Welcome to my website!

Welcome to MissBuswell.com! This is the place where people around the world come to improve their English speaking, listening and reading. Visit my BLOG page to read blog posts on a variety of English-language topics. Click on PODCASTS to hear my "Ten Questions ESL Podcast". Go to VIDEOS to watch short videos that will help you improve your English, and check out E-BOOKS to see short digital books that go along with my podcasts and videos. You can also look below to see the latest things that I have posted in any category.

TQ 004 Shiyi from China

In this episode I talk to Shiyi (Eleven) who is a good friend of Tammy, the Chinese student i interviewed in the second podcast. She talks about her love of traveling, the interesting seminar she went to in Thailand, and she also teaches us how to say 11, 12 and 13 in Chinese. Do you know the word “ukulele”? She said it’s an instrument that she wants to learn to play sometime. 

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TQ 003 Gerry from Canada

Gerry is from Canada, but he has lived in several different countries, including several years in Italy. He teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) at Guangxi University in Nanning, China. He’s my next-door neighbor. In this episode listen to Gerry talk about Italian and Canadian customs and food. He also gives advice about improving your English. Do you know these words that he uses: “fluke” and “stepbrother”? 

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Podcast logo

My graphic artist has finished the logo for my podcast! I’m finishing work on the first four or five podcasts and will submit them to iTunes very soon. Here’s the logo:


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English Listening, Speaking and Reading (no Writing?)

In this blog and on this website I will be focusing on listening, speaking and reading. For the last four years I have been teaching listening and speaking, and reading to university freshmen (first year of university). Before that I mainly taught speaking to English majors in universities. In China this class is called Oral English. I am very comfortable teaching speaking, and have learned to teach listening and reading in these last four years. That’s why I will be focusing on these three basic skills of English. I will also talk about vocabulary (which is vital for all four of the skills), Western culture and cultural differences. Every now and then I’ll talk about grammar, but it won’t be often. :-) I’ll be giving you information and advice. Sometimes you may disagree with me (or your English teacher may disagree with me). Not a problem. Tell me why you disagree and we can talk about it in the comment section. I have a list of 35 blog topics I want to write about, and every few days I think of another topic. One of the topics that I’ll write about sometime is called, “Why you shouldn’t read ‘Pride and Prejudice'”! I think many people will disagree with me, but you’ll have to wait until I write it so that you can see what my main point is.

One thing I have not mentioned yet is writing, which is one of the four basic skills. I have taught writing twice in my career in China and I didn’t like it. I especially didn’t like grading all of those papers! I enjoy teaching speaking, listening and reading, but have no enthusiasm for teaching writing. Maybe I’ll mention writing from time to time, but it won’t be a focus of this blog or website. Speaking, listening and reading will be the focuses of this blog and website.

The target audience for this website

When I write for this blog and when I make podcasts, e-books and videos, I will keep my target audience in mind. (“Target audience” means the people that I am writing for, and that I am hoping will read this.) I think there are four basic categories of people who will read this blog and be interested in the other things I offer on this website:

  1. University students who are English majors or who enjoy learning English. Possibly some older secondary school students will also be interested.
  2. Young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s who need to improve their English skills for their jobs or for career advancement.
  3. Secondary school and university students who want to study in an English-speaking country.
  4. Teachers of English who are looking for ideas for their classes.

When I write a blog post, most of the time I will writing for all four of these categories, though occasionally I will be focusing on the special needs of just one of them.

Even though I teach in China, this blog and this website is for people around the world who want to improve their English.

Welcome from Nancy Buswell

Hi, and welcome to my blog and welcome to the MissBuswell.com website! I’m so pleased and excited that you are here. I’ve never written a blog before and certainly have never made my own website before. I’ve had quite a learning curve (the time it takes to learn something) and am happy that my website has finally gone live (that is, can be seen by everybody, not just by me while I have been working on it).

My name is Nancy Buswell. You can call me “Nancy” or you can call me “Miss Buswell”. For most of my teaching career my students have called me “Miss Buswell”, which is why I chose that as the name of my website. (On the other hand, when I taught at a bilingual [two languages] school in Mexico my young students called me “Miss Nancy”, or just “Miss”, which was the tradition at that school.) I’m from the U.S. state of Arkansas, which is in the southern part of the country. It’s not in South America, it’s in the southern part of the U.S. I grew up in Little Rock, the capitol of Arkansas. In university I studied to become a music teacher and band director. My first job was teaching band in a small town in Arkansas. After that I got my master’s degree and then a job teaching in Torreon, Mexico. Later I worked in Vienna, Austria doing secretarial work and occasionally teaching English, then I moved to China and started teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) at universities. I thought I would just stay in China a few years, then go to another country, but I found that I enjoyed my life and my work there, so I’m still working there after 16 years. I go home every winter for about five weeks to see my family and friends; sometimes I go home in the summer, too.

Some of my main interests are rabbits, bikes, and learning foreign languages. I had a pet rabbit named Qingqing for 2 1/2 years when I lived in Xi’an, China. Unfortunately, she got sick and died. I like riding bikes, but haven’t ridden one for about two years because I have had a sore knee. My knee is better now, so I really should try riding again. I like the idea of taking bike trips, and have taken three very short trips. My favorite sport to watch is cycling. I love the bike races like the Tour de France and the one-day spring classics. I also like learning foreign languages, though to tell the truth I don’t spend a lot of time on it. I speak German and Spanish, though not fluently, and can understand some French, but can’t speak it. I am working at learning Russian, Italian, Dutch and Norwegian, and would like to learn Arabic, but the alphabet scares me! I can also speak and understand some Chinese, though I can only read a little. I have a lifelong goal of being able to understand ten languages. So far I have chosen nine of them. I wonder which other language I will choose to learn?