Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1730. The way a mom corrected her son

A Japanese mom corrected one of her sons, Soichiro, when it was necessary: Soichi this, Soichi that. 

If she was upset for any naughty fault she corrected by calling him by his full name, Soichiro. 

However she didn’t correct every fault by him. She let him think on his own about his faults. Once he took 500 yens from his mom’s purse. She didn’t say anything, and in the end, Soichiro gave back the stolen money to his mother. / Photo from: ukulele jap boy. www techinasia com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1729. A marvelous team of teachers

In order to be a good director of the department of languages in your school you must learn to listen to your team of teachers. Put in their shoes. Be positive and open to their initiatives, which you have to moderate perhaps. 

Above all listen to the newbies and novice teachers: they turn to you in search of help, solutions and encouragement. 

As well listen to the veterans: you may learn from them, and you can stir somebody up who has fallen in dead routines. 

Since we spend many hours at school, this one becomes like a second house, and you should be like a father or a mother, or a brother or a sister. 

You will need fortitude to correct their errors and faults, and at the same time you need to be that father or mother I told you about. / Photo from: www good in

Monday, April 21, 2014

1728. The women in our school are essential

Most of female teachers of English carry out their labor fine, as far as I know. 

Women have special features to teach, like intuition. Also women have a special intuition to learn English or another different language. 

They appreciate and observe details. 

When we refer to young kids they have also special traits. 

I am so grateful to my teachers of English. 

I’m not sure, but they have that kind of intuition, they can find out small details from their students. Concerning young kids they know how to teach them fine. 

And their classrooms are decorated in a fine way too, with visual aids that help students learn better. They’re good educators for teaching English to babies as well, because they have a special tenderness. / Photo from: Teacher_with_class_in_background. www aboutourkids org

Sunday, April 20, 2014

1727. The new technologies at home

A father told us: our sons and daughters are young and growing up, each one in a different way. We parents cannot demand the same from each child. Each one has some positive aptitudes. 

As well and in general, studying and doing homework (and at the school the same) can be more difficult, because there are more things that can distract them: the computers, videogames, music. 

We have set the computers and tablets in a wide corridor of the house, also because albeit we’ve installed filters to the computers our children could view inconvenient sites. They’re learning what good and bad contents are. / Photo from: children with tablet. theonlinemom com 

1726. Preparando para los exámenes de Cambridge

Hoy me dirijo especialmente a mis seguidores de habla hispana que no dominan bien el inglés. 

Efectivamente al preparar a una persona para los exámenes de inglés de Cambridge, opino que si no hay mucho tiempo hasta el examen, se practique la comunicación oral sobre todo. 

Para mí la destreza del listening es la más difícil. 

Tenemos que conseguir que el candidato se suelte, lo más posible, en el habla. En el examen oral debe intentar llevar la voz cantante, para que no sea el examinador el que saque “con sacacorchos” mensajes y oraciones y texto oral; el candidato debe hacer casi descansar al examinador. 

Cuando hay otro candidato más para la parte de conversación, por un lado hay que aprender a tomar la palabra con educación, dejando hablarle, de modo que incluso así le ayudemos; esto es compatible con que el candidato que estamos preparando tome la palabra a la mínima, mejor si es con una sonrisa. / Foto de: alumnos en clase. www lavanguardia com

Saturday, April 19, 2014

1725. All in English definitely

Me, explaining some things to my students in L1 (Spanish)? 

Next Monday I will try to explain everything in L2 (English). I’m referring to talking about the presentations they should carry out in English. That is logistics, but even that should be explained in English definitely. 

I make my students a favor if I speak in English: they’ll understand more and more. I will speak in clear and well-articulated English, because some of my students have a lower level of English. I’m going to assist my explanations with the aid of the whiteboard and examples of core stuff of those presentations. / Photo from: at midnight lighthouse in northern norway by Reinhard Pantke