Mar 5, 2018
E-Learning/CALL 762 Views
Just like any other language, English has its moments of beauty and grace. A small punctuation mark can make a tremendous difference to what you want to convey. This example will help you understand.
A group of people were given a sentence to punctuate.
‘A woman without her man is incomplete.’
The men in the group wrote, ‘A woman, without her man, is incomplete.’ At the same time, the women had a different view of the same. They wrote, ‘A woman, without her, man is incomplete.’
See the difference in the way men and women use the punctuation marks. The sentences now have two diametrically opposite meanings. This is the beauty of the English language. You learn such small nuggets of wisdom at Wizmantra’s English classes online.
Pronunciation is a very important aspect of any language, especially English. Take the example of the word, ‘psychology’. You write it with the ‘P’ but while pronouncing it, you omit the ‘P’. No other language in the world has such subtle adjustments. You need to ...
Feb 20, 2018
Teaching 879 Views
Facts about Volunteering Teaching in India.
Volunteering teaching is one of the noblest acts anyone with proper education can do for others. The best gift you can give to anyone is knowledge; this gift abides forever with whomever it has been given. Every other thing can be lost in this world but the education that one acquires can never be lost – it abides forever. When you volunteer in India as a teacher you are offering the most precious ruby that can never be lost to the young ones, which will be passed from one generation to another.
If you are interested in volunteering as a teacher in India, there are some facts you should consider to prepare yourself beforehand. Obviously your fluency in English and some level of education is a necessary asset, but there are some other important facts that will determine your success as a volunteer in this third world country. I have seen a lot of volunteers start out with a lot of zeal and excitement and end up in frustration, just because ...
~~1. Establish ground rules from the first day of class and be clear, consistent and fair throughout
2. Remember the learners' names. Encourage them to use and remember their classmates' names. Use their names often when teaching (ie. talking to them, making requests, TPR exercises, learners passing back notebooks or workbooks, playing games, etc.)
3. Show them what to do. Don't explain. Just do. They will follow your lead. English needs to be experienced, not explained.
4. Encourage trust between you and the learners. Through your actions show them that you will never embarrass them for making a mistake in English.
5. Use eye contact to communicate your praise and disappointment.
6. Create well-planned, consistent lessons with a predictable format which gives the learners a sense of security and balance. Learners feel more confident if they know what to expect.
7. Always be pleasantly surprised when learners interact with each other or you in English.
8. Reassure your learners that ...
Feb 13, 2018
Teacher Training 599 Views
~~What are Concept Check Questions (CCQs)?
What are Concept Check Questions? A question to lead learners to understand or demonstrate their understanding of the meaning of a new item (vocab or structure).
Why Use Them? They involve learners in the process of clarifying meaning and the teacher can check if learners have understood.
When are They Used? During the clarification stage, before highlighting the form and drilling so learners are clear on the meaning of what they are saying. As well as throughout the lesson.
How are They Made? Simplify language analysis so learners can understand the language used, then make the main points into questions. For example:
Target Language Main Points Questions
I’ve been to China. I went in the past. We don’t know when. I’m not there now.
Did I go in the past?
Do we know when I went?
Am I in China now?
CCQs are not the only way to check learners’ understanding of the language or concepts presented.
Ways of Checking Meaning
Feb 3, 2018
Career Development 625 Views
Applying for a qualified teacher position that you seen advertised does not mean you will be appointed to the role. When is a teacher not a teacher? When you do not have the specific qualifications and past experience in the subject area that the employer is looking for. This information is based on my personal experience and input from others.
As a qualified/certified high school teacher in the UK, native English speaker, BA, MA holder and years of teaching experience I am suitable for various teacher roles. Business & Economics specialist, although I have also taught English first language in England to 11-18 year old pupils.
Attending an interview for an English teacher job in the Middle East with one of the best employers is an achievement for many people. They have looked at your resume/cover letter and matched skills, personal characteristics, traits and your command of the English language.
Difference between a language teacher of English and a high school teacher:
Jan 15, 2018
Classroom Management 645 Views
~~Facing a class of under fives can be a very frightening experience. What do you do when they start crying, crawling under the table, throwing things, won’t participate etc?
It is important to remember that learning English can be a frightening and destabilising experience for a young child and it is vital that rapport and trust is established quickly. Greet them when they come into the classroom, and use their names as much as possible. Sometimes having children’s music/songs playing quietly in the background can reduce the stress felt by the learners.
Sometimes small toys/teddies etc can be used to distract nervous or tearful learners who can be asked to “look after” the toy for the lesson. It is important to set this up clearly or the child may become distressed at the end of the lesson when they have to return it. For this to work well the same group of toys should be available every week and there should be at least one available per learner. These toys can also be used to ...
~~Teaching very young learners (under 5s) can be particularly daunting for many teachers. For most it is the first time they have had to cope with children this young, and many are concerned or worried about how to approach the class.
Teaching very young learners can be a lot of fun and very rewarding however, there is no doubt that it presents a set of unique challenges. Young learners are not interested in English per se they are more focussed on having fun, playing games and being entertained.
Initially, most young learners are very shy of their new teacher; especially as to them the new teacher is a strange and scary looking foreigner. It is not uncommon for them to become fixed to their mothers and barely acknowledge your presence. One thing that works in your favour is that small children are innately curious and by making funny faces, silly noises etc will make them smile or laugh winning half the battle. Perseverance however, will pay off and before long the little ones will ...
~~Talking about the future in English can be difficult as technically there are no future tenses in English. The future is not fixed – it does not exist yet. So in English we use a number of forms and structures to express the future. It is usually the degree of certainty about the future decides our choice of structure or tense. But the distinction between choices is not always clear.
Native speakers of English vary their future forms depending on:
* variety, to avoid repetition
* formality, use “will” instead of “going to”
* type of text, “will” is generally used to make weather predictions
Ways of talking about the future in English.
For unplanned future events/instant decisions – I’ll get it!
For expectations/predictions that are not based on present or past evidence – England will win the match
To make promises – I’ll see you tomorrow
* Going to (be + going to + verb)
For predictions based on past or present evidence - She’s going to have a baby
For pre-meditated ...
Jan 15, 2018
Career Development 484 Views
Even though I’m not a millionaire, YET, I have learned to interact with the most successful teachers I know here in H.K, and just from the conversations we had and the stories they shared, I managed to draw out a few lessons and here’s some of the most important stuff I learned from them, it could also be useful to you in your teaching journey.
Focus on the Demand
In your teaching career here in Hong Kong, you have to focus on what the students and parents actually need. Recently, I have seen a lot courses being developed that do not address any specific need but are just there as a collection of topics ruthlessly forced into unsuspecting students’ heads, I only realized the importance of studying trends in demand when I took a more in depth study of these millionaire teachers and it became clear that these guys always teach their student to pass their exams. Everybody needs to pass an exam right? So when you work, or when you train for being an HK tutor, it is important to do as ...
Best PTE Coaching India engaged in Exclusive PTE Academic Coaching since 2013. This article is written just to give you some basic perspective on PTE Academic test.
Make sure you’ve prepared enough for the test in terms of question intelligence and also put in the adequate effort in practice. The amount of practice needed for getting 79, 65 or 58 marks in PTE varies from test taker to test taker. On the test, day reach your respective PTE Academic test center at least 30 minutes in advance. If you are going to test centre just on time can impede your performance. You don’t have to carry any stationary items like pen, pencil papers to the test center as PTE Academic is a computer-based test. For rough work, they give either an erasable notepad or booklet. You are not even allowed to carry your watch or any gadget inside testing room.
The first module you’ll attempt is speaking in PTE Academic, after speaking writing and after writing, Reading and at the end, you will have the listening ...