To learn a language (in this case English), you must master different language skills.
To communicate effectively, you need to be able to speak, write, read and listen.
Speaking and writing are productive language skills, this means that you have control over what you are saying or writing and the vocabulary you use.
To do this, you use your active vocabulary. These are the words you know, and more importantly, know how to use in context!
Reading and listening on the other hand, are receptive language skills, this means that you receive information and have no control over it.
However, this does not mean that these two skills are less important than speaking and writing, quite on the contrary, you can use them to build and enlarge both your passive and active vocabulary.
For example, you read a text but did not understand every single word in it. But the overall meaning was clear to you. Thanks to your active vocabulary, you were able to understand the main points of the text and it ...
by Nagshree Krishnamurthy
Mar 23, 2014
Young Learners 4165 Views
Success like all other skills can also be learnt. In fact it should be an important part of child education. The million dollar question is how to teach children to succeed?
Here's the answer.
Help your children to develop the qualities required to succeed. The habits, the style of thinking, the way of behavior which attracts success, can be easily taught to children.
After all, children have more curiosity and better grasping power than adults.
What are the qualities that help children become successful?
The first and foremost is the belief 'I Can.' "I can become successful... I can do it." This kind of confident self-belief should be nurtured in children.
B.K. Narayan, author of 'Success Mindware,' a complete self development course for children, suggests following technique to build confident self-image in children.
"You can build Success Self-image in your children on the strength of each little success which they have achieved till today," says Narayan. "Here's how you do ...
by Jonathan Zeen Yick Quek
Mar 4, 2014
Pronunciation/Phonics 3090 Views
What Is Phonics?
To put it simply, phonics is the method of teaching children to read, which focuses on the individual sounds of letters, or groups of letters, and blending them together. A word is broken down and sounded out (decoded), and then blended together to reveal what the word says.
Advantages Of Phonics
• Many words can be taught at one time in a phonic family. Here's an example of a phonic family: words that end with "at" like rat, cat, sat, etc.
• Phonics equips readers with a strategy to sound out unfamiliar words.
• It helps children to develop spelling skills, and cuts down on them guessing at a word when attempting to read it.
What Are Sight Words?
Sight words are words that a reader recognises instantly. They form the basis of the whole-word approach to teaching reading. In this approach, a word is perceived as a whole unit, without analysis of its subword parts. Young readers are encouraged to recognise the whole word, rather than sound out the individual letters ...
by Jonathan Zeen Yick Quek
Mar 4, 2014
Young Learners 4183 Views
Objection 1: No Proof That Early Learning Works
To some parents, the concept of "early learning" --- teaching children at a very young age using specific methods and techniques --- may seem like a modern myth, with little scientific evidence to back it up. Yes, one may occasionally read in the newspapers about the child prodigy who could read lengthy books, solve difficult math questions, or play music like a virtuoso, but isn't this more the exception rather than the rule?
Scour the world wide web, and it is easy to discover otherwise. If nothing else, the bountiful video footage posted online of many young children reading, doing math and playing a musical instrument is proof positive that early learning is a lot more common and successful than some parents may imagine it to be. The Internet community of parents teems with personal testimonies and anecdotal accounts of how their children have benefitted in different ways from their efforts to teach them early.
by Jonathan Zeen Yick Quek
Mar 4, 2014
Reading 3360 Views
To help you get started, we have put together a list of some of the more popular early reading methods out there to give you a grasp of their salient principles and differences. You may discover that a particular one matches your child's learning style and preferences perfectly, or even that a combination, rather than any single one, of these techniques are far more effective in teaching the written word to your baby.
Glenn Doman's Flashcard Method
Glenn Doman is a physical therapist who developed an approach to treating brain-damaged children in the 1950s in the United States. As his research progressed, he found out that the same type of accelerated learning method he used with brain-injured children can be applied on normal children. In fact, he believes that all babies have a genius potential that if properly developed, can well exceed that of Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. To draw out this genius potential, children should be appropriately stimulated from infancy by their ...
Teaching English has become a popular way for native speakers to see the world and earn a living at the same time, but it's not exactly easy! If you've never taught before, you might not be sure how to start. When you're trying to teach English to non-native speakers, watch your idioms, slow down your speech patterns and use basic vocabulary that's easy to understand to help your students become successful. Lastly, don't forget about classroom management! Even if you're teaching adults, it's important that you have adequate classroom management skills so that your class isn't running the show.
Watch The Idioms When You're Trying To Teach English
When you're a teacher, it's vital that you watch what you say carefully. Saying things like 'It's time to hit the books,' or 'This homework should be a piece of cake' will likely be met with some serious confusion. Do you really want your class to slap their textbooks or bring you a piece of cake the next day? If not, it's important to watch ...
Mar 4, 2014
Young Learners 4218 Views
Preschool age children typically have a great deal of natural energy. For them it is a period of incredible creativity, imagination, curiosity, and play. They reinvent the world, try on new roles, and struggle to play their parts in it. The stages of child development often found in textbooks should not be viewed as strict guidelines for preschool or any level of development. Rather there is one basic rule you should remember about child development that will save you countless hours of worry.
The fact that a child passes through a particular developmental stage is always more important than the age of the child when he or she does it. In the long run, it really doesn't matter whether your child learn to walk at 10 months or 15 months as long he learns to walk. Every child has in him a timetable for growth - - a pathway unique to him.
Recognize the Difference in Your Children
Growth is not static or follows open progression. It can be three steps forward and two steps back before ...
Our favorite sites to find EFL lesson plans for our private lessons
Over the past 20 years we (founders of off2class) have been teaching lessons around the world. For the past five years we've focused on private EFL lessons (both online and offline). Our students have ranged from elderly housewives to preschool aged children and everything in between.
As many of you have likely experienced, it is challenging to find high quality lesson plan content online. Many sites are user generated and carry too much breadth with too little organization. User generated sites have created so much content that it can be difficult to narrow in on just what it is you're looking for. Although, it can be challenging, there are some great sites out there to find EFL lesson plans for your own private lessons. This is a list (in no particular order) of our favorite sites:
ReadWriteThink is an entirely free service with a mission to provide educators and parents with quality learning ...
Feb 5, 2014
Lesson Planning 4589 Views
Planning a grammar lesson for a TESOL / TEFL class is something that many new teachers find very difficult and this article is designed to offer some advice. Here we are focusing our attention on lessons where the focus is grammar as teachers often find this most difficult of all.
1. The first thing to say is that lesson planning is very important whether a teacher is newly trained or experienced. It is true that an experienced teacher may not need to do as much preparation on a day-to-day basis as a newly trained teacher but, nevertheless, it is important that every lesson is prepared with care.
2. When planning a grammar lesson try to embed the grammar in a typical situation so that the new language is easier for the students to understand. For example, if you have a class of adults you could build your lesson around having a car serviced in a garage to introduce or practise the Present Perfect tense. In the course of your lesson, sentences like this could naturally arise. They've ...
by Swati Karanveer Sharma
Feb 5, 2014
E-Learning/CALL 4674 Views
The corporate world is changing with flying colors. In this fast moving world, new approaches, ideas, policies and technology arise daily. In the recent time in order to rub shoulder to shoulder, learning is considered as a never ending process. It is the need of the hour that organizations constantly train and educate their employees about the changing dynamics of the industry. Nowadays, companies use Learning Management System to offer training and learning to employees at various levels.
Learning Management System is a software application that enables the masses to learn anything, anywhere and anytime. The learner can access study material online. This process eliminates the limitations of time, distance and resources and use internet technology to deliver up to date training in a cost effective manner.
Now the question arises why one should use LMS? There are a number of benefits of using an LMS like:-
• 24*7 Learning: - With access to internet in computer or laptop one can learn ...