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by Sally Olsen
Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:12 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Literacy class
Replies: 6
Views: 3222

I know that these texts have been used successfully all over North America and have been of enormous help to people to learn to read and write. I just never could get excited about "This is a bird" and stick to it. It does come with tapes and can be good for homework. It seems to me that people want...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:55 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4680

Yes, not only twenty minutes with each student but there are two teachers present. One comes from Denmark and his/her fare is paid here, all their expenses for staying including meals. I had to have a substitute for the classes I missed while spending the whole day in the exams. I had 5 classes to d...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:35 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: class with no lust for life
Replies: 11
Views: 2429

All my group conversation classes in Japan were two hours long. It seems that you need that much time to get them going and once they are going to get them to stop. It helps if you have a kind of routine, especially at the beginning to entice them to come on time. I used to bring in the photos of ou...
by Sally Olsen
Wed Jun 02, 2004 5:41 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4680

Anoother day with the oral exams. I am sure glad that they aren't standarized exams in the sense that not everyone gets the same topic. I give them a tape with a 5 minute story and a text with approximately 1500 letters on the same general topic that we have studied in class - love, sports, fashion,...
by Sally Olsen
Mon May 31, 2004 10:52 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4680

Of course I agree with all you say, Larry, and my gut is feeling good or as they said in Brittany, "Ca gaz!" (The c should have that curly thing on the bottom but I can't find it on the Danish keyboard.) It meant that if your stomach was OK then whole world was OK because your wife was in the kitche...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 6:28 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4680

I told you I am old and have been doing this for 46 years. I haven't even mentioned the mobile home that I drove around in the rural communities. That was an adventure! I always have such a hearty belly laugh when you say things like this though Larry. I sure wish you had been my boss. Here I am cry...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: a little help with kindergarten?
Replies: 5
Views: 3522

northonline.sccd.ctc.edu/eceprog/games.html
for Co-operative Games

www.amonco.org/
for Montessori Activities
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 4:21 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: a little help with kindergarten?
Replies: 5
Views: 3522

We had a wonderful class in Japan with this age. The parents stayed with the kids (and sometimes brothers and sisters). It was called Rhythm and English. We played games - they loved slap - you have big flash cards and teach four or five and then spread the cards out of the floor and they slap what ...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 4:00 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Need to re-teach English basics.... but how??
Replies: 1
Views: 1943

Gee, I wish I knew what basic English was and how it is learned from step to step. I have a student of that age who can't speak a word of English or understand anything I say and doesn't want to and one who is writing a play and asks me how to spell "intimidate". I know that sometimes you have a spe...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 12:16 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: help me with management of class with humor
Replies: 8
Views: 3619

No doubt about it! Danish people as individuals are super. But no matter how nice you are, if you are deemed to be in a powerful position, it is difficult. I found the same with the way the Russians are viewed in Mongolia, the way the Koreans in Japan viewed the Japanese, the way our Native Canadian...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 11:33 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Native speaker teachers in Italy...
Replies: 5
Views: 2306

For a first year teacher you sound like you have a lot going for you and more than a little background knowledge from your Mom. I can sympathize with the difficulties with school discipline. It is the same in Greenland. There appears to be no overt discipline measures in the school system. You can't...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: help!
Replies: 18
Views: 4680

You are lucky if they are all of one language community. There is a terrific paper written on a Hispanic community in Toronto, Canada and how the teacher coped. I am sorry I don't know the authors name but if you have more resources than I do here you might be able to find it under the literacy fiel...
by Sally Olsen
Sun May 30, 2004 10:15 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: dictations
Replies: 7
Views: 3385

Wow! Very interesting variations and insights into different cultures and their expectations. Is there a rational to dictations in the book or is he just varying them for different purposes as stated? I guess I am wondering if we do dictations just because they have always been done or if, like most...
by Sally Olsen
Sat May 29, 2004 3:45 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Translation exercises
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Translation exercises

What do students learn from translation exercises and do you think that they can learn a third language through their second language using translation exercises?
by Sally Olsen
Sat May 29, 2004 3:19 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: help me with management of class with humor
Replies: 8
Views: 3619

I agree that funny things can happen on the way to the forum. When I knew I was coming to Greenland, I asked a friend who is Inuit to help me brush up my Inuktitut. She said that she had heard there were a lot of tourists in Nuuk, the capital, where I was going, and sometimes drunk men would try to ...