Major 7 Styles of Learning.Which one is appropriate for you ?

Learning styles, particularly Howard Gardner’s version of them, make sense intuitively, and have been very popular with K-12 educators. However, as others have mentioned here, there is no evidence that supports them. They are a wonderful idea, but people just don’t learn the way Howard Gardner describes. I think educators cling to them because they do encourage the development a variety of teaching methods that are more fun and engaging than the typical lecture-based approach to education.

You love to learn. Your students, colleagues, and parents love to learn. But what types of styles of learning are most effective for each party? Surely there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning. After all, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in the number of learning tools made available and they cover an array of learning styles.Read through the following infographic to get a detailed look at the 7 styles of learning. (more…)

Ноw То Теасh Еnglіsh То Νоn-Νаtіvе Ѕреаkеrs

Теасhіng Еnglіsh hаs bесоmе а рорulаr wау fоr nаtіvе sреаkеrs tо sее thе wоrld аnd еаrn а lіvіng аt thе sаmе tіmе, but іt’s nоt ехасtlу еаsу! Іf уоu’vе nеvеr tаught bеfоrе, уоu mіght nоt bе surе hоw tо stаrt. Whеn уоu’rе trуіng tо tеасh Еnglіsh tо nоn-nаtіvе sреаkеrs, wаtсh уоur іdіоms, slоw dоwn уоur sреесh раttеrns аnd usе bаsіс vосаbulаrу thаt’s еаsу tо undеrstаnd tо hеlр уоur studеnts bесоmе suссеssful. Lаstlу, dоn’t fоrgеt аbоut сlаssrооm mаnаgеmеnt! Еvеn іf уоu’rе tеасhіng аdults, іt’s іmроrtаnt thаt уоu hаvе аdеquаtе сlаssrооm mаnаgеmеnt skіlls sо thаt уоur сlаss іsn’t runnіng thе shоw.
Wаtсh Тhе Іdіоms Whеn Yоu’rе Тrуіng То Теасh Еnglіsh
Whеn уоu’rе а tеасhеr, іt’s vіtаl thаt уоu wаtсh whаt уоu sау саrеfullу. Ѕауіng thіngs lіkе ‘Іt’s tіmе tо hіt thе bооks,’ оr ‘Тhіs hоmеwоrk shоuld bе а ріесе оf саkе’ wіll lіkеlу bе mеt wіth sоmе sеrіоus соnfusіоn. Dо уоu rеаllу wаnt уоur сlаss tо slар thеіr tехtbооks оr brіng уоu а ріесе оf саkе thе nехt dау? Іf nоt, іt’s іmроrtаnt tо wаtсh thеsе tуреs оf рhrаsеs аnd іdіоms. Тhеу’ll јust соnfusе bеgіnnіng studеnts sо уоu shоuld wаіt untіl уоur сlаss іs mоrе аdvаnсеd bеfоrе уоu іntrоduсе thеsе рhrаsеs. (more…)

Twenty Practıcal Uses Of A Computer For The Efl Professıonal by Chris Elvin

Twenty Practıcal Uses Of A Computer For The Efl Professıonal
by Chris Elvin
This paper is a list of the uses that I have for my computer as a high school teacher of English as a foreign language.
This is not a how to guide. Nor do I offer an evaluation for of any of my teaching ideas; suffice to say that none of the suggestions is particularly groundbreaking, and that if they have not yet been tried and tested, similar activities have.

1) To make worksheets
I start with perhaps the most obvious use of a computer, to make teaching resources for classroom use. Some worksheets that I make are to support the language learning aims of the syllabus, while others are made to more closely meet the students’ needs or wants, by allowing them to be part of the resource creating process.
For example, to review a topic, or a language structure, I hand out slips of paper and ask students to write down two or three questions that they would like to ask their classmates. In a preformatted Excel page, it is a relatively easy task to quickly type, sort and edit the students’ questions, before pasting into PageMaker and printing. These questions can be used for pair work, group work, quizzes, class discussions, or to play board games such as Snakes and Ladders, or its Japanese equivalent, Sugoroku. Similarly, student generated word lists can be used to play TV games such as Blockbusters (see Cribb, 2001) and Attack 25 (on Japanese TV).

2) To play DVDs
You can, of course, play DVDs from a DVD player. I use my computer to play short interesting sections of DVD movies that have a clear language learning point worthy of study. The advantage of DVDs over videocassettes is that you can choose whether or not to show subtitles, and also choose the language in which the subtitles can be viewed. Generally speaking, my students learn best by watching first with no subtitles, then with Japanese subtitles to get the gist, and finally with English subtitles to focus more closely on form. (more…)

How To Learn English Language

Here are some tips which may help you to master the English Language!Speak without Fear!
The biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own fear. They worry that they won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so they don’t talk at all. Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right. Like anything, learning English requires practice. Don’t let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.

Use all of your Resources

Even if you study English at a language school it doesn’t mean you can’t learn outside of class. Using as many different sources, methods and tools as possible, will allow you to learn faster. There are many different ways you can improve your English, so don’t limit yourself to only one or two. The internet is a fantastic resource for virtually anything, but for the language learner it’s perfect.
Surround Yourself with English
The absolute best way to learn English is to surround yourself with it. Take notes in English, put English books around your room, listen to English language radio broadcasts, watch English news, movies and television. Speak English with your friends whenever you can. The more English material that you have around you, the faster you will learn and the more likely it is that you will begin “thinking in English.”
Listen to Native Speakers as Much as Possible
There are some good English teachers that have had to learn English as a second language before they could teach it. However, there are several reasons why many of the best schools prefer to hire native English speakers. One of the reasons is that native speakers have a natural flow to their speech that students of English should try to imitate. The closer ESL / EFL students can get to this rhythm or flow, the more convincing and comfortable they will become.

Watch English Films and Television

This is not only a fun way to learn but it is also very effective. By watching English films (especially those with English subtitles) you can expand your vocabulary and hear the flow of speech from the actors. If you listen to the news you can also hear different accents. (more…)