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How can I motivate unmotivated students?

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“Learning without thinking is labor lost; thinking without learning is dangerous.”
– Chinese proverb.

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Empathize

Empathy is trying to see things from the point-of-view of others. When communicating with others, try not to be judgemental or biased by preconceived ideas or beliefs – instead view situations and responses from the other person’s perspective.  Stay in tune with your own emotions to help enable you to understand the emotions of others.

If appropriate, offer your personal viewpoint clearly and honestly to avoid confusion.  Bear in mind that some subjects might be taboo or too emotionally stressful for others to discuss.

Encourage

Offer words and actions of encouragement, as well as praise, to others. Make other people feel welcome, wanted, valued and appreciated in your communications. If you let others know that they are valued, they are much more likely to give you their best.  Try to ensure that everyone involved in an interaction or communication is included through effective body language and the use of open questions.

Find more at: http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/improving-communication.html#ixzz4KOhLw7BG

Oxford University Press

IGS-00181940-001Ken Wilson is the author of Smart Choice and in all has written more than 30 ELT titles. We asked teachers from around the world who have been using Smart Choice what one question they would like to ask Ken. He will answer three of these questions in a series of video blogs this month.

For both teachers and students, a very large class can be difficult in terms of motivation and in terms of multi-level instruction. In this video blog Ken will answer two questions to overcome these challenges: “How can I motivate unmotivated students?” and “how can we adapt Smart Choice for different class sizes and classes with students of varying levels?”

Ken suggests techniques to increase student curiosity in class in order to engage learners with simple tasks, such as reading a text. He explains how teachers can devolve student responsibility to empower higher-level students to help…

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Jase (Fluency MC)

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The book and optional media pack are for English language teachers to use in their classrooms. I have a created a second order page with a special “back-to-school” discount, valid between now and September.

The book contains 64 pages of lyrics, gap-fill lyrics, and activity suggestions for 12 of my most popular songs and videos.

Teachers who purchase the book + media pack receive 36 mp3 song files and access to a private area on my website, where they can watch the videos in high-definition (with no advertising) and post questions and suggestions for me and other English teachers.

About the discount: For the book only, use this coupon code FLUENCYTEACHER. The price will then be $9 (the regular price is $15). For the book + media pack, the discounted price is $20 (regular price $29). No need to enter a coupon code for the book + media pack.

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Fluency MC is Jason R Levine. He is an English teacher, teacher trainer, “knowledge entertainer,” and creator of the English Workout Method. He has taught English and given workshops in 14 countries over the past 18 years.

Jason has taught people of all ages and cultures, from children and teenagers to university students and executives of international companies. He is currently doing Rhyme On Time student workshops at schools across Europe with Gallery Languages.

He also coaches and trains NNESTs (Non Native English Speaker Teachers) online and at schools worldwide.

 

Blended Learning vs Flipped Learning

According to Horn and Staker, blended learning is:

Any time a student learns, at least in part, at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and, at least in part, through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace. The modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

The most significant piece of the definition is the “element of student control” highlighting the flowing instructional models to enable improved student-centered learning, giving students greater than before control over the time, place, path, and/or the step of their learning tracks.

Blended learning offers a balanced approach, focused on redesigning instructional models first, then applying technology, not as the driver, but as the supporter, for high-quality learning experiences that allow a teacher to personalize and make the most of the learning.

The technology helps to supply instructors with data, expand student choices for educational resources and learning materials, and deliver opportunities for students to practice and to exhibit the high-character performance.

Broadly speaking, I am for blended learning, which means taking advantage of both traditional f2f techniques and possibilities presented by new technologies.

Flipped Classrooms generally provides pre-recorded material (video or audio) followed by classroom activities. Learners watch the video before or after the class, this happens outside F2F meetings. Thank’s to that classroom time can be used for interaction, such as Q@A sessions, discussions, exercises other learning activities.

This is the perfect way to “invert” doings in the class with activities outside the teaching space.

Flipping is not just about video and technology.

Moreover, technology does not replace good teaching. It enhances good teaching.

Flipping helps us to get the best use of class time. It is a methodology that permits the instructor to involve students intensely in the collaborative community and produce a shared problem-solving workshop.

My students very frequently have to find some info, largely online, and in class, they present materials on a specific subject. We use it as a foundation for deeper analysis and actions.

Sometimes, instead of giving lectures, I call for scholars to watch chosen PPT, videos or podcasts at home, so when we gather in the course of work, we are able to concentrate on the debate, as well as interpretation of the problem.

In my point of view, there are some significant ways to involve students during a lecture such as short demonstrations, surveyed by group debate as well as PPT lecture, followed by expounding, discussing and particularizing the material.

I am convinced that dialogue is necessary for my Polish History and Culture lectures. I take advantage of novel methods to build up active learning skills and to encourage students toward further learning, or else to mature students’ thinking skills. For most of my learners, the techniques I use are fresh. They come to study in Poland from all the Globe and the majority of them are not used to blended learning as well as flipped classes.

They have to be talked into active learning and taking the responsibility of their own knowledge. My role as a teacher is to be a learning coach, mentor and a source of support as well as inspiration.

Flipping provides students opportunities such as; interactive questioning, mind exploration, answer “why this is important for me to recognize this?” and student-created content.

During my language classes, I also use flipped methods because I believe in learning by researching as well as having fun while studying.

Wolff, Lutz-Christian, and Jenny Chan. “Defining Flipped Classrooms. “Flipped Classrooms for Legal Education. Springer Singapore, 2016. 9-13.

http://www.inacol.org/news/what-is-blended-learning/

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Blended Learning vs Flipped Learning

Blended Learning vs Flipped

Language Learning Theories

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Learning Theories

  • What learning theories do you follow and why?
  • How do you incorporate them into your teaching? Try to be as specific as you can.

How People Learn

Today, the primary theory is socio-constructivist—in which knowledge is understood to be importantly shaped by the context in which it is situated, and is actively constructed through social negotiation with others. On this understanding, learning environments should be where:

  • Constructive, self-regulated learning is fostered
  • The learning is sensitive to the context
  • It will often be collaborative

Theoretical concepts do not yield concrete prescriptions for classroom application, but the good theory can be used flexibly and creatively by teachers in their planning and educational practice. At the same time, not all learning takes place in the classroom as much of it occurs at home, on the sports field, in museums and so forth (non-formal education), and sometimes implicitly and effortlessly (informal learning).

In the mid-1950s, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow created a theory of basic, psychological and self-fulfillment needs that motivate individuals to move consciously or subconsciously through levels or tiers based on our inner and outer satisfaction of those met or unmet needs. I find this theory eternally relevant for students and adults, especially in today’s education.

 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/addressing-our-needs-maslow-hierarchy-lori-desautels

Become an active learner. The brain works on a use-it-or-lose-it style, meaning you must apply whatever you learn.

And then use the new phrase or character in a real situation: with a language partner or writing online.

Learning the words and phrases through original videos makes them stick quickly, making you learn faster.

Make language learning a passion.

Merge the fun of language learning with the commitment to follow through. Knowing that you want to learn a new language is not enough to get us actually to take action. Give yourself clarity on what exactly compels you to learn a new language. Figure out the why behind your desire to learn. What’s the goal behind the goal? What’s the bigger picture here? How will learn a new language open opportunities in your future? Just answering these questions for yourself will motivate you to much higher level to take action when necessary.

 

 

Diversity & Creativity: Two Sides of the Same Coin – e-Learning Feeds

The 2016 Hollywood movie, The Intern, starring Robert De Niro explores a novel concept of hiring retired senior citizens as corporate interns – something u

Source: Diversity & Creativity: Two Sides of the Same Coin – e-Learning Feeds

 

Personal Creative Expression

If we are to learn anything from history about human expression, we know that individuals are constantly evolving creative beings. We are always moving from one cycle of problem-solving to another. We adjust and evolve to solve the most basic problems faced on a daily basis. In other words, we diversify our ability to process information. For example, going for a walk, visiting an art gallery or applying a distantly related model to a problem can also be effective methods of diversifying creative thinking. The latter method — using a distantly related model for a business school presentation — could be utilized in many ways. A bank that wants to provide more streamlined services to customers might use the customer satisfaction benchmarks for timeliness and courtesy levels based out of a fast food restaurant. Both have little in common except for being service-oriented. Nevertheless, looking at how a fast food restaurant manages food, serves customers quickly and promotes new products can provide a wealth of inspiration for a bank.IMG_5254

Welcome to Halina’s Conversational English online course

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Welcome to Halina’s Conversational English online course

By Halina Ostańkowicz- Bazan

I have been teaching languages for over 40 years.I taught Polish as foreign languages in traditional settings at the Wroclaw University of Technology for about 41 years.

In 2010, I started my online adventure mainly on WizIQ. Since that time I have been using technology in my classes.I have been teaching English to speakers of other languages for over 25 years. I have been coaching both face-to-face and in blended learning arrangements.

Overview

  • Are you unsatisfied with your level of English?
  • Do you want to become a forward-thinking speaker and reach to a great extent fluency?
  • If so, my course is for you!

 

Throughout my online course, participants will be able to ask questions before (in the course-ware), during the Virtual Class (in the chat box), and after (in the course-ware).

For the duration of the ten live lessons, I will show you exactly what you need to do to make fast progress and achieve your dream of being able to speak English spontaneously as well as naturally. I will go through the approach based on your learning style and show you the best methods and techniques so that you will make unbelievable progress.
You will learn how you can do this even if you have a very busy schedule; my methods can be used by anyone no matter how full of activity you are. What’s more, I’ll also share with you the best resources so that you don’t have to spend time looking for the top websites, books, and apps. I always offer content in different formats. For example, if you watch the video, I will also provide a transcript of the video.

I avoid large classes to be able to connect with students on a less formal, personal level; to have a much better opportunity of engaging learners in the course material.

Don’t worry if you miss a lesson: each session is recorded and can be viewed at any time (even after the course has finished). You can also download all lesson notes from the chat box, interact with myself and colleague learners, and participate in enjoyable challenges.

Don’t miss this chance to learn specifically what you need to improve your English. Anyone can achieve an advanced level and further, and this course will show you how as well as help you to expand your language skills.

ABOUT THE COURSE

I offer;

  • 10 Virtual Interactive Classes on WizIQ. All classes will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
  • New Technologies such as Videos, Blogs, Social Media and exciting assignments are counted
  • The long-lasting right of entry to the course materials.
  • The best for pre-intermediate or intermediate learners who want to get to a higher level.

The classes will be given one time a week every Saturday at 17.00 pm UTC/GMT for ten weeks.

Participants have to use (UTC/GMT) Time Zone Converter to check an exact time of the course

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Unique Feature:

I will provide additional Skype sessions where you can take advantage of the variety activities and practice online speaking.

Course Package:

  • Access to downloadable class recordings
  • Course related PPT’s, PDF’s and word document files are available to the students
  • F2F oral exams for speaking practice on Skype
  • Practice in a variety English speaking settings

Key Takeaways:

 

  1. Improve fluency and speaking skill
  2. Enhance your pronunciation
  3. Get ready for a variety English speaking environments

COURSE OUTLINE

VC One: An introduction to the values of being fluent in English as well as how not to learn foreign languages to escape from common learning mistakes.

VC Two: Motivation, involvement and a challenge are essential. Being passionate about learning English online from a good language teacher is an excellent start.

VC Three: Learning using traditional methods, memorizing single words and grammar rules should be avoided.

I am against methods that emphasize learning about the language but for learning by using the language? / expressions, collocations, models, patterns, language chunks /

VC Four: Practice technics to improve pronunciation and the methods required to advance your speaking skills powerfully.

VC Five: Music in English Teaching helps you get into the routine of learning English.

Learn how to keep the conversation going with all kinds of speakers and how to set goals, also, to getting into the habit of learning English

VC Six: Learning English with song’s lyrics.@ A

VC Seven: Learning English with song’s lyrics.@ B

VC Eight: Learning English with song’s lyrics.@ C

VC Nine: Learning English with song’s lyrics.@ D

VC Ten: Storytelling and final discussion.

Being creative is a must in the language classroom.

In one of the TED talks, Sir Ken Robinson said that creativity is as important as literacy and as such must be promoted in any classroom. Nowadays, however, most Foreign Language syllabuses follow the testing-oriented approach to allow for more objective assessment of the students.

For recognizable reasons, the testing-oriented approach does not generate a context for learners being creative. Therefore, creativity is not promoted or is even excluded in total.

In my course, I will argue that in the context of Foreign Language Learning and Teaching creativeness is essential. It leads to a better and faster assimilation of language material, and it generates a richer language environment. Moreover, inventiveness unpredictably enough may produce better test results, no matter the learners level is.

Halina Ostańkowicz- Bazan

 

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