Jan 15, 2017
Speaking/Listening 41 Views
When you first start learning the French language or the German language, or any second language, the fastest way to "open mouth, insert foot" is to use idioms like the one I just did. Idioms can make for idiots. Not really, but I love alliteration.
The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't translate at all into the second language.
Here are some examples of idioms in American English:
· brain dead. Is your brain really dead? Of course not.
· I am full. What part of you is actually "full"? What are you full of? Don't say it. I know what you're thinking.
· What's up? "up" to a non-English speaker is in an upward direction, over one's head. The sky is up. The sun is up.
Jan 14, 2017
Teacher Training 35 Views
The present teacher education and training environment in England is characterised by schools and university partnerships and school-based only frameworks. There are however an increasing body of 'independent' teacher education providers. Out of this 'new' thinking has emerged labels and entities such as School Direct, Teach First, Troops to Teachers and School-Centred Initial Teacher Training.
This occurrence suggests that increasingly, research in teacher education and training is being carried out in a variety of schools' contexts. This also provides researchers with a larger 'ground' in which to work and a diverse array of potential respondents and participants.
While there is always a 'downside' some may argue that the positives (such as the potential for 'rich data' and increased understanding of teacher education and training issue based on a wider pool of participants) out-weight the potential negatives--some are highlighted later in this article. Additionally, the highlighted ...
Jan 14, 2017
E-Learning/CALL 43 Views
Today E-Learning has taken Centre-stage in almost every sphere of education and development. Students, corporate trainers, trainees, vocational professionals and many more are taking advantage of this revolution that technology has presented.
But despite all the convenience, there are some key structural aspects that cannot be shrugged just because the given subject is being tackled in an E-Learning format.
E-Learning translation services come into the picture when ace players in the market take the inherent power of this platform to another level by making translation a strong pillar of the service. These services go an extra length to fix some common loopholes and also add to the core module by augmenting some crucial areas.
One important part is that the essence of the learning curriculum is not lost during any translation leaks. E-Learning translation has to maintain some significant strength areas that a good such a module originally comes with; like the relevance of the content, ...
Choosing an English teaching career is a difficult task for the students. With the help of native organizations the factors to worry one can remove the worries. There are several career perspectives that the ESL teaching jobs open before an individual. Minimum qualification for the post of English teachers abroad is graduation. There are a lot more to the just the designation. People get to learn a new language, explore the cultural history of the country and at the same time acquire some boost for the career graph later.
Associated with the career of ESL jobs are various common mistakes that can change a person's experience. It is advisable that people do not land up making such mistakes. Avoiding these mistakes can help them receive the most out of the career of an ESL teaching abroad. Following are few mistakes that people often land up doing while choosing the job:
1. Doing it Yourself:
The most common mistake one ends up doing is choosing to work on the matter alone. Numerous ...
Kazakhstan is not usually the first place you think of when you're debating working abroad but it's the new place to be with a huge educational reform occurring in recent years. There are a number of opportunities available for any teachers searching for an exciting work experience in such a unique country so is definitely worth considering!
NIS (Nazarbayev Intellectual School Network) have schools in a number of locations throughout Kazakhstan which are bringing a programme of educational reform to the country. It aims to encourage a new way of educating students and is keen to enlist the help of qualified and experienced English speaking teachers to really push the project forward. A specific role for these foreign teachers is to work in collaboration with the local teachers, supporting and mentoring with planning, assessing and teaching. By taking up the offer of a job in one of these schools you can learn from the local teachers as well as teach them, you can share knowledge and ...