What is writing and why do we need to learn to write? These are two questions that many ESL learners usually ask whenever an instructor tells them, they will write. According to the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina “Writing is an interesting and challenging act—one that is rich, complex, and valuable.” Writing
This workshop allowed participants to learn and use practice-based strategies and interactive techniques to make creativity part of their toolbox and enhance the lesson and students’ outcomes. The techniques and strategies apply to different skills, levels, and ages. The workshop started with an activity called “Cocktail Party”, in which participants shared personal information and knew
How can technology make the English classes more dynamic, meaningful, and authentic? During last year’s KU Training Day, this particular workshop started with quotes from famous people who had made predictions about technology which turned out to be false. The projections claimed that technology would replace teachers and revolutionize education. These predictions hooked the audience
A person’s life involves solving problems and deciding on the best possible solution(s) to them. Our students are bound to face this scenario shortly, and our job as teachers is to help them cope with solving problems. The workshop has a primary purpose of challenging the participants to prove that a problem exists, explain the
The “Problem-solving Activities” workshop delivered during our annual KU Training Day last year, aimed at sharing and implementing 21st-century practices in every classroom, as well as, adapting or creating an activity that contains the four main 21st century skills. To start with the training, participants got to know each other, and they had to solve
Roxane Gay wrote that “Social media is something of a double-edged sword. At its best, social media offers unprecedented opportunities for marginalized people to speak and bring much-needed attention to the issues they face.” Gay also added that “At its worst, social media also offers ‘everyone’ an unprecedented opportunity to share in collective outrage without
The Language Institute’s Training Day was held this past November 2017, with full attendance at our Managua offices. A wide range of topics were discussed, including student engagement techniques, teacher tools, and 21st century skills among many others. Were you there?
The International Language Institute hosted the yearly KU Training Day, in which a new generation of graduates received their Instructor Certificates. It’s the most relevant institutional event of the year, in which new solutions are brought forward to the many challenges of English teaching in Nicaragua. Take a look at the topics that were discussed
From the perspective of an English teacher, in today’s world, we need to educate students emotionally to be better equipped for social and emotional challenges. However, these challenges rather than being measured by EQ tests are skills that we can teach, and students can learn inside and outside the classroom. In my case, I address
What are some of the advantages of emotional intelligence? It can improve your leadership skills, boost your decision-making capabilities, and reduce stress, among many other benefits. In today’s world, emotional intelligence (or EQ) has garnered attention, since it is fundamental for self-improvement, at home or at the workplace. Take a look at our infographic for
Having a good understanding of the many aspects of emotional intelligence can make a huge difference between failure and success at work, at school, or even at home. The following infographic gives us a quick overview of the different factors, traits and types of emotional intelligence.
The Business Dictionary defines a professional as a “Person formally certified by a professional body or belonging to a particular profession by having completed a required course of studies and/or practice”. And whose competence can usually be measured against an established set of standards.” The term professional is commonly used to refer to a person
“I read through the whole textbook and found a word that was only used once. I was sure the students wouldn’t know it!” Lillian, a teacher trainer in Peru, was explaining her conversation with a teacher who had written a test for his English students. “But,” Lillian asked, “Why would you choose to test the
The issue of digital citizenship has become a relevant topic to discuss at school. Should it be a subject in our schools? Who is in charge of teaching all the elements involved in the responsibility of using technology, parents or teacher? Are we aware of the risks that technology involves for learners? Problems such as