Total Physical Response (TPR) is a method used in teaching built around the co-ordination of speech and action. Here, trainee teachers came up with fun ideas of using TPR through songs! Students are sure to have lots of fun in the classroom!
It was in the Spring of 2005 that an epiphany hit me. I was contemplating several book projects of different genres – from the humorous to the ribald – when the innocent concept of youths as adventurers struck me. I had chanced upon a creative motherlode. From then on, the AdvenChaar took off. The group’s name is a pun on the terms ‘Adventure’ and ‘Chaar’. The latter means ‘Four’ in Hindi. This is a series of tales of four youngsters who get involved in adventures of various kinds.
The first book is AdvenChaar & The Treasure In the Tunnels or A4T4. It is in three parts and comprises at least 320,000 words. It is based in India, Japan, France and Singapore and spans the period between the early 1800s and the present day. In it, the young quartet seek an ancient treasure hidden inside tunnels. While uniting the descendant of a long-lost heir with this treasure, they solve clues in several languages; battle human and android villains; and guide us on the path of rightness – using humour, intelligence, logic and violence – lots of violence. Incidentally, there is a lot of humour as well.
The trilogy is written and ready except for illustrations, developmental editing and copy-checking for parts Two and Three.
Part One, ‘ADVENCHAAR, ADVENTURE!’, is being launched as a 488-page e-book. Subsequently, I will commission and release the print version based on pre-orders. The e-book for Part Two should be out later this year, while Part Three will be released as an e-book this winter.
It took me just over 10 years to plan out the entire series, which should span at least five books dealing with five different adventures.
The second adventure – AdvenChaar and The 16 Pure Annas (A4PA16) – is already in the works, with about 40,000 words written. While largely based in India, this adventure will also take the quartet to the Mediterranean, the Levant, North Africa, South-East Asia, and East Asia.
This is the launch product for HIT VEDA HOLDINGS, my Singapore- and India-based company, which will primarily deal with publishing projects and inventions of various genres.
By Kennedy Albar
Gone are the days where teachers were regarded as one who stamps his or her authority on students. On one hand, students were well disciplined. But, on the other hand, students were not able to stimulate their thinking and thus resulted in rigid and pragmatic individuals.
Here are some tips on what makes a good ESL teacher!
A wise teacher will encourage his or her students to have the liberty to have a mind of their own. ‘If a teacher is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind’. This quote by Kahlil Gibran in the book ‘The Prophet’ is fondly used by teachers as it reminds them the importance of allowing students the freedom to be able to express themselves.
- First impression counts….A LOT!
From the first dates to job interviews, how we see others during the first meeting is significant. For teachers, it starts from the moment we walk into the classroom at the start of the first lesson! Saying the right things and executing the right actions can be crucial in the ability to enhance the lessons for the rest of the term. It is also essential to make some kind of distinction between who we are individually and who we are as teachers. There is always a need to be ‘congruent’.
- To teach or to facilitate?
It is natural to assume that the role of a teacher is to teach. But, the way to teach can be so diverse. It is a form of art. Students need to be left on their own to make decisions and not always be confined to what teachers think is best. Teachers should act as facilitators, guiding students where needed.
- Teachers’ proficiency
ESL teachers are usually regarded as fun, jovial and energetic individuals. This is due to the fact that students learn the second language better in a fun and engaging way. However, teachers’ proficiency in the English language can never be compromised as students tend to general pick up everything the teacher does and assume that it is correct. Teachers should always be wary of what and how they speak.
A teacher who enjoys good rapport with the students is often perceived as a successful teacher because that means that the teacher is able to engage students in the classroom, demonstrating professionalism and leadership qualities. This will give students a sense of confidence and with that, it can result into maximised learning. With good rapport, teachers would also earn the respect of students.
There are many other things that define a good teacher.
In all, a good teacher cannot be a rigid or authoritarian individual. Rather, a good teacher is warm and loving and cares genuinely for his or her students. A good teacher obviously has to juggle many good qualities, being able to manage students and yet, be able to develop good rapport and observe students’ academic development at the same time.
British Education Centre is pleased to inform all our students that the Committee for Private Education Group has renewed our licence as a private school with four-year registration status from 19 November 2016 to 18 November 2020.
About British Education Centre
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- Diploma in TESOL — Morning Class ( CPE Registered Course / SkillsFuture Credit Approved Course)
- Diploma in TESOL — Afternoon or Evening Class ( CPE Registered Course / SkillsFuture Credit Approved Course)
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- Advanced Certificate in Teaching IELTS (ASIA)
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- Diploma in TESOL e-Learning ( CPE Registered Course / SkillsFuture Credit Approved Course)
I enjoyed every classes at BEC! There is a good mix of reading, classroom activities and presentation that aims to mould us into better teachers. The programmes are efficiently and professionally run, and the staff are always available to assist and support you in any ways that they can.
The trainer and support staff at BEC are always so supportive, encouraging and helpful! Kennedy and Yu Chin make sure that each student is comfortable in class and is managing the courses well. They have made my learning journey more fulfilling, and memorable. Thank you BEC!
Ezanne Soh - Singapore From Google Review December 9, 2018
Excellent team in place, teaching aspiring ESL teachers the right skills to pursue their passion. Every member of staff at BEC, from the trainers to administration team, are world class. If you want to be an ESL teacher, this is the place to be.
Daniel Osgodby - Singapore From Google Review December 5, 2018