September 18, 2006

Tips and Tricks- The Name Game

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I've just successfully moved from China to England and am now, as of about 2 hours ago, officially enrolled in my MA course in Oxford. Before my induction meeting started, we all introduced ourselves to each other and then began chatting about the cost of living in this city, the difficulties we had with parking and/or finding the buildings, and other small talk. In the midst of all that, I realized that I had no idea what the person's name was that I was talking to. Luckily for me, the course coordinator had us officially introduce ourselves to each other during the actual meeting so I had a second chance at getting everyone's names down.

As a student, you can sometimes get away wth not knowing the names of your colleagues. As a teacher...

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Tips and Tricks- The Name Game

Hello Readers!

I've just successfully moved from China to England and am now, as of about 2 hours ago, officially enrolled in my MA course in Oxford. Before my induction meeting started, we all introduced ourselves to each other and then began chatting about the cost of living in this city, the difficulties we had with parking and/or finding the buildings, and other small talk. In the midst of all that, I realized that I had no idea what the person's name was that I was talking to. Luckily for me, the course coordinator had us officially introduce ourselves to each other during the actual meeting so I had a second chance at getting everyone's names down.

As a student, you can sometimes get away wth not knowing the names of your colleagues. As a teacher...

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July 02, 2006

Time Management - Time's a Wastin'!

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Have you ever spent time creating a brilliant lesson plan- only to find it flop in the end? Ever wonder why the students took such an amazingly long time to finish a task that you thought would be completed in under a minute? Did you ever stop to think that maybe it was because...

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April 27, 2006

Living on a Budget – Extra Sources of Income

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Let’s face it, few people go into ESL to make money, but when you’re being paid a pittance by your academy to work your socks off, you might start wondering why you didn’t choose a more lucrative career.

So why not think of alternative sources of income to top-up your pay? For most teachers this may mean taking private classes, an unpredictable venture at the best of times, and one that could get you in trouble with your employer if your visa depends on their sponsorship . . .

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January 15, 2006

Does Procrastination Affect Your ESL Teaching?

"The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day." ~ Abraham Lincoln

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November 09, 2005

ESL Classroom Observations

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"This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer." ~ Franz Kafka

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November 07, 2005

Workplace Issues - Evaluating Student Work in ESL

"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information." ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Dear Readers,

Perhaps one of the most daunting aspects of teaching, particularly a class with writing as its focus, is how to fairly evaluate a student’s classwork assignments. Of course, I’m speaking for myself, perhaps some of you out there actually like this part of the job (sickos!)

I’ll be honest, I really can’t stand the process of grading papers (although I do love reading them and providing helpful advice). Evaluation, it seems, is a necessary evil and has got to be done (so says the institution) but why does it have to be so stressful?

Distinguishing between the various . . .

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November 05, 2005

Workplace Issues - Plagiarism and ESL

"The more laws & order are made prominent, the more thieves & robbers there will be." - Lao Tzu

Dear Readers,

What a day.

Today I had my first “plagiarizer” of the semester. With the accessibility of the internet, plagiarism in papers has become easier and easier for students to do and, at the same time, simpler for instructors to detect. Even though I always demonstrate this simple procedure to my own students, there always seems to be someone determined to try and slip through the system.

My colleagues tell me that . . .

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September 01, 2005

English Language Teachers: In Debt? Snowball It!

It’s not too difficult to rack up huge credit card bills on a teacher’s salary, and if you’re in this position, you are likely desperate to get them all paid off!

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