Sunday, February 19, 2017

3095. How Are We about Professionalism?

I’m concerned and a bit worried. As you know I try to create immersion in the classroom. Immersion in English, my students’ and my own target language.
Well, you know, sometimes, not very much anyway, I use our common native language, namely Spanish. I utilize it to reinforce what I’ve just said in English. But most of the lesson is in dear language English.
Should I not shift into Spanish at all? Sometimes I say something small or rather small in Spanish to reinforce what I said and I think it needs clarification. Yet I should set “a nice example”, as a former teacher trainer, and maybe say all in the target language… What to do?
You know, there’s immersion in English but… there would be more immersion if I said all in that tongue. Tomorrow morning I could try to say all or 99% in our target tongue, couldn’t I? Ok, I will do it… and see what happens with my students.
Also I had written in my diary that also there’s communication in the target language, English. Am I doing right? I’ll do it – speak all in English or 99% - and let you know what results in the end! / Photo from: Waitress-01 menu-explain blogspot com. Any job worker should carry out his or her work in a very professional way, I assume. If a waitress, like a very professional waitress, with a lot of professionalism!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

3094. Sense of Humor and Motivation

We teachers should acknowledge and value our students’ contributions to the lesson! Also because that takes and means an effort, as I’ve said sometimes. And both if our students are grown-ups or if they’re teens.
The recognition has to be proportional to the effort invested, obviously. We can’t fall into flattery and adulation otherwise... So from a positive viewpoint we can tell them things like “That’s right!” and others. All this boosts our students’ motivation and pushes them to keep on carrying on with their tenacity and resolution, plus it could redirect some students’ starting and attempting disruptive behavior…
All this in the context of nice treating our students and making up a cordial atmosphere. Also all this has to do with sense of humor. We can have small laughs in the context of nice class management and discipline: where there’s discipline we can allow those small laughs.
The relationship must be human and humane. And this relationship with them in that way reinforces class management and discipline, definitely. All this fine treatment is quite educative, and helps make them thorough men and women! / Photo from: 2008-01_kosiuszko-canberra expedition toptotop org. The picture is just a nice illustration.

Friday, February 17, 2017

3093. The Thing is Communicating

Expert in learning a second or foreign language H. D. Brown stated that we teachers and learners of those languages should imitate a native speaker. And for that we could listen to podcasts and radio stations through the Web, where you can find radio stations from all over the world. Also at YouTube you can find interesting videos. Some days ago I found an interesting video about cockney English.
Some learners, and some teachers too, have gotten an accent and pronunciation close to a native one. Even I know a man of a Spanish origin but who has been living for many years in the US, and his friends and the people who know him say he sounds like a native speaker, even they don’t find any difference at all…
There’re people with more aptitude to imitate but every one of us can go far in this thing of imitating.
Anyway a field where I think it is more difficult to imitate a native speaker is in writing. I notice that my American friends write in a Spanish which you can easily note they’re foreigners. And the same happens to me regarding English. Learning and acquiring a foreign language is a life-long task!
My adult students are acquiring a level of English where they already have the so-called sense of the language, by means of which they can have a nice intuition both at understanding texts and producing nice language samples! Also they can for example more or less easily distinguish the difference between “special” and “especial”. / Photo from: people-talking

Thursday, February 16, 2017

3092. Using Visual Aids for My Lessons

I was thinking… I have two big helps for my English language lessons: the dictionary and the whiteboard.
I say to my students that the dictionary of English is like another teacher: it solves so many problems! I call it Mr. Dictionary. I could utilize my smartphone to look up words that show up in the classroom, but if I’m honest… I prefer the printed dictionary book: I can find words more quickly than in my mobile, turning to and accessing the Internet.
Often my students can find that word in their smartphones faster, and that also helps us a lot.
The whiteboard? It’s like an appendix or extension of myself, I would say. We don’t have a poor smartboard, but for our classes the whiteboard is okay, quite okay. Otherwise: no whiteboard no classes: I couldn’t stand without it! It’s, how should I say? That’s right, kind of myself or part of my body. I use it so often!
For everything: phonetic transcriptions, new words, examples, even drawings, presentations, explanations, more new words, brainstorming, smiling, more single words or phrases, a for-communication-aims thing… phew! / Photo from: how_to_learn_german_language Education Advices

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3091. Discussions as Something so Educative

I’ve told you we teachers have to make our students think and engage their brains in intellectual activities. And once else that’s okay I guess.
We can teach our students, and help them learn superior intellectual activities, such as plan their work and their learning process up to some extent, synthesize, schedule their activities and free time, reason, understand what they read, summarize, evaluate their own work and study, apply their correct learning strategies, revise what they’ve learned, draw conclusions, comment on a text…
Those skills and activities make their work be something human, and are pretty educative. Also in the classroom we can help them apply those skills and activities, like for example reading a text aloud and silently, also on their own, and making up a follow-up discussion...
Remember I’m an English language teacher, and if it is possible, discussions are a paramount activity, because they develop their communicative competence, and that’s one of the foreign or second language main aims. As well that activity, discussions, may be so interesting to young people in the classroom, alike as for adults! / Photo from: MotoGP07_a_jpg  www the-laser com. We can touch topics our students like plus topics we think are interesting and educative for our students.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

3090. Are You a Moral Authority?

I’ve told you a lot about class management and discipline. Okay then, I would add that the teacher can have and should have a moral authority, with seriousness and gravity, young you may be though.
You are the person you are, but as the time passes, you’re gaining gravity and seriousness, with all your work done and carried out throughout the years of your career as a teacher. In other words, let’s see, it’s kind of a charisma. And all that force is felt around you in the classroom.
You may think you don’t have all that moral authority, but don’t worry too much: as I said you may be gaining it along years: carry out your everyday work the best you can, working with your students and having them working, and at the same time appreciating and esteeming them, and all that gravity will be gained, from the very first career years. Its source is your seriousness at work.
All that seriousness is transmitted to your students, even if you smile, because it’ll be a clever and intelligent smile, like the one that knows he is playing in his own stadium. And now so as to finish, you have the artillery force and background of your school department: tentatively your colleagues and the department head are supporting you. / Photo from: For The Curious Building the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles. Tentatively those workers are working safely.