The Spanish see the importance of knowing English practically as importantly as the language itself.

88% of the Nielsen survey group stated that knowing English is very important.

Only 30% of the survey group actually had attended some type of training over the last year. Taking all learning delivery methods into account, the favourite is still to have classes with a language school or academy. In second place were online courses.

The motive for these people to study English is simply the ever increasing need to speak it and most people in the survey group said that English is now a requirement within the professional world.

In order to improve their language level, the people in the survey want to practice their spoken English with people from English speaking countries.

Everyone in the survey stated that people should start learning the language from an early age.

The moral of the survey is that 88% of people questioned said that English is important but only 30% of them were studying it. As most people surveyed said that it is a requirement in the professional field, this percentage will increase because of job offers requiring English as a prerequisite skill.

The demand for English as a work skill has increased to 40%.

According to a recently published study (October 2011) conducted by Centro de Estudios CCC, Info Jobs and E-learning y Distancia, 40% of job offers in the Marketing, Communication, Engineering, Legal, Business Administration and Technology (IT included) sectors are demanding a good level of English. 20% of all other jobs demand English.

As getting a job is important and the number of jobs that demand English is on the rise, people are taking English far more seriously than before because it has become an essential skill.

This is why teaching English in Spain is becoming very popular again.

I see this every week because EBC’s free classes given to locals in our training centres are always over-subscribed. Spain needs to learn our language so there is a healthy demand for English teachers.

Spain is doing what it takes to position itself for when the recovery begins, which we all hope is soon. English is an essential skill that will empower Spanish companies to export all over the world.

Yes there is a crisis in Spain, but it is largely focused on construction and construction related sectors. Most other sectors are largely unharmed and are now starting to export their way to profitability. This is the reason that the demand for you, a prospective English teacher, is on the rise.

As we approach Halloween, we dig through the facts and figures to take a cold, steely math-driven look at the hidden world of candy. We won’t tell your dentist if you don’t.

American consumers purchase 600 million tons of candy every Halloween. That accounts for a $1.9 billion haul or $44 per household. That’s a lotta money for a food source that offers close to zero nutritional value!

So, as we gear-up for Halloween, we decided to celebrate the season best way we know how here at Bundle: With numbers! Delicious, unimpeachable numbers born from American’s blood-sugar spiking love affair with confectionery delights. Click here for the top 15 candy stores near you.

Take a stroll down candy lane with our slideshow as we explore the hidden secret truths about our nation’s annual Halloween candy binge.

 

1. There’s A LOT of candy corn out there

Candy corn is, by volume, America’s most popular candy (followed by Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat, and M&Ms, in that order). Halloween accounts for 75% of all candy corn’s annual production. About 35 million pounds of the stuff are produced per year (roughly 9 billion pieces), which translates to about 27 individual corns for each and every American. In fact, if you laid each little candy out end-to-end, they would circle the Moon four times.

2. The color mixture in your bag of M&Ms is a science

While plenty of deviations have been found and noted, the good people at M&Ms attempt to maintain a pre-determined color mix based on “consumer preference tests.” On average, the mix of each variation of M&M are designed for the following color breakdowns:

M&M’S Milk Chocolate: 30% brown, 20% yellow, 10% orange, 10% green, 10% blue, and 20% red.

M&M’S Peanut: 20% brown, 20% yellow, 10% orange, 10% green, 20% blue, and 20% red.

M&M’S Peanut Butter And Almond: 20% brown, 20% yellow, 20% green, 20% blue, and 20% red.

M&M’S Crispy: 16.6% brown, 16.6% yellow, 16.6% orange, 16.6% green, 16.6% blue, and 16.6% red.

M&M’S Kids Minis: 16.7 brown, 16.7% yellow, 16.7% orange, 16.7% green, 16.7% blue and 16.7% red.

M&M’S Mini baking Bits: 12.50% brown, 12.875% yellow, 12.50% orange, 18.75% green, 21.875% blue and 12.50% red.

3. Americans are Halloween candy procrastinators

Every year, the top five days for candy sales occur in the run-up to Halloween. However, while they’re all in October, they don’t follow any one set logical pattern within the month. See if you can spot the outlier. The biggest candy-buying days are:

1. October 28th
2. October 27th
3. October 30th
4. October 21st
5. October 31st

With the exception of the October 21st crowd, the majority of sales are in the immediately preceding days. Sometimes, people throw Halloween parties the weekend preceding the 31st, so as October 21st is 10 days before, the candy purchased on those days probably aren’t going to any of those. We’re gonna guess those 10/21ers are people who happen to be at the supermarket for their monthly trip or are serious Type-A folks.

Or it’s a secret witch conspiracy.

4. Mr. Goodbar is no good for you

Of all the common individual candies handed out at Halloween, Mr. Goodbar is least healthy. A 49-gram Mr. Goodbar has 250 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 23 grams of sugar. According to myhealthnewsdaily.com, who rated the sweets, the next least-healthy candies are Nutrageous, Snickers, Baby Ruth, and Mounds.

Meanwhile, the (relatively) “healthiest” candies were Jolly Ranchers (70 calories, no fat, 11 grams of sugar), followed by Blow Pops; Gobstoppers; Pixy Stix; and our old standby, candy corn.

5. America hearts chocolate. A lot.

Chocolate is, by far, American’s preferred Halloween candy. Of the near $2 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, about $1.2 billion is spent on chocolate varieties while only $680 million is spent on sugar candy. The average American consumes 24 pounds of chocolate every year—that amounts to almost 284 Hershey bars per person.

The learning of the English language helps to provide individuals with many unique opportunities, which will allow them to expand work potential, as well as social atmospheres. English represents one of the primary business languages utilized throughout the world, so it is vital that you take the time necessary to learn the fundamentals associated with this language. One of the greatest opportunities individuals take advantage of, in order to accomplish this goal, is to prepare themselves for taking the IELTS test. When preparing for this test for yourself, look into the opportunities of researching the test, seeking a tutor for English, benefiting from direct interaction, as well as increasing your opportunities for complete education.

Researching the Test

The first step to take when looking into how to properly prepare for your IELTS test is found with researching the potential material you will be tested on. This represents a very important step, so you can utilize the best resources to support your English language understanding to expand upon the opportunities of business and social results. When preparing for this exam, it is often ideal to specifically seek the services of a specialized private English teacher.

Seeking a Tutor for English

The English language is a very complex language, making it difficult for many individuals to understand, when they have no experience speaking this for themselves. By taking the time to identify a high quality private English teacher, you will significantly increase your chances of test success, by utilizing a skilled trainer. This is far superior to the alternative of teaching yourself English, through the utilization of various workbooks that can often create questions and cause misperceptions, regarding the English language.

Benefiting From Direct Interaction

The primary benefit that you will discover from the utilization of a tutor for English, when seeking this resource, is found with direct interaction. When preparing for your IELTS test, it can often be difficult to comprehend various factors of the English language, when you do not have an individual to interact with or an instructor to ask questions of. This can create complications which will result in you failing your efforts to pass the IELTS test. The direct interaction you will gain from a professional tutor will help you to significantly increase your understanding of the language, so you have a greater chance of passing the exam.

Increasing Opportunities for Complete Education

The final step of preparation is found with taking advantage of all the research and information you have obtained from your private English teacher, and transferring these lessons to passing your IELTS test. The complete education you will gain from a professional instructor will prove to be invaluable in your efforts to learning the most from your language efforts and achieving success with this exam.

Each of these steps of preparation can prove highly valuable to any individual looking to identify the best resource for preparing for IELTS test.

The English adventurers and Spanish conquistadors were most certainly “brothers under the skin” in that they both set out to reap the rewards of the New World with little to no regard for the local peoples. They both faced the same problems back in Europe. These problems included disease, poverty, and overcrowding. There were simply too many people competing for the same things, whether they were money, food, or land. This coupled with stories of fortune and a Northwest Passage to Asia created a sense of hope that voyages west would solve the many problems of a needy continent. For this reason, both the English and the Spanish looked to the New World with the goal of finding treasures and later on, colonization. The idea that there were valuable land, resources, and treasures located in the New World that would alleviate or solve European problems motivated both countries to try their hand at exploration.

Of course, these rewards came at a cost to the native peoples of the Americas. As “brothers under the skin,” the English and Spanish viewed the natives as savages. They both believed that they had not only a right, but also a duty to instruct these people in that ways of European civilization and Christianity. However, they both used this as an excuse to exploit the local people. When Hernando Cortes raided Tenochtitlan, he wrote of attacking before dawn, vowing to do all the harm that he could. This included murdering woman and children, leaving them to rot in the streets while the Spanish conquistadors looted the homes and businesses of the city. The Aztecs had done no great harm to Cortes; in fact, they treated him and his men as gods. However, greed spurred Cortes and his men on to kill thousands. Of course, this did not bother anyone because the men, women, and children that they killed were savages that could not be saved.

Richard Hakluyt, an Englishman, wrote a letter detailing an almost identical plan to get England involved in the Americas. They would go over under the guise of spreading Christianity, but they would make full use of the resources and advance the economic interests of the country. He talked of putting the poor of England to work in the Americas. However, similarly to the Spanish, the plans necessitate the exploitation of the natives. He wrote, “If we find the country populous and desirous to expel us and injuriously offend us, that seek but just and lawful traffic, then, by reason that we are lords of navigation and they are not so, we are the better able to defend ourselves by reason of those great rivers and to annoy they in many places.” (Origins of English Settlement) As you can tell by this passage, not only is there a sense of entitlement and superiority that exists within the mind of the English, there are already plans to conquer the Indians.

To the royal governments of England and Spain, the English adventurers and the conquistadors served the same purpose. That is to secure a foothold in the New World from which to advance the causes of the country. More than that, the conquistadors and adventurers were men meant to bring civilization and religion to the uncouth idol worshippers of the New World. I am sure the leaders of England and Spain truly believed that they were doing a service to the Aztecs and other Indians by murdering them and taking their things. Both the English and the Spanish believed that the natives were savages that were beyond saving for the most part. For this reason, killing many was an evil that was necessary in order to save a few. They believed that as stronger, more developed countries, it was their duty to rid the world of this evil. It was their duty to instruct the savages in the ways of the Lord. To them, the adventurers and conquistadors were good, moral men that were doing the will of God. While in actuality, they were brutal, self-righteous thieves.

The Advance of Education Technology

With education technology advancing at what sometimes seems to be an alarming rate, it’s application to the English language learning classroom seems almost imminent. What is even more intriguing is our learners’ ready acceptance of and adaptation to the incorporation of new technologies into their everyday lives. In many cultures worldwide, most youth above the age of 15 or so have their own personal cell phone or ipod, palm C’s or multi-use mini-memory stick combo of electronics. Indeed, it seems that it’s the “old fuddy-duds” who don’t have cell phones and pocket-sized electronics as part of their lives. So what’s a savvy Educational Administrator to do? Find ways to incorporate and take advantage of these new technologies in the English language learning classroom, that’s what.

Ah, but the expense, the confusion, the hassle and did I mention the expense – of doing so. What about that? Growth hurts. If we are to maintain the field of language education in the forefront to which it belongs in this day and age of global communications, international business and global economies involving multiple countries, we must address the changing face of global commerce and communications, technology and its increasing impact on education.

A “Smart” Classroom

But just what is a “smart” classroom? Opinions as to what education technology elements exist in such an entity, of course vary, but some key aspects are generally agreed upon. Let’s examine some of them and their respective purposes.

o A smart whiteboard

o Laser / digital pointer

o Printer

o Computers with multi-media software

o internet access

o CD / DVD player / recorder

o Video beam

o VHS player / recorder

o Multi-band AM / FM radio receiver

o Wide screen TV with cable station feeds

o Interface device(s) for digital feeds from Teacher to Learners

o Portable PCs, Palm Pilots or ipod devices for each language learner

o Direct server access and storage capability

Okay, so by now you should be getting the picture. While many or even all of these devices can significantly impact the English language teaching and learning process, it is ultimately the teacher who must negotiate their application to the needs of the learners to complete curriculum requirements. More education technology doesn’t necessarily make for a better English language teacher or even better English language teaching, but it very well could if strategically applied.

English Language Teachers Must Be Better Equipped

Initially, many of our English language learners would be better equipped to manage these new, developing technologies than a number of their language teachers. Foremost then, is to equip English language teachers with the essential knowledge and skills to cope with an infusion of high technology. Many language learners too would need to be brought up to speed on application of new technologies to English language learning. Although by no means do these new education technologies affect only English language teaching and learning classrooms. As conditions (and budgets) permit, educational administrators can and should upgrade classrooms and language teacher knowledge on the application of new education technologies.

While virtually no classrooms will likely ever contain all of the aforementioned equipment, we, as English language teaching professionals, can still learn, grow – and dream.

One language that binds us all across the globe is English. Be it business, travel and tourism sector or even competitive examination of any sort, the language forms the main basis of communication. When you apply for admission to any of the renowned university or colleges in the United States of America or even consider a job application, it is imperative that you are fluent in both written and spoken English, in order to get a winning edge over competition. All of us are not born with a natural skill and command over this language and as a result we need to acquire the necessary expertise in order to make a mark in any competition with others. If you reside in New York, then it is easy to locate a suitable guide and mentor who can train you for any competitive examination by helping you master the language and one such competent person would be an English tutor NYC.

An English tutor NYC is experienced in dealing with students who are appearing in competitive examinations in this language. The years of practice in training various students for the examinations make it possible for the English tutor NYC to have a definite idea about the trend of questions and the best manner in which to solve them within a specified time frame. Each student has certain weak points and certain strengths. It is the job of the tutor to identify these in his students and train them accordingly, magnifying and improving the strengths while diminishing or removing the weaknesses.

The performance of a student in the examination depends to a certain extent on the competence of the English tutor NYC and hence it is crucial that you hire a tutor who is competent with a proven track record behind him. A little background research on the tutor is therefore, called for. You could ask the opinion of his previous students or current students in order to judge the teaching style of any tutor. Also, the past students results should speak for themselves. Other feasible ways to choose the right tutor would be through the internet or even the yellow pages. Once you have selected a tutor you trust, dedicate yourself completely to the preparation for the examinations under the guidance of the tutor.

Competitive examinations form the benchmark for selecting the most suitable candidates for some of the best universities and colleges in the States. So make sure that you have the right guidance of a competent English tutor NYC to guide you accordingly. As your future depends on your success in the exams, it goes without saying that you need to give it your best shot. However, there is a lot that a tutor can do who works as your friend, philosopher, guide and mentor, so ensure that you are placing yourself in able hands. Getting the best English tutor in New York to guide you will not just give you the competitive edge in examinations but will also become your asset in the future, when you are beyond college and ready to step into the real world.

I would like to share with you my impressions on the just concluded THT ( Teachers Helping Teachers ) Second Seminar Series last February 21-22, 2009.

Sharing knowledge, expertise and the like are noble things to do as teachers of the world.

We, teachers from the City of San Jose del Monte are so lucky for having given this rare opportunity to learn. We are even luckier because we have met and exchanged ideas with the knowledgeable, competent and understanding THT volunteers. Our dear THT volunteers ( Sir Steve Wolfe, Sir Brent Jones, Sir Steven Snyder, Sir Michael Furmanovsky, Ma’am Marian Wang, Ma’am Shirley Ando, Ma’am Libby Brown-Osuga and Sir George Mano ) Thank you for allowing these Pinoy teachers peep at the purest secrets of your teaching world. Million thanks to all of you!

To our organizers, DepEd family headed by Dr. Amancio S. Villamejor Jr., Angels Club spearheaded by Hon. Angelito M. Sarmiento, Bukid Foundation with their president Madam Amelita Matsushita, FCPC directress Ma’am Estrella Simon… your kindest gestures of sending us in this free, two-day seminar is a learning to remember.

Rest assured that with all the strategies gained, we promise to do our best. With your help and guidance, we are more than inspired to bring out the gifts from our wards. We will help them realize the importance of their gifts–for themselves, for the country and for the glory of God.

This THT will move CSJDM teachers to go…grow…and glow!

Go: take the roads of learning, unlearning, and relearning.

Grow: every day is a learning day. Each day of our lives will be spent in helping others and in supporting all learning opportunities.

Glow: we are going to share what we have learned and will become agents of change. Just like our volunteer-mentors here: you are all glowing!

Again, THT has taught us to embrace these four powers:

1. Power to Know

2. Power to Change

3. Power to Create

4. Power to Share

We are looking forward to more THT engagements. More power to all of you. God bless!

Most textbooks are written and compiled in the same models and components or monotonous within all units of a book. With style like this, there are many weaknesses found, though it also has advantages. The advantages of this style are that students can quickly get used to understand and follow the activities which are in that book. However, this benefit does not last long along with the increasing meeting frequencies. First, students will get bored and lose of a challenge because every time the meetings are conducted, they always face them with the same pattern and model.

The second weakness is the lack of need adjustments to the topic being discussed. The discussion topic requires its own patterns as typical features. If all units are treated in the same activities or models, it will narrow the discussion topic in each unit. What it is meant by the narrowing topic of discussion is the nature of the context of discussion. For example, when a teacher discusses ‘Jobs Description “and he uses an activity like a guessing game, then this will be fun. But this is no longer fun when used in the discussion topic of “Conversation on the phone”.

Third, it is true that every unit in a teaching and textbook must have the same basic components and teaching chronologies. However, it does not mean that there should be no variation or development in it. Even, if there is no variation, boredom and lack of interest of students will continue to haunt teachers. Most of every unit demands a brainstorming or warming up stage, but when it is treated in the same way for all meetings or units, then it will not run properly. Thus, the need for variation in the brainstorming or warming up stage is very needed. In addition, in each unit there are always listening, speaking, reading, and writing. What will be the concerns for each unit is that they should be designed in various activities.

Here are the ways how to create various activities in listening:

1) finding and collecting all available activities,
2) looking back at the topic discussion,
3) choosing the activities suitable with the topic discussion.

For example: there are several pre-listening activities as follows:looking at pictures, maps, diagrams, or graphs, reviewing vocabulary or grammatical structures, reading something relevant, constructing semantic webs (a graphic arrangement of concepts or words showing how they are related), predicting the content of the listening text, make a list of possible problems that might have happened to him before you start the listening, going over the directions or instructions for the activity performing guided practice.

The next step is to look at the topic. Take for example, the topic is Talking on the phone, then the last step is to choose the available appropriate activities with the topic. Looking at the list of the activities above and considering the topic, it can be said that the appropriate activities that might best suit are looking at pictures, reviewing vocabulary or grammatical structures, view films or photos.

There are many tuition centres in Singapore. Some specialize in the training of both primary and secondary school students. The secret to the high achievements of the tuition centre can be accredited to the qualified teachers, holistic training and attention to the individual child’s performance. The teacher to student ratio is kept at a maximum of ten students to one teacher. The tuition centre also offers extra holiday tuition for the various subjects in the different training camps.

At the primary level the centre trains in math based on the Singapore curriculum. The students are taught critical thinking and problem solving techniques. The qualified teachers approved by the government ministry will teach the students basic mathematical topics such as decimals, geometry, statistics, ratios and percentages. They will also train the students in strategies, secrets and the various shortcuts and heuristic methods in problem solving. The extra tuition in math will aim at assisting the students to excel in this subject. The tuition centre aims at having A* students in the subject, given their model of training. There have been outstanding performances in the past, and the education centre prides itself in the excellent pass marks for all their previous students.

The secondary math students are trained using the GCE “O” and “N” level curriculums. The students are trained in such areas as algebra, functions, ratios, geometry, trigonometry and its applications. Emphasis is also given to critical thinking, problem solving techniques and non routine problem solving heuristic methods. Mathematics is seen as more than just a subject but a solution to the various problems affecting mankind. The students are prepared to see the wider scope in the application of mathematics to the day to day problems of life.

Both in Secondary and primary level English the students are prepared to know how to compose using the English language. Emphasis is also given to the comprehension of the English language and the use of grammar and the various vocabularies. The students are also trained using the cloze passage techniques. The students are taught how to communicate and express themselves both vocally and through writing by using the English language. The tuition centre prides itself in having produced excellent marks in the English subject exams nationally.

Science subjects are vital since they help the pupils to relate to various things in life. Students in the centre are taught about the various cycles such as the reproductive system and the water cycle. The students are also enlightened on the various systems such as the blood circulatory system. The centre aims at stimulating interest in science among its students for them to blossom to their full potential.

The tuition centre strives to excel in all fronts whether in Science, English and mathematics subjects. The education centre has excelled in preparing the students in the past and hopes to achieve better grades in the future with every student maximizing their potential.

The role of grammar needs to be demythisized in today’s ESL/EFL classroom. There is too much speculation that pupils will gain a new grammatical structure simply by noticing it and writing down its rules. Learning to understand its complexity is part of the problem. The other part is how to go about teaching it.

What is Your Purpose Teaching Grammar?

Depending on the level of the class, teaching grammar can either be an inductive or deductive experience. Depending on the class, sometimes I elicit the rules and forms and uses after showing the students a few examples. This is inductive teaching where students come up with the rules and uses on their own. In other instances, I provide students with the rule and explain it step by step using a few examples. This is deductive teaching. 

How Should Teaching Grammar Be Done?

Strong grammarians don’t necessarily make better teachers. Personally, I don’t make a big thing out of grammar lessons in terms of teaching them as a set of rules. However the neat order of rules and forms gives students something to hold unto, and they feel that they are actually learning a language. But, learning a bunch of grammatical rules is not learning English. The approach behind your teaching is communicative. Memorizing rules will not necessarily help.

It is always easy to teach students a nice neat set of rules. However it is much more difficult to encourage them to use forms to communicate. The grammar debate is an ongoing one that faces ESL/EFL classrooms that needs rethinking and restructuring as the globalization of English continues.