Archive for December, 2012

8 Ways to Get Noticed and Hired as an ESL Instructor

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So you’ve just finished college and landed your first probationary assignment as an ESL instructor. You enjoy teaching and your class, but you remain concerned on whether you’ll

Judith Morais‘s insight:

The suggestions offered in this entry are not specific to what ESL teachers could do. Disappointing in that way because there must be more recognition of the fact that ESL learners’ needs must be addressed in specific ways. The tips are good however for any teacher looking to make their craft more visible to administrative teams.

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http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/04/03/28pnbk_reading.h31.html. This article highlights some of the challenges in getting students to read.

How do we get our students to read?

– Recognise students interests and exploit them in the class.

– Give students a reason to read. Assigning a reading doesn’t work if there is no legitimate reason to tackle that complex piece of reading.

– Teach students to read the article. The text may be inaccessible for some students because of language structures that may have to be explained, or content that they will find dense if they haven’t been prepared for it.

– Have a large collection of good reading material in the classroom that students can have access to. And find ways to allow students the chance to explore the range so that they begin to move out of their comfort zones.

Reading is not a race: The virtues of the ‘slow reading’ movement

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Young students are pushed to learn how to read quickly with “nonsense fluency” drills and other tasks. But this obsession with speed is unnecessary and even harmful, argues a proponent of the “slow reading” movement.

Judith Morais‘s insight:

This article in the Washington Post highlights the fact that reading is not just a skill. I have always been such a reader, slowing to savour the words at times, skimming past parts that don’t touch me. How do we get our students to enjoy their reading in the same way? To develop a passion for reading? To find meaning in their reading in their own lives? The choice of texts we use with our students will make all the difference I think. And more importantly, what we do with the texts to help them find meaning.

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Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype

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Just as literacy and numeracy are, rightly, no longer the sole responsibility of the English or Maths teacher, so too, the teaching of skills required in the use of technology must be integrated in the teaching of all subjects.

This blog highlights the fact that our students are digital citizens and not experts. They must be taught how to be responsible and efficient users of this technology that they see all around them.

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