Sep 23, 2013
Young Learners 7345 Views
Oh no! My child is not reading on grade level! Is it their vocabulary? Vocabulary is essential to comprehending what is read. Is this hurting my child's comprehension? Learning how to read is essential to be successful in school and to achieve anything in life. Whether a child decides to attend a 4-year college, community college, technical college, or go into the military, reading is necessary.
So you ask, what is vocabulary, really? It is knowledge of a word that not only implies a definition, but also how the word fits into the world. As a parent, your child should be adding from 2,000 to 3,000 words each year to their reading vocabulary, according to Michael Graves, Vocabulary Book Learning and Instruction. I know you are thinking, WOW, how are they going to do that?
This would include words such as do, did, does, etc. That counts as three words. These are called word families.
There is a correlation between word knowledge and reading comprehension. If a student doesn't understand ...
Sep 23, 2013
Grammar 3563 Views
English Grammar Tips: Homonyms
"Teacher, I get confused. How do I know when to use their, there or they're in English?"
Have you ever been asked this frequent question? It's but one of many English language teachers worldwide hear from perplexed learners. It's a fair enough question as these three forms are what we call homonyms. That is, they are words which sound the same but have distinctly different meanings. Fortunately, the differences and applications can be easily clarified. Let's look at them now.
The Possessive Pronoun "Their"
This first one, "their", is a possessive pronoun. We use it to show belonging or ownership of a group. It is in the same category with other possessive pronouns which include "our", "your" also in the plural and "my", "his", "her" and "its" in the singular. Two examples of usage are:
"Where is their class room?"
"This is their class room". Or rather, the class room belongs to them.
The Contraction "They're"
The second form we'll consider is the ...
Sep 8, 2013
Grammar 2905 Views
Where to start with grammar and language learning?
If you're a language user (the odds are good if you're reading this article), there are two ways to approach grammar and language use.
The prescriptive grammar approach tells you how you should use the language. Think of a prescription the doctor writes, telling you to take pills once a day with food for five days.
The descriptive grammar approach is used to describe what really happens with language out on the streets. Following the medical analogy, once you get home you forget to take your medicine on day three and you don't take it with food on day five. This happens.
Both prescriptive and descriptive grammar are important for language learners, but for very different reasons.
Let's look at each.
Prescriptive grammar refers to the rules you covered in middle school about starting a sentence with a conjunction, ending a sentence with a preposition, or splitting infinitives. You've probably heard of these rules before, even if you ...
Sep 8, 2013
Writing 3452 Views
In an argumentative essay, the introduction is very important. It gives the reader his/her first impression of an argumentative essay.
Start with a short background.
Example: Every pet owner knows that there are enormous responsibilities that go along with having a cat or dog. You must feed and exercise your pet, to keep it physically healthy; you must play with it, and keep it emotionally healthy too. You have to keep it safe from cars, people, or other animals, and you ought to protect other people, property, or pets from your own animal.
Introduce the debated question / issue.
Example: There's another responsibility that not all pet owners think about, however: spaying or neutering, or "fixing." What does "fixing" you pet mean? Simply put, it means taking your pet to the vet for a quick, cheap surgery that will prevent your pet from ever becoming a mother or father.
Explain why it's important.
Example: This surgery solves problems that pet owners know about, and ...
All subjects we teach have their own language and terminology. These help communicate meaning to what children learn and help them communicate what they have learnt more effectively. Consequently, we, as teachers, need to teach and test the language/terminology of our subject areas. The quiz in its various forms is a way to enhance that learning in a time efficient and fun way.
Mathematics has always been an area where the quiz has been used to great effect. Below are examples of how it can be used in Mathematics as an example for other teaching areas.
1. Subject Language/Terminology Quiz
Here the teacher simply gives students a series of terms. The students write out in their own words an explanation of each term.
e.g.: concurrent parallel congruent collinear skew (Maths) constellation galaxy planet satellite orbit (Science) revolution democracy nationalism parliament cabinet (Hist.)
Students should be encouraged to use other subject terms/words to help explain what the terms mean. ...
Sep 4, 2013
Reading 3329 Views
Nothing can change an ardent reader’s love for books. Books are food for their thought. Most people cling to their love for books amidst a flood of other choices such as movies, music and games. Books teleport you into another world where you can let your imagination run wild. Most people love books that they can relate to. Such books make you think profoundly and teach you the essence of life.
We bring to you the top 5 most-loved books of all times that would certainly satiate your mind of its craving for words. These books are readily available on Amazon at a very sensible price.
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo is authored by French novelist Alexandre Dumas. The book is based on real-life incident of writer’s wrong imprisonment. The Count of Monte Cristo showcases the state of bureaucratic and social affair prevalent in Italy and France during the nineteenth century. It is an epic saga that depicts the roller coaster ride of Edmond Dantés agonized life from ...
Aug 31, 2013
Career Development 3064 Views
The Youth and graduates looking for a job have all the qualifications for getting a job. They make it to the interview level. When it comes at the interview they falter. They have the better and a good resume. But they fail to manage the tricky and tough questions. When tough questions were asked they blame it on the managers, it is not the correct answer. You should avoid the blame game, always express positive answers to questions, and say I am ready for more challenges and it will offer better opportunities. You must remember the interview is to market your abilities, be positive in the interview, prepare well for the interview and if needed conducts a mock interview with your friend. Communication skills and answer all the questions directly and dress sense and body language all play key parts in How To Crack Interviews?
When it comes to Youth, the youth in the 21st century has many technologies that will give you easy access to a wide variety of media which include Internet, ...
by James Heywood and Kris Jagasia
When we chat with educators considering whether to take a leap and begin teaching online, we often hear reservations. Will my private students really get the same value in an online setting? Will they really want to pay my full private rate for online classes? We (TurksLearnEnglish.com) launched a site dedicated to conversation classes for Turkish speakers in May 2013. So far, we’ve found that the online experience can actually be more powerful than the in-person traditional English lesson. For any teachers humming and hawing whether to take their business online, we present to you five barriers that are removed when teaching online:
1: Kill the commute: As urbanization grows across the world, the commutes in many of the world’s largest cities can be hellish. Many students learning English as a second language are also young professionals working long hours. If a young professional leaves work at 6:00 pm they may not arrive to a centrally located language school until ...
Hello, in this short post we would like to share some experience we've had as TurksLearnEnglish.com teaching Turkish native speakers English. To date we've had a multitude of Turkish Adult students from all walks of life and we like to share some resources we've used with them outside of class.
Today, we look at how our Turkish students learning English can benefit from using an online thesaurus to improve writing and increase general vocabulary. We think this tool can be used for students from all cultures.
The thesaurus, in Turkish ‘eşanlamlılar sözlüğü‘, is one of the best tools available to improve your writing. Not only that, it’s also an productive way to increase the number of words you use actively in your daily speech.
The thesaurus, ‘a dictionary of words grouped together with similar meaning’, is familiar to any English speaker who has spent time writing essays in high school and beyond. The most famous thesaurus in the English language was compiled by Peter Mark Roget and ...
Aug 19, 2013
Teaching 5055 Views
Most high schools have a Mid-Semester Report sent out to parents to indicate to them how their child is progressing in each subject. It is usually compiled late in the term. Often, it is followed by a parent teacher evening that allows parents to discuss this report with the subject teacher.
This reporting process has its difficulties often related to getting to know your new students. Sometimes, this is caused by the shortness of Term One and the very busy schedule of activities necessary to get the new year underway.
Therefore, when it comes time to begin your First Term Mid-Semester Report you find yourself wondering which student belongs to a particular name. He/she is on your class list but try as you might you cannot put a face to the name. He/she has simply got 'under your radar'. Don't be alarmed. It usually happens in first year high school classes. You need to remember that you probably teach five classes consisting of up to 140 students that you need to get to know in a ...