Trip to an Antique Store

October 30th, 2014

Along with Mr. Lin and some old colleagues, I visited an antique store opened by Mr. Dai, a retired teacher from NHSH. I was amazed at the power of accumulation and passion! Read the rest of this entry »

Connected by Music

October 29th, 2014

Yesterday evening, invited by my g0dmother Mrs. Chen and my aunt, also an old colleague, Ms. Hung, my friends and I went to the concert with the theme of “Bohemian Masters” at the National Recital Hall. The program of the concert included Bedrich Smetana’s “Moldau” from My Father Land, for piano four hands arranged by the composer, Bohuslav Martinu’s First Piano  Quartet, H. 287, and Atonin Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

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“Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension”–from TESOL Blog

October 28th, 2014

http://blog.tesol.org/making-connections-to-improve-el-reading-comprehension/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about Reading Workshop and how well comprehension strategies work for English learners (ELs). Books such as Mosaic of Thought (Keene and Zimmerman, 2007), Reading with Meaning (Miller 2012), and Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvi 2007) demonstrate the comprehension strategies that good readers use when they interact with text. When I first learned about Reading Workshop, I spent a lot of time with a classroom teacher who used these strategies, and  I adapted them for my ELs. By using the same strategies and terminology as my mainstream colleagues, I could better support the reading instruction taking place in the general education classroom where many ELs spend most of their day. Read the rest of this entry »

Adverbial “-ever” Clause vs. Nominal “-ever” Clause

October 27th, 2014

A former colleague who is still teaching called me the day before yesterday and asked me a question: How can we help learners to easily distinguish the advervial “-ever clause” from the nominal one? For example:

1. Whatever you do, I’ll love you forever.

2. Whatever you do is fine with me. Read the rest of this entry »

The Essence of Education Reform–”推動以「教學」而非「升學」為主旨的教改”–from UDN

October 26th, 2014

http://udn.com/NEWS/OPINION/OPI1/9023580.shtml

推動以「教學」而非「升學」為主旨的教改

【聯合報╱社論】

2014.10.26 02:20 am
近幾年,「翻轉教育」或「翻轉教室」的概念很流行,為人津津樂道的例子如台東著名的公東高工技職教育立下典範,有些偏鄉小校因特色教學而獨樹一幟。這些另類教學法的成功案例引起注目,甚至有公益團體和專業人士,以翻轉教育為主題而成立工作坊,四處推動不同於以往的改良教育方式。所有這些努力,無非是懷抱著「撒下希望的種子」的信念,想透過教育的途徑,讓所有的孩子,特別是弱勢族群,能帶著自信開創未來的人生機會
My comments: Yes, only education can raise these kids up to a better life. 

How to Improve Listening Skills–”英聽怎麼練? 每個單字要會念”–from UDN

October 25th, 2014

http://m.udn.com/xhtml/HistoryArt?articleid=4029912

英聽怎麼練? 每個單字要會念

【聯合報╱記者張錦弘/專題報導】20141025

明年大學入學正式採計高中英聽成績,英聽已成中學生的基本能力。學者專家強調,英聽無法獨立學習,一定要認得足夠詞彙、學會單字發音,才能聽得懂;且平時聽完後最好複述一遍,才能深化記憶,再搭配熟悉題型,更有助拿高分。

My comments: Shadowing is a good way to improve listening in English.

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Six Websites to Search for Authentic English–”還在用Google翻譯?6個超強網站讓你查到最道地的英文”

October 24th, 2014

http://www.businessweekly.com.tw/online/20141016/KBlogArticle_9545_1.htm

還在用Google翻譯?6個超強網站讓你查到最道地的英文

有時候光是看課本、講義、武功祕笈、他人筆記、網路文章等等,仍然想知道道地的native speaker到底怎麼怎麼說或寫嗎?來學學使用語料庫吧! Read the rest of this entry »

A Beautiful Trip with Beautiful People

October 23rd, 2014

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把事做好 就不用擔心未來

October 22nd, 2014

http://vision.udn.com/storypage.php?ART_ID=5135

亞大場/劉麗珠:把事做好 就不用擔心未來

記者喻文玟、洪敬浤╱台中報導

細節、效率就是能力」,捷安特YouBike事業部發言人劉麗珠做事重視細節、嚴控效率,有志創業青年要思考自己有沒有這項能力。  Read the rest of this entry »

Falling Behind in the Beginning Doesn’t Mean You’ll Never Reach the Finish Line–尋路的旅程 不必贏在起跑點

October 21st, 2014

http://vision.udn.com/storypage.php?ART_ID=5138

亞大場/尋路的旅程 不必贏在起跑點

記者洪敬浤、喻文玟╱台中報導  20141017

尋路未來的旅程,不必贏在起跑點,在挫折與挑戰中,反而會殺出夢想的道路。

游名揚:即使沒考上心目中的系所,還是可以把課修完,朝著夢想前進。

My comments: Attitude counts. Read the rest of this entry »