There are 8 main ESL learning methods:
These learning methods are; active, reflective, visual, verbal, sequential, global, intuitive and sensing.
Active Learners learn best by being involved in the lesson. This means having lots of discussions in class. It also means that the teacher must give active learners a chance to participate. When studying, it is advisable for active learners to make their own ESL study notes and then have a discussion with friends and family members.
People who are reflective learners need time to think about the material. Often, understanding will not happen immediately. However, reflective learners can still do very well in examinations, because they have taken time to prepare and study. Most often, reflective learners do a lot of study in their heads through thinking about things themselves. Teachers must not push reflective learners into big group discussions or speaking tasks too soon. Reflective learners are often ...
Jun 16, 2014
Young Learners 3684 Views
It isn't mandatory to send your child to preschool. In fact, if you're a stay at home parent, you may not feel the need to pay for care outside of the home. But the truth of the matter is that preschool isn't just about paying professionals to watch your children for you. There are a multitude of additional benefits that come with attending an early development children's program.
Improved Communication and Socialization Skills
A childcare center regularly gives children the opportunity to communicate and socialize with other children of their age. The skills learned through personal interaction will be very helpful when they enter kindergarten. You'll find that these skills can even help your communication at home.
Learning to Work Well with Authority
Obeying the orders of a parent is substantially different than obeying the instruction of a teacher. A teacher is initially foreign to a young child, having not been involved in the majority of their development thus far. Your child ...
Jun 16, 2014
Classroom Management 3791 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 ...
Jun 16, 2014
E-Learning/CALL 2783 Views
In a traditional college class instructors will likely have a fairly predictable group of students and they can be visually assessed, even though perceptions may not always be accurate. For online students there can be a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the traditional definition of a college student no longer applies. That's why the phrase non-traditional students has been used to describe the online student as it represents a group of students who have different needs. It becomes imperative for online instructors to learn who their students are and their present capacity if they are going to be able to assist them and support their development.
Within an online class it is possible to have every variety of student and this is inclusive of learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental impairments, and the list continues. There is a saying that you should not judge a book by its cover and with online students there is no visible cover to assess. Even the phrases ...
English just doesn’t make sense sometimes. There are so many idioms and words that are counter intuitive to what they should be. One famous example is that you park in a driveway and you drive on a parkway. Translating word for word might make learning English harder in most situations. There are two ways this could occur:
The first is that many words in the English language have many different definitions. Buffalo is a great example of this. Buffalo could be an animal, a city in New York, or a verb (meaning “to intimidate”) which leads to this strange but grammatically correct sentence) : Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Even me, being a native English speaker, have to stare at this for a while before it makes sense. The phrase translates to: “Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community, also intimidate other bison in their community.” (mental floss)
The other problem that could occur is an idiom or common ...
Teaching English as A foreign language (TEFL) is one among the many esteemed certifications required to teach English to people who are non-natives. If one lives in an English-speaking country and is unable to speak the language flawlessly, the individual is deemed unfit. In order to overcome this situation people who belong to non-native countries go to TEFL certified teachers to master the language. A lot of people strive hard to become TEFL teachers so that they can fulfil their dreams of getting a secure job. If one can travel to exotic locations and be paid for it, why wouldn't anybody strive hard to get TEFL certified?
Getting TEFL certified is a very easy process, more so if you are a native speaker. Since TEFL courses are found worldwide, you can opt to choose a foreign country to get your certification. If it is your wish to stay home to be a certified as a TEFL teacher you can do that. You can also opt for online courses which are found in plenty these days. It is ideal to ...
Jun 8, 2014
Grammar 3363 Views
How strong is your understanding of English grammar rules? The ability to write good American text is a powerful skill to have, especially if you want to provide services online, sell products on the Internet, or have a website of your own.
The United States continues to open its doors to new citizenship from nearly EVERY foreign land. Yet, even though this might present pleasant opportunity in itself, those who learn how to utilize the nuances of writing American grammar begin to possess far more powerful advantages.
For instance, people speak English around the world, and countries have learned to adopt it as the universal tool for communicating. Do you also notice how individuals communicate online?
They use a particularly productive element of the English grammar rules set, called "keywords." At first, these are just the common phrases that ordinary people use to describe things they need, want, or love to think about.
However, strong computer software technology and consumer ...
What is modeling? Although some of you may be thinking that it is the act of walking down a runway in New York City, London, or Rome in order to show new clothing designs, the type of modeling that will be discussed here is quite different.
Modeling is a term used in psychology that means to demonstrate or show a correct behavior so that another person can imitate or reproduce the behavior. In ESL, conversation teachers strive to induce students to follow their verbal cues to the letter when teaching new words or sentences.
Everyone is a Parrot
Some years ago, when I was learning to speak Portuguese during those first days, weeks, and months, I used to hear the word "papagaio" and then laughter directed toward me. Well, because I couldn´t understand what was being said, I asked my wife the meaning of "papagaio". She said that it meant parrot, because I only repeated what I heard others say.
Of course, my first reaction was to be offended, but then after thinking about ...
May 16, 2014
Teaching 3547 Views
Have you ever been sitting in class or a lecture or just listening to someone speaking using the same word or phrase over and over again, (e.g. 'ah'; 'OK') so that it becomes distracting? Yes, you have!
All of us have words or phrases that we are prone to use often. One such phrase might be, 'That's OK'. It is fine to use these phrases often if they are used in the right context. However, it is not 'okay' to use them as 'space fillers' as you think of what you want to say next. A pause in your speaking is better, as it can create a sense of anticipation in your students about what comes next and gives you a chance to get your thoughts together for what you want to say. Let your eyes roam around the class to make sure the class is ready for what comes next. This is a better 'space filler'.
As a teacher, one of your prime responsibilities is to be as perfect an example as possible of the correct use of language.
Using words like 'okay' often, can show a lack of vocabulary. On the other ...
May 16, 2014
Classroom Management 7557 Views
Many teachers in primary schools take it upon themselves to teach students to accept the responsibility of doing a job well and helping their classmates and their teacher have a happy and successful time at school.
These teachers have a series of jobs/duties that are spread among the class to ensure the efficient management of the class. The students change their jobs each term or week so that every student learns to do each job and to do it well.
Here is a list of jobs/duties shared in one class I saw as a relief teacher:
1. Collecting tuck shop orders and delivering them to the tuck shop/canteen.
2. Collecting the tuck shop box at morning tea and lunch time.
3. Returning the tuck box to the tuck shop after morning tea and to the class room after lunch.
4. This school had what it called a "Blue Bag". Each morning, students put important message, notes, order forms etc. in it ready to be taken to the office by the duty student.
5. Answering the class phone if the teacher is ...