Yes, We Can! A Graduation Speech from a Latin


Dianisbeth AcquieFor Dianisbeth Acquie, a proud Latina from Brooklyn and the daughter of two immigrants, it wasn’t always easy making her way through college. Last week, in front of an audience that included her Latinx peers, she reflected on what she’s learned about herself and what it means to be empowered by a college education.…

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Official List of Top names for boys and Girls 2015

A name is something we carry throughout our lives and has a heavy weight in our relations, personality and even transcendence. The list of most popular baby names, released by the Social Security Administration Friday, catalogues the top names for any given year.

Below is the list of TOP 10 names for boys and girls, we thought you might be interested in knowing the trends of names in USA and make decisions for newborns, if you have to.

TOP 10 Names for boys:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. James
  8. Alexander
  9. Michael
  10. Benjamin

And here is the full list for girls:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Abigail
  8. Emily
  9. Charlotte
  10. Harper

La neurociencia demuestra que el elemento esencial en el aprendizaje es la emoción

El investigador en neurociencia Francisco Mora asegura que el elemento esencial en el proceso de aprendizaje es la emoción porque sólo se puede aprender aquello que se ama, aquello que le dice algo…

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Cheating is Big Mistake!

Learning takes effort from students but if they follow the lesson plans from the teacher to achieve good class scores, success is granted. On the other hand, there are those who prefer to take the easy way and without regret, they cheat.

Actually, students and teachers must remember that scores are not the main reason why they attend school, but rather, to develop knowledge with classes interaction, previously organized and based on academic objectives, i.e. class scores.

On the other hand, cheating is unacceptable behavior inside and outside the classroom and it is one of the reasons why the society is outraged with cases of public dishonesty as common occurrences of failure. This only makes it worse every time!

In like manner, schools represent the future and the way learners react to academic challenges will set the pace to further demeanor. After all, Is it valid to showcase high scores when these do not reflect the actual level of skills, knowledge and comprehension?

When we see famous people, public figures, politicians and even athletes being judged because of their wrongdoings, it is a clear warning of the shame involved in cheating .

All in all, let us try to be the best we can but never forget that it will make you feel better if the rewards we are given are based on hard work and honest decisions made with a clear conscience and heart. It is even more fun, I assure you!

How ESL and EFL Classrooms Differ

In our country, EFL has been the standard for many years, but now more and more centers are including ESL as an alternative for traditional English teaching. In this article, the author revises some of the approaches for each type of learning.

Oxford University Press

Filling in formsIn her first guest post for OUP, Kate Bell, a writer and researcher, talks us through some of the practical differences between ESL and EFL classrooms.

You may think that teaching English is teaching English, whether you’re doing it in a Thai village or a suburban California school. And you’d be right, sort of. Many of the same textbooks, lesson plans, and online resources serve in both cases. Many English teachers go from one type of teaching position to the other, and back again. But there are fundamental differences between ESL and EFL classrooms. Understanding them will make you a more effective teacher.

An ESL classroom is in a country where English is the dominant language. The students are immigrants or visitors. The class is usually of mixed nationalities, so students don’t share a native language or a common culture. Outside the classroom, students have a specific, practical need…

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Ugh! Homework.

ecr 2In the first place, homework is not! Some teachers like to give it a different name like Home-Play or Extended-Activities and I’m cool with that.. students must avoid the negative connotation of this necessary re-encounter with lessons they have previously practiced to ensure effective learning.

In reality, these learning tools designed to be made at home provide several benefits for the cognitive development due to several factors:

  • Students retake the ideas discussed at school and are now able to reflect on them at a more personal stage.
  • The effect of reproducing the learning experience in a different and comfortable environment contributes to endure retention.
  • Reviewing aspects of the lesson at students’ pace facilitates comprehension of key knowledge.
  • The creativeness process is strengthened since students are free to consult external sources encouraging critical thinking and decision making.

While homework represents a complementary stage of lessons, it should be carefully planned to ensure  continuity of previously covered topics. This planning involves sequential exercises to guarantee long-lasting learning using different teaching approaches.

One particular sequence is defined through the ECRIF framework, as it depicts five stages of language learning: Encounter, Clarify, Remember, Internalize and Fluently use. In short, homework assignments should contain exercises oriented to Remember and Internalize what has been already Encountered and Clarified.




Four Basic Skills for TOEFL

Learning a foreign language is easy if you prepare a plan where you improve the four basic areas of expression: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.

The order in which I listed the skills comes from the sequence of tasks that are given in a worldwide prestigious exam such as the TOEFL. Here, participants demonstrate their abilities by performing diverse assignments during a period of almost four hours. The exam has a cost of around $200 and it is a requirement to enter colleges in USA.

Many students overtake this language endeavor because they have gotten a scholarship, or because they are ready to study abroad under their own means. Regardless of the motivation, truth is, TOEFL will prove you abilities to the extend of being able to receive tuition in English language.

I use different resources to prepare students for this challenge: exam strategies, language knowledge and several simulation practices. Indeed, the key to get a decent score at TOEFL lays on the student’s ability to successfully understand sophisticated academic vocabulary, as well as to express themselves in written and spoken language.

A major factor is intelligibility in both written and verbal expressions. For the later, TOEFL takes into account good pronunciation, clarity and correct intonation. As for the first, students must demonstrate appropriate level of grammar and writing mechanics.

Lastly, Reading and Listening are receptive skills that can prove our understanding/reporting capabilities after the analysis of a text. To do well in these sections, we can use several resources such as note taking, transitions signal words and other language devices.

All in all, this type of exams can hugely impact on our learning experience because of the amount of language features we must use and more important, reflect upon.