Aug 28, 2014 E-Learning/CALL 1810 Views
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Aug 25, 2014 English Language Teaching (ELT) 369 Views
Idea # 1: A Different Ending
In a high school ESL class in Bangkok, I wrote a quick story about a student in rural Northern Thailand who had an after school detention for listening to his IPod in class. Having missed his bus, he had to walk home. Taking a shortcut, he passed a large overhanging rock and suddenly noticed a tiger sitting beside the rock. He offered a prayer and promise never to use his IPod in class again if he was allowed to escape with his life. Two young tiger cubs suddenly appeared beside the mother and then scampered away up the hill. The mother followed and Pan, the boy, was able to get away safely and run the rest of the way home.
I had the class read the story aloud (good reading and speaking practice). Then, I have them an assignment to write an alternate ...
Aug 25, 2014 Other 277 Views
The first claim the newsletter makes is this:
the Common Core State Standards set clear, consistent goals that build upon each other at each grade level...
provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn... Note the words clear and consistent. With those, I have no argument. I'm sure they'll be clear and consistent... and less academically rigorous than what we now have in place, which is less academically rigorous than what we had in place previous to those... previous to those... etc.
The newsletter claims Standards do not equal curriculum or lesson plans! so ...
Aug 25, 2014 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 276 Views
There are two essays for the writing section of the TOEFL:
- Integrated essay
- Independent essay
It is essential to understand both the essays and the questions each essay has in order to obtain a high score on the TOEFL. In this article we will have a look at the independent writing task, which is the second task in the writing section. Independent writing task is the best thing to focus upon, if you want to score high in TOEFL.
What is an independent writing task?
The Independent writing task tests your ability to compose an essay expressing your ...
Aug 25, 2014 Writing 296 Views
1. Have I read my writing?
Does my writing have all the ideas I wanted to include?
2. Does my writing make sense?
Is the story in the right sequence? Are there any confusing words or phrases?
3. Have I left out any words?
You can leave out 'little' words because your mind works faster than you can write.
The next four deal with the presentation, particularly punctuation.
4. Do my sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop?
5. Are there 'talking marks' around words that people say?
6. When I read my writing, do I have a comma or a full stop when I pause?
7. Is it ...