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by lek72
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Using Techniques That Are Intrinsically Motivating
Replies: 2
Views: 1879

In the begining of the school year, I usually use interactive activities to encourage more reading, listening, and speaking in the classroom. For example, I use the "Interviewing Your Friend" activity where my students pair up and ask each other interviewing/conversation questions that I hand out. A...
by lek72
Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Language skills or content?
Replies: 2
Views: 1490

Language skills and contents

As ESL teachers, it is important that we teach both the content and language skills--including the four language domains (listening, speaking, writing, and reading). We want to teacher the core contents so that the ELLs, whom we pull out, are not behind in other subject areas. Also, Douglas Brown fr...
by lek72
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Technology in the Classroom
Replies: 10
Views: 6150

Activities, Games, & Technology

There are tons of websites that you can use for fun, educational activities and games. Students, regardless of age, love activities online. You can use the internet for blogging--a fun way to let your students practice their writing/reading skills in English as well as maintaining their native langu...
by lek72
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Refugee Issues
Topic: Language & Culture
Replies: 1
Views: 3244

Language and Culture

Yes, I agree that as educators, especially ESL teachers, we need design lesson plans that capitalize on students' cultural groups and identities. We need to understand our students cultures so that we can teach them more effectively. Since language and culture are connected, we can use activities th...
by lek72
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: alternative assessment
Replies: 3
Views: 4371

Alternative Assessment

Formal tests are great tools in measuring your students abilities or knowledge in a given domain. They are carefully designed and have identifiable scoring rubric. However, if you want to measure a much wider domain and the ongoing process, you may want to use an assessement. Tests are subsets of as...
by lek72
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Self-Awareness of Learning Styles
Replies: 3
Views: 4022

Assessment for Learning Style

I have tried it and found that learning style tests are very helpful in finding out what kind of learners you have in your classroom so that you can create lesson plans that meet their needs. Through such tests, I was able to find out what kind of leaners they were, I incorporated Gardner's Multiple...
by lek72
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: class management
Replies: 23
Views: 21880

ESL Classroom Management

In order to have good classroom management, you need to make sure that your lesson is engaging. If your lesson is boring, the students would more likely messing around and not paying attention. You can use fun, interactive activities such as skits, movies, and online games. Then, you need to make su...
by lek72
Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Topic: CALL for young learners
Replies: 2
Views: 2907

CALL

Dawn it. Mlordon took my answer. I was going to suggest www.starfall.com for your 3-yr old child. I also use this website with my pre-k students. They fell in love with the first day I introduced them to this website. It is almost the end of the school year, but they still love to practice their num...
by lek72
Tue May 29, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Smartboards
Replies: 4
Views: 1579

SmartBoards

SmartBoard is an awesome technology to use in the classroom; I use in my general ed classroom all the time. I use it to give short powerpoint lectures where I incorporate some interactive practice exercises. I also use a few fun websites to let the students practice their language arts and math skil...
by lek72
Tue May 29, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Technology in the Classroom
Replies: 0
Views: 832

Technology in the Classroom

As an educator, we can use computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in our language classrooms. We can use CALL for collaborative projects—small group of students working together on a research project. The students can use graphics, charts, and text for their presentations. We can also use CALL f...
by lek72
Tue May 22, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Maintaining L1
Replies: 3
Views: 903

I believe that helping your students maintain their L1 is essential to their acquisition of L2 because the language skills are tranferable. If they "master" their L1, then they have learned the grammatical rules in the L1. They then transfer that knowledge to their L2 acquisition. They actually pick...
by lek72
Tue May 22, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers

I have always wanted to become a school teacher, but I was not confident about my ability because English is not my first language. When I started taking classes to become an ESL teacher, I was afraid that I would not be "qualified" because English is my second language. I was raised up my America f...
by lek72
Tue May 15, 2012 3:45 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Positive motivation
Replies: 3
Views: 935

I agree with Meg. Extrinsic rewards can only encourage the students to respond immediately, but intrinsic motivation has lasting impact on the students' drive for learning and acquiring new knowledge. Intrinsic motivation leads to feelings of competence and success. So, try some intrinsic innovation...
by lek72
Tue May 15, 2012 3:12 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Reward or not to reward?
Replies: 1
Views: 965

Intrinsic or extrinsic movitation?

Abraham Maslow stated that intrinsic motivation is superior to extrinsic because no matter what extrinsic rewards are present or absent, we will strive for self-esteem and fulfillment. Jerome Bruner went on claiming that one of the most effective ways to help both children and adults to think and le...
by lek72
Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: Bilingual Education
Topic: Learning in two languages
Replies: 3
Views: 3315

Learning in two languages

It is so enriching when students (both ELLs and Native English speakers) are taught in two languages (L1 and L2). They gain language skills (becoming bilingual) and multicultural knowledge that will help them succeed in the future as professionals since our society is becoming global. Through the BE...