Want to Learn English with an Experienced teacher?

WEST YORKSHIRE, UK

West Yorkshire, UK

Hi all,

Long time no see. Missed me? Well, to tell the truth, I have been spending a lot of time working offline. There are times when you  just need to get away from the virtual world and go back to the old-fashioned one. However, I am back with some good news.

VocabIn the modern world where, whether we like it or not, English has become a universal language of communication, it is of immense importance to master the standard language skills. This will help you communicate with the individuals worldwide being it professionally or privately. During my 18 years of teaching experience and attending a variety of seminars, conferences, round tables and workshops, I have learned that the key to success is the communication. Why? The right choice of words carry the power and vibration that open up the way up. Do not bereave, deprive,rob or take away from yourselves  this opportunity. 🙂

Having this in mind, I have devised a plan to use my website and social network to start giving lessons online (translations and proof-reading included) in order to teach and help my candidates as much as I can to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Anyone interested in learning English from the Beginners’ to the Advanced level or need some the above mentioned professional services, can contact me via my website, Linked in or my Facebook account. As for the details of the courses studied, in case you are interested, you can just drop a message using one of those domains and I will answer back ASAP. (Please, take into account the time differences 🙂 ). All I can say is that the success is ensured.

Besides those, I also do proof-reading, translating from Serbian into English and vice versa and create lesson plans according to your professional teaching needs. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Nada

P.S. Did I mention that there are some bonuses for those who are interested in long-term learning? Well, there are. And they are just a message away.

In the end, to illustrate the possible approach to learning English I am posting a link Mary J. Blige, U2 “One”, a song that comprises loads of grammar points. Enjoy!

 

ESP CONFERENCE

PPT CONFERENCE PRESENTATION NADA RADENKOVIC The conference being over just yesterday, it’s time to reflect upon the last three days of intensive events and presentations.Lots of thing were going on, lots of people, lots of topics, lots of information, lots of food and fun lots of lots……….Time to take time for myself. Write soon! Cheeeeerrss!

Can we define scientifically a “Desired Classroom Discipline” ? ( If yes, how? )

download (3)Just a few hours ago, while surfing through the LinkedIn, I came across, in one of the groups, the above typed headline. I found it an eye-catching and interesting so I decided to open the page and hopefully read the post as it is one of the topics that bothers most of the teachers, if not all of them. To my surprise, as I opened it I found a blank page. To make the things worse I posted I comment indicating laughter. Soon after I got a reply: ” Is that your answer?……..hahhahahah”. Only then did I realize that the question was posted by a young teacher, who has, in my opinion recently started to work as a teacher and found himself in a classroom full of students lacking basic manners and behavior. I tried to apologize trying to explain that I wasn’t laughing at him but at myself. To be precise, since I was a child I have always had the need to open up things and look what’s inside. My mother would ask me: “Why did you do that?” and I would answer:”To see what’s inside.”Apparently, the character trait stayed with me for the next 45 years. As a consequence, I paid the cost of it by getting the feedback that resonated with desperation and disappointment. So there is no excuse for what I had done.

The question was posted twice, 27 days ago. To my astonishment, the young man did not get a single answer. So, although it’s 2.45 am, and it’s raining, with the fresh air coming through my window, feeling the coldness of the night, and exchanging the thoughts with Thiago Veigga , I decided to give the issue some thought and do some research.

When I look back into the past when I was a student, I can’t recall that anyone ever taught us anything about ‘the scientific definition of the desired classroom discipline’. When I started my career, I asked the colleagues the same question. The only answer I got was: “It all depends on you!” End of story. Of course I didn’t understand what they meant by it. All I know is that is took me about 17 years of experience to learn how to develop the skill of managing the classroom, keeping a nice and relaxed atmosphere, still maintaining the position of a teacher first, then a partner and finally a friend. So, my dear young man, Mahdi Najar, again accept my apology and take my advice:

1. Think of what kind of relationship and atmosphere you want to create in the classroom.

2. Try to engage the students as much as you can through a variety of activities. Diana Larsen Freeman is a good source for teaching techniques and principles. Also, there are loads of websites and blogs where you can find wonderful teaching material.

3. Try to avoid any conflicting situations with the students or parents. If you find yourself in some of them, you should better turn to professionals or even school principal for help. The system worldwide is supporting the students rather than protecting the teacher. So, be careful.

4. And finally, keep in mind that you are also a human being primarily and then a teacher, yet do your best to be a pro.

As for the scientific definitions of the classroom management, here are some links that you can refer to for starters:

1. The Classroom Management according to wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classroom_management

2. Effective Classroom management

http://www.adprima.com/managing.htm

3. Ten Tips for Classroom Management

http://www.edutopia.org/classroom-management-resource-guide

So, that would be all from me for now. If anybody else has something to add and help the young man, please do so. We need to help each other and be humane.

Nada Radenkovic

Equity without myths or stereotypes by Michael Griffin

FINALLY THE NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE TEACHERS HAVE SPOKEN!!!

TEFL Equity Advocates

On 20th May James Taylor published a post on this blog entitled: Why I wish I was a non-native speaker of English, which caused quite a stir and a very enthusiastic response. I really encourage you to read both James’ post and the comments below it, before (or after) reading this post by Michael Griffin.

In a nutshell, James exposed the problem of discrimination against NNESTs in TEFL and showed that it is based on illogical prejudices:

“As someone from the UK who teaches English as a foreign language, the country of my birth is a huge advantage to me. As has been well documented on this blog, I am much more likely to get a job than someone from Japan, Algeria or Brazil, no matter how qualified or experienced they are. For some students, having a native speaker teacher has a certain cachet, as in most countries…

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