Friday, September 30, 2016

2999. On This Blog, for It Be Useful!

I’ve told you all that every single day I pick up a word or two or three, from an English dictionary in order to learn and memorize them.
Some other times I pick up those words from novels, at random. It’s a way of learning and acquiring new words. Sometimes even I acquire a word I wasn’t aware I was gaining and memorizing. These latter words come to my mind whenever I’m writing and need a given word.
Also I pick up ideas from educating books and websites, randomly too, for example from TeacherLingo.
Well, it works fine for me. I try to be bilingual, which is something not simple to attain: I’m after it.
On purpose I try to write posts that might be useful and helpful for you readers. Oh I thank you all for visiting my blog. Hope it be any useful for you teachers and educators – a teacher is an educator too, because all we do educates or the opposite to our dear students.
In some way what I do is collecting words and idioms: with perseverance one day after another and so on I can handle and deal with a big vocabulary and lexis. Most of the ideas I include in this blog appear also in the book I wrote although didn’t publish, but turned it into this blog. So I intend to help out you teachers and educators. / Photo from: www thehopeline com. the picture is a mere illustration.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

2998. Any Person as Unique!

Any student deserves my attention as a teacher, like he was the only student I had!
Yesterday a friend of mine went swimming one more day and came across a homeless, typically dirty and the like, lying down on the ground. He thought he could not pass by and that’s it. He told the poor man that he was going to call the police or the Red Cross for them to assist him.
Some minutes later he just found a police car, one of the local police, and since the traffic light was red and the car had stopped, my friend told one police officer about the homeless man, and the police officers told him they already knew him and they would do the appropriate and right thing, and they thanked my friend.
Any person, because he’s a person, deserves all our attention.
I should assist a student of mine as if he was the only student I had. If then, at that precise moment I cannot assist my student I will tell him I will do so whenever possible, and I could write down and scribble a note about that student’s point.
But often we will be able to help that student at that precise moment, because it may be a thing we can arrange right then, and what they demand from us is listening, listening, listening.
The virtue and value of charity is affection too. I knew some teachers who “lost” their precious time to spend a while with a small group of students after a class, having a small laugh: that’s the point! Moreover that teacher could make up a group of pupils that would follow his mastership about teaching English that way in the future, when that teacher would retire. / Photo from: how to lead up www huffingstonpost com. mountaineers usually help one another, right?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2997. What You Can Gain with Your Effort!

On next October 18 we shall celebrate another anniversary of Thomas Alva Edison’s death, in 1931.
He patented more than one thousand inventions! At school when a child his teachers said he was too poor for learning. We can learn a lot from him. Today I’d point at the fact of his perseverance. We can learn from it. He said a genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
We can now think of our students: if they apply their natural forces plus their learned and acquired ones to a task they can advance a lot on learning and also acquiring English, if the case – I’m an English-language teacher.
I’m thinking of a teacher that began at zero at English and with perseverance he got C2 level of English, the highest one within the Common European Framework of reference for languages.
Edison, great Edison advised that for inventing anything and developing a grand career you have to get stuck to what you’re trying to achieve – he referred to that perseverance as stick-to-itiveness, which according to Merriam Webster Dictionary is: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult or unpleasant.
Thus we can talk to our dear students about the fact that for learning something you need continuity and perseverance, otherwise you won’t get anything valuable... / Photo from: Thomas-A-Edison www toptenbestin com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2996. As We Spoke in 1100!

We English language teachers teach English, evidently. But this thing we teach every single day was so different in Medieval Ages. What was English like from 450 to 1100?
Here you have an example of the changes which have happened in English – you have Our Father prayer in Old English or Anglo-Saxon, and in today English.
My friends and acquaintances say it sounds like German, and they’re right, because it was a variety of an old German language. Let’s go with it! / Photo from: St-Andrews-Old-Church bscrittersitter blogspot com. This church is in Yorkshire, England.

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum;
Si þin nama gehalgod
to becume þin rice
gewurþe ðin willa
on eorðan swa swa on heofonum.
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg
and forgyf us ure gyltas
swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge
ac alys us of yfele soþlice

(note: the old english "þ" is pronounced "th")

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Monday, September 26, 2016

2995. Can You Understand The Lyrics?

I’ve often said that we teachers should create immersion into the foreign language at classes, okay.
And also that we should speak in English all the time – the target language. Even announcements. And that we may present grammar in Spanish anyway, but only grammar: the rest should be in English – Spanish is both mine and my students’ mother tongue.
And how can my students understand what I’m saying? Okay, by speaking clearly, vocalizing, speaking slowly if necessary, by using cognates (words that are similar to Spanish ones, like “preoccupied” is similar to “preocupado”, although I will also say “worried”), also by using our chalkboard or smartboard, by drawing pictures and diagrams if necessary, by repeating the core idea, by paraphrasing, by means of gestures, etc.
And the students will understand more and more, and classes will be a special time and atmosphere when English is the natural communication vehicle.
If we do all that we will view astonishing results! And the students’ motivation will be boosted upward, because they’ll see they can understand and use English as a second language! / Photo from: the-beatles-circa-1966 www mudofth com. For my young students they are like prehistoric but I like some of their music anyway!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2994. A Quick Way of Relaxing for Teachers

Today is Sunday, a day for resting and relaxing, for most of us. A day for the family, friends, sport, for God – well, every day can be devoted to him, because we’re his children. And all the day for him, and that among our regular activities: they get joy for us.
I was thinking of a quick way of relaxing: it’s helpful for me even at any circumstances. Look, relax your body, like it were very heavy, then relax your face – we accumulate so many tensions on our face. And finally slow down your stream of thoughts, as if they were going more slowly; and also listening to silence or even to noise around us can make us relax and rest.
Well, all this is okay with me and some doctors advise about all this. I could write for longer about relaxing but I’d rather write on a quick way of relaxing.
I said something about we are children of God: if we think that way we will feel or at least intellectually learn we’re at home, at his home at any circumstance we can be passing through.
Also if we think of others’ things we shall feel less pressed by our own distress – just try: think of others and be prone to help out. / Photo from: autumn_lake_trees_mountains-2048x1152 www bhmpics com. Two days ago I set a similar landscape as my computer background: a fall landscape.