Being a Malaysian, my personal experience tells me that most Asian educational institutions are still obsessed with the colonial mentality of only preferring or wanting native speakers as their English teachers. Having said that, of course, hesitatingly, I would also concede that a native's knowledge of the English language is not an automatic passport to employment anywhere abroad, but individuals from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and the whole of UK, obviously stand a better chance, when pitted head to head with another equally qualified, if not better candidate, say from Malaysia, in securing an English teaching job.
Malaysia was a former British colony. We are also a member of the Commonwealth. English is taught in schools beginning elementary right up to higher secondary, pursued further onto tertiary levels, to obtain first-degree, master and doctorate in the subject proper. English is the second language of the country and most widely spoken everywhere ...
May 16, 2014
Teaching 3552 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 ...
Jan 2, 2010
Other 3550 Views
Nothing of permanence or long-standing value comes without reflection and evaluation, and that is true for education and our goals there as well. What we do to educate others matters, how we teach it matters, and the value we place on the application of the material at hand speaks volumes of our character and reputation.
Jul 9, 2016
Teaching 3549 Views
Teachers have a professional obligation to be trustworthy with the education and care of their pupils. Often during a teacher's professional career, a student will look at him/her as a role model and since educators will teach their students with both academics and life lessons, the proper use of social media is very important. Teachers who learn to perfect the good use of social platforms will establish constructive and respectful values with the community and their students.
The Virginia Department of Education has established a professional code of ethics that an educationist must follow to ensure unbiased and trustworthy instruction for their students. "The mission of the Department of Education is to lead and facilitate the development and implementation of a quality public education system that meets the needs of students and assists them in becoming educated, productive, and responsible citizens." ("Code of Ethics") A professional code of ethics outlines a teacher's ...
Sep 21, 2012
Teaching 3548 Views
In order to become an English teacher, one must be fluent in English with a sound educational background and must complete a certified English teacher training course. Specialization in a specific academic field is not mandatory to become an English teacher but a proper teacher training course is.
Aug 1, 2009
Other 3546 Views
If you are a good communicator in your own culture, does that automatically make you competent in another culture? The answer is no, if you only interpret through your own cultural glasses and don't take cultural differences into account.
Aug 1, 2012
Teaching 3544 Views
Think about all the experiences you have had in life, including when you were a child, all the way up to where you are now. These experiences have had a huge impact on who you are today and have certainly aided in developing your perspective on situations.
Feb 3, 2013
Teacher Training 3543 Views
While more and more teachers are experimenting with the latest classroom concept, the flipped classroom, science teacher Shelly Wright believes that real learning occurs when lectures are actually phased out completely - not just pushed from in-class to at-home - and when students take control of their own learning.
Dec 6, 2009
Writing 3542 Views
Essay writing is a creative activity that can be undertaken for fun, to put across ones views or for someone’s recreation. Following are the highlights of How to write an Essay easily.
Teaching grammar is an imperative element of school education. Without proper grammar, written or spoken words usually lose their exact meaning and much of their value as well. It is a significant part of language to get right for which, teachers take special care on imparting the real importance of it to their students. However, the task becomes much tough to teach in an ESL setting.
One common way is to focus on the different forms and rules and helping students to learn the subject with help of rote memorization. But, for ESL teachers, the process is different as because the target audience treats English as their second language.
Going Out of One's Comfort Zone
For teaching a topic, one needs to understand the very same. Teachers must know about different parts of sentences, rules and tenses including basics of the subject as well. The process of just running into the classroom and going through a series of answers and exercises is not the ideal way. Mostly, ESL students do not ...