Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Secret to Learning a Language in 10 Days- Revealed!

Traditional Tips for Beginners
  1. You are like a new baby
    Babies learn their language slowly.
    First they learn to listen.
    Then they learn to speak.
    Finally, they can read and write.
  2. Listen to English every day
    Listen to English radio.
    Watch English TV.
    Go to English movies.
    Use online lessons.
  3. Make an English/ESL friend
    Make up conversations.
    Practise dialogues.
    Use beginner textbooks.
  4. Read English stories
    Start with children's storybooks.
    Try ESL readers.
    Read advertisements, signs and labels.
    Try EnglishClub.com for Young Learners.
  5. Write down new words
    Start a vocabulary (new word) notebook.
    Write words in alphabetical order (A...B...C...).
    Make example sentences.
    Always use an English-English dictionary first.
  6. Keep an English diary
    Start with one sentence.
    How do you feel?
    How is the weather?
    What did you do today?
    Write another sentence tomorrow.
  7. Visit an English speaking country
    Learn English more quickly.
    Stay with an English family.
    Hear native speakers talk.
    Have a fun experience.

Friday, January 30, 2015

USA FOR AFRICA - We Are The World




There comes a time when we hear a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And its time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on pretending day by day
That someone, will soon make a change
We are all a part of Gods great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need

[Chorus]
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
Its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart so they'll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]

When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall well well well well
Let us realize that a change can only come
When we stand together as one

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Course Feeds Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning Conference (CO15)



Online Conference CO15
Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning Conference (CO15)
Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning is a free 3-day Massive Open Online Conference (MOOC) on the first weekend of February. The conference started in 2009 with CO09. CO15 is the 6th annual event and is scheduled for February 6-8, 2015.
WizIq has been sponsoring the event since 2009. Participants will be able to access the webinars using the WizIQ desktop on a Windows Operating System and the WizIQ, Inc apps on their iPads and iPhones. Get the Apps for free.
The theme of the current free conference is connecting online for collaborative work. The topics will include learning, research, instruction, book authoring, and online teaching and learning in the public and the private sector.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Halina's Conversational English Video



This is my opening class for Halina’s Conversational English Course on WizIQ.
I created this video to make it possible for everyone to get familiar with Virtual Classes and online teaching. You can see how I use the tools available on WizIQ.
I am very sorry about the quality of the recording. It is obvious that I have to improve my technical skills.
I am counting on your empathy and support.
Enjoy…..



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Science of Learning


 
 
This is an excellent presentation        
 
 
The mission of the newly formed Science of Learning Institute is to understand the most essential part of our human capital: the ability to learn. The Institute supports research and application that seeks to understand learning at all levels of scientific inquiry—including how the brain changes through learning, how development and aging affects our ability to learn, how neurological and psychiatric diseases disrupt or change learning, and why there are such vast individual differences that naturally occur among learners. A central part of the mission is to understand how new technologies such as machine learning and new educational programs can optimize learning—whether it occurs in the informal setting of the playground, the more formal setting of a school, a rehabilitation program, or on-the-job training.
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Teaching with Technology: Week 1


 
 
This is Nellie's introduction to the Teaching with Technology online course.
And this is Dr. Nellie's article describing not only this particular course , but also some basic information about education online.
I followed the instructions and set my course; https://www.wiziq.com/course/95228-halina-s-conversational-english
I also conducted the first live class;
The meeting was very nice. It was a great pleasure to have a wonderful conversation with my online friends such as ;
 
Iwona Filip, Poland
Brian Boneham, United Kingdom
Nives Torresi, Italy
Jakub Kalinowski, Poland
Guadalupe Ortega, Mexico
María Jesús García San Martín, Spain
Prem Kumar Behera, Indie
Generally speaking, it was supposed to be an introduction to the values of being fluent in English as well as how not to learn foreign languages to escape from widespread learning mistakes.
I was presenting my teaching and learning experience and we were talking about our tutoring methods and discussing a value of English for communication approach.
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Welcome to Halina's Conversational English

 

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Would you like to become a fluent, as well as a forward-thinking speaker?
If yes, my course is exactly for you!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bryan Adams - Summer Of 69 (Official live)


 

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played 'til my fingers bled
Was the summer of '69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
I shoulda known we'd never get far

Oh when I look back now
The summer seemed to last forever
And if I had a choice
Yeah, I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Ain't no use in complainin'
When you got a job to do
Spent my evenin's down at the drive in
And that's when I met you

Standin on your mama's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life Oh yeah

Back in the summer of '69

Man we were killin' time
We were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin' can last forever, forever no

And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you wonder what went wrong

Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me it would last forever
Oh when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life Oh yeah

I love the song and my Bartek used to sing it for me.               
 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dave Dodgson: A year in review. Three Quick Ideas to Start your 2015 Classes | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

 
Idea 1 - R&R: Reflections and Resolutions
An obvious angle to go for at the start of the New Year is Resolutions. However, this lesson can often have the same problems as resolutions themselves – generic, hollow, and something that is quickly abandoned or forgotten.
However, a couple of years ago while focusing on reflective practice during my MA course, I decided to apply some of the principles of teacher reflection to a New Year’s lesson for my students and the results were much better and it has now become a recurring feature of my late December/early January teaching.
  1. First of all, I ask students to think about everything they did, were a part of, or witnessed in the year just gone. Their first task is to identify and list the three best things from the year. This is done as a silent individual activity with plenty of thinking time – it’s often harder for people to remember the good things than the bad!
     
  2. Next, the students pair up to compare their personal ‘best of’ lists with plenty of questions encouraged.
     
  3. To complete the T-P-S (Think-Pair-Share) cycle, each student shares what their partner told them with the rest of the class.
     
  4. Now time to focus on the things that could have gone better. Again, students get thinking time to consider what didn’t work out so well (whether through their own involvement or something beyond their control) but they must also identify why these events could have been better. I generally tell them to stick to one or two things so the overall tone of the lesson remains positive.
     
  5. Steps 2 and 3 are repeated as the students compare and discuss with a partner before sharing with the class.
     
  6. And now for the resolution part. Focusing on those things that could have been better, the students must decide what they can personally do in the New Year to address these shortcomings, solve these problems, or make these improvements. Their goal in this stage is to write out two specific and focused resolutions (with help from the teacher to modify and reformulate when necessary).
     
  7. These can then be shared either orally or through Post-Its on the wall or a class blog if you are into that kind of thing. Don’t forget that students will appreciate their teacher taking part in this process too!
Idea 2 - The best (and worst) of 2014
This is a more recent idea that I have used in the last couple of years as part of my game-based learning classes but it could just as easily be done with films, TV shows, music, or books if your students are not gamers.
Depending on what your class are interested in, before the lesson you should pick out one of the many ‘best of’ lists that circulate on websites and in the wider media at this time of year*. Try to keep it short – a top 5 is enough and it shouldn’t be more than a top 10. For low level classes, a simple list will do. Higher levels might be willing to get to grips with the write-ups that accompany the picks as well.
*There is an alternative to this, which is presented below.
The rest of this brief write-up will use games as an example but the principles are the same whatever media you choose.
  1. Start with a discussion question: What new games did you buy/play this year? Again, give some thinking time before asking the students to compare their ideas in pairs and groups. In the whole class discussion, direct the class to identify which games they enjoyed and which ones were disappointing (it might be a good idea to get some of the titles up on the board).
     
  2. Present each pair/group with the list you picked out before the lesson. Tell them which website/media source it is from and stress that it is just an opinion. Ask them to read through the choices and discuss whether or not they agree.
     
  3. Task each group with drawing up their own ‘best of’ list for the previous year. How they do so is up to them – they might try to reach a group consensus, they could each choose one or two titles to go on a list, or they could vote. They must be ready to explain their choices to the rest of the class afterwards.
     
  4. Higher level students could be asked to prepare an article introducing each game and explaining why it was chosen.
     
  5. At the end of the lesson, students can refer back to the games from the past year they didn’t like and make an alternative list of ‘the worst games of 2014’. If you have time, you could present them with another article to kick-start the activity (plenty of the same websites that present ‘best of’ lists also have ‘worst of’ round-ups).
*As an alternative, you could not pick out a list for students to look at before the lesson and instead ask each group to search online for a list of the ‘best games of 2014’ and present it to the class This is a nice way to hand control over to the students.
 
Idea 3 – Word of the Year
This is a new one I tried out just before Christmas when I read a news story that the ‘word of the year’ for 2014 (as chosen by the Oxford Dictionary of English) was ‘vape’ (as in the action of using e-cigarettes). This is a rough outline of how I did the lesson:
  1. Write the word ‘vape’ on the board and ask if anyone knows what it means. If they don’t (my students didn’t), ask them to first guess and then look it up (they will need to look it up online to find the meaning). If they do, great! Ask the person who knows to explain what it means and go to the next step.
     
  2. Ask the students if they can work out why you presented them with this word (if they had to look it up online in step 1, they may have found the answer while searching; if they already knew, they may have to get searching now). Invite discussion as to why this was chosen as the word of the year.
     
  3. Discuss with students how new words enter languages, especially their own native languages. Is it through common use? Featuring in a dictionary? Through an official establishment? (As many of my students are French speakers, we had an interesting discussion about the Académie Française and I also told them about the Turkish equivalent, the Türk Dil Kurumu).
     
  4. Get the students to research previous ‘words of the year’ (they may also find an American version, which makes for interesting comparison). Did they know any of these words already? Which ones did they find the most interesting/bizarre? Why do they think these words were chosen? (One interesting trend my students spotted were the number of words relating to economic problems like squeezed middle and credit crunch, as well as the environmentally themed words like carbon footprint and social media related phrases like selfie, which they felt reflected our times).
     
  5. Make a prediction – what words have been circulating in the media recently and could be the word of 2015?