Feb 4, 2017
Speaking/Listening 441 Views
We've all been there before, as a student or as the teacher: the teacher finishes talking about a topic and then "broadcasts" a question to the whole group. What happens next? Often, nothing. Nada. Crickets. A whole herd of deer in headlights.
And then after that initial uncomfortable time-span, what then? Usually anywhere from two to five students raise their hands to participate. The others just sit there. Are these other students thinking about the topic, but just not willing to share? Or are they thinking about what they're going to have for lunch? There's no way to tell.
Sound familiar? It should. In the vast majority of classrooms across the United States, this scene is played out a number of times every day. And yet, if you ask teachers to list the problems with whole-group discussion, they can tick them off in a matter of moments. Here are some of the problems that they will usually list:
· The teacher usually does most of the talking
· Only a small percentage of ...
Feb 3, 2017
Classroom Materials 588 Views
Project Based Learning: A Newspaper Project for High School Students
The purpose of this project is to provide students with different perspectives of learning English as a Second/Foreign language. Moreover, I believe that High School students will be interested in producing a newspaper since this is not a regular traditional classroom activity. For these reasons, teaching English through projects may motivate them and accelerate their language acquisition.
The use of projects in ESL/EFL classrooms is enhanced when students are predisposed to the idea of participating in the project and getting directly involved in the process making. To contribute to the success of the final outcome, the Newspaper issue, the students have to be engaged into the project from the initial stage to the final stage.
Working in collaboration means they are engaged in more communicative tasks and to be more independent learners rather than traditional teacher-oriented activity. By using pair or group work, ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Feb 1, 2017
Teaching 289 Views
Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension
Many elementary students are afraid to read aloud in front of their teachers, classmates, and even their family members. This poses a serious dilemma in that the practice of reading aloud builds reading fluency, which in turn, enhances reading comprehension-the ultimate goal of reading. When students understand what they’re reading, the potential for reading enjoyment is greatly enhanced. Granted, elementary students can read aloud to themselves when they are alone, however, if they struggle with reading, this is an unlikely scenario. Therefore, it’s extremely necessary for elementary teachers to provide collaborative read aloud experiences in their elementary classrooms for their students.
One of the best reading fluency strategies to implement in the elementary classroom is Poetry for Multiple Voices (adapted from Lowe, 2002). This strategy involves literacy collaboration among small groups of elementary students as they negotiate the ...
Education is all about cultivating learning and no matter which age group it caters to, it requires some serious approach especially when it comes to early childhood education. If someone has the affinity towards taking care of children and teaching them, especially the English language, then TEFL for young learners is a great way to do that. Teaching English to young learners has been gaining a lot of importance today. On the other hand, in this present time parents are more than willing to send their kids to English language classes and this has led to a huge demand for trained EFL/ESL teachers.
Schools are playing an important role when it comes to learning English. The schools generally run on professional methods where they know exactly how to teach children a foreign or second language and help them to grasp a new language – English in this case. Teaching English to young learners is challenging and rewarding all at the same time and English language learning can be tough for ...
Do you face difficulty in learning English? Do you keep saying to yourself “I could do much better if only if could improve my English language.”? If you have answered YES then certainly you will be looking for a solution for the same so that you can free yourself from the shackles of poor English. Here, in this article, we have explained some of the commonest problems which many of the learners across the globe face and some ways too which can make it easier for you to enhance your language in a simple but effective way.
Vocabulary is the number of words which a language knower knows. If you are the one who knows more number of words then naturally you will have no problem to express yourself, no matter what the situation is. But, if you are someone who knows just a few of the basic words then falling short of speech or the problem of trying to find the right word to express the situation or to continue the talk would occur. Therefore, try to focus more ...
TEFL which stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESOL which stands for Teaching English to Students of Other Languages are courses for teaching aspirants who wish to teach and travel at the same time. Travelling to various different places and teaching students there entitles dealing with a wide variety of students belonging to various different races, culture, origins. If someone loves to travel and meet different unknown people, is comfortable interacting with them, and has the capability to adjust in just about any circumstances, loves adventure or the idea of it, and is looking forward to a successful profession that involves all the above , then pursuing a Bachelor’s degree course would be appropriate. The course can also be pursued by those looking to master the modern and new-age ESL/EFL teaching techniques and become an accomplished educator.
A BA in TEFL can be pursued by any aspirant with a minimum educational qualification of 10+2 or equivalent from a ...
Jan 21, 2017
Other 378 Views
I meet a lot of parents, teachers and students. All have the same questions about school policies and they want to hear my visions about how schools can improve and how to meet the needs of the students in the best way.
People often ask me what I stand for when it comes to education and school policy and my answer is that schools should be better in finding out the students' interests and what level of knowledge they have. Teachers and the schools should stimulate our kids to feel motivated learning more and wanting to explore things. Going to school and learning things should be fun!
Anything that prevents our children from having this kind of learning environment will create insecure citizens in the future. If we don't give them these opportunities, we can not expect that the kids and their school results will change!
Honestly I do not know how a school based on punishments can lead to good citizens. I don't see how politicians can believe you can get children, teenagers or even ...
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou
Can learning a new language increase one's creativity?
The idea of creativity is complex. According to "Human Motivation" by Robert Franken, creativity is defined as "the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others or entertaining ourselves or others." To be creative you need to see things from new perspectives and from this generate new possibilities.
Creativity results from two types of thinking: convergent (focused, attention driven thinking narrowing solutions down to one) and divergent (the opposite, open thinking that considers all possibilities). Cycling between these two processes results in creative solutions.
Much research has been dedicated to the correlation of bilingualism and creativity. Children and adults raised as bilinguals perform better on measures of divergent thinking than monolinguals.
Jan 21, 2017
Lesson Planning 472 Views
Why is the traditional lecture approach to teaching so ineffective for learning? There are many reasons, including that it generally lacks engagement, most people dislike sitting in one spot for long stretches of time, and, oh yeah, it's BORING! Of course, if you've ever sat through a long lecture as a student (and who hasn't?), you already know this.
But there are also important biological reasons why lecture methodology doesn't work well. The first issue is an input problem. The most common analogy for lecture teaching is the "fire hose" analogy. Trying to take in all the information thrown at you in a lecture is like trying to drink from a fire hose that is turned on full blast. There's simply too much input, too fast. So, what can teachers intent upon improving the effectiveness of their lessons do to improve this situation?
The obvious answer is to cut down on the overload of information. The first step in this regard is to limit the amount of input time to shorter chunks ...
Jan 15, 2017
Speaking/Listening 428 Views
When you first start learning the French language or the German language, or any second language, the fastest way to "open mouth, insert foot" is to use idioms like the one I just did. Idioms can make for idiots. Not really, but I love alliteration.
The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't translate at all into the second language.
Here are some examples of idioms in American English:
· brain dead. Is your brain really dead? Of course not.
· I am full. What part of you is actually "full"? What are you full of? Don't say it. I know what you're thinking.
· What's up? "up" to a non-English speaker is in an upward direction, over one's head. The sky is up. The sun is up.