Education Today, December 2013
Building Reading and Writing Knowledge with Very Young Children at Home
Timothy G. Weih
University of Northern Iowa, USA
With the ever increasing use of technology being used for reading and writing by families at home, there is a rising concern that very young children may not be developing the necessary early skills that will eventual lead them to be capable and effective readers and writers. Young children learn how the world works around them by physically exploring objects using all of their senses. This hands-on learning later leads to understanding more abstract ideas and things. For very young children, technology, for the most part, is abstract, and to use it involves motor capabilities that may be beyond their current abilities. For example, think of a toddler leaning about books by smelling, tasting, and physically turning the pages. He is learning the physical, concrete ideas about what a book is, how it works, and he can do this ...
10 Amazing Hacks for English Learners
It is estimated that there are over a billion English speakers in the world, including native speakers, people for whom English is a secondary official language and those who speak English as a foreign language. These days, it is considered to be a lingua franca whether we talk about business, tourism or popular culture. It is self-understood that a successful person can communicate in English and does it fluently.
Tips for Mastering the Language
We will share our pieces of advice on how to learn English and get the desired results.
Get a private tutor, preferably a native speaker. With the Internet, you can find one online easily. You can even hire a tutor. Be that English, Spanish or even Japanese tutor, you can find one in no time at all thanks to tutoring platforms available out there.
Practice daily. Even if you can find only 30 minutes a day for your practice, that totals up to over 180 hours per year. And that is enough to reach a new ...
~~The first class with new learners can be an anxious one for all concerned – teacher as well as learners. Below are some tips to make that first class go smoothly.
Lesson Plan: in any ‘first lesson’ it is vital to interact and motivate the learners so they will want to come back again. Thus it is essential to create a positive, supportive and challenging environment. This mean encouraging the learners to work together and raise their awareness of the course as well as using their names and finding ways of making the language/material relevant to them and their lives.
- Get to know you activities: these allow the learners to find out information about each other and fosters a supportive and interesting environment. For example, personalized board games, questionnaires, interviews, Find someone who… etc. Activities that are learner generated work very well for example have the learners write facts about themselves on strips of paper which are then redistributed and ...