Apr 15, 2017
Teaching 712 Views
We live in a world of science, the most profound force changing our lives. Language is closely linked to the intelligence of mankind. It is employed to explain and convey science, with scientific writings being records of sciences. Language itself is considered no science. However, in my recent article "independence of written language from the non-textual world" we noted that the texts are part of science. We mentioned the world can be re-explained. Now, let's start re-explaining the world from discussing "writing as part of science". Herein, as always, we consider written language the essential form of language.
Principle of investigation
We treat texts as independent visual information, capable of forming part of science, instead of as representations of science.
We consider science as collections of sensory information, mostly what we see. Science is divided into textual portion and non-textual (visual and non-visual) portion. Investigations are carried out on the characteristics ...
Apr 15, 2017
Teacher Training 755 Views
Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication
As our world becomes smaller through innovative technology and international business, effective cross-cultural communicating skills are the foundation to building strong relationships. Review these ten simple tips to keep in mind before your next business trip abroad.
Understand the Culture
Before planning any business trip to another country, it is always a good idea to research and develop some awareness on the target culture. Many cultures have specific etiquette and customs when dealing with communicating. For example, when doing business in China, you do not want to appear insensitive by asking how many children someone has. Although this may be usual in America, Chinese government has strict restrictions on family size and could find this question disrespectful.
When in doubt, opt for friendly formality.
Some cultures you encounter will range in formality vastly. It is important to be aware of different greetings and introductions ...
Apr 15, 2017
Classroom Management 735 Views
Since the dawn of public education teachers and schools have focused on the academic achievement of students. All students were expected to leave school with basic reading writing and math skills. Some kids excelled and went on to institutions of higher learning, some were trained at a trade such as carpentry, or auto mechanics, and still others left school with those basics and worked at more labor related jobs such as factory or office work. Everyone who left secondary school did have the basics just at different levels. Every student may not have had the capacity to go to college but just about everyone finished school and had the ability to function in the real world. With the onslaught of state mandated testing in so many school districts throughout the country teachers are still pressured to ensure that students achieve but the landscape has changed and hitting the bull's eye is far more difficult than it was say forty years ago. The bull's eye is tough to hit ...
Apr 15, 2017
Grammar 880 Views
Finding yourself in a dilemma due to grammar rules while writing is quite embarrassing. No one wishes to get stuck in this situation. Though, grammar is tricky, but you cannot make your writing sophisticated without learning it.
Do you always wish to have someone around you to do grammar check of your writing? Do not worry; you are not the only one. Many who are learning English always wish to have an English teacher to correct them whatever they write. However, it is not possible every time.
Why do not you take the help of the tool that does grammar check free? It corrects your piece of writing and highlights your mistakes. The finest thing is that you come across where you committed wrong.
Common Rules That You Must Keep In Your Mind -
You must use a free online grammar checker to make your text errors free. Here, some of the most common mistakes have cited below.
1. Homophones -
They are words that hold different meaning, but sound the same. Before using them, you must come across ...
Apr 18, 2017
Teaching 962 Views
~~Warmers are fun and communicative, they should take around five minutes, be very simple to set up and are a good way to review or practise language. They are not an opportunity to present or learn ‘new’ language. They should energise the learners rather than dominate the lesson.
Learners need time to ‘warm up’ in English at the start of each lesson. By varying your activities and making them brief and purposeful learners will be more energized and focused towards dealing with the target language of the lesson.
By varying warmers the learners can be kept on their toes, interested, focussed and extends their knowledge. Always using the same warmer can be repetitive and often result in the same or similar language being produced week after week. Warmers should energise the learners rather than let the warmer dominate the lesson.
Below are some ideas for warmers, these can be adapted for different levels and learner types.
Stand learners in a circle, say your name “My ...
Pursuing a teacher training program in order to have a fulfilling career as an ESL/EFL educator is a mandate nowadays, as good schools and other educational and grooming organisations prefer recruiting trained ESL/EFL aspirants for their learners. Anyway, a trained teacher will always be better and more competent and knowledgeable than their non-trained counterparts, and here lies the primary reason for preferring trained aspirants. There are two types of TEFL training programs available for the aspirants – in the in-class mode and online mode. Both have their set of advantages and disadvantages; however, since this is the age of technology where our lives seem to be functioning highly on it, as it is making our lives easier and smoother, hence we will here focus on online TEFL programs offered by the various training institutes today.
Online TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign Language) courses are beneficial for the candidates who are all busy and occupied with their present work ...
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. - Henri L. Bergson
Teaching is pointless when behavioral objectives are not highlighted and employed. They are performance indicators that determine the effects of learning. They direct how the learning process should be administered in a formal or non-formal classrooms. Their effects can generate feedback on how reinforcement, remediation, and development can be designed. With a few of these significance mentioned, every educator has to advocate and develop consciousness concerning their presence in all pedagogical operations being undertaken at any instructive setting regardless of any specialization in the academe.
Behavioral teaching objectives belong to three domains which are cognitive, psychomotor and affective. Cognitive is where knowledge are attained. Psychomotor generates physical skills out of the knowledge while affective leads to attitude or values displayed by learners after knowledge acquisition. These three ...
Apr 29, 2017
Classroom Materials 948 Views
The 21st century classroom should be an environment of student-centered spaces. Good-bye desks! Good-bye front of the room where the teacher stands and the students watch. Hello, change!
This is not a new concept, in the early 1900's Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, educator and innovator, established her well-known educational method. As a psychiatrist, with an interest in education she approached this method with the awareness that children will learn what they need to on their own. This makes sense, if you think about it on an instinctual level, in order to survive, learning is essential. And failure is our best teacher.
Our pupils need a space that is set up to enhance their learning, not meet our teaching demands. But what about the demands they place on the teacher to have every child meeting every learning standard by whatever date they deem necessary? I've never met a teacher that agrees with this demand. However, I see classroom teachers scrambling to cram in this ...