Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1997. For learning English? Immersion



I try there be immersion in my classes of English. From the very beginning. And not only the activities but also the regular conducting of the class. 

Perhaps something needs more explaining: then I use other ways of saying the same message: writing cognates on the whiteboard (similar words to the ones in our mother language, like “presentation” and “presentación”), synonyms, 
gestures, 
eye-contact, 
drawing puppets on the whiteboard, 
mimicry. 

Now I’m referring to my classes with adults, who are pretty motivated. 

Some work is created so in classes: my explaining and their trying to understand. 

If somebody says something in Spanish, our mother tongue, I ask him please to try to explain in English, with my help. With immersion we create an environment where English is the communication bridge, nearly as if we be in an English-speaking country. / Photo from: teacher-explaining-grammar-to-student www lifed com

Monday, September 29, 2014

1996. For people in my circles or not yet



Just to let you all know that I'm not an ace at Google circles, and I don't know if anyone I've written to wished to get into my circles and I didn't achieve so. Best wishes. / Photo from: group-people-talking www handsonsuperhealth com au

1995. Working together as a fist



Our school subject is very practical: teach English and help the students learn and acquire English, by means of learning strategies and teaching strategies. 

These latter ones are embedded inside a methodology, such as communicative, which is ours. 

The point is that one person learns and acquires a language for communication. And communication is between two people at least. Also reading a text is communication. 

As well we could add that that communication is for a goal: giving and receiving information like the placement of a street in a town, asking for something, presenting a topic about history, talking about the soccer league, showing and offering love to the other person, a mom writing a note for her children when coming from the school, and any other message to another person, or other people. / Photo from: architects working together www stocksy com

Sunday, September 28, 2014

1994. Why smiling?



We as parents and teachers have got to educate our young people, right? 

Happiness has a lot to do with education: the person grows up and has got to build up his or her happiness. 

We as adults can lead them through the wild river of life, warn them about dangers, give them prompts about nice harbors and landscapes. 

Problems and trouble we’ll always have – it’s so simple to understand, but how well do we accept them? 

In order to be happy the pathway isn’t not having problems but a heart in love, enamored with everyday pits and ups, or better said: with a positive and smiling attitude to face them up. 

Plus we people tentatively do not live lonely but we have people that can help us, and above that we can always count on the Friend that doesn’t betrays us: God our Lord. 

And remember that whenever we fail or miss the target we can go back to try again. Besides we Christians have the sacrament of penance, of joy, of confession: our father God forgives us our sins if we are repented. / Photo from: african-american woman smiling beautypulselondon com

1993. Who achieves to learn a language?



Who’s the person that achieves to master a language? 

A person who really wishes to learn a language, and he has the firm resolution to do it, will learn for sure. 

It’s a mixture of effective willing plus likes. You love what you know. You know more and more, and this fact makes you love learning, carrying on learning. 

You are continuously learning, from there, from here. All the time. Every day. You pick up one word here, one other word there. That’s the person who actually learns. / Photo from: o-COLLEGE-STUDENTS-TALKING-facebook www aoneessays net

Saturday, September 27, 2014

1992. The student must learn his "profession"



Why does a student have to learn how to learn? 

A plumber has learned his job. The same happens with the “job” of a student: he has to learn learning strategies to apply to the study of the school subjects. 

So we teachers have to teach how to learn. 

This is not an obstacle for presenting, for explaining things – sometimes the student will learn from his teacher and some others he will have to learn on his own, applying the strategies that fit him best. / Photo from: animalnew york com. student studying