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by Sheila Collins
Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Preschool Education
Topic: Five year old leading the teacher ok?
Replies: 2
Views: 2026

One educational perspective is that you're being paid to teach her, so if she isn't learning then you're not doing your job. If the class is one-on-one, why not let her choose what she wants to do? Dancing and crafts are not required for language-learning; being interested--and, therefore, engaged--...
by Sheila Collins
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: ESL Waldorf
Replies: 2
Views: 2048

I don't know, but it would be really cool to integrate that philosophy and ESL. Have you found any information yet?
by Sheila Collins
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Retaining adult students
Replies: 2
Views: 1638

Adult students who claim they want to improve their English generally only stay with me for a few months. The few that have stuck around any longer are the ones who are "learning while doing": they need my help with work emails or other forms of correspondence. (These adults tend to learn more and l...
by Sheila Collins
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Bilingual Education
Topic: Student centered instruction
Replies: 4
Views: 2666

Student-centred instruction means the curriculum and lessons are based on the students' needs and interests. You can discuss topics that are relevant to that particular group of students, spend more time on one area of interest or weakness, or just ask the students what they want to do during that c...
by Sheila Collins
Tue May 15, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: When is the "quiet period" over?
Replies: 3
Views: 821

Make them laugh.

Teach them slang and/or mild curses.
by Sheila Collins
Tue May 15, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Making Decisions Based on Reactions of Students
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

I think the important thing is to always have back-up lesson plans. As you learn more about your students, you'll be able to create lessons that are more likely to work. Even though I've been teaching for over 15 years, new classes can still throw me for a loop. For the first few classes, I'll go in...
by Sheila Collins
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Listening Activities for a 1 on 1 class help!
Replies: 10
Views: 2686

I really like your idea of pushing him to figure out what is the syllable missing, that would be useful for many of my students. Is there a list of these available online or would I need to create a list? You'll have to make one up. Try using the new vocabulary you've assigned him in the last coupl...
by Sheila Collins
Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Listening Activities for a 1 on 1 class help!
Replies: 10
Views: 2686

You haven't given your student's level, but I'm assuming it's fairly low. I'm also assuming his speaking and writing levels are low, so you'll have to vary the activities in order to get reasonable feedback. (I gather you've explained to him that the only way you can test his listening skills is by ...
by Sheila Collins
Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: One-to-one and very small classes...........
Replies: 6
Views: 2844

Hand them each a dictionary and play Scrabble.
by Sheila Collins
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Teaching English to 11 year old Chinese students
Replies: 6
Views: 6029

In school, the kids will have already learned to introduce themselves (though they'll sound like little robots), and they'll learn basic grammar structures, too. They'll be well-versed in Chinglish. To get their attention, play a computer game like Plants Vs. Zombies (a common favourite) while descr...
by Sheila Collins
Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: One-on-one teaching a teenager!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3010

Twilight. You may have to re-write sections using simpler terms, but all my 16-year-old girls have loved it. By the time you've finished the vampire-vs.-werewolf debate (which is stronger or which is hotter, depending on her inclination), you'll probably have broken through that "I hate English" bar...
by Sheila Collins
Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Regaining control of a class
Replies: 3
Views: 2001

Why don't you try organising a class where they don't have to be in their seats, where they get to talk as much as possible, and where they decide what they're going to do so they don't have to listen to you (or, at least, they don't know they're listening to you)? Sometimes being a good teacher inv...
by Sheila Collins
Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Has anyone ever taught ESL/EFL online?
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

I teach for a private company. My students are from mainland China, all kids between the ages of 7 and 18. I looked into a couple of other companies but was suspicious of some of their business practices (specifically: if you can't tell me how often I get paid, I don't want to work for you, thanks)....
by Sheila Collins
Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:43 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: No words ... Nothing is Forgotten
Replies: 1
Views: 1244

This is brilliant! I'm going to have my students write the story to go with it. The higher-level students always groan when I make them do stuff like this, and they ask if they can do something normal like a cloze exercise.

I love saying "no" to them.
by Sheila Collins
Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Learning English grammar
Replies: 6
Views: 5838

In my view, it's absolutely impossible to have "firm solid thorough knowledge"[sic] of English grammar because English grammar is not firm, solid or thorough. Read some stories, sing songs, talk, and talk, and then talk some more. Write some stories. Do some activities together, and don't forget to ...