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Motivation / How to motivate students
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:56:41 AM »
I have been both students and instructors, and it seems like motivating students is essential for both students and instructors.  For students, it is necessary because having high motivation is one of the best ways to improve the efficiency of learning. Motivated students are also critical for the instructors because motivated students would be actively participating in classes and asking questions even before or after classes making the instructors to study the materials carefully. As a result, students will a lot more when they are highly motivated.


Therefore, motivating is very significant. However, since most of the students usually start classes with high motivation, it is important not to frustrate them. If they do not get frustrated, it is likely to maintain the intensity and attention for a long time. To do so, the instructor should try to interact with the students. Many instructors fail to do this because they think they are supposed to teach in class the way they were planned. It is right, teaching take places with people, so it is necessary to understand what kind of students are taking classes. After figure out the characteristics of the students, the instructors might slightly or significantly change the plans for the lessons.


If the class is big, it would not be very easy to adjust the classroom atmosphere for everyone. If that is the case, the instructors should balance out with the materials. For example, some of the students might be visual learners, and others might be audio learners. In this situation, both pictures and sounds for the materials will help and satisfy both types of students.


Moreover, if some students are too introverted and do not participate in class so actively, it is good to see them in person after class. Some instructors do not really notice the students who do not participate, but it is very important for them because most of them are just shy, not being a bad students.


Overall, students and teachers interaction is the key. If students just try to learn from the materials from the teachers, and if the teachers only try to teach the students in a limited way, the class is usually boring and not very efficient.

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Feedback--Teacher / Some examples of teacher feedback on writing works
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:12:23 PM »
There are some example forms for teacher feedback for writing works.

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Conclusions / structures of the essay
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:26:43 PM »
As an EFL learner, I have learned the structure of well-written essay for a long time.


Good thesis and body paragraphs are very important, but writing a good conclusion could give very good impression to the readers in the end.


Conclusion should be brief, but very clear by reminding the readers the main idea of the essay.


Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT  to elaborate the thesis statement trying not to use the repetitive vocabularies that was used for the introduction paragraph.


Moreover, the main idea of the essay should be able to be expanded to externally.  In other words, more people should be able to think of the idea in different situation.


I found a simple but helpful link for the general idea of writing conclusion.




http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan/concl.html

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Learning L2 Reading & Writing / Learning L2 with Pop songs
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:16:11 PM »
I have some experiences of teaching English in Korea with elementary school students with easy songs.


One of the good songs is that


I have a dream by ABBA because the song is generally not too fast to sing for the EFL learners, and the lyrics are also meaningful.


I only spent about 10 minutes before the class is over, and they considered this activity very interesting.


for the 10 minutes, I played the full version of the song, and we started learning by few lines a day.


I focused on the pronunciation and accent so they can be used to the fluency of English.


If the instructor can play guitar it would be greater.


 

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To write a good cause and effect essay, it is very important to know the logic first.  Briefly speaking, logic is a chain of cause and effect.
For instance, 3+2=5, and 7-2=5. Therefore, 3+2 is 7-2. By using this logic, the writing can be very clear and easy to understand at times.
However, the writer should be careful with flawed logic or logic fallacy. Logic can from relationship, but it might be flawed, and does not really make sense in the end.
For example, A book is 1kg, and it is as heavy as a pair of shoes. Therefore, the book and the pair of shoes are same thing. The is one example of flawed logic. This is logical, but it does not connects the cause and effect properly.
The point of this activity is that helping to clarify the arguments that the writers want to introduce.
I think http://www.logicalfallacies.info/ this website really good to give some ideas what kind of logic can be not very good for making a strong argument.




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