How Certificate IV in EAL Helped Me, A Nigerian, Enhance My Life In Australia and My Career Route?
I should say that English has always been a major roadblock in my career. I have failed at many interviews. I ruined great many chances to gain success.
I am a Nigerian and I speak Yoruba. I have always faced difficulty in speaking English properly.
Am I in Australia Now?
I have been in Australia for over 10 years now. I should say that I was actually brought here by my parents. I should say that we have a small community here so when we speak, we speak our language and I think that brought for me the problems, I didn’t surmise.
I should say that life in this country was a great test of patience for me. I was not able to communicate with the people in English.
I wanted to pursue higher education and wanted to go into one of the top colleges in Australia. But, poor communication skills stood my way, forcing me to go back or try out something else. Then, I began to pay more attention to ...
~~Talking about the future in English can be difficult as technically there are no future tenses in English. The future is not fixed – it does not exist yet. So in English we use a number of forms and structures to express the future. It is usually the degree of certainty about the future decides our choice of structure or tense. But the distinction between choices is not always clear.
Native speakers of English vary their future forms depending on:
* variety, to avoid repetition
* formality, use “will” instead of “going to”
* type of text, “will” is generally used to make weather predictions
Ways of talking about the future in English.
For unplanned future events/instant decisions – I’ll get it!
For expectations/predictions that are not based on present or past evidence – England will win the match
To make promises – I’ll see you tomorrow
* Going to (be + going to + verb)
For predictions based on past or present evidence - She’s going to have a baby
For pre-meditated ...
~~1. Establish ground rules from the first day of class and be clear, consistent and fair throughout
2. Remember the learners' names. Encourage them to use and remember their classmates' names. Use their names often when teaching (ie. talking to them, making requests, TPR exercises, learners passing back notebooks or workbooks, playing games, etc.)
3. Show them what to do. Don't explain. Just do. They will follow your lead. English needs to be experienced, not explained.
4. Encourage trust between you and the learners. Through your actions show them that you will never embarrass them for making a mistake in English.
5. Use eye contact to communicate your praise and disappointment.
6. Create well-planned, consistent lessons with a predictable format which gives the learners a sense of security and balance. Learners feel more confident if they know what to expect.
7. Always be pleasantly surprised when learners interact with each other or you in English.
8. Reassure your learners that ...
Feb 20, 2018
Teaching 273 Views
Facts about Volunteering Teaching in India.
Volunteering teaching is one of the noblest acts anyone with proper education can do for others. The best gift you can give to anyone is knowledge; this gift abides forever with whomever it has been given. Every other thing can be lost in this world but the education that one acquires can never be lost – it abides forever. When you volunteer in India as a teacher you are offering the most precious ruby that can never be lost to the young ones, which will be passed from one generation to another.
If you are interested in volunteering as a teacher in India, there are some facts you should consider to prepare yourself beforehand. Obviously your fluency in English and some level of education is a necessary asset, but there are some other important facts that will determine your success as a volunteer in this third world country. I have seen a lot of volunteers start out with a lot of zeal and excitement and end up in frustration, just because ...
Feb 3, 2018
Career Development 246 Views
Applying for a qualified teacher position that you seen advertised does not mean you will be appointed to the role. When is a teacher not a teacher? When you do not have the specific qualifications and past experience in the subject area that the employer is looking for. This information is based on my personal experience and input from others.
As a qualified/certified high school teacher in the UK, native English speaker, BA, MA holder and years of teaching experience I am suitable for various teacher roles. Business & Economics specialist, although I have also taught English first language in England to 11-18 year old pupils.
Attending an interview for an English teacher job in the Middle East with one of the best employers is an achievement for many people. They have looked at your resume/cover letter and matched skills, personal characteristics, traits and your command of the English language.
Difference between a language teacher of English and a high school teacher:
Mar 10, 2018
Career Development 243 Views
Language teaching is a unique field which has seen a tremendous amount of change in recent years. Emerging technologies have fundamentally altered the language teacher's role and opened up instructional opportunities undreamed of just 15 years ago. Government policies have mandated bilingual education programs, fostered the development of a Common European Framework, and acted to protect endangered languages. Theoreticians have moved to a post-method era in recognition that language teaching and learning is a dynamic system with the teacher as autonomous agent in the classroom, responsible for making calculated decisions based on experience, professional training, and the immediate needs of his or her learners.
While our field's rapid evolution is exciting to watch, it also signals the importance of ongoing professional development. For teachers with limited resources (monetary, time, or access), the challenge comes in the form of weighing options. There are five paradigms of ...
Jan 15, 2018
Career Development 242 Views
Even though I’m not a millionaire, YET, I have learned to interact with the most successful teachers I know here in H.K, and just from the conversations we had and the stories they shared, I managed to draw out a few lessons and here’s some of the most important stuff I learned from them, it could also be useful to you in your teaching journey.
Focus on the Demand
In your teaching career here in Hong Kong, you have to focus on what the students and parents actually need. Recently, I have seen a lot courses being developed that do not address any specific need but are just there as a collection of topics ruthlessly forced into unsuspecting students’ heads, I only realized the importance of studying trends in demand when I took a more in depth study of these millionaire teachers and it became clear that these guys always teach their student to pass their exams. Everybody needs to pass an exam right? So when you work, or when you train for being an HK tutor, it is important to do as ...
Best PTE Coaching India engaged in Exclusive PTE Academic Coaching since 2013. This article is written just to give you some basic perspective on PTE Academic test.
Make sure you’ve prepared enough for the test in terms of question intelligence and also put in the adequate effort in practice. The amount of practice needed for getting 79, 65 or 58 marks in PTE varies from test taker to test taker. On the test, day reach your respective PTE Academic test center at least 30 minutes in advance. If you are going to test centre just on time can impede your performance. You don’t have to carry any stationary items like pen, pencil papers to the test center as PTE Academic is a computer-based test. For rough work, they give either an erasable notepad or booklet. You are not even allowed to carry your watch or any gadget inside testing room.
The first module you’ll attempt is speaking in PTE Academic, after speaking writing and after writing, Reading and at the end, you will have the listening ...
Mar 10, 2018
Learning Methodology 203 Views
When it comes to teaching, it may seem challenging to aim for new perspectives related to refining the Learning Process. In this context, phenomena like Globalization and the advent of the Internet exemplify that students' minds have constantly changed, showing that school subjects have to be taught under a new glance. Opposing to individualistic practices, Cooperative Learning is an excellent way to introduce 21st century students to a changing world, letting their voices be heard and bringing back interaction to the classroom.
Whenever teamwork is valorized, a more meaningful knowledge is produced. By working together, students can get effectively involved with the issues they study and be stimulated to share resources and information with each other, so that everyone's learning is maximized. Rather than being shy and not asking questions, through Cooperative Learning students are invited to expose doubts that enrich the learning environment.
Adopting Cooperative Learning, however, ...
Jan 15, 2018
Classroom Management 202 Views
~~Facing a class of under fives can be a very frightening experience. What do you do when they start crying, crawling under the table, throwing things, won’t participate etc?
It is important to remember that learning English can be a frightening and destabilising experience for a young child and it is vital that rapport and trust is established quickly. Greet them when they come into the classroom, and use their names as much as possible. Sometimes having children’s music/songs playing quietly in the background can reduce the stress felt by the learners.
Sometimes small toys/teddies etc can be used to distract nervous or tearful learners who can be asked to “look after” the toy for the lesson. It is important to set this up clearly or the child may become distressed at the end of the lesson when they have to return it. For this to work well the same group of toys should be available every week and there should be at least one available per learner. These toys can also be used to ...