"[C]asual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper" (Schwarz, 2016.10.16, ¶1).
This extract from Nygaard (2015) covered a three-step process for responding to requests for feedback on academic writing.
Nygaard, Lynn P. (2015). Writing for Scholars: A Practical Guide to Making Sense & Being Heard. London, England: Sage Publications.
"A mosaic representation of Internet communication technology (ICT) that organizers and members of the PIGATE teacher development community use. Their ICT use supplements and supports monthly face-to-face meetings and other activities."
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nhạ had said earlier this month that the ministry has created a roadmap to achieve the goal starting this academic year, and urged universities to improve their English teaching methods.
He asked universities to apply the latest technologies in teaching English, teach students about the importance of globalisation and expand international links to promote the use of the language.
He said students would be required to make all presentations and hold all discussions in English, while the staff would speak English at their meetings.
The ministry has given specific instructions to the 61 universities and academies it runs to take the initiative to draw up teaching standards that match ASEAN standards.
They would then be published to solicit public opinion before the ministry tweaks its education and training plans, he said.
Other universities needed to review and report the challenges they face in making English the second language and suggest solutions, he said.
At the beginning of this year the ministry announced that English would be a compulsory subject from grade three onwards starting in 2018 as part of its foreign language teaching plan.
English is currently only mandatory from grade 10 onwards.
Under the plan, from 2018 students in grade three and above will have four English lessons a week.
English is now only an optional subject in primary schools, with one or two lessons a week.
The ministry reported that around a 10th of primary school students do not learn English since the country has a shortage of some 7,700 teachers.
Besides, only a third of English teachers at primary and high schools meet teaching standards, according to the ministry.
Seven+ tips for rounding up students, including: 1) community building, 2) forum participation, 3) offering free trials, 4) conducting social media campaigns, 5) enhancing educational support offerings, 6) sending newsletters to mailing lists, and 7) amplifying sharing via word of mouth.
"This brief and general introduction examines what communities of practice are and why researchers and practitioners in so many different contexts find them useful as an approach to knowing and learning" (¶2, 2016.08.08)
"Learning communities share a way of knowing, a set of practices, and shared value of the knowledge that comes from these procedures. These learning communities, with expanded human and technological resources, bring together students, teachers, and community members in directing the course of education in new ways."
"This handout ... provides a detailed outline of how to construct a research study, focused to manuscripts concerning an English as a Foreign Language [education-related topic], using quantitative or qualitative methodology, or both" (Abstract, 2916.07.28).
people perceive the best listeners to be those who periodically ask questions that promote discovery and insight. These questions gently challenge old assumptions, but do so in a constructive way
Constructive interactive listening strategies: inquire, "challenge old assumptions," and seek new discoveries and insights (Zenger & Folkman, 2016, Good listening is much more ..., ¶1, 2016.07.26 [JST]).
"Recently, academics are receiving an increasing number of email invitations to submit papers. While some are legitimate announcements from reputable organizations, many are a new kind of spam from what Beall (2012) calls “predatory publishers” (p. 179). Basically, they track you down through the titles of your work and invite you to submit manuscripts. They promise quick turnaround and imply guaranteed acceptance. If you are a novice researcher, you might be flattered into submitting. However, you may find later that there is a hefty fee. We wrote this paper to help you identify suspicious solicitations so that you can avoid being duped" (¶1).
The video in this post introduced the APA's institutional mega-service!
Do you have any hands-on experience? If so, what are your impressions? Does it compare favorably with other reference management tools or suites?
"The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. It describes what all young Australians are to be taught as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community" (Australian Curriculum, ¶1, 2016.07.20).
""[W]e shouldn’t confuse personalized learning with personal learning. The first involves adjusting the difficulty level of prefabricated skills-based exercises based on students’ test scores, and it requires the purchase of software. The second involves working with each student to create projects of intellectual discovery that reflect his or her unique needs and interests, and it requires the presence of a caring teacher who knows each child well" (Kohn, 2016.03.12, ¶9).
we did not have enough competent English teachers. By late 1990s, plans were afoot to train 50,000 school teachers to teach English. Much effort and money were spent on the project but the standard of English among the trained teachers remained low
Teacher training failed to accomplish goals (What went wrong? ¶1).
traditional Sri Lankan society put far too much emphasis on proficiency exams. Not only are they insufficient method of assessing language abilities, but also they put an insurmountable amount of pressure on students as well as teachers and schools
Students and teachers faced "insurmountable" test performance pressure (What went wrong? ¶1) from parents and administrators.
Voice of America, Learning English, Education Tips # 4
This 6:35 min. audio program included "the opinion of Marla Yoshida, an English as a Foreign Language teacher at the University of California, Irvine" (transcript, ¶2) "that English learners need to do more than listen and repeat in order to improver their pronunciation" (The problem with listening and repeating, ¶2).
pab teaches people, and learns from and with them. He strives to enhance their computer skills and cultural appreciation, as well as their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; he also strives to promote both learners' and teachers' personal and professional development.