Getting experience before getting a job has become a necessity. In order to get a job, you need to have worked in a job before. While this sounds like a case of Catch-22 fear not, if you do an internship you can be much more sure to find a job rather than being the one who keeps on yelling “I’m cold” in your plane wreck of a career.Continue reading “Summer Internships: a full guide”
Chinese translation dictionaryThe first app that should be on everyone’s “download shopping list” when moving to a new country is a translation dictionary. You may remember scrambling through the pages of a dictionary, trying to tell a waiter, shop assistant, desk clerk, or just someone on the street what they wanted while the other person waited patiently for you to find the exact words you needed. These translation apps take out the hassle of multiple-page flipping: Hanping This app is a great dictionary to have on your phone. It provides translations to Chinese characters and also to Pinyin. What sets it apart from other applications is that it will provide you with a selection of words that it thinks you wanted. This is because there will be several different Chinese words that technically can be used for every English word, but it will change depending on the type of person you are talking about and in terms of the sentence you are trying to say. Below are some of the app’s other features:
- Chinese character and Pinyin translations
- Find Chinese word meanings in English
- Speech recognition
- Hand writing recognition
- Translation into traditional or simplified
- Storage of your word search history
- Translating into multiple languages
- Translating entire sentences
- Photo translation
- Hand writing capacity
- Voice recognition
- Audio pronunciation of the translated words
- Free messaging
- Free photo and video sending
- Voice messages sending
- Live chat sessions with friends
- Group messaging
- A sharing “Moments” section (similar to Facebook’s Wall)
- Talk to people in your area
Online education is lower costAs online education institutes have smaller fixed costs to pay, such as campus maintenance and general location upkeep costs, they are not impelled to charge you a high price to cover these overheads. Most online courses are available at a fraction of the price of higher education institutes, yet still allow you the opportunity to further yourself and your career.
Online courses often offer more regular assessmentsBecause of the logistical problems in organising tests and examinations physically, many higher education institutes only offer examinations two or three times a year. With online courses you can have assessments on a far more frequent basis, giving you a greater gauge of how you are progressing and whether you need to put more work in or not.
You can progress on your course at your own paceBecause online education institutes understand that many people have other working commitments that they need to focus on, the courses they offer are extremely flexible and allow you to complete them in your own time. This takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders, something that is extremely helpful given that your general schedule in life may already be a bit hectic.
There will be a vast range of choices open to youHaving a huge variety of opportunities in front of you can allow you to gradually decide what it is you want to do in life and what skills you want to develop. It is common for people to be indecisive about what path they want to follow in life – online education institutes give you an incredible range of possibilities to give you a clearer idea of where you are going in life.
Online education can save you a lot of moneyOnline education is not only a money saver in terms of lower tuition fees – it can also save you daily travel costs which can run up to huge numbers at the end of the year. Being able to work from home in your own comfort also prevents you from relocating, something that can leave you paying a large amount in rent and leaving behind your home. About the Author: Aaron Jones is an online tutor for My Uni Essays. He is a huge fan of online education and sees it as the way of the future.
Bonjour. Ça va? Ça va, bien merci. Et toi? Ça va! It is a drill that many of us will remember from our own school days but, for many, modern foreign languages (MFL) weren’t first introduced until we reached Year 7 or beyond. From September 2014 if the sounds of children conversing in a foreign language aren’t already echoing around your Key Stage 2 classrooms, then they will be. As part of Michael Gove’s much flaunted (and in some quarters, castigated) National Curriculum to be introduced at the start of the 2014/15 academic year, teaching pupils a modern foreign language will become compulsory from Year 3. The aim is to reverse the falling numbers of students opting to learn a language at GCSE and also to prepare the next generation of adults for work in the global economy.
Raising the barAt present 10% of primary schools offer no language teaching despite the fact that the previous Government changed the status of MFL in primary schools to “highly recommended”. A report published in 2012 revealed that countries with high-performing education systems introduce the teaching of foreign languages at an earlier stage than in England. Ministers are keen for pupils to learn the basics in sentence structure and pronunciation before transferring to secondary schools, so that they have already acquired the foundations of the language before tackling more challenging work. The requirement for primary teachers, who tend to be non-specialists, to teach MFL may cause some concerns particularly among staff who haven’t received any foreign language teaching themselves since they left secondary school, which in some cases might have been decades ago. With the proliferation of English on the continent and the rising popularity of apps such as Word Lens, most travellers can cope quite well on foreign holidays with only a minimal knowledge of a foreign language. Some may be reassured that the Government is encouraging schools to select from a wide range of languages including French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Greek or Latin (yes, Latin); the only requirement will be for schools to teach one language only in order to promote continuity across Key Stage 2. Currently in secondary schools French, German and Spanish are the predominant languages taught, while others include Italian, Russian, Japanese and Bengali.
High-quality resourcesUndoubtedly some schools will attempt to recruit specialist language teachers to lead the teaching of the chosen language to children between the ages of 7 and 11 but for non-specialist staffs who take on this responsibility, creativity is the key to engaging the pupils’ enthusiasm. High-quality primary teaching resources are essential in order to provide teachers with the tools to deliver the curriculum effectively, such as word and picture flashcards to promote vocabulary, CDs of songs and rhymes to sing together or games to encourage conversations. Armed with primary teaching resources, teachers will gain in self-confidence by modelling the language to pupils (that’ll make the children sit up and listen!) and, as with other subjects, planning to engage the pupils by accommodating a variety of learning styles. For example, children who are strong auditory learners will be supported with songs, rhymes and listening activities. Role play combined with oral work is a great way to engage those who lean towards kinaesthetic learning while the visual learners will benefit from reading key vocabulary and linking it to pictures. Therefore a practical approach to the teaching of MFL that combines reading, writing, speaking and listening will provide pupils with an all-round introduction to the new language. Of course, if your school opts to introduce a completely new language that even the teaching staff do not know, then let the children know that it’s a shared journey of discovery. Children’s relationships with adults are often strengthened by knowing that their teachers are not all-knowing, invincible superheroes – at least, not all the time. About the Author: Paul Harper is a former school head-teacher who blogs about education, teaching and school curriculum.
Learning a new language is a fantastic goal and the sense of achievement it brings every time you further your knowledge is immense, particularly when you get to the point of being able to use your language skills to communicate in the real world. It’s not an easy thing to do though – often, becoming close to fluent can take many years and a lot of hard work, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t speed up the process by learning smartly. Here are a few tips to help you along: Continue reading “5 top tips for learning any language faster”
AssessmentIn this enthusiastic and convenient new educational era, the major stumbling block is the issues of how such digital courses are assessed. When students are at home, passing exams online, how do you know whether they are cheating? In order to have the online courses gaining value, they need a credible way of accessing students and an important part of that is preventing fraud. There is no doubt that this is the ‘web moment’ for higher education and a battle is shaping up for growing student numbers on global courses online. There is no reason to think why would not the people, who want to pass easier and have a diploma the fastest possible, try to manipulate the online system. If the main purpose of attending a course or a lecture is gaining knowledge, then it goes without saying that the when a student cheats on the exam, he or she cheats himself or herself. But still, apart from the moral, measures need to be taken to prevent misuse of the online education benefits.
- Formally supervised on-screen exams, using the website are a good option in resolving this matter. The students who pass will receive a “proctor certificate”, showing it has been achieved in an invigorated setting.
- With enough randomly generated questions, it will be possible to grade the work of tens of thousands of students at different times around the world. Students like the instant feedback of testing, as well as the interactive, multimedia online lectures that make the old-style lectures look less effective. This volume of testing depends on automated marking – and means a limit on the range of subjects and type of questions that can be examined.
- The increasing number of online students imposes also the question of having the large number of students reliably marked. Automatic marking can generate a score or a grade, but students want human feedback for certain subjects. There is no technology that can judge whether an essay has really connected with a question. Any software for assessing free-text answers requires a large amount of human intervention. Peer assessment, where students grade each others’ work, following guidelines set by the teacher allows the marking capacity to grow with the class size, but it also depends on the reliability of fellow students.