Category: Learning and Skills Development

KU Training Day

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

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Developing Life Skills through Emotional Literacy

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

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Aspects on Emotional Intelligence

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.

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Benefits of studying a technical career

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

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Assessment: Show What You Know!

“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

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Schools and the proper use of technology

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

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Use of Technology at Work

Book Review: 21st Century skills

About the authors Bernie Trilling is founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors and the former global director of the Oracle Education Foundation. He has participated in different organizations which work on the development of 21st-century methodologies. Charles Fadel founded the Center for Curriculum Redesign and has worked in a variety of educational projects

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Facing the 21st Century Education

by Erick Mariano Izaguirre “Why do I need to study this? What for do I need to know this? How is this going to help me in the future?” Do these questions sound familiar to you? If you are a teacher, you must have heard these questions dozens of times. Decontextualized new content usually leads

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Words beyond Rote Learning

By Yara Torrez Without words, there is no communication. One of the primary objectives of a language learner is and should be to increase their vocabulary, but how? The teacher plays a vital role in this matter. There is a wide array of activities instructors can carry out to teach new words. In our classes,

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Blended Learning: Using technology in and beyond the language classroom

Pete Sharma & Barney Barrett Macmillan Publishers Limited Oxford, England   Review Blended Learning introduces teachers into the use of technology inside and outside the classroom. Though there is no doubt about the role of technology in our classrooms, it is rather a challenging task to search, combine, and take advantage of all the variety

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E-Papers: Teachers’ Treasure Trove

By James Cordonero  When it comes to using realia in an English class, there is no other resource more updated, readily available, and abundant than online news. Nevertheless, teaching a news-based lesson is not just a matter of attaching a link to Edmodo and sending an article for students to read or merely asking them

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Fostering Creativity in the EFL Classroom

Albert Einstein said that creativity is intelligence having fun, thus the essential meaning of creativity entails the concept of producing something new, innovative, unique, and original, as much as it is related to flexibility, adaptability, and versatility. Creativity has been defined as an ability to generate new things (Gomez, 2016), and bringing imagination and ideas

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Talent Management vs HR

Adapted and condensed from the article by Susan M. Heathfield (2016), ‘What Is Talent Management – Really?’ For those of us who are not so acquainted with the term “talent management”, it is a phrase used in the area of human resources to refer to a company’s or “organization’s commitment to recruit, retain, and develop the

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