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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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  • People nowadays, especially young people, seem to be impossible to live without music. It’s not only an effective tool of entertainment, but also education.There are a lot of benefits of using songs in the classroom. When we sing and act out songs in the classes, young learners are getting vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, the rhythm of the language, the grammar, listening skill. Songs is great teaching language tool in the class. We can use song to signal the transitions, move an activity to another activity. Moreover, songs are also great for creating a positive atmosphere in the classroom.Firstly, songs are used to give instructions. Students don’t often pay much attention to the word instructions. Using songs is the best way to draw attention when you want students to move to other activities. Teachers can use the same songs for the similar activities to form students’ habit. For example, teacher can ask the children to sing the same song every greeting, moving, or breaking time. Each lesson should teach the children just one or two songs, but keep repeating them to students are able to remember the tune, the lyrics, and also understand the meaning. Therefore, songs reinforce longer after students leave the class. Secondly, teachers should make the students feel comfortable and relax when they go to school by using some fun sounds and songs. It helps students feel safety and ready to learning English. It’s great motivating expediency because the children always think that songs are for entertainment, not study, and therefore they feel enjoyable to learn English songs. Fun song is the simple things to learn if you put some gestures, or dancing. It’s suitable for many kinds or levels of students, even though they don’t have musical intelligence to sing well, they can imitate the gestures, dance, or just sing some parts of the song. Besides, the teachers should choose the songs with short, conversational, and understandable lyrics to set it in the students mind as permanent phrases and they can use it afterward.Songs have many benefits, but it also has certain limitations to consider.  We have to use the suitable songs to teach in the class to be match with the objectives of the lesson about the topic, vocabulary, or structure. Teaching songs can’t replace teaching communicating language in formal way because there are some differences between the language used in the songs and real communicating language. Using song with the proper frequency is also an important thing because if we use it too much, the students will be bored. If we don’t use it often, the students will forget them.To raising the strengths and minimizing the limitations, the suggestion is that we should develop songs to be tasks and matching it to our curriculum to get the best benefits.
  •     In the classroom, we use many teaching aids such as picture flashcards, word flashcards, computers, toys, masks, puppets, posters for vocabulary, big books, chalkboards, videos,… but the chalkboard and teacher as teaching aids are more popular. I can give some reasons why they play the  important role in teaching activities.Teacher as a teaching aids:PuppeteerIn the unit 1, lesson 1, teacher use the puppets to introduce four characters: Nam, Mai, Nga, PhongTeacher models the dialogueNga: hello, I’m NgaPhong: hello, I’m PhongThen, have ss to repeat the sentences in the bubbles a few time and play the roleActorTeacher act characters in the scene Nam and Mai greet each other.In  South Korea classroom, teacher mine like sound and action of animals.Pig: I’m a pig ( put finger on nose, sound oaik, oaik)Cat: I’m a cat (hands wash eyes, sound meow, meow, meow)SpeakerTeacher present some games to improve writing, speaking skills for ssIn game, finding lettersHave ss to find out the names of the ssLANABCDEAVDEFMUFBXPLRLTGCZHMWISHDTONYNQIEYNOPDPJFHGIJAOKUXYZNAMLVTXQPONM PainterTeacher can draw pictures ( cloud, tree, sun, book, bird, flower…) on the board or paperHave ss to draw and paint these picturesSingerUsing video, DVDWhen teacher present the song, ss are funny, comfortable.In South Korea class, she models the song herselfRhymes: 12 123 yeah 1234 yeah yeah ( move hand up and use fingers to count)Sing: how many pigs?          123 123 pigs ( put 2 fingers on nose)MusicianThe same rhymes, teacher can create another songsKia con buom vangKia con buom vangI’m happy, I’m happyOr good bye teacher, good bye teacherIt’s easey for ss to memory the songStorytellerTeacher can tell a picture story connecting to role play, use masks, big books or posters of pictures.InstructorWhen ss have some troubles about lesson, teacher will give useful advices If in Viet Nam, the chalkboard is located in the centre of classroom, in others, is can be in the centre, and the side of class.Use the chalkboard as the teaching aidsTeacher write content of lesson  on the boardTeacher draw some images to explain new words, for exampleCloud     SunTree CatDogCow  Student do exercises on the boardTeacher glue tree diagram, map, posters of pictures 
  • Applying Multiple Intelligences in Teaching Engish for Primary Pupils                       According to Howard Gardner, all people living in the world have multiple intelligences in different amount and “An intelligence is the ability to solve the problems, create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings” (Gardner, 1983). Multiple intelligences can be strengthened, weakened. There are 7 multiple intelligences with 7 features:Verbal/linguistic intelligence: well-developed verbal skills and sensitivity to the sounds, meanings and rhythms of words.Mathematical-Logical Intelligence: ability to think conceptually and abstractly, and capacity to discern logical or numerical patternsMusical Intelligenc: ability to produce and appreciate rhythm, pitch and timberVisual-Spatial Intelligence: capacity to think in images and pictures, to visualize accurately and abstractlyBodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence: ability to control one's body movements and to handle objects skillfullyInterpersonal Intelligence: capacity to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others.Intrapersonal Intelligence: capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes                     Applying Multiple Intelligences can help Primary Children learn better. Teachers should assess students’ intelligences first to be sure to know what individual students’ strengths and weaknesses, and then they can have suitable approach to make students more interested in subjects and better at learning. This journal will look at some application of Multiple Intelligences in designing lessons involved movement and physical activities, storytelling, using songs and rhymes and using games.                    One of the most useful ways is to plan lessons including movement, senses, colours and sounds. Teachers should not keep speaking only in class. Objects, pictures are very necessary in class because the younger the students are, the more active and naughty they are (Brewster, Ellis and Girard, 2003). For example, pupils can draw a picture or act out while listen to a description. This can make them remember knowledge easily.                      Besides, storytelling is always the helpful way to help primary pupils learn better. For instance, as soon as they hear the formula "Once upon a time...", they know what to expect next. With storytelling, language is put in familiar context with children, so that children will get well with foreign language naturally and faster. Moreover, stories are always rich in vocabulary and grammar pattern, so it provides pupils variety of related vocabulary which is learned much easier. Teachers can also use other corporative activities when using storytelling. They can use pictures or help pupils play drama to tell a story. These activities does not only help students learn vocabulary but also develop students’ ability to listen for general meaning, predict, guess meaning, and hypothesize… Children can also redraw the characters in the story they had listened to; draw picture where the story happens, think of other possible cover illustrations, and so on. These pictures can be kept after the lessons and used to decorate the class or put away by the pupils themselves.                     It is an effective way to use songs and rhymes to teach pupils. In fact, almost children like songs and they can sing many songs in their mother tongue. Songs and music can help teaching a lot. It is boring if we ask pupils to do an exercise in common way, but if we can design activities involved song and rhymes hiding required exercises in it, pupils will be more interested in the exercise and learning. Of course, the effectiveness of studying will be better. The use of songs is flexible. A song can be used in any stage of the class: as a presentation tool, as a practice exercise or as a production activity.                     Many researchers claimed that games are not just time-filling activities but have a great educational value. It’s game that makes students more energetic and active in class, which leads to better result in studying. Students play games only for fun. Teachers, however, need to make sure that whatever done in the classroom is for teaching and learning purposes (Ersoz et al. 2006). Teacher can use games to create a exciting atmosphere and develop students’ linguistic awareness. There are many benefits of using games in class: Games are a welcome break from the usual routine of the language class.  They are motivating and challenging. Learning a language requires a great deal of effort. Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning.Games provide language practice in the various skills- speaking, writing, listening and reading.  They encourage students to interact and communicate. They create a meaningful context for language use.                                                                                                                                                                              (Lee Su Kim)Games should be used at all stages of the lesson, provided that they are suitable and carefully chosen.
  • Teaching aids are helpful tools for teaching in a classroom or with individual learners. Teachers can use them tohelp learners improve reading and other skillsillustrate or reinforce a skill, fact, or idea, andrelieve anxiety, fears, or boredom, since many teaching aids are like games.Here are some kinds of teaching aids:Alphabet book Alphabet chartCalendarChartEasy reader Flash card Flip chart PosterPuppetsDice/spinner….Follow these steps to use teaching aids:  Find or make suitable teaching aids.Experiment and practice with them so that you know how to use them.Test them and revise them if necessary.Remember to use them whenever they are appropriate.    
  • Nowadays, teaching E for kids is quite popular over the world and of course teacher's role is really important.as a facilitator, an adviser, an answerer and monitor..If  you have ever learnt the subject PELT, you will be amazed as me. After 3 days of this course i recognize that teaching E for kids is not simple as we often think. Specially the lesson "Motivating Learning through storytelling " on the last wednesday brang me many interesting expriences about methods of storytelling through some videos. Storytelling is an useful way to motivate learing E. It helps kids not only develop listening skill when they are listened to the sounds of E, speaking skill when they communicate their thoughts and ideas but also know more new words and structures. However, to achieve all those skills teacher's role is extremely important and necessary. Generally, reading story is focused on 3 main stages such as before-while-after reading and the teacher's role is defferent in each stage. After watching some typical videos in storytelling in primary school at some countries, i know more some necessary methods to support for teaching kids in the futture.i learn not only methods but also the way that teacher solves some situations. For example in the class of Korea, teacher prepared many aids for teaching as picture, power point, it's easy for kids to learn.But in Thailad it is different when only a book, teacher stll atracts kids attention. So we can see teacher's method is always important, she/he is alway active in every problems inspite of whthout supportive tools. i saw positive refletion of kids when teacher told the story in each video.And i perceivve many things from teacher's method. Of course saying is just theory, practicing is really important. I thought about method of telling story simply before i was taught this lesson by our teacher. Teacher just need to show new words, new stuctures, read story and translate them into Vienames, it's enough. But i have seen i have a litle experience, even no experience. At home i summarized the lesson myself by rereading the textbook, visualizing videos and remembering our lecture. In first stage of telling story, depending on different story, teacher (T) has suitable methods to help kids approach that story. T can ask kids some question relating the story, or show pictures for them to guess characters. When kids understand context of the story, T can lead them to the story. While reading story, T has to create in telling style.T can use gesture, clear and loud voice to help kids listen to the story easily.T has to know the way how to make all of them pay attention to the story. T also can catch their eyes to ensure that they are concentrating and understanding that story. After reading story, T can give them play a game to consolidate knowledge they have just learnt. It's important tha how kids feel about that story and what lesson kids were learnt though it. This depends instruction of teacher. Seeing importance of teacher, we-the future teachers must up date new, modern and useful methods to apply for teaching E for kids.It's necessary for education.

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