Oct 5, 2016
Career Development 915 Views
Across the nation it is becoming more and more difficult to recruit classroom teachers. It is not that we are lacking in young folks with special ideology for making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents, it is just that the job is exceeding tough with ever-increasing expectations plus the salary is generally quite low when compared with other professional opportunities with equal education. In addition, no matter how hard a teacher works and applies him/herself, kids are the variables - some get it; some don't; sadly, some won't. But having taught students, future teachers, and new hires for over 45 years, I can tell you that it is fun, exciting, and rewarding job, coupled with bits or worry and frustration. No other profession keeps you young through the insight of kids or on top of understanding and thinking of young minds. It is fascinating, awesome, and gratifying.
Because it is hard to find teachers in most locales, alternatives have been implemented. This ...
Oct 5, 2016
Writing 989 Views
Essays can be a tough assignment for many students. Although essays mean writing a series of paragraphs, putting one's thoughts in a correct way can be complicated. Knowing the rules to follow will certainly make one's work stand out among the rest. As there are several types of essays, below are the most frequently used and the rules to follow to make one's essay effective.
This type of essay focuses on an idea and the reaction of the writer. The essay starts with a statement or a question which is answered by the writer by providing his opinion on the matter. The opinion is backed up by a series of evidences or facts supporting the argument. The writer would then conclude the paper in a concise and clear manner. Examples include writer's opinion on an event, humanity and even politics.
Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect is the easiest type of essay as it is concerned with providing readers the cause and the effect or end result. This type allows writers to practice their ...
Oct 5, 2016
Learning Methodology 1246 Views
Learning comes in different forms and its importance varies from person to person. If someone is taking it lightly then it is something which is very easy to learn, but on the other hand some people think of it as an extremely difficult task to accomplish. However, teachers are always there to help to overcome the obstacles and make learning uncomplicated. They make learning easier for students helping them understand the knowledge or information better.
Learning is a joint effort, as in most of the cases the process of learning involves both the learners and the teachers to make learning effective and obviously the effort should be mutual. At the same time it is important to see if the teacher is effective and applying the proper techniques while teaching the students. All these depend upon the experience and the level of understanding of the teacher. It is often observed that a particular teacher possesses sufficient amount of knowledge, but lacks when it comes to effective teaching ...
Oct 5, 2016
Career Development 1137 Views
OK! We all know that how important technical skills are, still apart from these technical skills it is these kind of skills that matter the most. Having technical knowledge is just the entry point to get into the industry. Your main competition begins when you start communicating with the clientele. So, you will have to make sure of the work ethics, communication skills, attitude, empathy, IQ, EQ and similar other attributes which are considered as crucial for career success.
If you possess these skill sets, you can excel as a leader because then delegating, problem solving, team building and motivating will become much easier and you will know how to get along with the people. The issue that many recruiters face while hiring prospective candidates is that they lack in soft skills. One reason for this could be that it is often undervalued and is regarded less relevant when compared to hard skills. Irrespective of the industry one is working in, soft skills are universal. Thus, it is ...
Reflections on Standard English in EFL classroom
To be unable to write Standard English or to use its spoken forms in appropriate public contexts is to be disenfranchised, to be deprived of true citizenship…. Where it is appropriate to use the standard, you see it but there are many uses where other forms, or other languages, are as appropriates… It is astonishing to reflect that no linguistic theory has ever begun to pose the question of the permissible range of variation within a standard although it is obvious even from the history of English that the range is not fixed.
Languages all over the world have significant changes over the years and the English language is not an exception. Differences in patterns of sounds, vocabulary and grammar from all over a country make a distinctive way of speaking a language. The way we address to someone in different contexts, situations and places requires our speeches to vary and that ...
Oct 12, 2016
Study Abroad 781 Views
In the present age, the available streams of education are vast. There are thousands of courses offered by reputed universities and enrolling for one of them can help you to elevate your skills and your demand in the market. With blooming technology these days, it has become easier for students to determine their business careers with the help of experts. Many education directory websites have been established and surfing these portals can help you to understand how opportunities are just waiting for you. Taking online courses offered by universities has become a common practice and there are plenty of benefits hidden to it.
The first big benefit of finding courses through school directory websites is the number of alternatives made available for prospective students. You have a plethora of listed institutions that offer online courses and you have the right to choose one as per your preferences and choices. Some of these institutions may mention certain eligibility criteria, which ...
Oct 14, 2016
Teaching 725 Views
Bangkok has become one of the best places to pursue professional TEFL course in order to begin with a successful English teaching career abroad. On the other hand Bangkok is the place where you can find a happening TEFL career. Being a native English speaker or having a capability of speaking good English might make you eligible enough for EFL teaching. But the EFL teaching teacher training course has an important part to play in the career. The course features important guidelines to know about the EFL teaching methodologies and helps in building strategies for effective teaching.
There are a number of certified institutions all across the globe which offer effective TEFL courses that you may pursue to begin with a happening career or if you are already working as an English teacher then the course will help you to upgrade your skills and grow as a teacher. The course will feature practice classes where you can get an overall idea about the real field and prepare yourself for any ...
Should we use textbooks in the ESL classroom?
ESL textbooks are a lucrative business and the choice of available course books is seemingly endless. That being said, the use of textbooks in the classroom remains a contentious issue for many teachers and researchers. As is often the case both sides of the debate have valid points that should be considered. This article will look at some of the positives and negatives of using textbooks in the ESL classroom.
It is believed by many teachers and researchers that textbooks limit the learning and creative potential of students and teachers. Littlejohn, in (Hutchinson & Torres, 1994, p.316) claims that textbooks ‘reduce the teachers’ role to one of managing or overseeing preplanned events’ which can be demoralizing for teachers which then filters through to the students. Scrivener, also talks of textbooks having a negative effect on teachers, claiming that teachers who succumb to the temptation of using textbooks have a tendency to ...
English teachers use English as the subject of instruction when teaching students of middle and high schools, as well as college, typically about reading and writing. They handle several different subjects, like grammar, reading comprehension, composition and literature, among others. College students who are majoring in English take highly specialized classes in middle English, literary theory and short story writing, to name a few. The tasks of every English teacher depend on the level of students he/she is teaching.
English teachers give more general classes to students from the middle school level. The subject matter includes grammar, literature and composition. In high school, they teach general classes, as well as particular topics, like creative writing. When it comes to college level, they teach classes that are focused on particular subjects, some of which are American literature, journalism and novel writing.
Some English teachers hold as much as six class periods in a day, ...
Many new ESL teachers ask me what is a useful thing to bring with them in their suitcase prior to coming to teach English as Foreign Language here in China. Among the many things I tell them to bring is a few newspapers, and here's why...
Newspapers are a cheap, readily-available resource of authentic reading material which can be used in a whole host of ways in the ESL classroom! Newspapers can provide a window to English speaking countries; whats going on in the news, music, sports, business, entertainment, politics and current affairs.
Before, it was thought that using newspapers from native-speaking countries is only useful in a class with advanced level students. Now although admittedly there are more things you can do with newspapers in an advanced English class, there are still lots of interesting activities you can use newspapers for in your Intermediate and Elementary classes.
Bringing English language newspapers into the classroom is sure to bring smiles onto your students ...