According to linguists (i.e. scientits who engage in the scientific study of human language)there is an important distinction between language acquisition and language learning.
Jul 22, 2012
Teaching Methodology 5503 Views
The cooperative learning model certainly had its heyday in recent educational history. The term cooperative learning describes a classroom setting in which the students are put into groups and formally work on a specific assignment in a formal group setting. The cooperative learning training that swept the nation in the early to mid 1990s was a helpful early step in the effort to keep students engaged in classroom instruction.
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing subpopulation in the country with the highest dropout rate and the lowest graduation rate of all subgroups. Though you can find specific statistics on the ELL population by going into individual districts and department of education sites, it is very difficult to find up-to-date real statistics as a nation on the total English language learner population.
Jul 22, 2012
E-Learning/CALL 3190 Views
Why do we need to integrate technology with a K-12 classroom? Many schools and colleges are using or in the process of implementing various online technologies and solutions to enhance communication amongst students. According to the educational authority, it is the students at large who are demanding the introduction of highly advanced technology in the classroom.
The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between English Language Learning Strategies (LLSs) and motivational orientations including Amotivation, Extrinsic orientation and Intrinsic orientation. To do so, 131 university students, studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL), by use of cluster sampling were randomly selected. To assess English Language Learning Strategies, “Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL)” and in order to estimate motivational orientation, Language Learning Orientations Scale (LLOS) were applied. Multiple Regression was used to analyze the data. The results displayed that there is a significantly negative relationship between scored obtained from LLSs and amotivtaion. Furthermore, no significant relationship has been found between Extrinsic orientation and LLSs; while there was a significantly positive relationship between Intrinsic orientation and scored obtained from LLSs.
Jul 8, 2012
Other 3013 Views
When your child enters school a new institution enters your family. The school influences your family life, your child's life, and his or her sense of well-being. Often this is a positive influence - new experiences, new friends, pride in learning. However, for most parents there comes a time when you need to schedule a talk with the teacher.
Jul 8, 2012
Teaching 4286 Views
Today in education, more than ever before, teachers have to know how to analyze data. For the most part teachers have mastered the art of administering assessments. There is no shortage of assessments. We use screeners, diagnostics, progress monitors, and outcome assessments. And let's not forget the good old test prep. Test prep is probably the most-used assessment of any other. One of the more useful ways to analyze data and sort kids into groups that I have used is the "Four Quadrant Sort". The purpose of this article is to explore several different reading and math four quadrant sorts.
Jul 8, 2012
Teacher Training 3356 Views
Many administrators are also master teachers. Still, instructing others to be effective educators requires a different set of skills from teaching classes yourself. And yet, as another session approaches, administrators face the task of training a new group of teachers. Below are six tips you can use to effectively train your staff.
Jul 8, 2012
Other 3108 Views
Schools are increasingly starting to look at alternatives to the conventional three-term school year as the long summer holiday is now considered a barrier to effective learning. As such, four and five-term systems are being examined to see if they could deliver better results for teachers, students and parents.
Jul 3, 2012
Speaking/Listening 3334 Views
English wasn't his first language. I was once coaching a young man of Chinese origin in public speaking, *Sam, who was extremely fearful of speaking before groups. Apart from the universal fears of 'being nervous', 'making a fool of himself', 'not being interesting' and 'being judged by others', his overriding fear was that of feeling humiliated in front of his peers because English wasn't his first language.