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by longshikong
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:46 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Babies Read Lips: a new insight into speech dev't in infants
Replies: 0
Views: 2615

Babies Read Lips: a new insight into speech dev't in infants

Babies Read Lips Babies first start to make sounds that are early attempts at real words at around 6 months of age. From a previous study, it was known that babies look to the eyes of an adult for non-verbal communication. But in a study by Dr. David Lewkowicz, a Professor of Psychology from Florid...
by longshikong
Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:42 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation
Replies: 1
Views: 1730

Re: Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

...isn't it kind of a cop out? Many parenting and education experts are also coming to that conclusion but don't overlook the dual purpose of such incentives with kids--there's the discipline factor---you can remove points/stickers/stars for misbehaviour. This can works very effectively in maximizi...
by longshikong
Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:43 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Practising English on your own
Replies: 10
Views: 4565

Re: self-teaching

My goal is to teach ESL and US History/Civics in tandem, ... Making history relevant to their lives is of utmost importance to maintain interest and motivation. Earlier this week, upon telling Shanghai Scholastic's director their after-school English curriculum is the most ambitious in China, he ad...
by longshikong
Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:25 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: ELL teacher training
Replies: 2
Views: 1654

Re: ELL teacher training

I believe that many teachers who do not have an ELL background have low expectations and misrepresent ELLs in their classroom. Many lack the knowledge and/or strategies to help ELLs succeed in their classroom. In N.A., it's all about the cost cutting. The rhetoric of Inclusive Education a decade ag...
by longshikong
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Scholastic English School (here in China)
Replies: 0
Views: 2275

Scholastic English School (here in China)

Yesterday, I went for an interview with Scholastic English School in Shanghai. Having looked at their curriculum , I told the director they've got the most ambitious children's afterschool English program on the market. But I wondered whether it could work with Chinese children. The director admitte...
by longshikong
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Do you teach ESL or EFL at a public or private school?
Replies: 3
Views: 2114

Do you teach ESL or EFL at a public or private school?

I'm trying to get a sense for the users of this forum. It seems the majority of you teach ESL in public schools. I may be the exception as I teach EFL primary students in a non-English speaking country and hardly ever in public schools. I find this forum helpful in terms of getting a sense for the E...
by longshikong
Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:26 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Testing/Assessment
Replies: 1
Views: 1191

Re: Testing/Assessment

As I've argued, the problem originates in initial teacher training and the industry in general: Did your training adequately cover assessment?

Admittedly, assessing math or any other subject is a much easier proposition than assessing acquired language skills.
by longshikong
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Alternative Assessments
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

Although I have yet to teach in an ESL setting, I have to say that I was surprised to learn how many different tests ESL students have to take. I agree with you, Wendy, that it would be nice to stray away from standardized tests because they do cause a lot of extra and unnecessary pressure. I mysel...
by longshikong
Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Role of teacher
Replies: 4
Views: 2232

Re: Role of teacher

I was just wondering how you get students to be willing to communicate. This type of interaction definitely requires a "can do" and "want to do" attitude on the part of the English Language Learner. This is certainly an important aspect of interacting. What do you do if your students just simply do...
by longshikong
Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:03 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Problems with group work
Replies: 7
Views: 2363

Re: Problems with group work

I am usually very supportive of the concept of group work. Me too but teaching the skills of how to work cooperatively in a group is a challenge for even the best of teachers in a unilingual setting let alone in a language classroom where teachers may know little of L1 and C1 (culture 1). I read so...
by longshikong
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 1475

I am glad you overcame your reservations and are pursuing your dream of becoming a school teacher. I am pleased that research is starting to support the advantages of ESL teachers that are not native speakers. I feel you better understand the difficulties involved. If you happen to be teaching a po...
by longshikong
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: SILL
Replies: 1
Views: 1186

Re: SILL

I think it’s important to get an understanding for both students’ language learning capabilities and their desire to learn ... For me, it's helpful to get an understanding of whether there's any value to such educational initiatives--the product of ivory tower research that our taxes and student de...
by longshikong
Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: adults that want to learn conversation
Replies: 4
Views: 3305

I never really liked side by side personally. I don't particularly like Side by Side either but for the type of beginner I mentioned who struggle with the most basic patterns, the book and videos provide plenty of contextualized substitution practice with minimal vocabulary. Interchange 's videos, ...
by longshikong
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Alternative Assessments
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

I teach English to kids in private schools in China. For those of you in the public school ESL world, how do you assess oral ability? In classes of 20+ kids, isn't a blending of peer- and self-assessments along with teacher observations the best method to determine progress? Regarding portfolios: in...
by longshikong
Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: adults that want to learn conversation
Replies: 4
Views: 3305

Re: adults that want to learn conversation

What do you do with adult classes where they want to learn conversation? Beware!!! What you and I would consider (the skills necessary for unrehearsed ) conversation may not be what your students have in mind. For those here in Asia conditioned to years of teacher/text-centric instruction, English ...