Mar 23, 2014
Writing 9667 Views
When people speak or write, they try to find the best way to describe what they are referring to. Using details to explain things makes the topic more interesting, as well as easier to picture and understand. Sometimes, it gets a little confusing trying to think of descriptive words and to remember how they work. In these moments, you may find that you need a little help.
There are websites that explain how and when to use descriptive words and give many examples of great word choices. Words used to describe other things are called adjectives and adverbs. While both add description, they work a little differently. A quality website that instructs on the proper use of descriptive words will use numerous models to show the differences in how the words are used.
Adjectives describe pronouns and nouns, such as people, places, things, and ideas. Questions that can help you remember adjectives include: which one? How many? What kind? These are questions that can be answered with: that... ; ...
Jan 23, 2009
Teaching 9653 Views
Constructivism has been ubiquitous for decades; educators can hardly write a grant proposal without using this trendy term.
But what does it mean?
What is modeling? Although some of you may be thinking that it is the act of walking down a runway in New York City, London, or Rome in order to show new clothing designs, the type of modeling that will be discussed here is quite different.
Modeling is a term used in psychology that means to demonstrate or show a correct behavior so that another person can imitate or reproduce the behavior. In ESL, conversation teachers strive to induce students to follow their verbal cues to the letter when teaching new words or sentences.
Everyone is a Parrot
Some years ago, when I was learning to speak Portuguese during those first days, weeks, and months, I used to hear the word "papagaio" and then laughter directed toward me. Well, because I couldn´t understand what was being said, I asked my wife the meaning of "papagaio". She said that it meant parrot, because I only repeated what I heard others say.
Of course, my first reaction was to be offended, but then after thinking about ...
Aug 8, 2011
Classroom Management 9546 Views
There is always the possibility that some students will try to discover a little too much about you or try to make you feel uncomfortable by asking increasingly personal, inappropriate, or silly questions. This is especially true when you start teaching a new class as the students are trying to test your boundaries and see if they can get you uncomfortable and upset. This type of behaviour needs to be dealt with swiftly or you could risk losing control of your entire class.
Sep 6, 2008
Classroom Management 9545 Views
At our popular Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, we always let the course participants name the problem areas they want to cover during the in-service workshop. We can always count on teachers asking for ideas for classroom management and control. Nearly every teacher has had moments when maintaining control over the class was difficult or impossible. Some teachers tell us that their class has actually gotten out of control. Here's help.
Dec 29, 2008
Teaching 9426 Views
As a first year teacher, you will be faced with a diverse learning community in your classroom. Most likely you will have students from different ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds which impacts the way they learn.
ESL classroom activity to help students with reading and vocabulary words.
Aug 16, 2008
Career Development 8794 Views
I wanted to talk about interviewing from both perspectives which are that of the ESL/EFL teacher looking for a new teaching job and that from the ESL/EFL school looking for a new teacher to fill their available teaching position. Keep in mind that this is just my advice and opinion on the matter. You should decide what you find useful and what does or doesn't work for you.
Aug 22, 2008
Lesson Planning 8605 Views
This guide is not meant to be the one and only way to develop a lesson plan; however, it is going to provide you with at least some good methods to start with. A general overview highlights the key points of creating a useful and working lesson plan.
English Language Learners (ELL) are the fasted growing group of students in our public school systems. In some systems, their numbers have more than doubled during the past decade. In order for these students to participate meaningfully in the academic activities required to meet standards and make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), educators must facilitate the development of language skills beyond those of social fluency (Jarrett, 2002).