Nov 14, 2017
Learning Methodology 363 Views
The following is an article response to the discourse between two prominent researchers, Noam Chomsky and Jean Piaget, who debated on the psychogenesis of knowledge and its epistemological significance (Beakley, & Ludlow, 1992). The premise of the debate, led by Piaget, was to argue that the hallmark of cognitive development is "construction of the new", a constructivist concept. According to Piaget, constructivism explains how individuals are actively involved in a constructive exchange with the environment through assimilation and accommodation which contributes to the acquisition of learning and of knowledge (Piaget, 1980).
Piaget argues against those notions of association because those models do not support how anything can be produced from nature, since individuals, as emphasized by John Locke, are born with a 'blank slate'. These anti-empiricist and anti-behaviorist notions are challenged by Chomsky. Chomsky disagrees with Piaget's notion of constructivism and he claims ...
~~An Integrated EAP approach
The article is about a successful collaborative project within the Computer Science department. It shows how by working together with the department, the library and the study skills centre ESAP can have its profile raised and can make a real impact. It suggests that this collaboration can integrate the support the students receive, show them how the univeristy is connected and that ESAP is an important and relevant part of the university support network.
Academic English is often seen as an odd on to departmental classes. Academics often do not see it as a valuable integrated part of their programmes. As a result of this students also neglect to see its value and often believe that as they are on their courses that those courses should get their undivided attention. This makes the role of the EAP practitioner extremely hard and we can often feel like we are facing an uphill struggle. However, where there is cooperation and when the role of ...
Sep 3, 2017
Teaching Methodology 354 Views
One of the Herculean but mouth-watering duties of an instructor is assuming the role of a counselor. Despite the fact that an instructor's primary goal is to impart academic knowledge in the field of content delivery, s/he has a secondary and an all-important task of shaping the moral behavior of students. Thus, an instructor's role is holistic centering on the total development of the learner. This explains why instructors are normally painted with the phrase 'shapers of future leaders'. Metaphorically, students are like a herd of cattle while teachers are herdsmen. As fragile, senseless, and immature like cows, students need occasional and sometimes frequent coaching from the most skillful and experienced tutors. If their paths are not directed, they can end up in deep pits that can even thwart their academic goals.
True, instructors are saddled with a lot of responsibilities in various educational institutions making time very scarce for them. However, they must urgently take up ...
Oct 6, 2017
Teaching 349 Views
Deciding on to become an English teacher abroad is one of the best decisions one can make as it will offer him/her with a life of teaching and travelling, given that the person is passionate about it. Anyone who’s deciding on to teach English in Europe, need to start on their next level planning i.e. to decide where in Europe do they actually want to teach. The continent of Europe is home to a number of beautiful countries and the difference can be seen ranging hugely. It is a crucial to know which country is right before venturing out to make it the new home. One of the most attractive things about Europe is its ideal work environment. In many important European counties, the pace is slightly slower compared to most parts of the world though expectations for quality teaching remain the same. Students learning English are eager to learn quickly, while they also take up enough time as to fully absorb the new language. The work environment in most of Europe includes time for relaxation, ...
Nov 14, 2017
Study Skills 349 Views
Motivation to study is when you have the eagerness to study with your desire to have great marks. Eagerness to study comes when you have a future vision about your life and where do you want to be after graduation from college, without having such eagerness, studying could be challenging.
A recent study showed that students who have a future vision so that they know what life looks like after graduation are more motivated than those who don't have a future vision. Here are some points to motivate yourself to study:
1. Know your destination: while studying at high school, give yourself some time to search for colleges that you feel that they are appealing to you so that you can have a better view for your choice to know what is the college that better suits you. Knowing your destination by knowing the best college that suits you will motivate you to study more at high school and will make you have better grades.
2. Live in your future: you can apply this on any school year. ...
The profile of EAP and ESAP is often very low key and under the radar of many academic departments. It is often seen as remedial and an afterthought. As EAP teachers we are aware of the difficulties non-native and indeed native speakers face in becoming familiar with the academic culture and acquiring an academic voice of their own. This article shows a way that as EAP teachers we can raise our own profile and by doing so can help to raise awareness that we are not just a remedial service or a basic study skills provider. It helps to show that we are professional members of the university by achieving Fellowship of Higher Education status and have an important role to play in learning and teaching.
I have almost twenty years teaching experience including ten of EAP and ESAP in three tertiary establishments in the UK. However, in this time I have often felt that insessional support has been viewed as an add on or as something that we give to the weaker students or just ...
Jun 28, 2017
Other 326 Views
As people live a monotonous life, it can get quite meaningless. Most individuals in today’s world have been reduced to this programmed robot; one which is supposed to live according to some pre-determined set of rules. You wake up, go to work, come back and then go to sleep. It seems like the society has pressed some buttons that have decided the kind of life you should live. It should come as no surprise that it gets boring. Want to break it? Focus on personal growth development.
Say no to the monotony
There is a way to make sure this does not carry on till eternity. Of course, you do not have to leave everything behind and run away to the mountains, although that might seem tempting at times. It is possible to lead a meaningful life without letting it all go. But that entails one to develop the urge to grow as a human being each day. Yes, personal growth and development are what is being talked about. However, is it so easy to switch on the “improve myself” mode? No, it is a process. ...
Aug 26, 2017
Other 318 Views
When you want to pursue your university studies after your high school in Indonesia, you will faced with a number of challenges. One of the biggest challenges in the Indonesian education industry is the increasing cost of education for the students. There are two categories of colleges one is state universities and the other is self-sponsored private institutions. The latter is the most expensive route even though it is rather easier to get into such institutions. Most students prefer to go through the state universities because there is a stark difference in the fee structure. As you are likely to be aware to get into the state universities you are required to appear for an entrance test and only those who successfully clear the SBMPTN exams manage to get into the state universities. To help students successfully get into the state universities there are number of bimbingan belajar SBMPTN services. As a student you are likely to face challenges in identifying the right tutoring ...
Nov 17, 2017
Teaching 316 Views
“I can’t believe it!” My colleague stated as he entered the office, after teaching the third hour.
“What is it that you can’t believe?” I asked.
“I spent the entire first hour explaining that vocabulary word. I wrote on the board, put in a sentence, and saw the students take note. However, I asked them about it, none of them remember it.” My colleague expressed his frustration.
This conversation is not unique to my colleague. Most teachers have experienced similar situations and were left asking themselves why the students couldn’t recall the vocabulary.
My colleague’s remarks brought forth Dr. Krashion’s theory of providing the learner with a fine-tuned comprehensible input. According to Dr. Krashion explaining a concept doesn’t mean that the learner acquires it. Explaining is the process of presenting the information or “omitting” the information, while learning is the process of “internalizing” the information. According to Dr. Krashion to internalize the information, the teacher ...
The pre-production phase, or silent period, is one which many beginner second-language students have had experience with. In my years teaching EFL to young learners in China and Korea, I have dealt with many students who looked completely overwhelmed by the new language. I believe the most important thing for a teacher to do is to respect this silent period as a natural phase. It is part of the development, that is the language development, that a period of input needs to be built up before a student is ready to produce, and so it is the teacher's job to provide the student with a developmentally appropriate environment while he or she works through this initial phase in language acquisition.
Keep them moving
One approach which I have found to work really well during this phase is the Total Physical Response (TPR) approach. In this approach, the teacher gives a series of commands while demonstrating (or modelling) each one; the student then demonstrates comprehension, not verbally, ...