Letting Go…Again…

 

Old doors close so new ones can open.

Don’t get stuck on what fell apart because it hurts.

Transformation requires faith, growth and letting go.

The ‘P’ Word

 

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You’ve finished your research, submitted your final papers, studied for your oral exams, passed your written exam, go before the review board and to you delight you have met all the requirements to have that coveted professional credential bestowed upon you.

When a professional receives their end degree or credential it is a rewarding time. After all the hard work, you finally have a professional voice. You set out to claim your stake in the market and become ‘known’ in one way or another. Unbeknownst to you, there are some unscrupulous, ‘bad agents’ out there looking to cash in your honorable professional credentials.

Beware of those who make a profit using the ‘P’ word-plagiarism. In this world of socially connected media platforms, limited sound bites and other means of communication, plagiarism is alive and well. Most recently this writer had an experience where a language school that was a client used an assessment and changed the content without a notification or intention to seek approval for doing so.

It might be disguised as ‘intellectual property’ in a contract so be aware that if you do sign a contract with a clause that define intellectual property make sure you fully understand all of the details because the saying goes ‘the devil is in the details’.

Online learning

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Online education, especially for grades K – 12 has become the ‘new normal’ when it comes to teaching strategies. Briefly, here are some things to take note of if you are looking for an online teaching position.

a) The reputation of the School

b) How long have they been in business

c) Are the owners or founders educators or investor

d) What are their ‘claims to fame’

e) Hiring practices

These are a few of the salient points I will expand on over the next few blog posts with the goal to provide some insights for those who might want to consider online teaching opportunities or are not sure what to expect if you are new to this sector of the education field. Please join me as I begin to talk about the growing sector in the ESL teaching profession.

Reaching Distant Shores

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI am writing to reach out to readers, young and old who have always wanted to study English in North America (Canada or the United States) but did not have the financial means to do it. My vision is to connect you with the resources and means to make your dream a reality.

The topics I plan to cover include but are not limited to:

  • Types of programs such as CEFR and others (what’s that all about?)
  • Difference between Cambridge and TOEFL
  • Scholarships
  • Visas
  • Housing
  • Foundation/Pathway Programs
  • place of historical significance
  • Living in North America in the age of tweets, blogs and burgers.

I want to connect with readers who feel it is important to their personal or professional development to become fluent in English

In the long run I hope to establish a resource and reference center that will help learners make their dream become a reality.

 

Phrasal Verbs

 

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            Definition an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.

So many; so difficult to learn to use correctly for ESL students of all ages.

Phrasal Verbs with A (partial List)

Let’s get to work with ten of the more common ones

  Phrasal Verb Definition Example
1.        account for Give a reason or an explanation. “I hope you can account for all the money you spent!”
2.        act on Take action as a result of something. “The police decided to act on the anonymous call they received.”
3.        act out Demonstrate something with gestures and actions. “The children decided to act out the scene in the classroom.”
4.        add up Make sense; seem reasonable. “She explained what happened but the details she gave just don’t add up.”
5.        agree with Have the same opinion as some else. “I agree with you. I think she deserves the award too.”
6.        aim at Direct towards a target. “The teacher told the students to aim at the target
7.        amount to Be equivalent to. “The total repair work will amount to 1200€.
8.        answer for Be held responsible for something. “Normally parents have to answer for their children’s actions.”
9.        answer to Be responsible to/be controlled by (someone) “Who do you answer to in your job?”
10.    apply for Make a formal request for something (job, permit, loan, etc.) “When he saw the advertisement, he decided to apply for the job.”

 

A word or two

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I am writing to reach out to readers, young and old who have always wanted to study English in North America (Canada or the United States) but did not have the financial means to do it. My vision is to connect you with the resources and means to make your dream a reality.

The topics I plan to cover include but are not limited to:

  • Types of programs such as CEFR and others (what’s that all about?)
  • Difference between Cambridge and TOEFL
  • Scholarships
  • Visas
  • Housing
  • Foundation/Pathway Programs
  • place of historical significance
  • Living in America in the age of tweets, blogs and burgers.

I want to connect with readers who feel it is important to their personal or professional development to become fluent in English

In the long run I hope to establish a resource and reference center that will help learners make their dream become a reality.

 

Welcome

I want to welcome you all to my website and hope you will grow with me over the coming year. Here you will be able to find accurate and important information about ESL classes, programs and more.

I am excited to have you as a reader and look forward to serving you.

Respectfully,

Jim Cathey