Education is all about cultivating learning and no matter which age group it caters to, it requires some serious approach especially when it comes to early childhood education. If someone has the affinity towards taking care of children and teaching them, especially the English language, then TEFL for young learners is a great way to do that. Teaching English to young learners has been gaining a lot of importance today. On the other hand, in this present time parents are more than willing to send their kids to English language classes and this has led to a huge demand for trained EFL/ESL teachers.
Schools are playing an important role when it comes to learning English. The schools generally run on professional methods where they know exactly how to teach children a foreign or second language and help them to grasp a new language – English in this case. Teaching English to young learners is challenging and rewarding all at the same time and English language learning can be tough for ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Feb 1, 2017
Teaching 428 Views
Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension
Many elementary students are afraid to read aloud in front of their teachers, classmates, and even their family members. This poses a serious dilemma in that the practice of reading aloud builds reading fluency, which in turn, enhances reading comprehension-the ultimate goal of reading. When students understand what they’re reading, the potential for reading enjoyment is greatly enhanced. Granted, elementary students can read aloud to themselves when they are alone, however, if they struggle with reading, this is an unlikely scenario. Therefore, it’s extremely necessary for elementary teachers to provide collaborative read aloud experiences in their elementary classrooms for their students.
One of the best reading fluency strategies to implement in the elementary classroom is Poetry for Multiple Voices (adapted from Lowe, 2002). This strategy involves literacy collaboration among small groups of elementary students as they negotiate the ...
Feb 3, 2017
Classroom Materials 875 Views
Project Based Learning: A Newspaper Project for High School Students
The purpose of this project is to provide students with different perspectives of learning English as a Second/Foreign language. Moreover, I believe that High School students will be interested in producing a newspaper since this is not a regular traditional classroom activity. For these reasons, teaching English through projects may motivate them and accelerate their language acquisition.
The use of projects in ESL/EFL classrooms is enhanced when students are predisposed to the idea of participating in the project and getting directly involved in the process making. To contribute to the success of the final outcome, the Newspaper issue, the students have to be engaged into the project from the initial stage to the final stage.
Working in collaboration means they are engaged in more communicative tasks and to be more independent learners rather than traditional teacher-oriented activity. By using pair or group work, ...
Feb 4, 2017
Speaking/Listening 617 Views
We've all been there before, as a student or as the teacher: the teacher finishes talking about a topic and then "broadcasts" a question to the whole group. What happens next? Often, nothing. Nada. Crickets. A whole herd of deer in headlights.
And then after that initial uncomfortable time-span, what then? Usually anywhere from two to five students raise their hands to participate. The others just sit there. Are these other students thinking about the topic, but just not willing to share? Or are they thinking about what they're going to have for lunch? There's no way to tell.
Sound familiar? It should. In the vast majority of classrooms across the United States, this scene is played out a number of times every day. And yet, if you ask teachers to list the problems with whole-group discussion, they can tick them off in a matter of moments. Here are some of the problems that they will usually list:
· The teacher usually does most of the talking
· Only a small percentage of ...
Feb 4, 2017
Career Development 468 Views
The School Principal should possess special qualities of being a leader. These qualities will determine him/her of his/her qualifications in managing his/her people in the school vineyard. Without these extra-ordinary strengths or qualities of the school leader, he/she should not be worthy of his/her job as school leaders. This might be the reasons why there are school leaders who fail to functions successfully in their job as School Principal. If only all of School Leaders have the exceptional skills or qualities of being a leader, then we are absolutely sure that our educational system is on the way to standard and excellence.
Being the leader of an educational institution, the School Principal has to possess remarkable qualities which make him/her superb among others in an organization. These qualities are as follows:
The School Principal should first be transparent in his/her work as school leader. He/She should have the clean conscience of facing the night and ...
Feb 4, 2017
Teaching Methodology 491 Views
According to professor Jarvis in his (2012) work, "A state of disjuncture occurs when we can no longer presume upon our world and act upon it in an almost unthinking manner". Linking this idea to teaching in its varied forms (group, 1-2-1 and Online) suggests the need to provide or create conditions that cause learners to experience a state of uncertainty or dissonance in knowledge, skills, sense, emotions or beliefs. Conditions which cause them to reflect and question, in order to find solutions or accept the fact that they are willing to live with being ignorant about a particular topic or discipline. Here are two ways this could be accomplished.
One, the work of Lygo-Baker, Jones and Reedy (2013) - while it was partially about exposing participants to the experience of disjuncture - provides proof that problem-based teaching experiences (Vignette, Case studies, Scenario) are effective ways to create states of uncertainty or disjuncture and can be utilised with good effect by ...
Teaching grammar is an imperative element of school education. Without proper grammar, written or spoken words usually lose their exact meaning and much of their value as well. It is a significant part of language to get right for which, teachers take special care on imparting the real importance of it to their students. However, the task becomes much tough to teach in an ESL setting.
One common way is to focus on the different forms and rules and helping students to learn the subject with help of rote memorization. But, for ESL teachers, the process is different as because the target audience treats English as their second language.
Going Out of One's Comfort Zone
For teaching a topic, one needs to understand the very same. Teachers must know about different parts of sentences, rules and tenses including basics of the subject as well. The process of just running into the classroom and going through a series of answers and exercises is not the ideal way. Mostly, ESL students do not ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Feb 6, 2017
Teaching 402 Views
Learning to Read Begins in Infancy
Reading fluency is a crucial ingredient of reading comprehension. Research has suggested that elementary students who are not reading within certain parameters of reading speed, accuracy, and expression, experience compromised understanding of what it is they are reading.
In order to fully understand how students learn reading fluency, we need to take a look at how infants began to acquire speech. When parents are talking to their infant, the child looks at their faces, and listens to their voices, and then, at a certain stage of development, begins to mimic what he is observing with his senses. At first, his attempts at speech are known as “baby talk;” however, he soon learns to form words accurately by listening to the speech he hears, and by watching the facial expressions that go along with the voices, that together, communicate meaning.
When an infant is being read to, the opportunity for him to acquire speech, and to make associations between ...
Feb 10, 2017
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 544 Views
Speaking Test in IELTS can be intimidating for many of the candidates. In fact, there are many candidates who speak and understand English well but still they do not manage to make good impression on their examiner. They just do not answer question as they should or they should have if it is not IELTS speaking test for them.
Prepare yourself for the Test
You should know what your examiner may ask you. Yes, you should know that. For instance, the examiner may ask you to give you personal introduction and you are expected to answer the question in an effective way, making use of as many words as possible. Given below are the examples of good and bad personal introduction.
Examiner: Can you introduce yourself?
Answer: I am Navid. I have two brothers and one sister. I completed my graduation this year. (bad answer)
Answer: I am Jaffery and I graduated from (name of the university). Science is my forte and this is what I would like to opt for in future too. I am a sports-person…. (good ...
Feb 18, 2017
Teaching 487 Views
Having retired from public education after about 35 years in the classroom, I encountered withdrawal and so returned as a volunteer, guest presenter, and college supervisor. There are few thrills greater in life than working with excited teachers and engaged students.
I have discovered that good teachers want to get better; great teachers wish to advance strategies and skills; fantastic teachers want to know and be and do terrific things every day in every way to reach and teach every child. Regardless of the above mentioned category, these teachers want to improve so that their lessons engage students and bring them academic success. Yes, there are a few educators who prefer the status quo, drifting along with the current while trying to avoid stress, strain, or cultivating talents. Fortunately, I know little of these folks as I am not invited into their private realms nor do I necessarily want to go.
Inspired teachers light up the room with motivation and creativity. Students here ...