This is a standard topic to teach in ESL/EFL classes. Beginner teachers do not do a good job of it and I have seen students get mixed up or confused in Korea and Kuwait. In essence, a teacher’s job is to classify and explain two lists of words…
After teacher reviews the two lists with the class the students get the hang of it. Then ask the the class to classify the words into groups by circling them in coloured pen. They will need help. Basically, non-countable nouns are very small things like grains and flour and dust, as well as liquids/fluids and wet or messy or finely chopped foods. Countable nouns are big enough to be seen and counted easily and individually or things in containers like packets, boxes, bags,cans or standard units like kilograms. Note that sugar and ice can be be cubed and made countable.
Ask students to provide more examples of nouns and add them to the board.
The next step is to introduce the following English words which are generally used with countables OR non-countables.
*Some rice (non-countable)
*A spoon or plate of rice (countable container)
*Some soup (general non-countable)
*A cup or bowl of soup (more specific amount and in
The interview seemed to be going along okay. Then the Director asked, “So what is your philosophy of teaching English?”
“My philosophy of teaching?” The TEFL interviewee twisted in her seat, tugging at the collar of a blouse that was suddenly too tight. She felt water running down her back. A certain dampness coated her palms.
“Yes. Do you have a philosophy of teaching?” the director repeated. The interview had taken a distinctive downturn. Top positions paying top dollars require top professionals.
“Well, I’m not really sure what you mean.” the teacher responded. “I can tell you what I do in my classes, what materials I use and how I interact with the students. Is that what you mean?”
No, that’s NOT what the Language Institute Director meant. The interview ended. So did the teacher’s prospects at that high-level institution.
Philosophy of Education
A teacher’s philosophy of education is now used as a major marketing strategy by savvy teachers and has become an essential component of a teacher’s CV and portfolio. It has evolved to become part of the teacher’s personal profile, which outlines all of his essential skill sets and unique qualities, and highlights the teacher’s specialties. (D. Sofsian, 2006) Reference these web sites
Language is merely a system of conventions developed by various groups to communicate among themselves. English is full of exceptions and examples of a letter representing different sounds when combined with other letters. A digraph such as ch, ph, sh, th, wh, and qu) are just a few of these. The vowels of English are the worst for people who find spelling difficult.
English is a Germanic language; German and English bear many similarities. However, speakers of the English language have rich histories of assimilation, conflict, and interaction with other peoples and other languages. As a result, the English language corpus includes a host of borrowed words. These borrowed words look foreign, and, in many ways, they are.
But with the passing of time, many of them become English words and may even replace older words of English origin that mean the same thing. The sounds found in these words from other languages may even become part of the English sound catalog. Historically, the English language has been greatly affected by French, Scandinavian, and, more recently, Japanese.
In addition to the introduction of new words and sounds, the English language has also borrowed or been influenced by the grammatical structures of other languages.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Parents were urged to maintain continuity for their children as it emerged that the numbers of families moving home during the school year is expected to grow.
Researchers from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) think tank found that only 27 per cent of pupils who move schools three times or more whilst at secondary school achieve five A* to C grades at GCSE, compared to the national average of 60 per cent.
Primary schoolchildren who moved just once during any school year were 12 per cent less likely to achieve top grades in English and maths at Key Stage 2.
Joe Hallgarten, the RSA’s director of education, said: “Our research found that in year moves are highly disruptive to children, badly impacting on the social and neighbourhood relationships that can support their schooling.
“Pupils who move in-year often can’t access high performing schools that have no spare places.”
The report, called Between the Cracks, found that there were 300,000 in-year admissions during the academic year 2011-12, meaning that for every ten pupils who moved from primary to secondary school that September, another six switched schools during the course of the year.
Some 20,000 did not enrol in a new school after an absence of a
President Obama has put forward a plan to make high-quality preschool affordable for all children — a vital step in putting young people on a path to a thriving middle class. As I saw firsthand in a pair of visits in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, that effort builds on the work of states like Minnesota.
The day began at Pond Early Childhood Family Center in Bloomington, where I sat with students who sang a song, recited the alphabet and discussed some of their favorite words. The visit was an inspiring example of great educators helping kids get ready for kindergarten in a setting of joy and support.
Later Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, and other leaders from business, the military, government and the clergy, joined a town-hall discussion at Kennedy Senior High School. At that town hall, parents, teachers, education leaders and others from throughout the state made clear that they have seen the power of early learning — and that they know we must reach many more children.
That understanding did not emerge from Washington. Forward-looking states have led the way — including Minnesota, where Dayton this year signed a bill that invests nearly $200
Tanzania is among African countries, which right after independence started to take measures on education developments through policies formulation, reviews, adjustments, and improvements. These measures include curriculum design and development for schools to meet national goals on education. English as one of the subjects taught in all education levels from primary school to tertiary level, its curriculum and teaching has being gone those changes since then. In viewing and analyzing the English syllabus used in Tanzanian schools particularly in ordinary level now, we should see the changes of last syllabus, which led to the current syllabus we have today. The last syllabus was introduced in 1996 and used up to 2005 where the current syllabus was introduced in use from January. The syllabus was improved to meet the needs, challenges and shortcomings of the former one. Students were given more activities; the syllabus focuses on student competencies rather than the former one, which focus more on contents. The syllabus was challenged that it did not bring competences that is why the standard of English has declined dramatically over the years, and the main cause of this decline is the insufficient teaching of English in schools following the English language syllabus.
As English teachers, we’re almost always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to stimulate our language learners. It was ELT author and researcher Stephen D. Krashen who gave us his Affective Filter hypothesis of Second or Foreign language acquisition. (Krashen – Terrell, 1983) His hypothesis states, that conditions which promote low anxiety levels in class allow improved learning on the part of students. When learners enjoy class activities their Affective Filter is low and they learn more. New and different activities “out of the norm” also lower learner affective filters.
Here are some not-so-commonly-used techniques for adding that “new twist” to your English or foreign language classes. Giving learners something new does wonders in relieving boredom, spiking interest and lowering the Affective Filter of learners on whom you may have “tried everything”.
1. Using an iPod
Do you learners carry iPods or cellular phones? Don’t curse and swear at them for using technology in their lives. Turn it to your advantage! A number of good websites now exist that can get you and your learners up and running using this latest new technology for language learning and practice. Here are useful website for more podcasting information:
• Podcasting: Audio on the Internet
Tutoring English sentence structure to young children in grades one through seven calls for, not only tutoring the appropriate grammatical rules, but also requires teaching students how to create simple English sentences through the use of mental images.
As a result of lack of practice, young pupils are not able to clearly create sentences in a rational order that will explain a thought or story. If the thoughts are cloudy, the writing will also be incomprehensible. Listen to the average young pupil verbally describe what they just read, for example. They often skip the vital parts of the story and use incorrect sequencing. If you had one average young student read a story and illustrated that story to another average student, you would have a totally different story or one that’s degraded.
Tutoring Students To Think With Graphic Images
The best way to help pupils become organized in their thought process is to have them think in visual images rather than words. Thinking in terms of a complex mix of words, phrases, and sentences to describe a thought is much more confusing than thinking in terms of one image. Like the saying goes, “One image is worth a thousand words.” At such an