Jun 28, 2015
Classroom Materials 3703 Views
Why are so many EFL Textbooks so bland, boring, and culturally tone-deaf? Allow me to ask a more polite question.
How can English teachers working abroad and international English textbook publishers both respect local cultures and create more engaging English classroom lessons? The challenge may be more complicated than you might suspect.
A long, informative, and detailed exchange on a TESOL list serve recently focused on the peculiar sensitivities of Saudi Arabian students. An experienced American English teacher reported that his Saudi students expressed anger over a paragraph in their writing book. The imported American English language textbook, which has collected considerable critical praise, contained a paragraph celebrating friendships across many countries and religions - including an unpopular democratic rival nation of the Saudi kingdom. Working in a closed, theocratic society where women are banned from driving evidently raises many delicate problems for English teachers, ...
May 10, 2015
Classroom Management 5178 Views
What has compelled me to write this article, is often the lack of foresight teachers, particularly in primary schools, put into setting up their rooms.
As a relief/substitute teacher, I have, for example, found it difficult to get around the room to help students. White boards are often put to one side to allow the main central space for an electronic board. This prevents the easy use of the white board when any problems arise.
This article discusses issues that the teacher needs to address to create the best learning environment in the classroom. The three most important considerations are: 1. Ease of movement around the room for your students; 2. Creating a disciplined learning environment; and 3. Making sure that every student can see and hear everything that is going on in the teaching situation.
With these considerations in mind, you need to think seriously about the most appropriate place for the following physical equipment. (My suggestions follow each item). • White and ...
May 10, 2015
Pronunciation/Phonics 3262 Views
Phonics are the building blocks of learning to read. But lately they have taken a back seat to the Look See method in some countries. Most students can learn to read, no matter what method they are being taught, but the struggling learners need phonics. It has been shown time and again, that phonics are a better way to learn to read, for struggling readers.
The Look See Method has the beautiful books with lots of pictures, while the phonic books are pretty drab, filled with rhyming text that don't always make sense. But you need rhyming to learn to read. And students will learn to read using the Look See Method, but struggling students will have problems.
To be honest, I don't know why some students learn to read easier than others, especially nowadays. But I think it has a lot to do with home life. Parents of reading kids help their kids. They don't live in front of the TV, and they use the computer for knowledge, not to play games or watch videos. But that is not always the case. I ...
May 10, 2015
Teaching Methodology 4825 Views
Efficient Teachers are not just aware of the right content to be delivered but also are aware of the strategy to deliver that content. Teaching or Instructional strategies are a teacher's compass when it comes to effective involvement of the students in the process of knowledge absorption and assimilation. This in turn has a direct co-relation to knowledge retention.
Teaching strategies range from low involvement of the learner all the way to extremely high levels of learner involvement.
Direct Instruction - Lectures, Drill and Practice, Demos are examples. The teacher in these settings is in lecture/fact delivery mode. The students are in receive mode. Interaction is minimal or absent. This is a useful strategy when a new concept is being introduced and the complete attention of the class is desirable. The same holds true when a demonstration covering a new concept is in progress.
Indirect Instruction - Though akin to direct instruction, the sessions are not intensive. A relaxed ...
May 10, 2015
Teacher Training 5818 Views
In today's scenario, continuous training and development form the building blocks of successful teaching, irrespective of a teacher's experience. Therefore, professional development programs for teachers are gaining prevalence across the world. These programs are available in various forms, including teacher workshops, teacher training programs, teacher seminars and so on. However, the main objective is the same empowering teachers with new skills and knowledge in order to ensure optimum learning and development of students.
In India, most of the renowned professional development programs for teachers cover various aspects of teaching. Let's have a look at these aspects.
- Social and emotional skills: It is important to cover social and emotional aspects of teaching during a teacher's training program. Fostering teachers' emotional awareness holds the key to optimizing teacher effectiveness in the classroom. This awareness enables teachers to understand students' emotions in different ...
Apr 23, 2015
Other 2972 Views
Many people have the aspiration to study further. Education has become of utmost importance to improve the scope of your career. Basic degree education is not enough anymore. If you want to grow in your career, you need to have some added qualification which will help you get better jobs and make you a thorough professional. People who have higher qualification can apply for good job profiles along with a higher degree. It helps you up by many steps increasing the pace of your growth. When you plan to stud further, you will plan to do it from a reputed university. You will look for the best institutes for that particular course as this will add on to your overall career scope. Even though pursuing these courses from a reputed institute is extremely useful, it is quite tough to get through. Most of these universities require you to write an entrance test and pass a few rounds to be able to qualify for the course. You also need to have a decent grade in the course you have done before ...
Apr 4, 2015
Study Abroad 6506 Views
A lot of people dream about studying abroad. Whether they are still students or currently working, many people would immediately grab the chance to study in a different country, if the opportunity presents itself to them.
The thought of studying abroad can really be quite exciting. And students can really gain a lot of benefits when they do decide to take up and complete a course in a foreign country. However, studying abroad also has some cons.
If you are also thinking about studying abroad, you would do well to consider the different pros and cons that come with this option first before making your final decision. And below are some of the noteworthy advantages and disadvantages of studying in a different country that you should bear in mind:
• You get to go on an exciting adventure. This is one of the most desirable benefits of studying abroad: you get to stay in a different and strange country and get to explore the whole place. You have the opportunity to see and visit new ...
Apr 4, 2015
Teaching 3325 Views
All through history, great thinkers from all areas of society have spoken on the importance of having a good education, but recently the importance of a good education has been under attack. Critic's claim it's gotten too expensive and has very little value compared to its costs.
History as well as the current geopolitical circumstances proves that the long term cost of an uneducated society can be even more disastrous. With so many nations developing at a frantic rate, the need for a top notch education system can't be overestimated. In order for us to remain competitive we need people with the knowledge, skills and discipline for the next century. Many developing nations already recognize that their most valued asset is their young. In some countries after a person graduates from high school, they're required to either join the military or go to college, cost free. Both are part of a continuing education that helps impart critical thinking skills, discipline, and life skills. Some ...
If you have a choice of essay topics, then choose the one that is most interesting to you. If none of the topics interest you, then choose the topic that you think will be the easiest.
There are many different topics that form concepts as part of a course of study. When reading the list of essay questions/ topics you will know which one is the easiest and most interesting because it is the one that you remember after reading and found the easiest to read.
Analyse the essay topic's statement or question.
What are you required to do? Are you required to compare and contrast, explain, describe, argue or discuss. There are many of these types of verbs used in essay topic questions. You need to make sure you know what is required of each, because each one is different. If you don't know then ask your teacher to explain it to you. Ask for a sample essay or to see a past students essay.
Writing your essay.
There is no ONE way to write an essay. Everyone is different and every essay ...
Rule 1: Use Synonym Swaps - The Strength of Simplicity
I'm sure you know what synonyms are. If you don't, a synonym is simply a word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word. For example, 'funny' is a synonym of 'humorous'. This rule is all about using synonyms to expand our vocabulary and make us sound much more fluent.
We all use some words too often in English. Even native speakers do it. This can make you sound like you are repeating yourself.
For example, I often hear students repeating the same words again and again, like this: "that painting is beautiful", "your daughter is beautiful", "London is a very beautiful city", "you have very beautiful eyes" etc.
Often, students get so familiar with some words that they fail to expand their vocabulary. I tried and tried to think of a solution to this problem, when it suddenly hit me: simply use a synonym!
Here is how you put this rule into action: use a thesaurus to find a synonym for a word you use too much. Then, ...