When I was about to embark on my first teaching assignment in Asia, a colleague with lots of overseas teaching experience there told me to take lots of lesson material. When I asked why, he said, "Because Asian students don't ask questions". In Canada, the US or other Western country it is normal to have a question and answer period at the end of a lesson. In Asia, forget it!
Mar 8, 2012
E-Learning/CALL 3975 Views
Technology transforms virtually all human pursuits. In the field of education, the use of audiovisual aids, computers, and telecommunication devices has radically altered classroom dynamics. For ESL and TFL practitioners, the possibilities being opened up by technology are highly promising, with the currently accepted practices already demonstrating the huge benefits technology offers to both students and educators.
Jan 16, 2009
Grammar 3974 Views
The structure of a sentence is very important to communication because words in different sequences can mean different things, although the words are the same.
Aug 18, 2013
Classroom Management 3973 Views
Ensuring classroom safety begins with solid planning. We can't prevent accidents from happening, but we can prepare for most of them in a way that will minimize their effects. As a result, all school boards have systems and procedures in effect for a host of challenges from fire drills to clinics. However, as a teacher there are things you can do to make minimize problems in your classroom. Here are a few things to consider as you set up your classroom.
Ergonomics: Slips and falls are a serious concern and account for the majority of the injuries that occur in schools each year. As you set up your classroom, pay special attention to patterns of movement. Can you and your students move around the room easily without having to dodge obstructions? Are there cords or items that may trip someone up? Is the furniture in your room the appropriate size for your students? Is ventilation and temperature control adequate? What about lighting? Will your students have trouble seeing the board on ...
Sep 4, 2008
Teaching 3969 Views
Benjaming Franklin once wrote, "...as the happiness or real good of men consists in right action, and right action cannot be produced without right opinion, it behooves us, above all things in this world, to take care that our opinions of things are according to the nature of things. The foundation of all virtue and happiness is thinking rightly."
Dec 9, 2011
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 3968 Views
The IELTS exam is the most widely used English test in the world. It is used as an admission test for schools, colleges and universities as well as a screening test for job applications and immigration. It comprises of Four papers: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. This article will focus on Part 2 of the Academic Writing Paper.
Apr 28, 2014
Classroom Management 3964 Views
All teachers have discipline issues at times. Kids are kids and they simply are more interested in each other than they are in your class. Think of discipline issues as challenges and tackle them immediately before they become chronic problems. How? Ask yourself these questions over a cup of coffee and a piece of cheesecake.
Question 1: "Which of my non-negotiables is being broken in this situation?" Your non-negotiables are the behaviors that must be present in students before you can do your job. Often teachers don't really take time to think about what these are and to share them with students. But even if you haven't overtly thought about them you definitely know when they aren't in place.
For example: It drives you up the wall when students continue to talk while you are trying to instruct. Your non-negotiable is: Students must be quiet and listening when I speak.
Question 2: "What is my first course of action to improve this situation?" Brainstorm. Write down as many ...
Oct 12, 2012
Writing 3962 Views
A key skill that universities require from students includes writing. Each undergraduate should be able to master this craft with practice.
To accelerate the process, here are some tips:
Jun 25, 2011
Young Learners 3957 Views
When asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" my nine year old daughter constantly replies "a famous singer".
When I try to bring her gently back to reality by asking "but what if you don't manage to succeed in being a singer, she immediately replies, "then I will be a famous actress instead."
Jun 22, 2010
Teaching 3954 Views
You want to know the hardest thing about motivating students? It's this: Every student out there wants to have one of three jobs. They want to be an actor, a musician, or an athlete. That's it. Three jobs.