Jan 21, 2017
Lesson Planning 4870 Views
Why is the traditional lecture approach to teaching so ineffective for learning? There are many reasons, including that it generally lacks engagement, most people dislike sitting in one spot for long stretches of time, and, oh yeah, it's BORING! Of course, if you've ever sat through a long lecture as a student (and who hasn't?), you already know this.
But there are also important biological reasons why lecture methodology doesn't work well. The first issue is an input problem. The most common analogy for lecture teaching is the "fire hose" analogy. Trying to take in all the information thrown at you in a lecture is like trying to drink from a fire hose that is turned on full blast. There's simply too much input, too fast. So, what can teachers intent upon improving the effectiveness of their lessons do to improve this situation?
The obvious answer is to cut down on the overload of information. The first step in this regard is to limit the amount of input time to shorter chunks ...
Jan 15, 2017
Speaking/Listening 3118 Views
When you first start learning the French language or the German language, or any second language, the fastest way to "open mouth, insert foot" is to use idioms like the one I just did. Idioms can make for idiots. Not really, but I love alliteration.
The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't translate at all into the second language.
Here are some examples of idioms in American English:
· brain dead. Is your brain really dead? Of course not.
· I am full. What part of you is actually "full"? What are you full of? Don't say it. I know what you're thinking.
· What's up? "up" to a non-English speaker is in an upward direction, over one's head. The sky is up. The sun is up.
Jan 14, 2017
Teacher Training 2190 Views
The present teacher education and training environment in England is characterised by schools and university partnerships and school-based only frameworks. There are however an increasing body of 'independent' teacher education providers. Out of this 'new' thinking has emerged labels and entities such as School Direct, Teach First, Troops to Teachers and School-Centred Initial Teacher Training.
This occurrence suggests that increasingly, research in teacher education and training is being carried out in a variety of schools' contexts. This also provides researchers with a larger 'ground' in which to work and a diverse array of potential respondents and participants.
While there is always a 'downside' some may argue that the positives (such as the potential for 'rich data' and increased understanding of teacher education and training issue based on a wider pool of participants) out-weight the potential negatives--some are highlighted later in this article. Additionally, the highlighted ...
Jan 14, 2017
E-Learning/CALL 2021 Views
Today E-Learning has taken Centre-stage in almost every sphere of education and development. Students, corporate trainers, trainees, vocational professionals and many more are taking advantage of this revolution that technology has presented.
But despite all the convenience, there are some key structural aspects that cannot be shrugged just because the given subject is being tackled in an E-Learning format.
E-Learning translation services come into the picture when ace players in the market take the inherent power of this platform to another level by making translation a strong pillar of the service. These services go an extra length to fix some common loopholes and also add to the core module by augmenting some crucial areas.
One important part is that the essence of the learning curriculum is not lost during any translation leaks. E-Learning translation has to maintain some significant strength areas that a good such a module originally comes with; like the relevance of the content, ...
Choosing an English teaching career is a difficult task for the students. With the help of native organizations the factors to worry one can remove the worries. There are several career perspectives that the ESL teaching jobs open before an individual. Minimum qualification for the post of English teachers abroad is graduation. There are a lot more to the just the designation. People get to learn a new language, explore the cultural history of the country and at the same time acquire some boost for the career graph later.
Associated with the career of ESL jobs are various common mistakes that can change a person's experience. It is advisable that people do not land up making such mistakes. Avoiding these mistakes can help them receive the most out of the career of an ESL teaching abroad. Following are few mistakes that people often land up doing while choosing the job:
1. Doing it Yourself:
The most common mistake one ends up doing is choosing to work on the matter alone. Numerous ...
Kazakhstan is not usually the first place you think of when you're debating working abroad but it's the new place to be with a huge educational reform occurring in recent years. There are a number of opportunities available for any teachers searching for an exciting work experience in such a unique country so is definitely worth considering!
NIS (Nazarbayev Intellectual School Network) have schools in a number of locations throughout Kazakhstan which are bringing a programme of educational reform to the country. It aims to encourage a new way of educating students and is keen to enlist the help of qualified and experienced English speaking teachers to really push the project forward. A specific role for these foreign teachers is to work in collaboration with the local teachers, supporting and mentoring with planning, assessing and teaching. By taking up the offer of a job in one of these schools you can learn from the local teachers as well as teach them, you can share knowledge and ...
“Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to the classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.”
Ricky Martin has expressed the true meaning of teaching; it is to endlessly polish one's skills to reach the peak of excellence. There was a period when a traditional teacher would hide at the back of lecture, grade, practice, test and moving on to next topic. Traditional teaching kills the fun of learning. It is now even hard to see a class built on only reading and writing, in which kids are just a inactive recipient with no any active involvement. Teaching is a first-class job and as a teacher the person need to be on the toes constantly to cope with the fast changing mode of education. It is very important for the teachers to learn effective teaching skills. Because a good educator never wants his/ her students to ...
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 also will depend on ...
Jan 3, 2017
Study Skills 1704 Views
Foster reading literacy in children via studying
Literacy or reading long bedtime stories is one of the maximum crucial talents of modern-day humans. However studying and know-how do now not fall into each person's lap. The delight of analyzing does no longer come via itself.
Whoever desires to promote the analyzing competency of his infant can actively make a contribution to arouse the interest of the child in texts.
The sooner the kid has been installation in early life, the higher the child's future studying competency might be. What is studying competency inside the gift time, what tremendous and bad consequences it has and how it is recommended via reading aloud, may be found in this text.Analyzing competency and reading nowadays
Lamentably, analyzing is more and more being driven into the background. We decide on to look at tv or pay attention to the radio and audiobooks to inform or entertain us. Interesting testimonies are not read, but one lends itself to movies in the video ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Dec 25, 2016
Classroom Management 3712 Views
It's a widely known fact that many new elementary teachers leave their jobs after only one year of teaching. A fact that isn't widely known is that they leave because they were fired. Terminating a new teacher can be accomplished very quietly, without any notice or interventions by simply "not renewing" the teacher's contract. In my almost 30 years as a teacher, I have seen many beginning teachers fired, and it wasn't because they didn't know how to teach, that's very well covered in teacher education programs, no, they were fired because of their poor conduct and improprieties.
The Truth Behind: "It Looks Easy."
No one really knows what it's like being an elementary teacher until they're actually doing it. Even though most teacher education programs require student teachers to spend many hours in real classrooms observing and learning from an experienced classroom teacher, it's the classroom teacher who remains in complete control over the cluster of children, and the ...