May 30, 2016
Classroom Management 3003 Views
The most important aspect of teaching is not the topic, the materials, or even the knowledge base of the instructor if classroom discipline is not in place. Students must know, understand, and follow prescribed rules and procedures if learning is to materialize. While some students have the ability to tune out naughtiness and noise, it is not fair that they should have to do so. Kids come to school for academic advancement and that is denied or at least vastly limited when outrageous behavior reigns. I know they come for socialization as well, but a teacher's job is to teach and that should be the focus.
Yesterday ended with an observation in a freshmen algebra class. As a required course, students must pass it to graduate and of course lessons and concepts in the class are tested on exit exams. The class is valuable, important, and pertinent to succeed in if a student plans to receive a diploma. There are a couple of problems with algebra, however, that may lead to discipline issues ...
by Adekunle Ibrahim Agbaje
I am a scrabble game freak and I make no pretence about. In point of fact the game is about the only one I enjoy playing without getting tired of it. When I was younger I used to play with a couple of my friends sometimes far into the middle of the night. That was when I had friends and acquaintances living in the same city with me. Honestly we used to make a great game out of it. The competition was really fierce and we really enjoyed it. That was when the quality and quantity of my vocabulary started going up on the ascendancy until it has improved to the present level. However we have all since moved on. Careers and marriages have separated us all.
These days without the Luxury of friends and acquaintances to play with, I have resorted to downloading the game onto my laptop. Right now I have graduated to playing with the champion having passed the level of playing with the expert and the pro. I usually inflict defeat on the champion just as it does to me. My dream is to very soon ...
May 27, 2016
Business English 3560 Views
English is the global business language of the day. Many schools, colleges and universities are all offering English teaching for students and business professionals. With the growing demand for English, many ESL teachers are also trained to meet the global demand of ESL training needs.
For example, in many Asian and African countries, the English language is being taught as the Second or Third Language. Also, there are many varieties of English given the mother-tongue influences in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, India, Brunei, Australia and Canada. As an ESL teacher, you will find that this ESL teaching guide provides you with a quick checklist of tips, helping you to make your ESL classes fun and easy for foreign students.
1) Understand Your ESL Students:
Basically, you will have two types of students - school students and corporate clients. ESL school students are those who do not have English as the mother tongue. They need help with Basic English grammar as ...
May 27, 2016
Other 2226 Views
Education is an important tool that is applied in the contemporary world to succeed. The word education means 'to bring up'. Education provides the basic knowledge that makes a human a human. Since the start of human history people have been learning and educating. People in the past struggled very much to get education. Education has progressed from that time. In the present time only educated people can get success in the world. Without education success is impossible.
Education helps an individual to live a respectful life. Educated people are more helpful in the progress of a country. It is playing an important role in the economic and social prosperity. Career wise, education is the foundation of developing individuals by providing knowledge regarding humanity all over the world. Individuals in the society acquire new approaches in life that build opinions on the economical and social life. Education enables the society to interpret the world around them rightly, innovating to ...
Dynamics of Advanced Classes:
Advanced courses often have more diversity, with students from a variety of countries. They often have higher levels of literacy, and they aspire to much more academically. Advanced students are usually more autonomous (self-governing) learners.
Some advanced learners are accustomed to learning grammar as it's integrated into a communication-focused curriculum. If they've learned early levels of English through a grammar-translation approach, they have probably gained listening and speaking skills along the way. If that's the case, they are highly aware of the need for a continued focus on listening and speaking. Also, they might have a concern for accent reduction if people have difficulty understanding them. Advanced students are particularly interested in the natural flow in speaking fluency.
A primary difference in the advanced student and the lower-level student is that the advanced student can recognize the difference in issues related to the sound ...
May 27, 2016
Teaching Methodology 3991 Views
Churches (2007)'s intellectual and timely revision of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy is a consequence of evolving varied areas of instructions dictated by fast changing times. This contemporary taxonomy pursues to elevate the order thinking skills that every learner should acquire. With the proliferation of emerging technology and media intervening with pedagogy, changes are yielded paving educators' innovative perceptions to flourish. These variations enabled the alliance of media and technological tools in pedagogy to form common goals for the viability of knowledge absorption. Because of these two factors' inseparable interconnections, technological fruition is media proliferation; both are adopted as teaching tool-kits. As a favorable result, traditional learning is systematically being replaced by 21st century methods and strategies in formal and non-formal classrooms as a manifestation of advocacy among educators worldwide.
Benjamin S. Bloom's (1956) Taxonomy of Cognitive Domain which ...
Before arriving in Colombia I took a short TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) course, which at least provided me with the basic teaching skills required. My first job teaching English here was for an institute. After arriving and settling down, I visited various English language schools, dropped off my CV, was invited to various interviews by some, and even did some tests to prove I knew the language well enough to teach it.
The tests taught me the first thing you need to know if you are considering teaching English as a foreign language - just because you are a native speaker, doesn't mean you know the language well enough to teach it. The tests some of the language schools gave me proved that there were rules and parts of speech in my language that I didn't know existed. I spoke the language very well, but instinctively, without knowing the basic grammar rules or structure. I remember in one interview in those early days I was asked to prepare a short ten minute class ...
Ask any linguist if people control language or does language control them and you will get reasoning and answers completely different each time. Thus, it is a conundrum always open for debate. We know that humans process information using the words that they speak, the definitions of these words and their meanings are therefore omnipresent in their minds and subconscious as they go about their daily endeavors. One professor put it to me this way;
"Are people whose first language is one of the romance languages with their gender assignments to all nouns more outgoing in their expression of affections? If so, is it because of the language, or did some early Italian tribes that had that attribute evolve a language that was attuned to their culture? We can spin the globe and ask similar questions about the linkage between cultural norms and the attributes of the local language that seem to be at least attuned to those norms. I suspect that there is no easy answer to this question."
Apr 29, 2016
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2412 Views
Writing a good I.E.L.T.S. essay for either the general or academic I.E.L.T.S. test is perhaps one of the most challenging parts of taking the I.E.L.T.S. exam. Firstly, the student has to understand how to write an essay (this involves analysing the question) and then, the student needs to write the essay in a foreign language, using a set of rules which often seem obscure. Remember, abstract reasoning and writing is generally, not the easiest task for native speakers. I mean that as well as writing in a foreign language, the student is often learning how to write a short essay for the first time.
One way that a student can approach the task is to look for different types of question. For example, the question type maybe:
an argument inviting you to explore advantages and disadvantages
a hidden argument - these questions usually ask "to what extent...?", "In what way...?" or "how has...changed?"
a situation, where you need to suggest and explore reasons, causes and solutions to ...
by Jonathan Zeen Yick Quek
Apr 29, 2016
Learning Methodology 2474 Views
In today's society, a pervasive view still persists that a person's intelligence is innate, fixed by the genes, and cannot be altered significantly by the environment, be it the influence of parental nurturing or early childhood education. Apart from the overwhelming anecdotes over the Internet of parents who swear by the success of their early teaching efforts on their little ones, some as young as babies, scientific evidence has been steadily accruing over the years to point to an indisputable fact: There is a critical stage in the early development of a child's brain when the right environmental stimulation will give beneficial effects that last throughout life.
The Beginnings Of Early Learning
The idea that the early part of a child's life is closely correlated with his future intelligence is not exactly a new idea. In the 1950s, a passionate pioneer of early childhood education arose by the name of Glenn Doman. He is a physical therapist, who was working with ...