Before arriving in Colombia I took a short TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) course, which at least provided me with the basic teaching skills required. My first job teaching English here was for an institute. After arriving and settling down, I visited various English language schools, dropped off my CV, was invited to various interviews by some, and even did some tests to prove I knew the language well enough to teach it.
The tests taught me the first thing you need to know if you are considering teaching English as a foreign language - just because you are a native speaker, doesn't mean you know the language well enough to teach it. The tests some of the language schools gave me proved that there were rules and parts of speech in my language that I didn't know existed. I spoke the language very well, but instinctively, without knowing the basic grammar rules or structure. I remember in one interview in those early days I was asked to prepare a short ten minute class ...
Ask any linguist if people control language or does language control them and you will get reasoning and answers completely different each time. Thus, it is a conundrum always open for debate. We know that humans process information using the words that they speak, the definitions of these words and their meanings are therefore omnipresent in their minds and subconscious as they go about their daily endeavors. One professor put it to me this way;
"Are people whose first language is one of the romance languages with their gender assignments to all nouns more outgoing in their expression of affections? If so, is it because of the language, or did some early Italian tribes that had that attribute evolve a language that was attuned to their culture? We can spin the globe and ask similar questions about the linkage between cultural norms and the attributes of the local language that seem to be at least attuned to those norms. I suspect that there is no easy answer to this question."
Apr 29, 2016
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 299 Views
Writing a good I.E.L.T.S. essay for either the general or academic I.E.L.T.S. test is perhaps one of the most challenging parts of taking the I.E.L.T.S. exam. Firstly, the student has to understand how to write an essay (this involves analysing the question) and then, the student needs to write the essay in a foreign language, using a set of rules which often seem obscure. Remember, abstract reasoning and writing is generally, not the easiest task for native speakers. I mean that as well as writing in a foreign language, the student is often learning how to write a short essay for the first time.
One way that a student can approach the task is to look for different types of question. For example, the question type maybe:
an argument inviting you to explore advantages and disadvantages
a hidden argument - these questions usually ask "to what extent...?", "In what way...?" or "how has...changed?"
a situation, where you need to suggest and explore reasons, causes and solutions to ...
by Jonathan Zeen Yick Quek
Apr 29, 2016
Learning Methodology 235 Views
In today's society, a pervasive view still persists that a person's intelligence is innate, fixed by the genes, and cannot be altered significantly by the environment, be it the influence of parental nurturing or early childhood education. Apart from the overwhelming anecdotes over the Internet of parents who swear by the success of their early teaching efforts on their little ones, some as young as babies, scientific evidence has been steadily accruing over the years to point to an indisputable fact: There is a critical stage in the early development of a child's brain when the right environmental stimulation will give beneficial effects that last throughout life.
The Beginnings Of Early Learning
The idea that the early part of a child's life is closely correlated with his future intelligence is not exactly a new idea. In the 1950s, a passionate pioneer of early childhood education arose by the name of Glenn Doman. He is a physical therapist, who was working with ...
Apr 8, 2016
Lesson Planning 894 Views
Understanding the parts of a lesson plan is among the first steps in closing the achievement gap. It is only when teachers can plan lessons effectively that they will be able to teach all their students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, sex or culture.
Lesson plans are a common feature in the lives of most teachers. Without a well written plan, teachers will be ill prepared, and this will affect their ability to close the achievement gap. Writing a quality lesson plan can be a challenging task for teachers and they may sometimes engage the help of websites which provide writing services for teachers. These websites that assist or give information on writing services for teachers and are widely available on the net and are a great resource for teachers around the world. They help in a variety of areas such as writing a lesson plan. When writing a the lesson there are a few guidelines that can be used as to build up and effective program. They include:
Goals These help ...