Archive | June, 2012

Five ways to build international bridges

18 Jun

Click here and listen to how you can become a Conversation Assistant and help building International Bridges…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EGqoVk3nFQ

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Learn about Pikifriends…. let’s collaborate (Isn’t that the core message of BIB?)

9 Jun
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I’ve learned much about how to engage students with the lesson plans at PikiFriends.

I’ve had some requests from readers of my other sites  www.GuideontheSide.com and TransformTeaching.org to explain the principles of “lecturing less” and becoming a guide on the side.   The key principles are

a)  listening to what students want to learn

b)  sharing with students the research about what experts think will be needed by employees and workers of the future

c)  taking time to link students to “collaborative skills.”   Show students that they don’t need to re-invent the wheel, just collaborate with others.

For example, the BIBPenpals work connects nicely with Dominos For Schools and the work of PikiFriends.

Here’s a link that I suggest to teachers and students:

http://pikifriends.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/lesson-plan-becoming-clickable/

I’m impressed with the organization and passion of the lessons on this site.  I’m going to recommend that teachers who take my courses look at pikifriends.wordpress.com.     Steve McCrea    trainer.   www.EdutechFoundation.net  and  www.TransformTeaching.org
 
 
Send more suggestions to BIBPenpals@yahoo.com.   
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Building International Bridges    +1 954 646 8246  if you want to chat.  
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“What type of American English is most acceptable?”

9 Jun

See the following question.

A student asks what English most U.S. people consider to be the most acceptable within the union.
 
 

1)  The word “union” is quaint and sophisticated.  “These United States” eventually became, “The United States,” suggesting one piece.  The questioner is possibly a student of history.

2)  The short answer is “Tom Brokaw.”   A longer answer appears below:

 

not Southern
not Boston
not valley girl california
not Texas
not New Joisey   (New Jersey)
not NOOOO yawk
not WisCON shin    wis CAAAAHN sin   
 
Ask a central question: Who makes a good news reader?   Tom Brokaw,  Jane Pauley, …
 
 Midwest without the open “GAAAAD” when they say “God.”     
Another newsreader = Brian Williams… born in Ridgeway, New Jersey.   Some people from New Jersey can avoid a strong accent.
 
 The important parts to keep are a clear RRR sound and to make sure the word DOG and SAW have the same vowel sound.  … and HOT DOG needs to have two separate sounds.   You can learn more at http://www.BestEnglishSite.com or by searching for a pronunciation video.   http://www.Youtube.com/FreeEnglishLessons and look for “It Sounds Like”…
 
Questions?  Write to BIBPenpals@yahoo.com
 

 

“What type of American English is most acceptable?”

9 Jun

See the following question.

A student asks what English most U.S. people consider to be the most acceptable within the union.
 

1)  The word “union” is quaint and sophisticated.  “These United States” eventually became, “The United States,” suggesting one piece.  The questioner is possibly a student of history.

2)  The short answer is “Tom Brokaw.”   A longer answer appears below:

not Southern
not Boston
not valley girl california
not Texas
not New Joisey   (New Jersey)
not NOOOO yawk
not WisCON shin    wis CAAAAHN sin
Ask a central question: Who makes a good news reader?   Tom Brokaw,  Jane Pauley, …
 Midwest without the open “GAAAAD” when they say “God.”
Another newsreader = Brian Williams… born in Ridgeway, New Jersey.   Some people from New Jersey can avoid a strong accent.  [Brian Williams and Matt Lauer, both newsreaders, did not complete university.  Interesting…]
 The important parts to keep are a clear RRR sound and to make sure the word DOG and SAW have the same vowel sound.  … and HOT DOG needs to have two separate sounds.   You can learn more at http://www.BestEnglishSite.com or by searching for a pronunciation video.   http://www.Youtube.com/FreeEnglishLessons and look for “It Sounds Like”…
Questions?  Write to BIBPenpals@yahoo.com