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A year of teaching English to twelve-years-old children in Vietnam has provided some insight into some of the special areas of difficulty which derive from fundamental differences between their mother tongue, Vietnamese, and the language of the Anglo-Saxons. Language students everywhere have a problem in preventing the structure and tone of their native tongue intruding on their efforts in using the new language, and the problem is magnified when the two languages are
In this article instructors learn how to improve students’ reading and writing skills using news stories and the 5 W's of journalism. Students in return write one-page summaries of news stories as a part of their writing assignments.Overview Reading for EFL students, in general, increases vocabulary, advances writing, and boosts general language proficiency (Nagy & Herman, 1987; Krashen, 1984; Grabe, 1991, respectively). Basically there are two types of reading in te
As educators I know that any and all caring professionals go above and beyond the call of duty when working with students. Yet for some students no matter how much we push, or how much we reward, or how much we reprimand, or how much we encourage they simply do not respond. There are students out there who do not have the intrinsic motivation to do well nor do they have the push from home demanding they perform. These are the hardest kids to reach. There
To put this article in perspective, I should mention that I write a lot of harsh articles about the counter-productive practices used in public education. A few weeks ago I wondered: well, is there any good news? Let’s approach this thing from the other direction and ask: are there still classrooms that are sensibly conducted; are there still subjects that are taught in an intelligent way?
English is the most difficult language to learn, read her `why` and `what` to do about it.
Kids have the attention span of an ant! Why wouldn't they? They have everything they could ever want given to them in a New York second. Your biggest competition in keeping their attention is their GAMEBOY and GAMECUBE and that is some REAL competition.