Hi, everybody. I'm Mick from China. I chose to come to this writing forum because I love writing. Although my mother tongue is not English, I think it lots of fun to write something in this foreign language. I began to learn English not too early in my life, since junior middle school maybe. But my interest in this funny language has continued to grow all through the years. Now, I'm teaching Chinese students (non-English-majors, to be exact) writing in English. Some of my students began their English learning ever since their 4th grade in the primary school. Still, when I was grading and commenting on their writing exercises, I came across the problem shared by all teachers teaching English to non-native speakers. In fact, I felt how difficult it is to unknot the knot that has long been made by someone else and how impossible it is to change the grooves in wooden board or the spot pattern of a leopard. The students just write in the English language naturally following their 'inborn' habits in writing in Chinese. Their articles make an English reader feel as if a Chinese were speaking to him, using English (sometimes seriouly broken). I'm both dismayed and interested in this curious phenomenon. That is why I have lost my heart and interest in this kind of teaching. I come here to learn more about writing in English in the hope of assimilating ideas from others which are helpful in teaching writing. I hope that you can help me and that my contribution here will be of any help to others as well.