Do not study spoken English, just experience it.

Every day starts the same way: ,,I know English words and grammar, but I can’t speak it, that’s what the majority of my contacts say. I am sure that 99% of the readers of this article have the same problem. I will tell you that this problem is the fault of wrongly selected learning tactics and wrongly selected books. Maybe your longtime dream has been to learn spoken english but the, mistake is made when you think you can learn it, the only way to reach fluency is to experience the language with the culture.

How can a book teach you English when it contains a limited amount of information and when the dialogues are so unpredictable? When I ask this question, instead of answering, they turn the question back to me:,, what do you offer us? If the old way of acquiring knowledge – books, is not useful, what is useful for learning? I answer this question, once again, that language knowledge is an acquired intelligence, which can be perfected with the help of the environment and experience. Taking into account the above information, from a scientific point of view and perception, language learning is divided into two categories:

1-Using the environment

The environment in which a person lives is completely different from the environment in which another individual lives. Therefore, the primary experience that a person has in the period of infancy is the perception of the environment and the memorization of the simple words that can be visualized. Although there may be 100 people living in one country, everyone’s house: the bathroom, the color of the walls, the floor or the layout of the rooms are individual. Family: The members of the family, their personal and external characteristics are different, without going on too much, the habitat in which the subject lives and the people with whom he has daily contact, are necessarily the first “guidelines” for his learning, just like for an infant. Why should you start improving your English speaking from the dialogue in a book where someone Jack tells about his studies, which he repeatedly took in London, or why should you start learning English by studying the sights of London? I know we’ve all had at least one lesson in a book about this topic, and then when we want to order in a restaurant, we can’t explain to the waiter in English that you’re allergic to peanuts, and you’ll just die. It makes sense to learn about environmental conditions, people, general habits, and life English through daily practice rather than books.

Now in this part I will talk entirely about experience, there is no way to bring the language to perfection without daily use of the language and introduction into everyday life. This part is called reasoning – one of the greatest human talents that separates and differentiates us from animals is the ability to reason, if your goal is to improve conversational English, forget the English classes you attend, and the homework you spend several hours on, from this moment you speak and reason in English. Discuss everything in English, think about everything in English, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a store or at a party, whatever you think in your first language, think and discuss in English, if you don’t have enough words, save it in your phone and look it up later and remember it.

Observing an Art Educator

Observing an Art Educator

Ms. Hodgson is an art educator in the 12th class who teaches a general visual course to 20 students. She is a young teacher who was inspired to share her passion of art with others; therefore, she chose the profession to communicate with youth and develop the feeling of aesthetics in them. Ms. Hodgson graduated from the OLV High School and Nipissing University and obtained Bachelor in Fine Arts, which allowed her to teach in middle and high schools. In addition, she ended her studies last year, so the class under observation is her first experience in the educator’s role. In this way, the assignment helped identify main mistakes that inexperienced teachers commit in the choice of educational methods and communication with students.

Ms. Hodgson believes that the role of a teacher is to provide students with information and encourage them to use their creativity for the development of new forms. Consequently, such purpose can be fulfilled through the combination of theoretical and practical stuff and home assignments that encourage learners to create their own pieces of art. Ms. Hodgson states that she wants each person to feel himself or herself as an artist during the class, so after the course, they know in which sphere of art they want to develop further. Therefore, the pedagogue is full of hopes and believes that students would devote their lives to art after the end of the course.

During a personal conversation, Ms. Hodgson describes her own insight concerning a great teacher. She states that a tutor of art should also be an artist; otherwise, he or she is not able to transmit feelings that one gets in the process of creation. The teacher emphasizes that a pleasure that one acquires working on a project and from seeing his or her creation is a mowing power that makes people return to art. In this way, she is persuaded that a good teacher should concentrate on practice. Talking about the course, she specified that one should teach students how to create visual forms and include some intention in them.

From the biography of the teacher, one can say that she does not have much practice of working with students; consequently, she might face difficulties that every teacher experiences stepping in front of the class. Besides, the ideas and expectations of the pedagogue demonstrate that she is more concerned about the spiritual side of the educational outcomes from the class than the informational load. In addition, Ms. Hodgson also neglects the importance of knowledge about art in favor of creativeness. In this way, the expectations before the classes are that she concentrates on visual images and their perception.

The classroom for the visual course does not distinguish from a regular class. Desks are located in two rows, while the teacher’s table is put aside. Therefore, a tutor does not have access to all students while sitting and is encouraged to stand up and communicate with the audience. The classroom is clean and simple so that one cannot see any creative elements in there. 70% of Ms. Hodgson class represents girls and 30% comprises boys. The learners sit in a mixed order that helps organize teamwork. The teacher provides each student with a pixel glass and a sketch notebook for a class, while the classroom also includes a projector and a laptop that allow Ms. Hodgson to show videos and presentations to the students.

The two classes of Ms. Hodgson analyzed for the assignment were devoted to editing. She started the first class with attendance list, then she used the video about printing to describe its history and modern techniques that widely used in arts. Besides, the teacher provided a brief description of the materials that are used in the process. During the second class, she showed a demo on editing. Then, Ms. Hodgson devoted some time to making sketches and finished the class with the individual discussion, including her thoughts on the matter.

The classes consist of three or four parts that refer to different activities; therefore, the students can improve themselves from different perspectives. Nevertheless, the location of the objects in the room is one of the problems for the class, as for example, during the discussion, some students are excluded since they sit far from the teacher. In addition, comments to other students’ responses are limited as far as an eye contact is not possible. In this way, a room for a visual arts class should correspond to the types of activities and encourage students to stay attentive that is not the case in the current high school.

Ms. Hodgson uses video that refers to the combination of visualization and listening method since the information that the students acquire from the source is supported by images on the screen. Besides, she devotes time to discussions that allow students to study through the share of their personal experiences and knowledge. In addition, practical assignments, such as sketches, belong to learning through doing, which is the most effective method of studying. Consequently, if such methods are applied correctly, a teacher should reach great results.

The class management techniques that Ms. Hodgson uses include ensuring group communication and share of experience by students. Besides, she prohibits to use any unnecessary electronic devices that distract students from the content. However, in general, class management is weak if to evaluate the behavior of students. For example, when Ms. Hodgson warned some girls that they might get a detention for chatting during the class, they did not stop their activity and disregarded the message. Apart from that, some of the students sitting in the behind rows where sleeping during the video as far as it was too long. Some were talking about everyday topics, while the interaction during the discussion was poor since the students were not interested in the participation. Moreover, boys and girls were hugging, while Ms. Hodgson was doing a demo. The reaction to warnings was groaning sounds. As a result, one can see that students do not respect their teacher and behave as they like feeling no responsibility for their actions. Consequently, observations from the class confirm that Ms. Hodgson has a poor class management.

Ms. Hodgson tries to motivate learners with the help of content; nevertheless, she does not manage to reach her purpose since some students are not interested in the class and use it as a free time for themselves. In some parts, one can get a feeling that the tutor realizes the situation in the class but does not know how to improve it. Consequently, one can assume that the state of affairs during the two visited classes was similar to the rest.

The discussion in the class is based on two topics. First, the teacher asks about the content of the video and theoretical knowledge that the learners should have as a background. Second, during the part where the students talk about their sketches, Ms. Hodgson asks about techniques so that she encourages the people to share their preferences. Such part is imaginative since others have to visualize provided descriptions and guess how they can look like. However, the discussion is relatively short in comparison to the entire duration of the class; therefore, the majority of time is devoted to the perception of the information that does not involve any creative activity.

The central outcome of this qualitative research is that the most significant part of every class is the engagement of students in it. Ms. Hodgson fails to get attention; therefore, an amount of intentional and acquired knowledge differs. Consequently, a teacher should not only see artists in his or her students but also consider them as an audience that wants content of high quality. Besides, another observation is that the classroom should correspond to the purpose of the class. For example, in the case of visual arts, all students should see the screen and be able to interact between themselves since discussion and practical part are more important than a theoretical base. In addition, a teacher should constantly communicate with students and offer interesting claims for discussion or some statements directed towards creative thinking. Therefore, the students should pay attention to the class and be willing to contribute to it.

To conclude, the observation of Ms. Hodgson demonstrates that she commits many mistakes that reduce the effectiveness of her classes. During the interview, she speaks about the higher purpose of the class and inspiration of students for arts, but at the same time, she fails to communicate with them and ensure the contact. For instance, a long video does not have any outcome since students are bored from watching it and switch to other activities. Therefore, a teacher should not forget about his or her purpose to educate others instead of talking about personal passion. He or she should act as a helper for students to realize their interests; thus, the individual work is highly appreciated as far as people distinguish, while everybody should gain profit from the course. Consequently, a teacher should develop a mixed approach that would pay attention to the individual needs of students and make the class interesting for them.

What Might Be Next In The Economy?

Since, we don’t have a crystal ball, it is impossible to predict, accurately, the future! This is especially true, when, it comes to economic issues, including investment, real estate, interest rates, inflationary pressures, government actions, international factors, etc. What are the ramifications of inflation, recession, interest rates, Federal Reserve Bank decisions, etc? How can one, hedge – his – bet, in order to minimize unnecessary risks, while receiving a quality return, also? There is no simple answer, because so many factors, have significant influences. With, that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine and review potential factors, in order to help readers, have a more – complete understanding of the possibilities.

1) Interest rates: We have experienced a prolonged period of historically – low – interest rates. This has created easy money, because the cost of borrowing is so low. Both individuals and corporations have benefited, at least, in the immediate- term, permitting home buyers to purchase more house, because their monthly charges, are low, due to low mortgage rates. Corporate and government bonds, and banks, have paid low returns. It has stemmed, inflation, and created a rise in home prices, we haven’t witnessed, in recent memory. The Federal Reserve Bank has signaled they will be ending this propping – up, and will also raise rates, probably three times, in 2022. What do you think that will cause.

2) Auto loans, consumer loans, borrowing: The auto industry has been, significantly, impacted by supply chain challenges. When rates rise, auto loans and leases, will be more costly.

3) THis pattern began after the Tax Reform legislation, passed at the end of 2017, which created the initial, new, trillion dollars deficits

4) Government spending, caused by the financial suffering and challenges, because of shut downs, etc, because of the pandemic, created trillions more in debt. Unfortunately, debt must be eventually addressed.

5) Perception and attitude: The past couple of years,apparently, created a public perception, plus many fears, with a crippling economic impact.

Either, we begin to plan, effectively, and with common sense and an open – mind, many will be at – risk. Wake up, America, and demand better leadership, service and representation.

Some Dangers From Pandemic Fatigue

Open your Bible to 1 Thessalonians 4:1 it says… Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. Go ahead and highlight that scripture.

Will you trust God to teach you in the way you should go? You need wisdom to live for His righteousness, His love and devotion to Christ Jesus. You see, you have to develop the habit of listening to God. He may give you direction you have never had before. Like what? God wants you under the influence of His Word. God wants you to live by godly principles in His Word.

God wants you to give Jesus first place! This is vital for your Christian walk! Jesus is your connection to the throne of God. You see, in this world, it is very easy to become distracted from God. Many people follow some other path apart from God’s will. But the foundation of all spiritual truth is obedience to God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible tells you to praise the Lord! He is truly worthy of worship. Love no one not even yourself – more than you love God. Every morning you should be asking God to fill you with His presence. You want to be filled by the Spirit so that you’re led by Him. You love the Word, study the Word and learn the Word. Why? To live your life to please God. His Word is true wisdom for you to walk in His instructions.

If you want to live your life to please God give His Word a place of first priority! Scriptures will come alive on the inside of you. You’re knowing God for yourself and the importance of being led by the Spirit of God. Many people won’t like the new you, but you’re not living to please people, you’re living to please God.

You don’t need people approval when you have God’s approval! You want the praise of God more than the praise of people. Quit worrying about what everyone thinks and do what God has put in your heart.

God will put a new testimony in your mouth! You may think there is a lot wrong with you, but there is also a lot right with you. God is continually shaping and molding into the person He wants you to be. Stop focusing on what you can’t do, and start focusing on what God can do.

Serve God and worship Him and continue to seek His will. How? You have to establish a passionate relationship with God’s Word. Believe His Word, trust His Word, study His Word, thank Him for His Word. But always remember the devil will do everything he possibly can to lure you away from God. The devil does not want you to grow in the knowledge of King Jesus.

Many people never seriously read the Bible! But you need to be a student of God’s Word and doer of God’s ways. Be a Christian that reads scripture and prays. The Holy Spirit won’t adjust to you, you must adjust to Him! Use your voice to worship Him and lift up the name of Jesus! Now, raise your hands and say, “I live to please God, more and more!”