Teaching-for-skills approach for language teaching

As for learning any skill, I think teaching language requires continuous guidance and hand-holding along the way, up until they get it and can do it on their own.

I noticed that guiding students and carefully following up with them on every task is essential to their acquisition of linguistic skills. I think it should be what teachers do most in most of their class time.

In reading/writing, for instance, I make sure I demo note-taking for an article, then I move around to provide help where needed. I also keep an eye on good students and direct them to assist struggling students with the task at hand.

For listening/speaking, I go over what goes into listening for main ideas, then play a small portion of the audio track, then answer it so students can follow my lead. This also serves to support students with lower-linguistic abilities along the way.

I think this approach helps develop a sense of accountability in students, and a critical observation on their own learning–since they get the help and support they need along the way. It may also help reduce dependence on the teacher in the long run.

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الذكاء الاصطناعي والآلي في #CES2018

 

على مشارف اليوم الأخيرمن المعرض العالمي لإلكترونيات المستهلك في لاس فيغاس، يبدو أن هنالك كلمتين ترددتا كثيرا في المنتجات التجريبية والجاهزة عبر التقارير والتغطيات: Artificial Intelligence, Automation.

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My most powerful learning environment #liismooc

As I was growing up, I had developed a critical eye on what works in an educational setting. My particular observations regarding a powerful learning environment started with when I was a young boy at grade 4. It was when my science teacher asked for a volunteer to bring a “rotten toast” to the school laboratory to demonstrate to the rest of the students in the science class the components of rotten food and the kinds of fungus that grow in it. What I did is I suddenly started linking real life with classroom’s mostly theoretical knowledge. Continue reading

Should you restart your computer now?

There are times when you need to shutdown/restart the computer. There is no escape from shutting down the computer and starting fresh; and this could be more frequent than people would think. Though there could be some potential problems with repeatedly restarting your computer, below are some of the signs that signal a need to restart your dear computer and save sometime of your day–and saves you sometime of aimlessly looking into the computer configurations:

  • When the network adapter (wired or WiFi) starts acting funny (i.e you can’t seem to be able to connect to any available network near you)
  • When the screen halts for more than 2 minute.
  • The application you just installed doesn’t function as it should
  • The mouse pointer doesn’t seem to be found and/or it no longer moves

If you want to restart your computer yet it won’t restart because it’s stuck, then press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds and this will force a shutdown (it’s called: Hard reset). Wait 5 more seconds and press the power button again.