“Vampires! Zombies! Werewolves!”
Thank goodness for prepositions. Imagine not knowing where the danger lay….
Prepositions tell us where or when something is in relation to something else. When monsters are sneaking up, it’s good to have these special words to tell us where those monsters are: are they behind us or in front of us; are they near or far; will they be arriving in three seconds or at midnight?
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By: Bruce D Price
There are two ways to teach children to read.
The wrong way: Whole Word advocates say children should memorize the shapes of words just as the Chinese memorize their ideograms. English has FAR too many words for this approach to even be considered. Furthermore, every English letter and word appears in a truly staggering number of variations. Even if a child memorizes “bright,” it’s not likely that the child would recognize “BRIGHT” or even “bright.”
In practice, Whole Word ends up being a Ponzi scheme. Initially, there appears to be success. By memorizing several dozen sight-words, a child can seem to be reading little books. The bitter reality, however, is that things never get faster or easier. There’s no breakthrough. Even if an industrious child could master 1000 words, that child would still be functionally illiterate. The vast majority of the English language remains terra incognita. Just as troublesome, the words the child supposedly knows are rarely known with genuine automaticity. Sight-word readers typically stumble, hesitate and sweat as they try to remember the meanings. (For more on why sight-words are a dead-end, see “42: Reading Resources” on Improve-Education.org.)
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By: Hutcherson Jenny W.
It takes both practice and interest to improve your command of English. There are many words to learn and phrases to get familiar with. Without the right mind set, it is close to impossible for you to reach the desired goals. The good news, however, is that there are simple ways to improve your vocabulary.
It takes both practice and interest to improve your command of English. There are many words to learn and phrases to get familiar with. Without the right mind set, it is close to impossible for you to reach the desired goals. The good news, however, is that there are simple ways to improve your vocabulary. The consideration of the following steps could be helpful in achieving the desired command. Continue reading Simple Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
East Asia agrees to boost education
Sri Wahyuni, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta | World | Fri, July 06 2012,
East Asian countries have agreed to adopt an action plan to improve the quality of education in the region, a summit has concluded.
The so-called EAS Education Action Plan, agreed by 18 country representatives attending the first East Asian Education Ministers Summit Meeting (EAS EMM) inYogyakarta on Thursday, mapped the direction of the agreement.
“We consider this as a milestone because this is the first EAS EMM we ever held,” Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh told a press conference.
Nuh said that the action plan, to be completed by 2015, would include 13 education projects.
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