energetically in front of you, it is really a true live miracle. During all this time, only persistent faith and love could bring me life again!

Therefore, no matter what kinds of difficulties you face, personal or global, remember this song and do believe:

We shall Overcome some day!

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Chan Tai Man (Romeo) 39 & Lee Siu Ling (Juliet) 38

What you waiting for 


A tiresome weekend
March 27, 2011, 8:07 pm
Filed under: * Poems & Songs - Music *, My Weekly Journal

Have you ever tried to study really hard for your tests or exams and the result is unexpectedly disappointing?

Have you ever tried to impress your parents by your glorious test or exam result and your parents don’t appreciate what you’ve got but only see how trivially the marks have been deducted on the same paper?

Have you ever tried to be a good student and your friends start to judge how you want to impress the teachers, make fun of you and finally stay away from you?

I’ve experienced them all when I was young.

In the beginning of this year, I was overly delighted when I received the news that I could come back to teach for 6 weeks. I couldn’t wait to begin last month. There were students being very nice to me and offered me such a warm ‘welcome back’. They had no idea how much I wanted to thank them for their supports. I was on the top of the world!

Thereafter, I have been trying my best to prepare meaningful and playful lessons for my students every day. Until last Friday, when I was going to wish my students a good weekend,

‘Then BANG
Right out of the blue
Something happens to you
To throw you off course
And then you

Yeah you breakdown’

Sorry for bringing up the ‘crazy’ story again, but this was absolutely not a happy way to start the weekend.

My plan was to prepare the lessons for my students next week to watch one of the best Walt Disney movie after their term tests this weekend. Maybe I’m not professional enough. To highlight the funny and meaningful dialogues, scenes and sequence, just to create the worksheets and write the lesson plans, I’ve watched the 96-minute movie countless times over and over…

My weekend is almost over now and just have to agree with the singer JEM – Life is Just A Ride. [Click here for the video:]

‘Truth, we don’t wanna hear
It’s too much to take
Don’t like to feel out of control
So we make our plans
Ten times a day
And when they don’t go
Our way we

Yeah we breakdown
Well don’t you breakdown
Listen to me

It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
No need to run, no need to hide
It’ll take you round and round
Sometimes you’re up
Sometimes you’re down
It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
Don’t be scared
Don’t hide your eyes
It may feel so real inside
But don’t forget it’s just a ride

Life is like a ride of roller coaster. There are definitely ups and downs. What the importance is, when you get off the ride, you could really feel once ‘live’! You’ve tried the best of you with no regrets! Therefore, I’m trying my best to plan fruitful lessons for my students next week despite the awful ‘crazy’ Friday experience. I want my students to learn and earn the credits for their parents, themselves and for their unpredictable and wonderful future.

[Does this format look familiar? Can you adopt this in your upcoming speaking exam? ;-)]

Le Papillon (the butterfly)
March 18, 2011, 10:01 am
Filed under: * Poems & Songs - Music *

Are you stuffed with too many notes and revisions lately during the week of the second term test?

Do you feel like tasting an exotic piece of music for relaxation?

Then, why don’t you have the following video a click? I’m sure that the lovely voice of this French kid can soothe you from the hectic study schedule. 😉 Check it out:

What do you think?

Masterpieces of Newspaper Reading and Writing

26 pieces of homework of my students are posted below. They are all divided into 5 categories:

1. Best of the best homework – Newspaper Reading and Writing

2. Well done pieces of homework – Newspaper Reading and Writing

3. Standard pieces of homework – Newspaper and Writing

4. To-be-better pieces homework – Newspaper Reading and Writing

5. Urging-for-your-improvement pieces of homework – Newspaper Reading and Writing

Can you find yours? You can enhance the standard of the homework quality of a band 1 EMI Secondary school student, can’t you? Keep your level up next time? (I can’t wait to receive your prodigious leaflets next Tuesday!)

What you waiting for by Gwen Stefani
March 9, 2011, 10:13 pm
Filed under: * Poems & Songs - Music *

Song Presentation – What you waiting for

Did you wish that you had spent more time to study for the Verb Table 7 Quiz today?

Have you ever gone home after school, did nothing and time flew too quickly that you wish you had finished all your homework sooner?

Have you ever felt that your holiday is shorter than you thought, that you have a lot of work undone?

If your answers to these questions is yes, then you are a procrastinator!

Gwen Stenfani was a lead singer of a band called No Doubt. One day a manager approached her and convinced her to leave her band and go sole. She grabbed the chance and started off another successful chapter of her career. She could not wait to remind all the youngsters to grab the chance in front of you by her debut single – What you waiting for! Check out the lyrics:

Do you get the message of the song?

Born this way by Lady GaGa
March 9, 2011, 9:53 pm
Filed under: * Poems & Songs - Music *

What is the message behind this song?


The King’s Speech Official Trailer & Film Review
March 6, 2011, 10:46 am
Filed under: * Pop Culture - Film *

The official trailer of the King’s Speech:

Worksheet – Film Reviews – The King’s Speech (Student’s version)

Worksheet – Film Reviews – The King’s Speech (Teacher’s version)

The King’s Speech film review is cited from Check it out: