Nov 28, 2016
Teaching 2344 Views
What is a sentence?
by Mirta Martes-Rivera
Guys, what is a sentence? Read the following examples:
Help!, I’m here. , Please, open the door. Teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to undergraduate students helps them write academic essays aimed to achieve different purposes (i.e., to inform, to persuade, to explain, to define, to describe). In this academic task, students need to master aspects of writing, namely style; it is here where I find myself asking them, Guys, what is a sentence? Frankly, the response to the question is not simple but complex, as there are multiple answers, and guess what, all of them are correct.
The question “What is a sentence?” is answered by traditional grammar “as a group of words that expresses a complete thought.” (Priscian c. 500 A.D.). However, one asks what mark of punctuation does this “group of words expressing a complete thought” need? The answer to the question is simple: capital letter ...
Nov 28, 2016
Teaching Methodology 3822 Views
Does your students' poor performance on class tests keep you up at night? Do you find yourself wracking your brain, trying to figure out how the same students who seemed to understand what you taught yesterday now can't seem to remember any of it? Do you stress for months prior to a large-scale standardized test that your students have to take because you fear that they will perform poorly on it?
If any of these experiences sound familiar, you're not alone. These are some of the most common complaints and fears experienced by teachers everywhere.
But don't despair; there is hope! Cognitive scientists have been delving into the mysteries of human memory for over a hundred years now, and we know more today about how to teach students so that the material actually "sticks" than ever before.
Today, I want to talk just a bit about one of the easiest ways to radically boost your students' memory of the material you teach--incorporating mnemonics into your teaching.
Mnemonics: The ...
Nov 28, 2016
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2005 Views
Communicating in the English language has become one of the most important qualities to have in the competitive world today. In fact, better opportunities await for those individuals who can speak the language well. These opportunities are the reasons why people take the IELTS examination. With speaking as one of the subtests, getting a good IELTS review to hone speaking skills is just the secret in a successful IELTS examination.
However, it is not all the time that an IELTS test candidate can sit in a class and learn things to improve their speaking skills. There are various factors one should know on how to develop this skill that will help them perform better during their IELTS review.
Understanding the different parts of the IELTS speaking test. You know how to answer a question when you are familiar with the question types. This is essentially true especially with the IELTS speaking test. Candidates are taught in an IELTS review how to create a response in the three tasks of the ...
Nov 28, 2016
Teaching Methodology 3945 Views
My simultaneous experience as a teacher and a student makes it convenient to experience the difficulties and problems on both sides. Efficient learning requires dedication and no short term strategies could work. To estimate a person's caliber, capacity or capability in a single meeting would be an irrational approach. It's a matter of understanding and setting up the goals accordingly. However, often we observe a quite formal behavior with false colors of diligence and efficiency at first, but shortly the hidden secrets about the borrowed masks begin to melt, and the potential of both sides could be explored.
• Co ordination
Tutors provide expertise, experience and encouragement. They do not provide answers but rather assist in problem solving. While teaching, annoyance and impatience may crop up due to the difference in approach, mental level or learning. Here the important factor is the co ordination, not only in speed, style but also in the studying material. The teacher here ...
Nov 28, 2016
Other 1758 Views
In different areas and sectors, companies have long relied on native language translation solutions in guaranteeing smooth and proficient communications. Organizations with a global view also depend on the services offered by translation providers when it comes to translating product descriptions and guides, glossaries, financial records, and other important documents.
Translation organizations normally work with translators and native language translation professionals who are professionals in a particular to deal with the needs of their potential customers in the technical, lawful, and economical sectors. Equipped with particular knowledge in their industry and a profound knowing of their specific 'languages', these professionals are able to convert huge documents perfectly.
Companies that provide translation solutions currently notice a growing requirement for the translation of texts from the healthcare care industry. Some of the services that organizations provide consist of ...
Studies have proven that speaking two or more languages not only aid in cognitive development, but also makes smarter and decisive individuals. But are you struggling in your new found enthusiasm to learn a new language? A few basic tricks can ease the whole process and even make learning a new language fun! Whatever be your reason to learn a new language the act itself can be challenging for many beginners. Learning anything new even a language requires a lot of hard work, patience and practise. The following tips might just make it simpler for you to learn new languages quickly and a linguist in no time.
1) Commitment: It's crucial that you give your full attention and commitment to your new agenda so that you don't give it up mid-way. Have a strong reason and stay passionate - this is the mantra to learn a new language.
2) Converse: The best way to learn a new language fast is by conversing with someone who's better at it than you. You can learn to implement freshly learnt words ...
Nov 12, 2016
Teaching 2369 Views
Linguistics, the study of language and languages, traces its origins to Ancient Greece in the fifth century B.C., during which time speech making, called rhetoric, was considered an art and in which the Sophists were keenly interested.
The first formal thesis concerning the subject, entitled "Cratylus" and written in 400 B.C., focused on both natural and conventional meaning, and explored whether man named things because of the way they appeared or whether the terms were the result of consensus and collective use.
Tracia-born Dionysius Thrax, becoming the first to examine the subject in his published book, "The Art of Grammar," discussed the eight parts of speech in the Greek language, inclusive of the noun, the verb, the participle, the article, the pronoun, the preposition, the adverb, and the conjunction, classifying words according to gender, number, case, tense, mood, kind, and type. He additionally invented a "metalanguage," or a language about a language, and the practice of ...
Nov 12, 2016
Pronunciation/Phonics 2186 Views
I take it you already know
of tough and bough and cough and dough...
Others may stumble, but not you,
on hiccough, thorough, slough, and through.
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps, to learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
that looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead: it's said like bed, not bead;
for goodness' sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
they rhyme with suite and straight and debt.
A moth is not a moth in mother, not both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there,
nor dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose,
just look then up - and goose and choose!
And cork and work and card and ward and font and front and word and sword.
And do and go, then thwart and cart - come, come! I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Why, man alive! I mastered it when I was five!
And yet, to write it, the more I try, I'll not learn how til the day I die.
Need I say ...
Nov 12, 2016
Classroom Management 3156 Views
One of the profound challenges that teachers face these days is - classroom behavior. Disruptive behavior results in lost teaching time and un-conducive learning environment. The key to nipping behavioral problems in the bud; is to create a positive environment in classroom.
There are a lot of ways and means to encourage positive behavior in classrooms, but, to begin with - laying a good foundation in pupils is the most important aspect.
Here are some tips and guidelines to bring about positive behavior amongst students.
This is one of the most important regimen which a teacher can deploy to bring about order, discipline and attentiveness in a class. A teacher should resist from conducting a class until there is complete order restored. Persistence is one of the fundamental and effective tools, which a teacher can use to get the class to behave.
Students should ideally live up to the expectations of teachers. It is the duty of the teachers to ensure that ...
Nov 12, 2016
Teaching Methodology 3399 Views
There are a lot of "moving parts" involved in creating lessons and units that maximize the chances your students will learn the important content and skills you teach. But there are a few teaching practices that act as attention and encoding "intensifiers," and as such, you should always make a concerted effort to build these intensifiers into your lessons. Two of the very best are relevance and emotion.
The Relevance/Motivation Connection
Why should you focus some of your precious planning time on building relevance into your lessons? Let me tell you about a little experiment I've done frequently as an educational consultant visiting schools. Walk into your average classroom, sit down next to a student, lean over, and ask her, "Why are you studying this particular material?" and you will probably get a blank look and an answer along the lines of: "Because that's what the teacher said we're going to study." Press the point by asking, "But why? What are you going to do with this ...