Artículos, reflexiones y opiniones de profesores sobre english

Mauricio
Publicado por Mauricio

English is like food, the secret is a varied diet

The more resources the better! If you ask me for advice on the best method to learn Enlish I would tell you to use a variety of resources. Learning a new language is like starting a diet. Just like nutrition, studying also requires a rich set of sources and methods. Methods and materials The good news is that those ways and materials are available for anyone with an Internet connection. Nowadays through the world wide web you hav...
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Paula
Publicado por Paula

How to prepare a job interview in a second language

A job interview in English? Already overwhelmed? The words `job interview´ are not particularly associated to having fun, but here are some tips to overcome the obstacles and to successfully carry it out in English!  Relax A a job interview, a potential employer evaluates your candidacy, true. However, you are also considering whether you want to be part of the company values, the team, share tasks and time with new colleagues,… right? In ...
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Tatiana
Publicado por Tatiana

What is taught is what is learned, dear magicians?

Dear magicians, When you observe a magic trick, are you empowered enough to comprehend every single step that leads to impress the audience? Not to mention, when you look at a painting somewhere at the National Gallery, are you able to unveil the secret story behind it by only staring at that masterpiece? Well, it seems a tough question.  Harry Houdini, the well-known magician used to say: “Never tell the audience how good you are, they wi...
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Mariia
Publicado por Mariia

Teaching children: Total Physical Response and elements of gamification

Children are different in their rhythm of studying and preferences. There are many approaches to teaching this age group, however, most of them mention such teaching technic as TFR (Total physical response) and elements of gamification. In this article we are going to learn about TFR. TFR as a method of teaching was invented by an American psychologist, James Asher. He became popular in 1970-s. The scientist decided to make it easier and m...
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Mariia
Publicado por Mariia

Teaching children of the 7-9 year old group

Children can be divided into 2 main age groups: 4-6 and 7-9 years old. In the following article we are going to learn about the 7-9-year-old kids, who are already studying at school and have the basic knowledge of English and lesson’s discipline. They are more patient and resistant to having long studying hours like in school. Therefore, the optimal lesson’s length for this age group is from 40 to 50 minutes (2 times per week). Along with patie...
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Mariia
Publicado por Mariia

Teaching children of the 4-6 year old group

Children can be divided into 2 main age groups: 4-6 and 7-9 years old. In the following article we are going to learn about the 4-6-year-old kids, who has just begun their learning path and are getting ready for school. They have an inner motivation to learn and the process of studying is like a game for them. Kids are very active and can’t focus attention for a lot of time, yet. That’s why the optimal lesson’s length for this age group is 25 m...
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Alexandra
Publicado por Alexandra

Coursebook analysis: gender, racial issues, geographic and linguistic backgrounds of speakers.

B1 level: English File Intermediate 4th edition (Oxford) In order to identify whether the course book contains any traces of gender or racial discrimination as well as to see what linguistic backgrounds the speakers have, unit 2B (Changing lives) was analysed. This unit focuses on the world globalisation, therefore, some pieces of listening and reading are presented to cover the topic of multinational and multiconfessional world. The first two...
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Mauricio
Publicado por Mauricio

To speak English you need to think English

Fluency in your second language Hundreds of videos say you need to think in English, that´s completely true. Why? In short: translating back and forth all the time makes things too slow and stress your mind a lot. It is just too much work for your brain to be translating all the time. I tell you: "All geese are birds but not all birds are geese"(weird phrase... let´s suppose we are talking about ...
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Yolanda
Publicado por Yolanda

¿Que test necesito? IELTS o TOEFL? -guía basica!

Bienvenido a un nuevo Post!, la idea de esta informacion que leeras ahora es simplemente brindar una ayuda a los candidatos que necesitan saber que desicion tomar! si tienes dudas o te gustaria saber mas sobre estos test no dudes en contactarme por privado!, recuerda que la informacion presente en este articulo es informativa y no quiere quitar valor ya sea al IELTS o al TOEFL.  ¿Que piensas ahora de la desicion que debes tomar? Si bien amb...
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Yolanda
Publicado por Yolanda

How can you improve your students listening?

No one pays attention to how fundamental can be improving the listening in the students, and listening is fundamental, this is because most of your students are learning the language to be able to verbally communicate. Most of new teachers believe that by helping your students speak in English is great and enough to make them speak, but that will not help them in a conversation unless they can understand what others are saying. Throughout your c...
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Julia
Publicado por Julia

How to teach CVC words to children. A few simple yet effective ideas.

What are CVC words? Words that follow the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, e.g. cat, hat, mat, etc. These are the first words to be read in English by a child. Let's talk about how we can teach them. I have activities with images when I first introduce my students to CVC words. That's what the kids need and I'll gradually take the pictures away only after they learn to segment and blend sounds in CVC words. When I prepare a CVC reading course,...
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Julia
Publicado por Julia

7 effective tips for learning times tables

"Are there ways to make learning times tables fun?" Memorising the multiplication table is a vital skill that children must master before entering secondary school. Here are a few tips to help your kids: Hang up the multiplication table. The more often children see, practise and see repeating patterns, the more likely they are to learn their times tables. Start with the simplest. There is controversy over which order is the best way to teach th...
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Julia
Publicado por Julia

The benefits of visual learning and teaching

Why is visual learning and teaching important? The numbers may vary slightly but 83% of people learn by seeing, 11% by hearing and the remaining 6% learn by touching, moving and doing. The research has shown that visual teaching helps students better interact with materials and memorize them by 29 - 42% better. It also develops higher-order thinking skills, i.e. critical thinking skills (Bloom's Taxonomy). It meet the needs of “visual” learners...
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Mauricio
Publicado por Mauricio

Your pronunciation really matters to understand what you hear

Listening comprehension through pronunciation (click para la versión en Español) Everyone who has a second language wants to be good at pronunciation. If you speak or you are learning a new tongue I´m sure you want sound well. Suppose that your first is Spanish and your second is English. You will experience difficulties when achieving new sounds for vowels and consonants. Take “talk” for example. At first you will pronounce it as you rea...
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