Many people start to study Engish when they are making a big change in their lives. Maybe a partner is taking more education, a parent has remarried and moved, home feels too dangerous, or your marital status has changed. This is a great article about 6 people from Calgary who had to make job changes. Your identity changes a lot, along with your employment status and where you live. Read for some good ideas about how to “reinvent” your life.
I went to NAIT with my teacher Ellen. It was very interesting for me. I got more information about my education. After I had an excursion, we had free massages. I saw a sports court (swimming pool, basketball court, and gym). I saw an arm wrestling simulator. Next, we tasted tea and coffee, and it was delicious))). I was impressed with the food court. It’s a very large area because there’s a bakery, a meat store and a café. There was very fresh food. I bought sausage, bacon and salad. It was an excellent excursion.
This post highlights a lot of the ideas that I think are really important for learning, such as embracing mistakes, instead of fearing failure, making a long-term commitment, and including play.
Play creates new neural connections and tests them. It creates an arena for social interaction and learning. It creates a low-risk format for finding and developing innate skills and talents.
The differences were staggering. With the same amount of practice, the long-term-commitment group outperformed the short-term-commitment group by 400 percent.
In my experience, when students are having fun, they feel like they are in a supportive environment, and they aren’t afraid of mistakes, then their learning happens very quickly (and pleasantly!).
“Mr. Kim (a “rock star teacher”) works about 60 hours a week teaching English, although he spends only three of those hours giving lectures. His classes are recorded on video, and the Internet has turned them into commodities, available for purchase online at the rate of $4 an hour.”
I’m always amazed when I talk to Korean students about their punishing schedules as high school students, often spending 16 hours/day and more on their studies. One of the reasons is the growth of these private schools (hagwons) where students receive further tutoring in the subjects that you study. This article offers interesting insights into the Korean school system, marketing by the hagwons, and the growth of education as a valuable commodity in one part of the world. What do you think? Is it a good or bad thing for so much emphasis to be on education?
This is written for teachers, but you can easily see how you can use your tablet, laptop, and/or smartphone, along with Evernote to document your progress in using the English language. I also recommend that you put together a portfolio of any of your work in your field of study!
Mohamed El-Ashiry takes a look at how Evernote can be used in the classroom
Portfolio assessment in the ESL classroom offers many benefits. On the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ website, a portfolio is defined as ‘a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student’s efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas of the curriculum’. Brown & Hudson (1998) have also described portfolios as a ‘family of assessments’. Some of the benefits of using portfolios, as described by Brown & Hudson (1998) include: (1) focusing student attention on learning processes; and (2) increasing student involvement in the learning processes. I have always been a fan of such ‘alternatives in assessment‘ because of the fact that they focus a lot more on the ‘process of learning’ as opposed to the ‘product of learning’ (Brown & Hudson, 1998).
Now that iPads and tablets are spreading into many…
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Here’s a great blog by a native Polish speaker who is trying to learn English online. Since most of the writing is higher quality than what the average native English speaker writes online, I think this method must be helpful!