Wednesday, June 20, 2018

3399. How to Gain Fluency and Accuracy

Why can some people speak in a second or foreign language with such accuracy and fluency? 

If you want to have and possess such good things as accuracy and fluency, you should for example read massively in that L2. 

Because we can use and employ some of the words that we input and intake by means of for example reading massively. 

Reading what? Literature, non-fiction also is convenient, etc. Always those books should be in accordance to human dignity: we feed ourselves from what we read. 

What amount of words can I use? Fewer than the words I intake, definitely. 

The more words I intake through reading the more words I will be capable of using. Also we should consider that that reading books should take rather long in time. 

Summing up: the more I read, the more words I will be capable of using. Have a nice day! / Photo from: Boeing 747

Monday, June 18, 2018

3398. What a Peaceful Climax in Our Classroom!

So as I was telling you all, and in order to set a nice and serious classroom climax of serious work, we have to make our students think plus they should see we’re serious regarding our professional work. 

I can tell you I have some reputation of being serious, rather serious, and that helps with creating a nice and serious atmosphere of serious work in the classroom. 

And the other point was making our students think. Think of what? We could talk with them, with somewhat the frequency of TV ads or the like or less maybe, about being serious in the classroom. 

It is my work and it is their work the ones we’re implementing in the classroom. And that’s quite serious, you know? We can’t play with that. 

Let’s make them think. Because if we get our students think, they will likely become serious with their work. Also because the best classroom discipline is self-discipline: I set to work because I wish to do that, because it’s my work as a student. It is what is expected from me. And I want to learn! / Photo from: Wallpaper Cave. What a peaceful scenery!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

3397. Managing the Classroom!

So I’m trying to post again. And I wanted to write about classroom management. 

Some tips: let’s try to make our students think and let’s show we want to implement seriousness at our common work in the classroom. 

I’m telling you soon something about these latter premises. 

It works with me, and it has worked along my career as a teacher. Not always but mostly. 

I think classroom management and discipline have to do with students thinking and with them to learn that I’m serious at my work, my professional work. They cannot play with that: working in the classroom is also their professional work now, and they are training for life as adults. 

/ Photo from: Juventus-stadium-Champions. This picture has to do with the current soccer world championship.

Trying to post again!

I'm having some problems at posting, but I hope to post again so soon!

Monday, June 11, 2018

3396. Learning a Language Through Literature

Reading novels or non-fiction is okay to refresh English – or any other language – through the summer.
I do it myself – plus other classes and other stuff I carry out at the summer break.
At present I’m reading English literature. And I like it. Even I love it I’d say. Do I use the dictionary? I do but rather seldom. Seldom because I try and understand new words from the context, and it works!
So I don’t stop often to look up some word in the dictionary. I figure out meanings from the context, as I said. And other words are left not understood. But anyway I quite understand the novel.
It’s okay. And it is a good way to learn English: you not only learn words but other ways to convey some meaning: idioms, circumlocutions, etc.
I tell you something: you have to find your own unique pathway to learn and acquire a language. Acquire I said. Yes because acquiring a language means that you’re learning though you are not aware.
Also my students keep learning English along the summer. Something to finish this post: by reading you encounter the texture of English also, or any other language you’re embarked in learning and acquiring. Have a nice week! / Photo from: Le Canard Enchaine

Friday, June 8, 2018

3395. Communication in the Classroom

Yesterday or a couple days ago I read something interesting on the British Council-BBC website for English-language teachers. May we foreign or second language teachers use our students’ and our own mother language in the classroom, Spanish in my case?

Sometimes, even often, using the mother tongue is demonized, the post said. And the answer – the article was much richer anyway – is that we may use it when the benefits are heavier than the counterproductive reasons.

The first premise, however, is that our students should be exposed to English – the target language in my case – massively.

That is the only way for those students to learn and ALSO acquire the target tongue.

Actually there are occasions when using the mother tongue is more than necessary. You know, sometimes we teachers may feel kind of guilty, for using that L1 (the mother language).

The authoress of the article was Loli Iglesias, a teacher from the Basque Country, north of Spain.

Summing up: let us expose our students to the target language for quite massively, and we may use L1 not randomly but when really it is necessary. And let’s be careful, for sometimes we believe it is simpler and less hard to use the mother tongue (Spanish, L1), while we should try to communicate with our students in English (L2)! / Photo from: birds-of-paradise The Bukit Brown Experience