Search found 88 matches

by longshikong
Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Preschool Education
Topic: Writing a preschool ESL curriculum - Alphabet Order
Replies: 3
Views: 4029

silencedobetter wrote:Are you teaching phonics?
No. By the time VYLs develop enough language (orally) in their L2 to make phonics instruction worthwhile, they've already learned how to read the alpabet), at least here in China
by longshikong
Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Question Quest (card game) - Heard of it / used it?
Replies: 3
Views: 2741

The only way to make money from such products is to promote them within the mainstream ESL market. Anything beyond courseware for the TEFL market is a tough sell.
by longshikong
Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'A Freq Dict of Am Eng.' ©2010 Routledge - comments anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 3163

I'd bought and read Routledge's Comprehensive Chinese Grammar and felt it was 10 times more comprehensive than any Beijing publication. Someone even put more than moment's thought into it's design before it hit the press.
by longshikong
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'A Freq Dict of Am Eng.' ©2010 Routledge - comments anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 3163

'A Freq Dict of Am Eng.' ©2010 Routledge - comments anyone?

I'm surprised I've seen little mention of this dictionary here or elsewhere. Here's what one reviewer wrote: "The corpus itself is intended as a tool for learners, so in effect the FDCAE is the authors' guided tour through a powerful corpus-based learning tool. It can serve both as a standalone refe...
by longshikong
Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Advice on addressing one slow student?
Replies: 5
Views: 1736

Re: Advice on addressing one slow student?

...an introductory adult ESL course Is it really an 'introductory' course? How 'false' a beginner is---the level previously attained---can dramatically affect their rate of re-attainment. If you've done a needs assessment, do their goals differ? Those needing English for employment prospects will b...
by longshikong
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Question Quest (card game) - Heard of it / used it?
Replies: 3
Views: 2741

Question Quest (card game) - Heard of it / used it?

http://question-quest.com/how-to-play Given that this game developer is actively trying to promote this game, I'm surprised there's no mention of it here. I can see how the card graphics and game format would appeal to 8 - 14 yr olds but I'm sure many would take issue with the inclusion of complete ...
by longshikong
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: Preschool Education
Topic: Writing a preschool ESL curriculum - Alphabet Order
Replies: 3
Views: 4029

I voted 'no' because if you're teaching writing along with pronunciation, you may want to start with letters that share similar characteristics. If that's not the case, then following the alphabet is probably your best bet as you can use the alphabet song. BTW: For teaching phonics, check out this v...
by longshikong
Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Past tense frustrations
Replies: 4
Views: 3514

Worthwhile post, Ballerina! ;)

I looked up the term for this pervasive problem here in Asia and it isn't restricted to the simple past nor to children. In most cases, students are taught the same Interlanguage Fossilization their Korean English teachers were taught. In China, English study material, college entrance, and proficie...
by longshikong
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Meaningful Learning
Replies: 1
Views: 1867

From Day 1 you should be introducing classroom language and language for routines. If presented well, they'll readily pick this up and eventually begin using it themselves. You can facilitate this process, for example, by asking volunteers to do things like close the door, hand out workbooks, etc. Y...
by longshikong
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Ideas for 6-7 yrs olds please!
Replies: 2
Views: 2419

Re: Ideas for 6-7 yrs olds please!

Kate in Toulouse wrote:Hi, I have a job teaching my daughter's French-speaking class of 6-7 yr olds.
I saw a grade 4 teacher in Canada use a French video of animals and their young which he knew would appeal to the kids--he pre-taught them some of the language.
by longshikong
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Ready made Laminated Flashcards
Replies: 1
Views: 2700

In the past, I've used rolls of clear transparent vinyl shelf liner available in the kitchen accessories section of dept stores. Wide cellophane tape also works well for smaller playing-card sized flaschards. I don't care for 90% of the flashcards online nor much of the standard ELT graphics --it's ...
by longshikong
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Do you teach ESL or EFL at a public or private school?
Replies: 3
Views: 2013

What?!?! 102 views but no responses?!?

Someone, pllleeeeaaaassssssssseee tell me what option I left out?!?!
by longshikong
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: how to assess students?
Replies: 7
Views: 8843

Assessment starts with clearly defined objectives and you shouldn't be restricting yourself to only one assessment tool or time with which to do so. I've been able to track down half a dozen e-books on the subject as schools and this forum have clearly not been very helpful. PM me and I'd be glad to...
by longshikong
Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Anyone do the CELTA-YL extension or the online CertTEYL?
Replies: 0
Views: 1355

Anyone do the CELTA-YL extension or the online CertTEYL?

If so, how helpful did you find the course and how long had you been teaching kids prior to taking the course?
by longshikong
Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: How would you come up with a Survey of Young Learner Parents
Replies: 0
Views: 1238

How would you come up with a Survey of Young Learner Parents

Since I want to start teaching kids on my own this fall here in China, I need a much clearer understanding of the attitudes and opinions of parents. It's always been Chinese teaching staff who communicate with parents on a regular basis. It's clear parents care little about the goings on in the scho...