ESL classroom activity to help students with reading and vocabulary words.
Second language skills are best learned if speaking is a major component of the learning process, in fact it is essential, but learning a language in countries where that language is not universally spoken can be problematic. This is because the language instructors are not sufficiently versed in speaking that particular second language to teach it. Students, whether in a school setting or in a language training centre often learn to read and write, but they don't speak enough to be able to get a good grasp of the language to be proficient in both oral and written communication. In some settings, the teacher doesn't know the language well enough so resorts to teaching the second language while using the native language. In other cases, the new language is so badly pronounced that the student walks away speaking a 'dialect' that only folks from that particular country can understand. It would not meet international standards.
Some educationalists believe that a grammatical approach to ...
by Carmen G. Garrido B. - Elena Quezada C.
Affect is one of the factors that can greatly influence student success and within affective factors there is no doubt motivation is one of the most important ones.
Aug 8, 2011
Classroom Management 10528 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.
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Classroom Management 10527 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.
Nov 23, 2011
Teaching Methodology 10524 Views
As a principal, school administrator, or department head, your number one priority (after safely getting the kids out of the hallways and into a classroom) is to ensure that learning actually takes place in between the ringing bookends of your bell schedule.
Aug 12, 2008
Teaching Methodology 10384 Views
What is the relationship between Memory and Attention in the classroom? As a teacher, it is important to maintain the child's attention, but does memory have a co-existence in this field? Attention is seen as being important because, "we do not pay close attention to much of the information to which we are exposed, typically only scant mental processing takes place, and we forget new material almost immediately".
Storyboarding for English As a Second Language classes
One of the important goals for any ESL class, and one that tends to get lost in the shuffle of grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons, is simple language production. One great way to get students to produce language is by the use of storyboards.
Storyboarding started in the movie industry with the creation of cartoons which later developed into moving pictures. Storyboards are used all the time now to set up action sequences for films and commercials. I introduce students to the storyboard concept by giving them very simple examples. I will show a YouTube storyboard video made by 5th and 6th grade students to show the class what I am looking for. These students retell the story.
Students are working from a textbook where there are a number of fairly simple fables and tales that they read each week. We start with the story they just read. I tell them they will retell the story on the storyboard.
Students are divided into teams of ...
Jan 23, 2009
Teaching 10343 Views
Constructivism has been ubiquitous for decades; educators can hardly write a grant proposal without using this trendy term.
But what does it mean?
Recently the field of Pragmatics has received a great deal of attention. It has been described as a key part of communicative competence, as the defining difference between natural and unnatural sounding language, and even as the way in which we communicate real meaning in real situations. Many teachers and authors believe it should hold a central role in any language teaching curriculum. However, in this paper we try to answer the question of what exactly is pragmatics?, is it actually teachable?