Jul 23, 2013
Teaching 4752 Views
Extrinsic Motivation – What is it?
We all have been there. A student in class is not involved, not giving their best or just plain bored. What do we do? Do we keep plugging away, trying everything that we can to get that student reinvigorated with the current lesson? Or, do we possibly appeal to something that is important in everyone’s life? That all important factor is, or many times can be, extrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation is something that drives people every day and in every field, subject, and workplace imaginable. For example, why did you go to college? Most likely, you did it to get a better job or to get a raise.
Many of our adult, and younger, students have similar motivations that increase their desire to learn English. A student may want to work for an international company, score better on tests in their college English class, or show off their new found ability to their friends and family.
How do we use it?
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Are you looking for a fresh challenge? Want to break from your routine? Do you feel that you would like to explore new skills and talents that you haven't yet had the opportunity to develop?
Well-motivated students learn better. This fact has been well-established for years and has compelled educators to develop different motivational techniques to improve learning outcomes in classrooms. If this is the case in a typical classroom dynamic, it is the same or even more so in the teaching of English as a second or foreign language.
by Chandrasekharan Praveen
Jun 19, 2009
Classroom Management 4739 Views
Mentoring might be described as the activities conducted by a person (the mentor) for another person (the mentee) in order to help that other person to do a job more effectively and/or to progress in their career. But what I am about to narrate have never crossed my mind or the minds of disciplinarians!
You need not count the reasons why learning a second language is an advantage. Impressing your crush with a pick-up line laced with French is surely one. Nowadays, the opportunities for business, friendship, and even romantic relationships have become limitless. If only you can beat that language barrier, you may even be lucky to find girlfriend materials from all over the globe.
Language immersion is a program where a foreign language is used as the language of instruction in school. In partial language immersion, only 50-80% of a given school day is in a foreign language. In full language immersion programs and international study abroad programs, students eat, sleep, and breathe the language they are attempting to learn, and so the language is picked up much more quickly. The curriculum that the student follows will still be the same.
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.
Jun 17, 2012
Teaching Methodology 4723 Views
A Differentiated curriculum provides students with different avenues to learning so they have access to a variety of processes to acquire knowledge of the content being taught. If children do not have the curriculum differentiated to meet their academic needs, they are likely to find difficulty in understanding or completing classwork and homework. However there is a flip side to the differentiation question.
"Experience is the best teacher" - anyone who has ever had any noteworthy learning experience in life can attest to the truth in this statement. It really is true that we learn more when we do things ourselves. Take your high school chemistry class for example.
by Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D.
Aug 28, 2009
Lesson Planning 4715 Views
Activating, developing, and building upon students' background knowledge is essential for learning to take place. How do you develop and build upon your students' experience and previous learning? Considering this question is a key part of your unit planning.