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Updated Hurricane Teaching Tips -- Freda J. Glatt, MS
With this severe, active, hurricane season underway, here are some ideas to make areas of the curriculum relevant to your children. There are also suggestions for dealing with the aftermath of a ...

Learning How to Learn Makes Every Student Genius -- Linda Correli
Santosh Prem, a teacher at Malet Lambert School, claims that “the difference between a genius and a "normal" person is that the former "accidentally" acquired the critical combination of the ...

Study Hard and Ace Your Test Taking. Still Believe that Rubbish? -- Ian McAllister
You Surely Don't Believe You Can Pass Exams Without Test Taking Strategies --------------------- Test Taking is Unfair. Make the unfairness work for you. ---------------------- "...the race is ...

CSET Test Preparation Guides - Beware the Hype -- Rick Hendershot
If you are aspiring to be a teacher in California you are probably aware that you must verify your teaching credentials for each subject you hope to teach. There are two ways you can do this. You can ...

What Really Is The IQ Score, Anyhow? -- Jon Weaver
Do you know what the IQ score is? No, no, no. I don't mean if you know about it; everyone knows about the IQ score, but hardly anyone knows what it is. And even though no one is really certain ...

How To Get Your Kids To Speak Your Language -- Frank Gerace
Note: This experience had to do with preserving Spanish for our kids but the principles are valid for anyone trying to help their kids speak and preserve any language and culture. COUNTRY OF MANY ...

Develop your English -- Clement
Develop your English A. Clement English communication is an indispensable part of every aspiring professional in Asian countries. In countries like India, many can understand and speak English. Call ...

A French Teacher's Memories: First Day At School -- Gabrielle Guichard
Anyone know how it is to go to school for the first time. Teachers live through this experience twice; and the second time is not the less impressive. Despite my diplomas that allowed me to teach in ...

Why Do We Need Creativity? (for teachers) -- Simon Mitchell
Creativity is central to the management of our individual lives, but in modern times few people are able to access this as a resource. Alan Watts writes in The Wisdom of Insecurity: "We have allowed ...

When the Teacher Becomes the Student -- Joseph Martin
A relationship expert once said that during an argument, there’s usually three sides to every story: his side, her side, and of course, the truth. This is something we must definitely keep in mind ...

10 Tips for Effective Proofreading -- Jean Hanson
Proofreading may not be terribly fun, but it's one of the most important parts of writing. Have you ever read a web page or a document that had typos, grammatical errors, and punctuation ...

How You Can Become a Certified and Profitable Proofreader -- Niall Cinneide
A certified proofreader is one that has taken a few courses and learned the proper way to do proof reading work. It is essential that individuals who want to become proof readers, have qualifications ...

Learning With Today's Child -- Lisa Harp (teacher)
I spend most of my time working with students who are severely struggling in school. And most of this time is spent teaching correct processing skills. The information does not seem to move through ...

Attention Deficit Disorder: What Should We Do? -- Lisa Harp
It is estimated that there are over 2.5 million people who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. The majority of these are boys. As a mother of a boy and a teacher, I have seen first hand ...

The Use of Color to Treat Learning Problems -- Lisa Harp
I am the queen of color. Or, so I tell my students as I work with them, invariably using color as a training tool. Of course, they also think I'm a nut case, and that may well be true, but the ...

What Do Teachers Make? (article) -- Joe Martin
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued: "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided ...

Top 25 Children Quotations -- Danielle Hollister
"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance." -- Franklin P. Adams "A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine." -- Anonymous ...

The Divided Language -- Brendan Ryan and Lee Carter, Russell Turner, Barry Hudson
I was dismayed to learn the other day, that my all-time favourite George Bernard Shaw quote may not in fact have been uttered by him. Nevertheless, even the misquotation that Britain and the United ...

How to Give Job-Winning Answers at Interviews -- Bonnie Lowe
Please visit our new Employment Tips board for more articles: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/employment-tips/index.pl ------ By Bonnie Lowe Human Resources personnel, professional recruiters ...

Screenwriting – Five Golden Insights -- Kal Bishop
Originality emerges from structure. Once you have a story idea, you can expand the idea into a story by using structure. In the initial extrapolation the new story structure will resemble the one ...

Turning Your Journal Into An Idea Bank -- Dorothy Zjawin
A few magazines refer to their written idea sources in assigning articles to reliable, experienced writers, or even allow those writers to peruse them for topics to write about. And for awhile, I ...

Top Ten Writing Mistakes Made By New Children's Writers -- Suzanne Lieurance
Okay. So I’m not David Letterman. But I doubt if he’d know much about the top 10 mistakes made by new children’s writers anyway. I, on the other hand, read from 10 to 20 manuscripts for ...

To Write Successful Business & Academic Communications, Learn the Architecture of a Story -- Clarice Kyd Dankers
Human beings seem to be born with a gene for telling stories. Stories from our families, our communities, and the media form our worldview and shape our lives. In fact, scientists have discovered ...

Use These 3 Editing Tips to Ensure Your Writing Hits the Bull’s-Eye -- Clarice Kyd Dankers
The first step in the writing process is to put your ideas down on paper. Once you have text to work with, the second step is to revise what you have written to make it as clear, accurate and ...

Focusing Your Reading and Finding Ideas -- Dorothy Zjawin
Many experts recommend reading as a way to get ideas, but usually do not offer more specific suggestions, such as pinpointing and identifying areas that you can select from and write about. From my ...

Web Writing: Create Writing Flow With Four Uncommon Connectors -- Catherine Franz
Connectors -- conjunctions, punctuation, and transitional phrases -- allow readers to process information promptly by creating balance and relationships between sentence parts. The connectors are ...

Top 10 Common English Goofs by Web Authors -- Kempton Smith
In reviewing and browsing web sites over the years, I have compiled a list of the most common misuses of English by web authors. Here they are in Letterman (reverse) order. 10. Who, which or that? ...

On Grammer (And Yes, I Know I Spelled Grammar Wrong) -- Joseph Devon
There has been a growing trend, in academic circles and in my own life, to place grammar and its larger rules upon an impeachable pedestal. A growing number of people who seem to cling to the rules ...

Tips For Those Who Want To Teach English Overseas -- Craig Desorcy
The opportunity to teach English overseas can be a wonderful experience. Overseas work gives you the chance to see other countries and experience other cultures. Before you make a commitment to teach ...

Integrate Fun and Learning with PC Games -- GrandMatrix Team
Children are always up for a good game. Well, who isn't? Pretend that you are back in school. For the rest of the class period you have two choices as to how you can spend your time. Option #1 is ...

Improving Spelling With Games -- Steve Hall
You got it! You can do just about any type of learning for a child or an individual learning a second language through the use of various computer games. You are sure to find something that will fit ...

The Key To Learning Happens After Class Is Over -- Elise Royal
Many things happen during a lecture. The previous night's homework is reinforced, new concepts are introduced, and clarification of confusing topics take place. It seems like a lot of work for an ...

How To Spice Up Your Lecture Notes For Better Grades -- Elise Royal
When taking notes on a lecture, there are two extremes that present themselves -- to take exceedingly full notes, or to take almost no notes. One can err in either direction. At first, a full ...

"Thank You" Gifts for Teachers -- Adriana Copaceanu
Teachers add so much to our lives and guide out children with special attention. It always nice to give an appreciation for their thoughtfulness and caring. But what gift would be appropriate and not ...

Inspiring Values of Unforgettable Teachers -- Steve Brunkhorst
All of us recall special teachers — people who not only taught us but inspired us in ways that changed our lives. William Arthur Ward once said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher ...

Teachers Should Write, During Their Summers -- Mark Barnes
Before I became a teacher, I was a sports writer. Working for a newspaper taught me a lot about writing, especially dealing with the pressures of deadlines. I enjoyed the writing so much that I ...

March of the Penguins - A Fun Learnig Tool -- Caren Bugay
Everyone loves penguins. And now, everyone has a chance to see how penguins live in the highly entertaining documentary March of the Penguins. No need to tell the kids it’s educational. Beyond just ...

Math Facts - Try Some Fun Ways to Learn Them -- Caren Bugay
Memorizing math facts is a necessary part of elementary school. Flash cards and repetitive chanting have their place, but, for my children, were pure drudgery. Frustrated by their lack of interest in ...

The Power of Praise -- Bridget Nolen (teacher)
I could write a very inspiring essay about how powerful praise is in teaching. The stereotypical truth is, in the primary grades, in private and parochial schools, in ”good” public schools, ...

Be Kind to Animals Teaching Tip -- Freda J. Glatt, M.S.
Did you know the first week in May is Be Kind to Animals Week? Here are a few ideas to help you get that message across to your children...no matter what month it is. 1. Here is a poem to read, taken ...

How To Find The Best Foreign Language Courses? -- Linda Correli
This place is highly qualified language courses with One-to-One teaching by experienced teacher in a relaxed home atmosphere and perfect acquisition of this language is in the bag. Nothing of the ...

Beginning With Phonics Instruction -- Mary Joyce
Some children are just natural readers. They love to explore different books and are always picking up reading skills just by naturally being involved and around reading environments. Other kids have ...

Top 5 School Fund Raiser Ideas -- Dion Semeniuk
Schools often look for ways to make money. Sometimes, new playground equipment is needed, or perhaps band equipment and uniforms, it might be that the football team is in need of uniforms, or that ...

Disadvantages of Online Education -- Matt Norman
Although there are many advantages of an online education, there are also some disadvantages. The fact that you are working on your own could very well be one of the major disadvantages of taking ...

Lesson Plans that Reach the Multiple Intelligences -- Michele R. Acosta
American schools have traditionally favored those students who excel in the linguistic and analytical arenas because these skills are highly valued in our culture. Unfortunately, this traditional ...

Studying Your Study Environment -- Roger Seip
How familiar is this scene, “Sweetie, have you done your homework? Yeeeees Mom, I am finishing it right now!” You peek around the corner only to find the TV on, dim lighting,, and your student ...

Homework Help at your Fingertips -- Katie Robbins
Here's the situation. You are at home trying to answer questions for a history assignment and you are stumped. You have to write about "Custard's last stand". Custard was something you ate ...

Common Sense Test Taking Tips for Students -- Roger Seip
Many students claim to be just bad test takers. No matter how much they study or how well they understand the information, when it comes to taking the test, they can’t perform. Well, rest-assure ...

Distance Learning: How to work and study at the same time? -- Rose Musyoka
Distance learning students seem to enjoy the best of everything. They get their education without actually needing to attend classes, and at the same time are able to keep their jobs and get a ...

Back to School, Ways to help your student -- Ron Misener
The arrival of September and a new school year looms. For some this is a much-anticipated event bursting with excitement and bolstered by confidence. For others, there is apprehension and even dread. ...

School Bullying Stopped: 5 Ways to Zap School Bullies with the Facts! -- Paula McCoach
So, there is a bully that you just can’t catch! You have been trying for years and no luck! Well, I have learned with good documentation, anything is possible – even building a great case for ...

If You'd Like to Know Why Reading Matters -- Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Here Are Some of the Reasons Why Reading Is So Important for Children Why Do We Tell Children to Read ? We're always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever ...

A Writer's Glossary -- Danielle Hollister
Find definitions from A to G! ~~~~~~~~~~~ A ~~~~~~~~~~~ About the Author - usually a few paragraphs to one page that describes the author. Written in 3rd person. Used for books, book proposals and ...

Business Writing Secrets Vol. 1 -- Christos Varsamis
One of the most important aspects in the business world is writing. It is the critical process of communication inside a corporation and of course in the B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business ...

Learn the Four-Step Secret to a Perfect Manuscript -- Julie Hood
Tired of proofreading for hours? Moving from first draft to perfect manuscript can be a slow and tedious exercise even for the most experienced writers. But you can create a perfect manuscript with ...

Annoy-Free Writing: Word Mix-Ups and Apostrophes -- Meryl K. Evans
I am going two give ewe some suggestions to improve you're writing and to insure you have happy readers. I no I am committing many mistakes. This proves that spellchecker should not be you're ...

35 Quick Tips for Writing A Press Release -- Catherine Franz
Layout 1. 1-2 pages in length. 2. Double-space. 3. 1.5 to 2 inch margins. 4. Use company stationary with logo and slogan. 5. Avoid bright or dark-colored paper. 6. Center "News Release" at top. 7. ...

Distance Learning: How to work and study at the same time? -- Rose M.
Distance learning students seem to enjoy the best of everything. They get their education without actually needing to attend classes, and at the same time are able to keep their jobs and get a ...

7 Strategies for Success with Distance Learning -- Rose M.
Distance learning has opened doors for many students, especially for those who cannot afford to pay for the high fees of full-time courses. Although online distance learning courses have many ...

Bogus Distance Learning Degrees - how can you tell? -- Rose M.
With the rise in demand for online distance learning degrees, many bogus learning institutions have mushroomed over the internet with the sole intention of taking advantage of innocent students ...

Why are some online degree colleges better than others? -- Rose M.
Any student who is on the lookout for online degree colleges would probably have been swamped with the many options marketed to them over the internet. Therefore, it is not a wonder that many ...

Are online degrees valid to prospective employers? -- Rose M.
Online distance learning has gained rapid popularity with the advent of the internet, which has proven to offer great supporting facilities and convenience for online education. However, just like ...

Online Education Used for College Classes -- Matt Norman
When most people hear the words, “online education,” their first thought is of those adults who are seeking out new skills or training or who are looking for a degree with limited time to commit ...

Discover the Magic of the Most Beautiful Words in the English Language -- Gerard McLoughlin
'Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.' Henry James. What are the most beautiful words in the English ...

A Powerful Vocabulary Will Transform Your Life -- Gerard McLoughlin
Studies show that your word-power determines your earning power, that your skill in self-expression determines your status in life. The link between your vocabulary and your income is universally ...

Laptop Computers Instigate Classroom Revolution! -- Tom Fox
Have you noticed that laptop computers are beginning to dictate what happens in the classroom? Additionally, mobile technology is changing where learning takes place. This is especially true as ...

The Evolution of Technology - The History of Computers -- Rebecca Blain
While computers are now an important part of the lives of human beings, there was a time where computers did not exist. Knowing the history of computers and how much progression has been made can ...

14 Tips On Writing The Short-Short Story -- Marg McAlister
The short-short story has been likened by some as being closer to writing a poem than a story. And that makes sense—every word has to be packed with power; every line has to move the story along. ...

10 Laws of Great Storytelling -- Aneeta Sundararaj
Law #1: Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. This is crucial in the first few moments of storytelling. Before you begin your story, take a moment. Look at your audience and smile at them. Only ...

How Does Spellchecker Make You Lazy? -- David Parton
It’s a crime what laziness can do. That’s the downside of automation and software tools. People get lazy. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and I depend on Spell-checking software to help ...

Scrapbook Photographs -- How A Picture Can Be Worth A Thousand Words -- Nigel Patterson
For many people, photos are at the heart of their scrapbooks -- and for a very good reason. We all treasure photgraphs of friends and loved ones, and many of us carry some with us wherever we go in a ...

Stress-Free Scrapbook Journaling Ideas -- Elaine Clay
Do you find it intimidating when you come to journal your scrapbook pages? You are not alone! Many scrapbookers find it hard to get started when it comes to adding journaling to their scrapbooking ...

The Power Of Scrapbook Journaling -- Elaine Clay
By journaling your pages you will transform an ordinary collection of photographs into a vibrant and visual storyboard - telling the stories behind the pictures, revealing hidden memories and ...

50 Ideas to Get Organized and Enjoy Your Scrapbooking Hobby -- Maria Gracia
Scrapbooking is a wonderful hobby! Besides being relaxing and fun, it also allows you to be creative and to spend quality time with your family and friends. Plus, it results in a storybook of ...

Executive Public Speaking for English as a Second Language (ESL) -- Martin Perras
Public Speaking is a challenging skill. It is TOUGH! For some of you, it’s probably the hardest thing you will ever do; and I can sympathize. Standing in front of the employees and coworkers that ...

English Grammar – Seven Outdated Rules You Can Ignore -- Kivi Leroux Miller
No matter what your fifth-grade English teacher says, some grammar "rules" no longer apply. The style mavens of our day all agree that the ability to communicate clearly and concisely takes ...

Foreign Translations of Your Talk - How Do You Ensure Your Message is Delivered Properly? -- Paul Daniels
There are a number of possibilities as to how this might be done. Sometimes, a conference organiser or corporation will provide a translator who sits in a sound proofed booth, simultaneously ...

Tutoring Service - Earn through Teaching -- Randy Wilson
If you love teaching and spreading knowledge, then start a tutoring service is the business for you. A Tutoring service is all about helping the child improve his academic skills. Normally a tutor ...

Teaching Reading: Part 3, Whole Language Vs. Phonics -- Tom Cooper
There are two methods for teaching children to read; whole language and phonics. Whole language is a "whole - part" method of teaching children to read, while phonics is a "part - whole" reading ...

Teaching Reading : Part Two -- Tom Cooper
We know that you want your little guy or gal to have the best start. The greatest thing you can do for your child is to provide a home filled with love and laughter. Spend as much time as you can ...

Teaching Reading: Part One -- Tom Cooper and Shelley Cooper
One of the biggest milestones in our children’s education is when they learn how to read. You’ve probably asked yourself, “When is the best time to teach my child to read?” You can research ...

Teaching kids -- UGH!! (...and what I learned from it) -- Avish Parashar
I have a confession to make: I don't like working with little kids. Don't get me wrong. I love children. I have nieces and nephews and I have friends with kids, and I love them all. The thing ...

Psychological Tips for Effective Studying -- Dr.hari Chandran
STUDY STRATEGIES * Revise regularly- Revision should be continuous if you are to gain a deep understanding of the subject. It should not be superficial and rushed. Cramming might help you remember a ...

The Interpreter -- Neil Payne
Interpreters are in great demand in the current global climate. With people from all over the world participating in business meetings, conferences and events, overcoming the language barrier ...

5 Things You Need To Know Before Deciding On A Certification Training -- Michael Smoke
The right certification training Trainings vary a lot when it comes to quality. It's essential to choose your certification training provider based on things such as the quality of materials, ...

Everything You Need To Know About Touch Typing -- Linda Correli
Hunt - and - peck typing vs. touch - typing Typing is an immanent part of work for predominant number of people. It is a daily task, the ability we can't go without. It is no wonder that the ...

Benefit From Studying With The Laptop -- Linda Correli
The progress of technology is astounding. Mankind attained fantastic, unprecedented peaks during the last century: the invention of the phone, TV-set, radio, if to mention some. Could Newton or ...

How To Find The Best Foreign Language Courses? -- Linda Correli
You have precisely made up your mind to master foreign language and to bring the knowledge of this language to perfection? For sure you want to prove yourself that you can cope with mastering a ...

5 Effective Web Writing Tips -- R.G. Srinivasan
Writing for the web is very different from writing for the print medium. Writing for the web requires some special abilities. Mastering these abilities is crucial to establish yourself as a well ...

How to Write a Short Story -- Rachelle Arlin Credo
Everybody knows writing a story is not easy. Like the drama or the poem, it is imaginative literature that should appeal to the emotions of the readers. Since it communicates the writer's ...

E-mail 101: The Dos and Don'ts -- Shaun Fawcett
Even though many people have been writing e-mails for a few years now, you would be amazed at some of the pure gibberish that arrives in my e-mailbox on a regular basis. Many people seem to think ...

A Beginner's Guide to Writing a Novel -- Rachelle Arlin Credo
No one is born a novel writer. But do you believe that we all have the capability to be writers? Impossible as it may seem but the answer is yes! If we have the passion for it and if we strive to ...

10 Things that Keep You from Writing Your Book… and What You Can do About It -- Denise Wakeman
9 out of 10 professionals and small business owners have at least one book or information product inside their head, but lack the time and organizational skills to get it out into digital or print ...

Ten Quick Tips for Inexperienced Writers -- V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D.
One of the biggest problems that inexperienced writers have is simply knowing how to get started. If you’ve unsure of your writing skills, then here are some quick tips to help you get started. 1. ...

Editing -- Charles Goulet
Expect, allow, and accept that every first draft will represent your lowest standard and have at it. A first draft is just that, a draft with its lack of organization, lack of cogent thought, poor ...

Learn How To Write Poetry! -- Nadia Brown
A poet isn’t born; you must work at crafting your art. If you have the desire to write, you can learn how to write poetry or simply improve your writing. I had no formal training as a poet, and ...

Top 5 Rules of English Grammar -- Rumki Sen
Communication is effective when we follow certain rules. These rules make the written words understood. A writer should make the reader's job easier by communicating what he or she wants to ...

Working on the Internet: Role of Proofreading and Copy editing OnLine -- Rumki Sen
When one is in a creative state, rarely can one also be in a detail state. Thus, mistakes in correct grammar, spelling and continuity of all details, may happen. Also, proofreading our own work can ...

The Power of Punctuation -- Marg McAlister
Punctuation, when used creatively, is powerful. Note, however, that when I say 'when used creatively', I don't mean that you can make up the rules. I am not saying that you can write ...

How to Master Communication Even if you failed High School Grammar -- Maria Boomhower
Does the thought of knowing your verbs from your adjective scare you? Can the word syntax send you running for cover? Or perhaps putting two words together in front of a crowd sends your body into ...

Second Language Competence Beneficial but often Misunderstood -- Deborah Chitester
Second language learning has associated with it many types of benefits. Among them include: social, economic, intellectual and linguistic. Children who engage in second language learning typically ...

How To Deal With A Difficult Boss -- Tristan Loo
Most people at some point in their lives have to deal with a difficult boss. Difficult supervisors vary in personality from being a little pushy or rude, all the way to being downright abusive. Many ...

Quotations As Expressions In Life -- Brenda Wilson
Quotations are expressions, usually in the spoken form or in literature, which are referenced to by others. Usually, quotations are written within quotation marks, as a verbum dicendi, to indicate ...

Copywriting 101: The Exclamation Point, Friend Or Foe? -- Ann Zuccardy
My name is Ann and I'm a grammar geek. There, it's out and I'm relieved. Does this mean my writing is perfect and consistently conforms to grammar rules? Heck, no. It does mean that I ...

Top Ten Helpful Hints to First Year Teachers -- Barbara Snyder
1. Become familiar with the school site and district office facilities and resources. Your school site and the district office media center can be valuable resources to tap into. Most school site ...

Distance Education while Living Abroad -- David Westbrook
I first discovered distance education in 1998 while my wife and I were living in the eastern African country of Uganda. After several years away from school, I had decided that it was time to go back ...

Phonics -- Mary Joyce
Phonics is essentially the relationship between words, how they are spelled and the various sounds that combinations of letters make. From a teaching perspective, it is important to teach your child ...

11 Ways To Be A Good Role Model When Teaching Educational Technology -- Terry Freedman
It's often said that pupils learn the most from what their teachers do, rather than what they say. Here are eleven good practices you need to adopt if you want your kids to lean good habits ...

Using, Choosing, and Using an educational consultant -- Terry Freedman
Introduction -- The aim of this document is to provide advice and guidance in choosing a consultant in the field of education. You may be the headteacher or principal of a school or college, an ...

30 Secrets Of A Good Computer Lesson -- Terry Freedman
1. The lesson forms part of a unit which forms part of a scheme of work. 2. There is a good starter activity, one that gets the pupils settled down an in the right frame of mind to do the work ...

How to Recognize Diploma Mills -- Matt Norman
Making the decision to continue your education online is an important one. It is vital, however, that you do your research to make get the most out of your education. Here are some tips to help get ...

Integrate Fun and Learning with PC Games -- Steve Hall
Children are always up for a good game. Well, who isn't? Pretend that you are back in school. For the rest of the class period you have two choices as to how you can spend your time. Option #1 is ...

Help for Improving Test Scores -- Wayne Perkins
Are you ready pass your examinations this school year? Or do you freeze up when taking tests? Here are five great tips that will help you achieve higher test scores and reduce the stress associated ...

Just What Is A Learning Disability? -- Sandy Gauvin
A learning disability is defined as a permanent problem that affects a person with average to above average intelligence, in the way that he/she receives, stores, and processes information. There are ...

How To Use Technology to Better Prepare Students for the Workforce -- Tina O'Block
Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives as well as the workforce. Recent studies predict that by the year 2010 almost every job in the American workplace will require ...

How to Teach to a Diverse Classroom of Students -- Tina O'Block
Each year teachers are faced with the daunting task of teaching to a classroom of 20-30 individual students, each with their own learning styles, interests, and abilities. Providing optimal learning ...

10 Effective Ways to Remember Names -- Scott Ginsberg
Sigmund Freud says “a person’s name is the single context of human memory most apt to be forgotten.” Feelings of embarrassment and social ineptitude are conveyed through this forgetfulness, and ...

Get a New Life Overseas -- Rhiannon Williamson
How to find the courage and commitment to make your new life abroad a reality... Are you fed up with your mundane day-to-day working life? Does the thought of getting out of bed in the morning when ...

Showing Appreciation to Teachers -- Steve Campanella
Teaching is arguably one of the least appreciated professions. Year after year, teachers are responsible for educating and guiding our youth to grow and prosper; however, they continue to be ...

Education - Let The Learning Begin! -- Tara Cicconni
You've probably heard it since you were little, 'get a good education and you'll go far in life.' Maybe you used to wonder how truthful your relatives were when they said those words ...

Is Pursuing A Degree Online Really For You? Who Should And Who Should Not? -- Rose M
Article Word Count: 422 [View Summary] Comments (0) Stanford University’s Online Lessons Learned Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development has recently completed a survey of those ...

Need Help Paying Back Student Loans? -- Michael Carter
Many college students and graduates are looking for a solution for their student loan debt. While borrowers may be having difficulty paying back student loans, there is help. Solutions for paying ...

SAT Test Preperation; Prep Options -- Richard Amburn
It’s time to take the SAT’s. How should you prepare? The only sure thing is that you need to prep. It’s been proven those students who prep for the SAT’s do better then the students who ...

Educating the Adult in You -- Andrew Schwartz
Sure, adults are more independent than children, but that doesn’t mean you can leave them alone in the classroom. For the most part, children are open to new ideas and people, enthusiastic, and ...

Homeschool Lesson Plans -- Mary Joyce
Homeschool families have an abundance of homeschool lesson plans and programs to choose from. As a homeschooling parent, whether you want a tightly knitted curriculum package or prefer to be able to ...

How to Teach a Person Something -- Rix Quinn
It’s much harder to teach somebody today than it was 20 years ago. Why? (1) Radio and TV, the internet, newspapers and magazines all send us information. (2) So, we’ve got less time to absorb ...

Build Your Own Preschool Curriculum -- Mary Joyce
Putting together your own preschool curriculum can be accomplished in a variety of ways. In the broad sense there is the option of purchasing a homeschool preschool program from one of the many ...

Understanding the Adult Student -- Andrew Schwartz
Before Malcolm Knowles coined the word “andragogy” to describe the principles of helping adults learn, some popular wisdom on the matter had already accumulated. Learning gets “harder” as you ...

Teaching -- Robert Baird
TEACHING: - Einstein said "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." We are great believers in the freeing nature of knowledge. But education seems to segment and ...

English Language Sputtering Online Like an Old Ford! -- Jorge M Vega
Sad, but true. Just about everywhere you look online, the English language is suffering a fate worse than death. The problem, in reality, is so widespread that it has begun to affect all aspects of ...

English Has Come A Long, Long Way... -- David Leonhardt
I often wonder what would happen if Shakespeare were to be transported in a time machine to our world today. What would he think? How would he react? Yes, Willie would probably tell me "thou hast too ...

Second Language Competence Beneficial but often Misunderstood -- Deborah Chitester
Second language learning has associated with it many types of benefits. Among them include: social, economic, intellectual and linguistic. Children who engage in second language learning typically ...

What Does an Interpreter Do? -- Neil Payne
Many people get confused as to the difference between an interpreter and a translator. There is a common tendency to think translators interpreter, or that interpreters translate. In fact, the two ...

What's In A Word? More Than You Realize -- Maria Boomhower
What’s in a word? Apparently more than we might want. For others, the ability to express yourself in the most meaningful way. I have written articles before on how bizarre the English language can ...

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners -- Deborah Chitester
There is an increasing amount of English language learners represented in our schools for whom a unique approach to developing literacy is necessary. The development of literacy by English language ...

Bridging the Language Gap Using Bilingual Picture Books -- Dawn Jeffers
There are more than 39 million Hispanics live in the United States making it the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. It is estimated that within five years, only Mexico will have more ...

Learning a Foreign Language: the Psychological Factor -- Gabrielle Guichard
When it comes about learning a foreign language, many people wonder if they will be able to memorize enough vocabulary. But this question never occurs about their mother tongue. And yet, it was a ...

Learning a Foreign Language: Why Should you Learn Words You Never Use in Your Mother Tongue? -- Gabrielle Guichard
Imagine a child sitting in front of a desk, his head in his hands, and mumbling various lists of words over and over. Does this child remind you of your own experience? If yes, I bet that "list of ...

Can You Understand English? -- Bill Knell
There is a lot of talk about making English the official language of the USA. That would stop the need to spend so much money printing out things like drivers license, tax, voter registration and ...

Uncommon Facts / Rules of English Language -- Syed Feroz Zainvi
English is an international language. It has so many grammar rules and each rule with many exceptions. Usually, we write English without paying much attention to these rules and exceptions. But, its ...

Learning a Foreign Language: Learn from the Blind -- Gabrielle Guichard
In a previous article, you read that to establih your own lists was the best way to learn vocabulary as fast as possible. Let's study what an effective list looks like. Among prejudices about ...

Learning a Foreign Language: the Ventriloquists' Lesson -- Gabrielle Guichard
The main feature you have to master, in order to call yourself a ventriloquist, is to speak without moving your lips. It is not that difficult. There is a trick, of course. The sounds M, B and P make ...

Five Common Errors to Correct Before Submitting a Letter or Report -- Dorothy Zjawin
First impressions count in writing too! So it is always a good idea to carefully check documents such as letter, reports, and proposals before submitting them. Below are five of the most common ...

Starting a Freelance Writing Career (or How I Sifted Through the Muck and Found My Way) -- Michele Acosta
So, the decision is final. I am a writer. Actually, I have always been a person who writes, but I have never applied the term to myself in a professional sense. Having pushed aside my financial fears ...

Another Way to Show Your Expertise: Write a Book! -- Dorothy Zjawin
Maybe you should write a book! This is not as difficult as it sounds. You're already an expert in a field by virtue of your work experience and/or academic credentials. And even more important, ...

That Cute Li'l Ol' Apostrophe -- Sharon Jacobsen
Have you ever had a student write to tell you they've achieved Grade A's at exams? I have, and one of them was a grade A in English! The apostrophe seems to be the most misunderstood ...

Check Your English Grammar With This Easy Technique -- Heris Yunora
As an International language, English has been used widely in online world. Whether you use it to write a sales letter, a follow up, ads headline, an article, and so on, you need to use it correctly. ...

Language in International Business -- Brenda Townsend Hall
The way that we use language reflects cultural preferences for some types of communicative behaviour while discouraging others. Culture will affect, for example, the extent to which we speak loudly ...

Cross Cultural Negotiation -- Neil Payne
Cross cultural negotiation is one of many specialized areas within the wider field of cross cultural communications. By taking cross cultural negotiation training, negotiators and sales personnel ...

How to Safeguard Payments as an International Writer -- Brenda Townsend Hall
Freelance writers operate on a basis of trust. Whether accepting commissions or sending off unsolicited material to likely buyers, they probably concentrate far more on the quality of their output ...

Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere -- Gary McLaren
An island in the Mediterranean. A beach in Africa. The east coast of New Zealand. What do all these locations have in common? A recent call for assistance from freelance writers elicited replies from ...

Writer School? -- Michael LaRocca
WRITER SCHOOL? Copyright 2004, Michael LaRocca Here's something from my mailbag. "Dear Michael, do you need to do good in school if you want to be a writer? I stink at school and all my friends ...

Is Home Schooling on the Internet the New Wave of Education? -- Matt Degree
Do you have children in school - or are you planning for it soon? Have you asked yourself if public schools are really doing all they can to improve your child and educate him or her for the real ...

Why we Read a book? -- Aarti Narang
Why reading is important? Reading is a way where one travels to get the information on subjects. There are others tools who can provide them the knowledge but why you do reading. Why writers write a ...

Is an Online Business Degree Right for You? -- Joyce Jackson
Deciding if an online business degree is right for you is an easy task. With the wide selection of programs, flexibility and personalized formatting, an online business degree is a great choice for ...

Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue -- Christine Taylor
Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue By Christine Taylor Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded by reams of research, notes and interviews. Where do ...

10 Reasons to Appreciate Teachers -- Susan Dunn
For National Teacher Appreciation Week, and every other week of the year, here are ten reasons why I appreciate certain teachers I had. If you appreciate a teacher, let him or her know! 1. Mr. ...

How to trade currency. -- Eric Newman
We all know when you go on a trip to another country; you need to take some travelers checks and some cash in the currency of that country. This can be advantageous because one country’s currency ...

Starting a Website - A 12 Step Guide -- Aaron Turpen of Aaronz WebWorkz
This guide will show you the steps you should go through before, during, and after your website project. This is by no means a complete account, as I will try to be as industry-nonspecific as ...

How to Build a Website -- Maricon Williams
Many businesses and companies are finding it hard to build their own websites. Nevertheless, it should not be daunting as they envision it to be. In fact, it's easy. You just need your basic ...

Do authors need a website? -- Aneeta Sundararaj
What are these opportunities? Here are just seven of them: 1. An online presence shows that you take your work very seriously and are prepared to market to the world! 2. One of the most useful things ...

Voice in Narrative and Dialogue -- Michael LaRocca
VOICE IN NARRATIVE AND DIALOGUE A Contrast Of Writing Styles Copyright 2005, Michael LaRocca One of the nice things about being an author is that we can break any rule we want. (I just did.) It's ...

Learning How To Write -- Michael LaRocca
LEARNING HOW TO WRITE Copyright 2004, Michael LaRocca As a student of Spanish, my goal was to think in Spanish. Skip the word-by-word translation so I'd have the necessary speed to speak and ...

Writer School? -- Michael LaRocca
WRITER SCHOOL? Copyright 2004, Michael LaRocca Here's something from my mailbag. "Dear Michael, do you need to do good in school if you want to be a writer? I stink at school and all my friends ...

Comma Usage Made Simple -- Michael LaRocca
COMMA USAGE MADE SIMPLE Copyright 2005, Michael LaRocca Don't they drive you nuts? You can visit all the rules of style you want, and you can read all the books and articles you want. You'll ...

Apostrophe Usage Made Simple -- Michael LaRocca
APOSTROPHE USAGE MADE SIMPLE Copyright 2005, Michael LaRocca According to one of my previous articles, whenever a Southerner says "Y'all watch this," get out of the way because those are probably ...

Accredited Life Experience Degrees - Accelerate your Progress Online -- Katie Robbins
Chances are you are pursuing an online degree to reap benefits in the workplace. For this reason, you may be interested in accelerating your progress to get your degree faster. This article will ...

Distance Learning Degree Program - How to Study -- Katie Robbins
The format of distance learning courses is different than what most students have experienced. The teaching style is more student directed and you will have to become accustomed to these differences. ...

The (Online) B-School Advantage -- Alexa Apallas
In a tight job market, job seekers need to find ways of making themselves attractive to employers. And in this "jobless economic recovery" where more and more jobs are being shipped overseas (many ...

Homeschooling with Literature -- Lorraine Curry
Literature School Even some elite colleges employ literature-based learning. Their tools are the Great Books; their principal technique, discussion. The Literature School is not only a successful ...

Accredited Online Universities - Getting Good Grades -- Katie Robbins
Taking distance education courses requires more motivation and self discipline than traditional college classes. Being able to work at your own pace can result in you falling behind on your work, if ...

Confident Writing -- Jenna Glatzer
You know how, when you’re watching a speaker, you can tell if he or she is nervous? There are those tell-tale signs: trembling hands and voice, lack of eye contact, perspiration, twitches, lots of ...

Use of Special Words/Phrases in Spoken English -- Samir K. Dash
Responses to statements -- In most speech sessions we use some special response words, though they are not demanded by the speaker of the statements to which these are made. These type of responses ...

COMMITMENT: Teaching Children the Lessons of a Lifetime -- Jeffrey M. Miller
It's been said, time and again, that for a child to learn what is most important, he must be shown the lessons through example, not through words. And, if we are to nurture certain traits within ...

The Change in Communication: the Cyber effect -- Samir K. Dash
The growing technology has become both a challenge and solution in the field of communication through language. I say this because, recent developments in the field of IT and telecom has brought a ...

Symbolism -- Samir K. Dash
I Symbolism can have an extremely wide meaning. It can be used to describe any mode of expression to refer to something indirectly through the medium of another. But this doesn’t mean that a mere ...

Notion of Correctness in Speech -- Samir K. Dash
There is an old story about a girl, who asked her grand pa whether he keeps his long beard over or under the blanket while sleeping. Until then the grand pa never thought of this , but from that ...

Standards of English -- Samir K. Dash
From the history of English language it is clear that good English has the tendency to vary from time to time, from area to area and from one social group to another. And these variations can be ...

Spoken and Written English -- Samir K. Dash
The English of speech tends to be different from the English of writing some fairly obvious ways. For instance: We have time to plan our message in writing, but that is not possible while using the ...

Eight Ways To Write Better Instantly -- Rix Quinn
Is it possible to improve your writing instantly? The answer, happily, is “yes.” While researching a book on famous speeches and essays, I found eight easily correctable mistakes writers often ...

The Lost Art of Hand Writing -- Ieuan Dolby
For a couple of years now I have used a computer for everything from writing articles, to communicate, to playing games and to printing addresses onto envelopes. My laptop is never far away, it is ...

16 Tips to Prevent Passport Problems -- William Manor
Carelessness is the number one reason for a passport application being rejected or delayed or for a passport being lost, stolen, or damaged. What steps are necessary to prevent these things from ...

Top Nine Characteristics of Great Speakers -- Paul Evans
By: Paul Evans 1. Solid Content. Even a person lacking charismatic gifts can develop solid content. Always share something the audience finds valuable to their lives. 2. Humorous. It's hard to ...

How to Improve Your Study Habits -- Royane Real
If you’re a student attending classes, you have probably experienced many moments when it was hard to make yourself settle down and study, even when an important exam was coming up. If you’re ...

How to Develop a Big Vocabulary -- Royane Real
If you want to be a great communicator, do you need to have a great vocabulary? You might be surprised to learn that a really big vocabulary is not necessary in order to express yourself clearly and ...

Real Solutions For Combatting Extreme Shyness -- Royane Real
Most people experience some degree of shyness from time to time, depending on the situation. In fact, only about 7% of the population claims that they never feel shy. For the rest of us, shyness can ...

How You Can Double, Triple, or Even Quadruple Your Reading Speed! -- Royane Real
Are you drowning in a sea of unread papers? Do you feel frustrated because you cannot keep up with your reading assignments? You may have wondered if you should take a speed-reading course. Or can ...

Dealing with Difficult People -- Alan Fairweather
1. Don't get Hooked !!! When people behave towards you in a manner that makes you feel angry, frustrated or annoyed - this is known as a Hook. We can even become "Hooked" by the way people look, ...

A New Language Means New Thoughts -- Steve Gillman
Hablas Español? Do you speak any other languages? Maybe you've considered how good it would feel to be able to speak to people in another language, but did you know it also expands the range of ...

Resume Writing - Get That Job -- Martin Smith
Looking for a new job, whether it is with a new company or a promotion within your own organisation, requires time and effort. To make your job search more effective you need to take five fundamental ...

Be an Effective Communicator -- Charlotte Burton
Humans are not the only species to have some form of communication. Yet we do have the most complex forms of communication extant. Hundreds of differing spoken languages and dialects, several visual ...

School Lunches the Frugal Way! -- Cyndi Roberts
It seems that school starts earlier every year. So it's time to start thinking about what to put in those school lunches every morning. My children always wanted to bring their own lunches ...

How To Make Studying Fun---and Effective! -- Jan K. The Proofer
or You Are Never Too Old (or too young) To Use Flashcards Schools are now working hard to re-introduce the lost art of "studying." From grade school on up, studying is the lesson that is never ...

Child Education -- Brigette Meier
The initial state of happiness about an own child is often overcome with annoyance after even a short period of time. Children quickly grow an own personality, and it's the most vital task of the ...

From Children's Stories to Study Skills: Help Your Children Succeed in School -- Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Introduction As a parent who wants the best for your children, there are undoubtedly many things that you already do every day to help your children succeed in school. The purpose of this article is ...

If You'd Like To Know Why Reading Matters -- Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Here Are Some of the Reasons Why Reading Is So Important for Children Why Do We Tell Children to Read ? We're always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever ...

Some Sticky Grammar Situations or How to Avoid Some Ugly Mistakes! -- Jan Kovarik
With the advent of electronic word-processing and spellchecker programs, many people just presume that simply by running spellchecker all of their grammar errors will be caught and corrected. This is ...

Writing Effectively: A Two-Part Guide, Part 1 -- Jan Kovarik
Everything we do involves communication—written, verbal, and nonverbal. Today, due to the Internet and the World Wide Web, written communication is emerging as the primary format. Writing ...

Writing Effectively: A Two-Part Guide, Part 2 -- Jan Kovarik
In Part 1, I gave you some ideas on how to write your text. When your text is finished, you will need to review it in order to spot the flaws, correct the errors, and put a final coat of polish on ...

How To Check the Spelling of Names Used as References in a Research Paper -- Jan Kovarik
Whether you are doing a term paper for high school or you are working on your doctoral thesis, you will be creating a list of references (or bibliography) of the resource materials and other ...

In Spellchecker We Trust... Right? -- Jan Kovarik
This article could have easily been titled "We Don't Need a Proofreader...right?" Businesses today are transforming printed text into computer-based documents and, well, all you have to do is run ...

Developing Your School Brand -- Colin Ong TS
A school brand can start off as an intangible positive image that attracts the public to enrol their children there. An example is the perceived high teaching standards or an impressive list of ...

Leadership Tips For Students -- Colin Ong TS
Today’s youth are living with an explosion of technological advances especially in the area of the internet, mobile applications and multi-player gaming. This increases the need for proper ...

Spelling Power -- Kathleen Brack
It can make you or break you. The spell checker on your computer is great, but it doesn’t always pick up sound-a-likes. Their, there, they’re for instance. How important is it? For the majority ...

Everything I Needed to Know About Article Writing I Learned from My English Teacher -- Glenn Beach
By now you probably understand how important writing for trade publications is to establishing credibility in the home business world. On to the first hurdle: how do you get past that HUGE ...

Three Steps You Need To Know To Improve Your Learning -- Emmanuel SEGUI
"I'm a failure" "I'll never make it." That's the kind of affirmation we hear people say. To overcome this feeling of worthlessness you need to make 3 little steps that will help you ...

Six Facts You Should Know To Empower Your Teaching -- Emmanuel SEGUI
As parents and teachers, we need to enhance our abilities to create a relationship of trust with the students or the children we interact with. The task sometimes seems hard and we often feel ...

Mindfulness and Teaching: Lessons From Dynamic English -- Maya Talisman Frost
Back in 1983, I was hired to teach English in rural northern Japan. I had no experience teaching, and didn't speak a work of Japanese. No matter—I had the requisite four-year college degree and ...

The ADD Child: Challenging Parents, Teachers and Friends -- Jeanne Bauer
The ADD child exhibits a series of behaviors that are common in most children. Most children misbehave, act silly and day dream. So what, then, is the difference? The child with Attention Deficit ...

Internet Tutorials are the Teachers of the Future -- Jesse S. Somer
I know some people don’t even believe that the Internet or World Wide Web exists. They think that it is an abstract concept and that if asked to show it to someone they would fail miserably. Well, ...

What Kids Learn That’s POSITIVE from Playing Video Games -- Marc Prensky
“Our family engages in "mindless" video games from time to time ... but it's treated like "junk food"…. It really has no "nutritional" value for our minds.” – Ben Armstrong 1 Like the ...

Twitch Speed: Reaching Younger Workers Who Think Differently -- Marc Prensky
Every parent, educator, and manager knows that "Nintendo children"--those born after 1970 and raised on video and computer games, Walkmans, the Internet, etc.--are different. Unfortunately, the Gen-X ...

Digital Natives and Immigrants -- Marc Prensky
Perhaps the least understood and least appreciated notion among those who design and deliver education today is the fact that our students have changed radically. A really big discontinuity has taken ...

How Kids Learn To Cooperate In Video Games -- Marc Prensky
A Guide for Parents and Teachers -- A great many parents are concerned that the electronic games their kids play are teaching the kids “negative” messages such as aggression, violence, and ...

The Many Faces of Multiculturalism -- Stephen K. Ainsah-Mensah
In this day and age, it is very common to see people from different cultural heritages living together in a single bounded territory. Since they live together, they happen to engage, collectively - ...

General Advice When Posting Complaints -- Dave
I read these reviews [on the School and Recruiter Reviews board] frequently and I often see complaints made that are legitimate and relevant but have reduced impact because they are subjective. I ...

Smearing an Entire Industry: Let`s Japan! -- Kevin Burns
Smearing an Entire Industry Let`s Japan! The Site Dedicated to Debunking Eikaiwa "Let's Japan was not created to smear an entire industry. On the contrary, right on the front page of our site it ...

Why do Indian studnts learn English? -- DR.Naveen k. Mehta & Tarunkumar Patel
why Do Indian students need English In India, we have many regional languages & dialects but Hindi still holds a strong status. In the most parts of India people speak Hindi & if not due to certain ...

Survival Turkish for ESL Teachers -- Robin Day and Hussain Eser
Survival Turkish for ESL Teachers Posted by Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com These key expressions were collected thanks to Hussain Eser, a Turkish barber working in Kuwait. He ...

Keep 'em laughing while they're learning! -- The Arrogant One
There's been somewhat of a controversy on eslteachersboard.com regarding the value of a teacher’s generating humor in an ESL classroom as a tool to assist in the learning process. I, as one, ...

GROUSE ... GROUSE ... GROUSE!!! -- The Arrogant One
I realize that we here in the United States consider ourselves at the top rung of the educational ladder, if only for the fact that so many foreign language students are breaking their necks to come ...

JubileeCelebrationsandEducationServices -- Mary-Lynn Schlifer
Recently I formed a company to combine my 15 years of conducting flight workshops(kitemaking,bugs,birds,planes,womenin aviation)with the many years I have had in teaching students in class and in a ...

JUST A THOUGHT -- The Arrogant One
Having been in the ESL game back here in the States for a while now, I have ventured to impress upon my students the necessity of practicing English following their 3 to 3½-hour sessions at the ...

“Laowai’ thinking of coming to work as an ESL teacher in China -- Dos
The second in a short series for “Laowai’ thinking of coming to work as an ESL teacher in China. I post under the name ‘Dos’ on the eslteachersboard site. I have been in China for more than ...

Role of stories in ELT -- Clement
Being an English teacher for Arab students compels me to alter the traditional methodologies of ELT. I find this to be more challenging and interesting. In our institution we offer 200 hours of ...

How to get a teaching job in Taiwan or China -- Brian
Applying for Teaching Work April 24, 2005 The first thing to do is to research the background of any employer offering a teaching position. You are quite possibly going to be applying for positions ...

Survival Bangla (Bangladesh) for ESL Teachers -- "Rana" Mohamed Khosrul & Robin Day
Essential classroom commands for ESL teachers in Bangladesh. Bangla is the 3rd largest language in the world, just larger than Spanish, and is spoken in the Bengal area of India as well. In Arab ...

A Question of Inspiration -- The Arrogant One
For many writers, the question of atmosphere is paramount to the cause of creativity – an absolute must in providing the necessary inspiration. For me it has usually been found in a coffee house. ...

Ahem ... While we're on the subject of "bias," Mr. Employer ... -- The Arrogant One
Aging seems a normal enough undertaking, albeit the way some younger folks react, it’s like the kiss of death–- especially when it comes to employing older individuals in their predominately ...

LEARNING AND TEACHING ENGLISH WITHOUT A TEXTBOOK -- Ma. Graciela González Cristo
Learning and teaching English without a textbook: An action research study By Ma. Graciela Gonzalez Cristo Abstract An effective and efficient teaching without a textbook of English as a foreign ...

Results of Japan Living`s Poll on Teaching English in Japan -- Kevin Burns
What`s your opinion about working for English schools here? What is or was your experience working for English schools in Japan? Responses Positive 33.33% Mostly Positive 28.57% Average 14.29% Below ...

In Defence of Teaching English in Japan -- Kevin Burns
In Defence of English Teaching in Japan "Best job in the whole world."--Kyushu Kiwi, Japan Today Forum Damnit! Eikaiwa schools employ teachers with no teaching experience! So what. Some of the best ...

We ARE studying English, AREN'T WE? -- The Arrogant One
You know, as I sit here each morning with my beloved large Café Sumatra, I'm really beginning to take increased notice of the foreign languages on either side of me – in this case, mostly ...

A NEVER-CEASING PRODUCTIVITY -- The Arrogant One
Here I sit each day, before my giant-sized drip coffee, contemplating on what I should do to justify my existence on this planet. At age 67½, I have been forced into a state of quasi-retirement ...

To accept or not to accept retirement (defeat?) -- The Arrogant One
When you’ve reached past 65 and you have most of your marbles and physical health left, life can often be a terrible drag. Case in point: I’ve always lived a very active life – in the rôles of ...

Class Acts, Bimbos, & Arrogant Gaijin -- Kevin Burns
The How & How Not of Landing a Plum Teaching Position in Japan by Kevin Burns Japan:JL Never make the mistake of thinking that your Emails and phone calls to schools are not important, because they ...

Why No Working Holiday Visa for Americans? -- Kevin Burns
Why no working holiday visa for Americans?Home by Kevin Burns "U.S. citizens planning to work in Japan should never enter Japan using a tourist visa or the visa waiver, even if they have been advised ...

What do they want? -- Bam
Much has been said and debated about Asian schools, attitudes to, and goals in teaching esl. It can't be denied that many,particularly private schools primarily focus on profit,and making loads ...

I Will Never, Ever Touch The English Department Director Again! -- Kevin Burns
From Japan Living: http://www.eikaiwa1.com/jp.html Nagoya, Japan From almost the first day of working at St. Mary College I was warned, "Don't ever touch Craig." Even Craig himself had warned me. ...

To teach is also to learn ... of THYSELF! -- The Arrogant One
The job of imparting knowledge is not necessarily a one-sided proposition. Take, for example, ESL – a routine that, amongst other things, instructs the instructor in not only comprehensively ...

Quest for a Better Lifestyle -- Kevin Burns
Quest for a Better Lifestyle Originally published in the Vancouver Sun Minami Ashigara Shi, Kanagawa Ken, Japan I am lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. At this moment, I ...

An English School Owner`s Experience -- Kevin Burns
Kanagawa - One of our teachers, I'll call him Dick to preserve his anonymity, gave us one week notice that he was quitting. To add insult to injury, he didn't even work his last Thursday,("I ...

How to Study English -- Kevin Burns
How to Study English "For toddlers, learning one language is no more difficult than learning another...Even if the child doesn't continue in the language, learning so young clearly stimulates ...

The Forums About Teaching English in Japan Need to Take A Reality Check! -- Kevin Burns
After reading what they had to say in the forums there, I almost decided to go to Korea, it is so negative. When I did ask, well what schools are good to work for?-no one answered."--A.P., USA-- ...

English from P to P -- Crystal, English Teacher
Since I found this page I couldn't let a day go by without visiting it even if I don't write anything. I found my peers here sharing teaching experience, sentiments, dreams, whatever. I am ...

A shy student -- Ali
While teaching, we, all ESL teachers face some problems. Of course problems are not very serious, they have solutions, and motivate us to work hard and be enthusiastic. Especially, in teaching large ...

MR. / MS. EMPLOYER: An appeal to reason -- The Arrogant One
GROWING OLD? I hate the thought of it! In fact, when I was younger, I used to kneel in prayer to a miniature Madonna in my bedroom to remain forever young. HA! A lot of #@!&*#+ good THAT did! ...

ESL teacher -- CrisCC, English my 1st language
You are right arrogant one. May I add also, Asian schools give emphasis only on North American accent. What? The North American accent is not all the time the proper English spoken. Some just mumbled ...

IS THERE A TEACHER IN THE HOUSE? -- The Arrogant One
We’ve often made mention of the fakers and the flakes in the international ESL scene, and how they’ve succeed in dodging close scrutiny while other, more legitimate personae have been forced to ...

More on Drawing Parameters -- The Arrogant One
Guess what, Folks? I actually had the effrontery to up and change my coffee clutch locale from Starbucks to Pete’s, just across the street! I assure you I didn’t do this merely to be my usual ...

Feel trapped, do you? -- The Arrogant One
I simply have had it! I can't take one more day ... NO! not one more hour in that damned pesthole of a school where I've been much too long employed. Believe me, I've tried so many times ...

A Touch of the Gypsy -- The Arrogant One
So far as I know, my ancestry sprang from Merry Olde England, but when considering my personal history, I wouldn't be too surprised to learn that my real roots originate from someplace in Eastern ...

DRASTIC ACTION -- The Arrogant One
You ugly black bugger! How dare you attempt to attack my two-by-four hovel! How dare you presume to share my abysmal, sleazy, parasitic paradise in the middle of nowhere! How dare you invade my ...

A Question of Attitude -- The Arrogant One
Attitude is a word I’ve had shoved down my throat practically all my days on this planet. First, there were my parents – I can see them now from my crib: “Attitude, young man, attitude! Eat all ...

Let's draw our parameters -- The Arrogant One
So, Bucko … now that you're once again relaxed at a table at your favorite Starbucks facing a tall Venti café, you can again begin to think. Ah, yes, I KNOW! Has it all been WORTH it … this ...

New Approaches to Learning English-as-a-Second-Language -- Daniel Robinson
Not so long ago you could take 5-10 years of English lessons and still not speak English. You could slave for hours learning English vocabulary and grammar rules and you still wouldn’t understand ...

AGE DISCRIMINATION -- The Arrogant One
Response to the following post on the Discussion Forum board: > I've been thinking about taking an ESL course and wading into the Dear Ben, The age problem DOES exist practically everywhere on ...

Why I use pop music in my junior high school EFL classes? -- Stefan Chiarantano
I love using music in my junior high school EFL classes. Besides providing me with another way to introduce the English language, I find it a great warm up activity. I love to sing and feel that ...

Suggestions and Tips on preparing a self-introductory lesson plan to new students -- Stefan Chiarantano
Perhaps, you won’t be battling jet lag, fatigue, general anxiety or a language barrier, when you’re struggling to prepare a lesson plan on introducing yourself and your native country to your ...

5 Ways to Help a Child's Self-Esteem -- Carol Hargreaves
One in five parents are now saying that their child is being bullied at school, and as professional help becomes harder and harder to get , many parents and teachers are asking, "What can we do to ...
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