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?