Thursday, December 14, 2017

3311. Do You Like to Read?


 
I can tell you about my own experience at learning vocabulary and grammar by reading a novel in English, my students’ and my target language.
You know, sometimes I read more quickly and without stopping to look up a new word in the dictionary. Then I read for pleasure. But other times I look up a word that may be blocking the meaning and my understanding the sequence of the plot.
I mean, I can’t tell you something exclusive I do when reading the novel. At different times I do different things, but the average result is positive, I’d say.
Sometimes the main point is enjoying reading the novel, some other times I focus more on grammar and vocab.
Something also nice I could tell you is that I also learn or acquire words inadvertently. I mean, I may be devouring pages – more or less – and I can say I’m acquiring words: I use them at other times when they come up to mind in an unaware way: I just can use them because they pop up to mind.
I guess reading fiction – also non-fiction – is okay for learning a language. It’s not the only thing you can carry out anyway: you should do other things: listening, speaking, writing. / Photo from: airportsporting com. Once again the picture is an illustration, but anyway it might show something from the plot from some interesting novel.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

3310. Managing the Classroom in a Deep Way


 
Some days ago I wrote these notes, “Calling on students in the classroom builds up a structure of discipline and nice classroom management. December 10, 2017.”
When the students expect they might be called on and addressed by the teacher they tend to be silent and still. It’s simple but true anyway. And not only when called on randomly but also when addressed in an orderly way. I’ve seen it.
Yet I’d like to give it more ample a view. When calling on each student, we want him or her to intervene in the class. We’re involving him or her in the formal conducting of the class, and that counts for much.
We teachers expect a lot from them. And we should expect he or she can answer fine. Otherwise we should change and ask something they actually can answer or respond – not always it’s a formal question but we require something from him or her, like carrying out an exercise or any other activity.
Coming down to something deeper and more profound, we the teachers expect some human action from them. In other words, we consider those students capable of a formal and coherent response, a mature one; we’re helping him or her to be a bit more mature.
And, remember, we’re roping him or her into the lesson. Think of it. / Photo from: Tanngal. The picture is a picturesque illustration.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

3309. Are You a Creative Teacher Ultimately?


 
I would like all of you to remember that you must be happy. The first goal... and the ultimate one of our classes is for all of us teachers to be happy. And on trying our students also be happy we have to engage our lessons.
When I see a teacher that is trying his students would be happy, he more likely may be happy too. I insist on purpose: let’s try and be happy, our students too. And that entails investing our lives on that nice effort.
But always remembering that we have also to learn to relax and have our private lives as well.
I’ve seen that when a teacher donates himself to his students he more likely may be happy. To be happy here and after this life for everlasting life in heaven. For that we know that we can count on God, we can count on what’s transcendent and spiritual, not less real though. I firmly believe so.
Some days ago I wrote, “The value of what is transcendent, spiritual and supernatural. We can count on God. I’m referring to Someone we can’t see, he lives though. December 10, 2017.” He is our Father. / Photo from: Wallpapers-New-York-City-001

Monday, December 11, 2017

3308. Near Christmas and Always!


 
We teachers have to teach technically well.
That’s okay, but let’s keep in mind that the first point we have to meet is treating our students humanly, with respect and affection.
For example, can they follow us when teaching in the classroom? If we teach a second or foreign language, can they follow us? Are we teaching that language in a bit higher level than the students’ ones, but not much higher?
I know you try to keep all these things, because you’re reading this post, so that means you’re concerned about teaching fine. Remember that the classroom is a learning community: they learn as students and we learn as teachers. Every single day. / Photo from: Classroom Chronicles

Sunday, December 10, 2017

3307. Flexible Teachers Teach Better!


 
Do you ever get somewhat depressed because the lessons turned out bad? We teachers need to know that the important point about our lessons is the effort we invest in carrying them out well. The result is important but our effort is more important.
We have to value the process, not only the result, which sometimes or often depends on our students and other outside circumstances. The same counts for our students. Their grades are important but we have to value their struggle and effort at learning more than just on their grades.
And if our lessons don't turn out well, we will invest some more effort, but with serenity and taking into account that they depend not only on us teachers. We will analyze the situation with serenity. / Photo from: Free Library of Philadelphia

Saturday, December 9, 2017

3306. Are You a Flexible Teacher?


 
I’ve sometimes heard or read that the teacher has to be like an actor himself. I don’t mean he pretends something he doesn’t feel or he behaves and conducts himself hypocritically.
Something anyway he will have to do is showing himself with good humor, he may be tired though.
Teaching a class has something of being kind of an actor, for instance he has to act before a public, his students. And above anything else he has to direct the lesson.
Also he’ll have to be like an orchestra conductor, and I’ve referred to this on some post before. He’ll have to accomplish each student should “play his instrument” at the right time, this is, the teacher will achieve each and every student get the best from himself. And that at the right moment.
The teacher has to be like an actor, and get the best from each student, as that goes back to the origin of education: getting the best from inside and directing the way to wisdom, knowledge, skills… happiness in a word.
Educating etymologically means both getting the best from inside and leading the way. Teaching is an art, isn’t it? / Photo from: Logo Coaching Agenda. Dedicated to my colleagues at teaching.

Friday, December 8, 2017

3305. Are You Happy?


 
I know you’re a committed teacher.
And you should have positive thoughts when facing life and teaching. When the weather – the “interior” weather – is dull, you have to face it joyfully. You may not influence on the exterior world, but you should master your interior life: thoughts, feelings, sentiments…
In that way you’ll be able to face life in a nicer way.
You must be occupied on issues, on everyday issues, and not just preoccupied or worried about them. Make a nice face when the interior weather is dull. Even learn how to laugh at yourself – in the nice sense of defusing things that get you worried and choked.
Face up classes not as an onerous and heavy task to fulfill, but an occasion to make your students, plus their parents and families, plus your colleagues, happier. I do know cases of that nice way of living. I know you’re a committed teacher. / Photo from: man-riding-bike-blue-wall Queerty

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3304. How to Quench Anxiety Both Teacher and Students


 
Some weeks ago I wrote some notes, as always, “Sense of humor. It helps discipline in the classroom. A correct attitude toward the disruptive lady (at present I teach adults, motivated ones). Mature personality. Positive psychology. Positive thoughts. Reason upon feelings. The teacher is the first person that must be pleased in the classroom. Nice rapport with the students. Lessons should be pleasant, as much as possible. November 20, 2017.”
And I have got little else to say. The teacher must be a mature personality. He should have positive thoughts and not get driven away by negative feelings: reason should direct negative feelings and sentiments. / Photo from: Baby-Swimming-Underwater Famlii. The pic may have nothing to do with the post comments, but it is a cute one, isn’t it?

Monday, December 4, 2017

3303. Planning Lessons at a Smart Productive Pace


 
I wrote for example on post #3300 that to have one goal for the syllabus or program may be okay.
That is not against having more goals in relation to the syllabus, of course!
So to have one goal, a general one for each class-group is okay, for the oncoming days. Now when planning the lessons we teachers can bear in mind that general goal we had thought of, and so adjust the activities of that lesson toward that goal.
One goal or objective per class-period seems right. Two ones at the utmost respect. In other words we will plan our nice lessons with that general goal at sight, in view.
The point is to try to meet our students’ needs and expectations. Plus planning lessons in a smart and productive way. / Photo from: QiGe87 com. The picture is a season one: rainy perhaps, rather cold… in the north hemisphere of our adorable planet, the one we have to take care of and teach our students in that educative direction!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

3302. All My Best Wishes to You Teachers!


 
Today I’ve sent some wishing Merry Christmas and a happy 2018, by emailing. Why not send you all my readers the same seasons greetings? Here you are, in Spanish, English and German – I adore languages!
Os deseo a todos una Feliz Navidad y un magnífico 2018. No os puedo escribir a cada uno y al menos lo hago a todos en general. Pido por vosotros y vuestras familias. Y os encomiendo a la Familia de Nazaret: san José, la Virgen María y el Niño, para que estéis muy cerca de Ellos. Contad con ellos para las cosas de cada día. Y que tengáis un buen arranque de 2018.
I entrust you all to my beloved holy Family of Nazareth. They were – and are! – Baby Jesus, his adorable Mom Mary, and his dearest Dad Saint Joseph. To them, and in some way, I consecrate you all, for you to stay close to each one of them, now and in the remaining of 2018. Look, Jesus Christ, true God and true Man! He has taken our flesh to open us Paradise doors! You can turn to him for your everyday things and problems!
Frohe Weihnachten und glückliches Neujahr. Jesus ist von der Jungfrau Maria geboren. Neben der Gottesmutter Maria war heiliger Josef.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

3301. First Is People Then Language


 
Learning and acquiring English as a foreign or second language demands an immersion atmosphere in that language, okay. But if our students need some encouraging words in their native language, it’s okay to do it so, in their mother tongue.
Also they may need some small laughing, so as to break the ice, and that may be done in the mother language too.
First is persons, people, and then language. I mean, things are below people. We need to take care of people above something which is a means – the target language, English in my case.
I try to encourage my students, and if I have to do it in Spanish (the mother tongue) also that is correct, I would say. Have a nice weekend! / Photo from: 3plearning

Thursday, November 30, 2017

3300. Some Imagination May Suit Our Students!


 
Lately what follows happens to me. Although I have some look at the general syllabus planning, also I tend to think of the main core point for each class-group.
This is, I think of the main single goal for my dear students. It’s the only-one-goal theory. Thus for a class-group the main goal may be just they must talk, talk, talk in English; for another to have them in my pocket; or for a third one some grammar would be fine with them, either high-leveled grammar, like C1 or maybe B1 grammar stuff. That grammar will help them give more messages in English. And so forth.
Every single day I think of a single goal for those nice people. And the thing works and they’re satisfied and content and happy, for nice rapport in the classroom is of a grand importance.
Well, you know, currently I teach adult learners, but the same theory would match kids’ learning. And concerning the general program or syllabus and as I said I have some peek at that wide general planning and extract a single goal for next class-period. And it’s okay so far.
/ Photo from: Autumn in New York syndicate details com. the pic is just some nice illustration I wanna post; well maybe it’s too late for that fall pic in NYC and I should post a winter one… but here in Granada, Spain, autumn is on the trees now...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3299. From All Five Continents!


 
I was thinking of when I started my career as a teacher. Now I would do things differently from then.
For instance I’d carry out my lessons in English, the target language, and I’d implement a communicative approach to teaching. And I’d treat my students more humanly than then.
Practice and experience make things different, so different.
The communicative way of teaching and learning English is not only speaking between the teacher and the students, but also among these latter ones. And it entails the use of authentic material, and not only the textbook.
As well the functional and notional approaches have a lot to say here: the classes are not just communicating among us but also learning to express performative actions plus using knowledge about topics. In other words, the students learn how to express different functions: apologizing, giving opinions, formulating wishes, stating facts, etc.
And the notional approach makes reference to different life topics: at the airport, shopping, job interviews, working as a team, at the restaurant, etc. And all in a naturalistic way!
I take advantage of this post to thank you my readers and my teacher-readers, for I’ve learned quite a lot from you, spread out in all continents! / Photo from: Reading Agency. The photo could show exchange amongst teachers: sharing experiences and the like.

Monday, November 27, 2017

3298. Planning Lessons May Be Great but...


 
Of course it’s okay to plan the classes and to plan the syllabus. But people like me and other teachers should take into account that also it is okay to let the lesson flow itself and develop itself too, as a nice stream.
Improvising may be right too.
Thank you very much for reading this post. Hope it be of any use, like the previous ones and the ones I expect to write: teachers should help one another, right?
So let’s lessons also stream and flow themselves, even to overflow, if the lesson is taking an accurate discourse: we work with people and they for sure are more important than the planning itself. We teachers should have some trusting ourselves! / Photo from: bicicleta-antigua blogger. The picture is just an illustration.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

3297. The Remedy of Redemies


 
I would like to add something nice to the previous post. If you’ve aborted, all has its remedy and I believe in that, I said.
Your child now is in God’s hands and in his mercy. And you can get, achieve and accomplish a nice remedy.
Even you can forgive yourself and find peace again. I believe in that. Repentance is great.
Besides, we Christians have the sacrament of forgiveness, which is confession. All has its remedy. Have a nice weekend again! Trust and confide in your loving father God. He has all the love of all moms and dads in the world together. Even more than that. Go in peace, fellow.
Oh, also you can count on prayer: God does wish to hear you and listen to you. / Photo from: American Kitefliers Association. The picture is just an illustration, only that.

3296. On Teens and in Their Favor


 
Today I’d like to talk, again, about our students. How should I say? I’d like to talk about those people, those persons that have not been born yet. Yesterday I read a short piece of fiction, where children were being thrown into a ditch from a truck, yes, children!
Well, you know, it was a story inside the first chapter of a book on ethics, like an example or anecdote.
The solution is not abortion, with all my respect. I know about some women’s tragedies, but that is not the solution, I’d say. Have a nice weekend, you all! I wish you all the best! Those creatures are children, people! By no means do I try to raise any controversy. It’s not my style.

In case you've aborted, all has a nice remedy. I believe in that. / Photo from: Entrepeneur. The pic is just a nice illustration.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

3295. Optimism


 
I just wrote, “Be cheerful and joyful when you enter the classroom, because you’re a committed teacher. And you try to do your best and you think about your students.
Optimism.
Also because you’re a son or a daughter to God!
You think about your students and what’s good for them, even at times you are not paid for! Remember that you are a teacher who thinks of the goal – a single goal, or two at the utmost level – you have to follow in order to seek what’s good for your students and their actual learning! November 23, 2017”
I have nothing else to add to those notes. Think of it.
Oh, also they are children of God and that counts for much! / Photo from: Return of Kings writer writing. The picture might also show a teacher who thinks, who really thinks of his students for the best to them.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

3294. Communication, Communication, Communication!


 
I’m somehow starting some nice lessons with other retired people, at another center.
I’m trying to create an atmosphere of immersion, where English is the spoken language, both for the lower-level students and for the more advanced ones.
However I’m noticing some lack of communication with some students in both groups, whilst most of the students seem to follow my discourse. I’m now focusing on those adult learners that seem they don’t understand enough. Should I change and speak in Spanish, our common mother language?
Well, you know, let me see… I can speak in English but just a bit over their level – or levels, because they’re mixed-ability class-groups! I’m keeping speaking in English, to let them input and intake massive English, which is the only way for them to ACQUIRE English.
And I’ll try to explain things in a way everyone can follow me – if possible! Also I could ask one student to explain in English what I’m trying to say, in his own words, which sometimes may be clearer than mine!
And if I use Spanish, this has to be just little, very little, let’s see what happens… Thus so little Spanish, okay, let’s see. Definitely there should be immersion in the target tongue! That little Spanish could be some encouraging words to break the ice and have some small laugh…
Plus I’m using the chalkboard for a lot, because the discourse will get clearer since there are cognate words in both languages – words that are similar, like “summary” and “sumario, resumen” – I won’t write these latter words on the board. / Photo from: SGB Media. The picture is just a nice and beautiful illustration.

Monday, November 20, 2017

3293. Learning English Has the Beauty of Sports!


Okay, so I said this morning that reading really helps you get and acquire a lot of vocabulary.
Even when reading along texts with grammar you already know, and stuff you already know, that’ll help you too. Those texts are giving you more elemental texture of the language – English in my case –, which will permit you to also use English in a naturalistic context, like when talking in that language in the classroom, in front of your dear students.
In other words: when reading you not only learn new lexis but revise lexis you already know, but that already learned language helps you when you’ve got to use English at everyday contexts and situations.
You can realize of that when listening to your dear students when giving their oral presentations: some of them, who have not used English as often as I do because I’m the teacher, precisely lack the grammar, vocabulary and expressions to say normal and regular everyday things.
I try and encourage them by saying that precisely they lack practice: oh, I’ll let them give more presentations along the school year, plus their everyday participating in the lessons by saying oral stuff. They’re so great! I’ll have to bear in mind that they have to participate a lot in the classroom! / Photo from: citypages com. Learning English has the beauty a sport has.
 

3292. How to Build Up a Huge Vocabulary!


 
Some days ago I wrote the following notes: “Learning vocabulary by reading. My case. Words that come to mind, which come up when writing.”
Currently I’m reading a novel in English, and I can assure you that I’m learning quite many new words.
Reading massively and intensely is okay for learning lexis. You may be aware of the words you’re learning, but also when reading massively and intensely you ACQUIRE some words, which could come up when writing or speaking, which are the productive skills of any language.
When reading that contemporary novel I’ve got the dictionary close to me and I look up some words, from time to time. Over time I could say I’ve learned quite many words. If you count by years the number of words is vast, so vast.
Sometimes when I’ve read for some time I go back to what I’ve read to also focus on some words and expressions, ones that I hadn’t focused on, and then also I learn more lexis, idioms, phrases... / Photo from: worldbycyclerelief org. I’d like to post an African shot.

Friday, November 17, 2017

3291. Discipline and Affection Go Together! (2)


 
Some days ago I wrote the following notes: “One-goal theory: let’s see what’s good for my two schools: presentations and have them in my pocket. November 10, 2017. I guess that is gotten by a mature person.”
I meant that sometimes, especially when the teacher is experienced, he can have a single-goal planning for his lessons – plus the actual activities, of course.
He seeks what’s most necessary for his class-groups. In my case: since I teach at two centers, some days ago I achieved to think what the main points for my class-groups were. And I decided that a single goal would be okay with my lesson planning – plus the specific activities.
For one of those centers the main goal should be for the students to give their oral presentations about a topic their choice, in the classroom. And for the other center the main goal should be having my students in my pocket. And I said this latter goal because I’m starting classes with them and the core point regarding them now should be treating them with some great affection and interest: both they and I are getting acquainted with one other.
In that way they will for sure work fine, which is something I’m already noticing, and that’s great, thank God.

Later on I could have other goals for those centers. / Photo from: Mind%20The%20Step. The picture is an illustration that means we have to be attentive: when there’s a gap we could fall in or in my case I have to be kindly attentive to my students’ needs and expectations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3290. On Motivating Our Students


 
On post #3288 I wrote that positive motivation helps us get discipline and nice classroom management. And it’s so! I’ve seen it I can confess so to you.
Positive motivation helps create nice rapport between the teacher and the students, and it’s so too.
If your students do things fine you can tell them that you thank them for their attention and for their hard working, if the case. Also we could recognize good learning actions, or some of them.
Now I’d like to add something else: If we teachers respect our students in a nice way more likely our students will respect us their teachers. At a beginning this could not happen, but over time we’ll get it.
What happens with teens is that they don’t have self-discipline. And we teachers have to train them at that skill. Little by little, and you know it’s so, it happens that way, it’s like that. Even we could explicitly let our students know about that lack of self-discipline, and how that discipline will help them become happier and more satisfied.
As they’re growing they may be building up that nice self-discipline. That self-discipline is the best one and the only one that makes them good students and respectful ones. As well they should learn they owe respect to their teacher. / Photo from: jaguar the expected formula 1 for 2018 from thisisf1 com. You can compare it with the 1969 model on the previous post... Anyway I guess the one on this post is a concept car.

Monday, November 13, 2017

3289. What Is Your Teaching Style Like?


 
The teacher may feel anxiety, okay, but have you thought it’s the students, either kids or adults, who may feel anxiety?
It’s okay we foreign or second language teachers create an atmosphere where English (for example) is the spoken language. But if you notice that your students are getting that anxiety, you can break the ice and tell them some encouraging words to them in their first language, Spanish (for example).
Also you can ask them how they’re understanding you. Even more if they adults come to you between classes and let you know that they are rather stressed out, maybe a bit.
Or if their parents, when you teach kids, come to the school to let you know they, maybe few of them, may be getting stressed out. That’s very important and you know it is, indeed.
So smiling and letting them speak can be something convenient. In many other cases you may go on with your teaching style, for your dear students are not stressed at all, because you know how to deal with teaching in a not tense way at all.
In any case you should get some feedback from your students. Even more if you have tutorials with them, individual ones I mean. / Photo from: mclaren_nurburgring_1969_portada SoyMotor com. Although I posted a classical formula 1 car I mean that to win the “contest” of the classes we should work with our students as a learning team…

Saturday, November 11, 2017

3288. Affection and Discipline Go Together!


 
Some days ago I wrote the following notes: “Positive motivation as a classroom management booster. Thank you for your attention… You’re great.”
I meant that by recognizing what’s good about our students’ behavior we could set some nice classroom management. Yes, because we emphasize what our dear students do well and put aside what’s wrong about their behavior.
Students grow better if we involve them in a kind, gentle and educative atmosphere. A respectful one too. Also some sense of humor helps set some nice discipline, when a working atmosphere is already settled in the classroom. But I’ll write about this on another post... / Photo from: flyingsteps com. The picture is just an illustration, a curious one I guess. What's the city at the background? Toronto?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

3287. Was My Blog Any Useful?


 
Now I would like to thank you my readers and all readers that drop by my blog. Without you this blog would not be possible.
I hope I might have taught you something useful. I’ve had fun at writing it and I have been able to display my doctoral dissertation, which was aborted: I preferred to write something more practical, which could help my dear colleagues all over the world.
The doctoral dissertation would have been too theoretical and I liked something more practical, as I said. I like the day-to-day struggle to teach English and help others in that learning process, which is passionate.
And sorry for my mistakes and errors at using English: I’ve kicked English – I mean my English is not that good, I presume. Well, learning a language, a foreign or second one is a life-long process, a passionate one, I’d say.
Thank you very much again. I’ve poured a nice part of my career as a teacher along this blog. Sláinte, Cheers! / Photo from: Newsfirst. I hope I’ve led you along a nice landscape with my blog!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3286. Beholding Classroom Management!


 
Can we find disruptive students in an adult class-group? We can. Actually I’m having this problem.
What I’m going to do is to talk with her. Gently. And trying she would go to the “right side”: she should behave better and avoid saying bad manner things in the classroom.
Originally I was thinking of telling her off, but I prefer to talk to her in a nice way. I can tell you I’ve also consulted about this with some colleague. Definitely I’m trying she should convince she has to conduct in a nice and polite way.
And not only for me but also for her classmates’ benefit and good. I will talk with her before next class, aside and apart, not in public. Let’s see if this turns out okay. Also I confide and trust all these daily job matters to prayer with God, for he is a loving father, who wishes our good. / Photo from: live wallpaper HD Desktop Wallpapers rainy day. Here in Spain we’re suffering a sturdy drought. The illustration is a season one.

Monday, November 6, 2017

3285. Some Hint at How I Plan. It Helps Me!


 
With two of the class-groups I currently have I’ve proceeded in a different way than usually.
I’ve started the classes first, and when I realize and make out their levels I’ll make up my planning and programming the whole school year. First I want to learn about those new students – adults – and only then will I plan their general syllabus.
Ordinarily I plan the syllabus first, and then I start my classes. Better said, I get a general planning or syllabus beforehand and then, when I’ve taught several classes I point out the main strokes or points about the learning process they could follow; their syllabus, in a single word.
Something that helps me a lot is taking to the classroom some lesson planning for each class-period: when I stop to think about each class-group I think of what they need the most, and thus, as I can remember what I’ve thought for each class-group.
In that way I can teach something more specific for each class-group: I have several class-groups and in that way I can more easily think about what they need most importantly.
Oh, sorry, I think I made a little mess: in few words, I plan each lesson and a general syllabus for the whole school year! / Photo from: limpieza-Granada-vistas-Albaicin-Inagra-Ferrovial. At the background of the pic you can see Alhambra palaces and castle, which are grand – don’t miss them, and come to Granada in Spain!

Friday, November 3, 2017

3284. Making Up the Right Learning Community


 
A learning community. Now more than ever before, the classroom is a learning community. Everyone learns. Also the teacher, which is my case: I learn from and with my students, who are grown-ups.
However, with kids the classroom also can be a learning community, where everybody learns and betters as a person.
That does not mean the teacher keeps no longer being a knowledge source. He keeps being so. A knowledge source. Because he has collected more knowledge and classroom resources along his career as a teacher. We cannot get rid of the teacher. He also orientates his students along their learning processes.
And an important point is as well that the teacher can be and set an example of a person who is still learning. He can set an example, a nice one. And he keeps being the mirror where the students see themselves as learners, albeit he leads the way toward learning through the possible labyrinth of that learning. Labyrinth in a positive way: human growing up is great! / Photo from: school-house Albuquerque Teachers Federation

Thursday, November 2, 2017

3283. Working as a Great Team!


 
When students are capable of a thorough insight, they improve a lot as students. And as persons. They become aware of their way of learning and studying, and they better a lot.
My students now are adults, as you may know. They’re clever. They can learn and even modify their way of learning to adapt it to new circumstances.
Two of my class-groups have begun recently, and I can see how they try their best, both at basic and more advanced levels. In the classroom they’re machine thinkers, let’s say.
They may adapt their way of understanding me in English in order to understand me better. And also I’m trying to adapt my teaching to their way of learning and acquiring. When these two principles meet, the learning may be great.
They’re making out their way of learning at my lessons, and also I’m making out their ways of learning.
As well I’m making out their levels of English, because the classes are mixed-ability, and there’re high-achievers and low-achievers as well. With modesty I say it: experience makes the difference: I’ve been teaching for some twenty-five years, and I thank God for my experience. Mine and the one I can read in teachers’ blogs and websites. Thank you very much, teachers!
Also I learn quite a lot from my students, English words too! / Photo from: YouTube. I posted a picture of a powerful engine: my students are powerful learners too! I can especially see this in the students I’ve had for more years.

Monday, October 30, 2017

3282. Something Relaxing for Our Professional Work


 
We can count on the transcendent One, who is God our father.
He has a limitless love of all dads and moms, even more than that. The clever thing is trusting and counting on him. That makes life much easier and we are not inclined to a fate. We are taken care of with limitless love and tenderness.
We have empirical knowledge but also we have philosophical and metaphysic knowledge. And that knowledge tells us we can count on God. He is our father God. And this makes us be more tranquil and easier: we are not advocated to a blind and sightless fate.
We Christians have the knowledge of God’s providence upon us. And thus and therefore we can live more tranquil and peaceful.
And that on the street, at our job, at home, always, always. / Photo from: face2faceafricacom. The illustration is just so, a nice illustration. We can have a hint from God in creation.
And we men and women collaborate with God at his creation: we somehow complete creation, we cooperate with him, and that at our daily post of life. He wants us to collaborate with him, for example at and with our everyday professional work.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

3281. Communication in the Classroom Is Great!


 
The foreign or second language teacher must train his students to acquire some communicative competence. A lot of communicative competence, I’d say.
He will not give just language facts, like words, but he will train his students to get that competence.
The communicative approach is okay. But consider also that it implies some notional and functional approaches. The student will learn about different topics and as well he will train himself at saying things that are performative: how to book a reservation, how to claim for something, how to apologize, how to ask about something, and zillion of more nice things. All that with serenity.
Classes will be practical, although the teacher, or the students, can also give the needed vocabulary and grammar.
Students will be exposed to massive English – if the case – and in that way they’ll also acquire the language, and not only learn it. Acquisition has something of unaware learning. And adults can also acquire, and not only infants. I learned this from great H. D. Brown. / Photo from: gCaptain. The picture is just a nice illustration.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3280. Some Key to Success at Homeworking


 
Homework? It’s essential.
If I had kids as students I would assign and set some homework. It is useful. I teach English, as you may know. At home the students could write compositions or focus on already corrected-by-me compositions or essays. Or also they can read and re-read some text we’ve worked on at the classroom. Etcetera.
Only we teachers should realize that they have other school subjects and must also do homework for those subjects…
At home they can sediment what learned at school.
However, if we follow the flipped-classroom model the homework would be so different: The kids search, read and visualize material at home and they bring that material to the classroom to discuss about it, said in a rather simplistic way – that’s the core thing I think; well also I’d add that the teacher help the students get and obtain something more specific, more defined, at the classroom. At home also they can visualize tutorials and can work online.
In that latter case the teacher should lead and orientate the material searching the kids can carry out on the Internet.
Summing up, working and studying at home seem necessary, don’t you think so? / Photo from: Academia de inglés en Elche

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3279. My Lessons with Adults Are Great Anyway!


 
Lately I’m having more lessons with adults. They’re great and very grateful and kind. Also they’re more demanding than most of kids.
Now, these days I’m trying to make out their levels. There are two levels, two groups, but each student has his or her own level anyway! There should be more groups, but this far it’s only two groups. I have to combine multiple leveled-activities. And also I only have one lesson per group in the week at one of my schools! / Photo from: Heathrow Airport. They’re learning English also for traveling abroad.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3278. When the Students Are So Great


 
I have recently started English classes with more adults. They’re great. And very motivated. I enjoy to teach them, they’re demanding though.
They need English for traveling and because some of them have sons or daughters in some English-speaking country, mainly in the UK, Ireland or the States.
They’re great, and very demanding, as I said.
Now they’re making out what exactly their level and communicative competence in that language is, to attend the corresponding lessons and levels.
I can also learn from them: they tend to work nice and take learning and acquiring English pretty seriously, and most of them don’t want to miss any lesson. And quite perseverant. Even sometimes I learn vocabulary from them... They use nice learning strategies.
When teaching the lowest level class I have to adapt my teaching at that level – some of them know little. At the same time I also have to raise the level when teaching high-achievers: by no means can I have them get bored, because they could be learning nothing new or not developing their communicative competence in a nice way.
They learn because they need the language. / Photo from: c-muelle-de-los-granos-y-de-las-hierbas-graslei-korenlei-gante-belgica-buendia-tours. Well, you know, I posted a beautiful picture, but there people speak French and/or Dutch.

Monday, October 16, 2017

3277. How to Learn Many Words Easily


 
We have already progressed along the school year for a while, okay. And if we’re foreign or second language teachers we may have to also learn that target language.
And we also need vocabulary, to help our students. One way for learning vocabulary is massive reading, for example a novel or an essay book. If we read massively we’ll learn words inadvertently. But remember, we need to read a lot.
In that way we’ll be not only learning the language but acquiring it, in an unaware way. And since we’re learners we will be able to advise our students in a nice way.
We can consult the dictionary for some words but others will get stuck in mind inadvertently, as I said. And all that’s very nice, and useful. In that way as well we’ll be acquiring what we could call the language sense: you can state learning strategies from your own learning experience.
You’re a learner, you’re like a teacher, you can advise other learners. You read a lot, you get some words, quite many ones over time. You have to see many words so as to gain some of them. / Photo from: Pixabay. The girl is capturing images as you may be capturing words.