Dec 9, 2015
Lesson Planning 3891 Views
In 1956, Princeton University cognitive psychologist George Miller published a study called "The Magic Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information." In this landmark study, Miller showed that people were only capable of holding a certain amount of information in conscious, working memory at a time. For teenagers and adults, he found this number to be no more than seven items--thus his "magic number" of seven.
Moreover, Miller found that, when someone tries to hold in mind and think about more than this short-term memory "buffer" can hold, something has to go. That is, when a person tries to add one more item into conscious memory, something else that he was holding in mind previously drops out. It's a biological constraint. We simply "max out" and are incapable of holding anything more in memory until we do something with what we already have in our minds.
The findings of this study have been replicated many times and, in fact, more recent ...
Jul 15, 2009
Writing 3886 Views
So you are busy in chalking out your plan, a full proof plan that includes every aspect of your professional and personal life, but there is one consistent problem and it turns its head now and then, creating trouble in your plan and it is time or I should say lack of time.
I have taken several courses and workshops for teachers, but only few online. Four years ago I took my first one. I took it mainly to experiment and I paid for it. It was offered by TESOL. It was a course to learn how to teach young learners. Our online instructor was Annie Hughes a very experienced teacher and teacher trainer as well as book writer.
We learnt how young learners learn, how to implement activities for reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as techniques for using stories, songs and rhymes, games and role-play in the classroom. We also considered the role of assessment and evaluation in teaching English to young learners.
It was really good course I learnt that some of the activities for young learners can also be used for teenagers in high school and young adults at university level, we just need to adapt or adjust a bit.
Annie was an excellent facilitator. She always gave us great feedback and guided us through the topic in very friendly non-stressing ...
Jan 16, 2010
Learning Methodology 3883 Views
Learning, of course, starts with the billions of brain cells that we are all born with. The brain cells themselves, however, are not the things that prompt learning. Instead, it is the synapses that connect our brain cells together that jump start the learning process.
by Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Jan 24, 2013
Classroom Materials 3881 Views
Mixed-up or jumbled sentences has long been a common, effective method used by ESL teachers around the world to test their students' ability to rearrange a series of words and correctly form them into a sentence. In my experience, most students dislike having to do this. They often find it difficult and hard to comprehend. It is also quite boring for them.
What is the most frequent belief of English student about the neuro-linguistic learning process?
In my experience, the most commonly-held belief of students who I take on is that the brain is a vessel, which, when full up with lots of stuff, will allow them to reach their highest possible level of fluency. The belief is that the mind needs some brain food before the actual doing can be up to standards. Many students pursue this belief without ever questioning what they believe or how it affects their English ability.
I think it is great to view the mind as an ever-expanding pool, which you can fill with vocabulary, grammatical rules, phrases, etc. The ability to develop yourself is only limited by your motivation to do so. Sort of. If you want greater results in English, then you need to work harder than you were previously. That’s logical and it makes perfect sense. If we never take the time to improve our memory with things like word associations, some foreign sounds just seem ...
There are many options open to people who wish to study at an English language school. You can find a school in your own home country and study there. The benefit is that you will be closer to family and friends and will be very familiar with your surroundings, giving you more time and energy to focus on your new language skills.
Language teaching and language learning focus on four skills: Reading Comprehension, Aural Comprehension, Writing and Speaking. Most course books authors organize their materials so as to teach these skills in an integrated way. This seems eminently reasonable, but is it?
Aug 10, 2017
E-Learning/CALL 3875 Views
Reasons can be numerous, when it comes to learn English Speaking.Conventionally, if you need to do so, you have to take admission or enroll yourself in a traditional class in a college or language institute. But, it will take your loads of effort as well as money, and you will not get the training you actually need. These days, a plethora of online platforms offers Best English speaking Programs for the suitability of learners that they can learn English speaking that too with the comfort of sitting at home. These are short term courses, and different courses are designed to match the different needs of learners or aspirants.
In order to set up an online class, a learner just needs to have a desktop or a laptop along with a hassle free internet connection. The best feature of WizMantra is, a learner can get instant help from a teacher or instructor on issue and confusions that occurs during the program. Thus, you can focus on the areas where you need improvement, not all that you ...
Aug 8, 2011
Classroom Management 3874 Views
You may wonder why it is that some teachers seem to gain immediate respect from their class no matter how intolerant or hard to control the class is for other teachers. Some teachers seem to have a magic ability to settle and engage the hardest classes, even if they’re teaching the class for the first time.