Thursday, 16 November 2017

La educación a distancia (EaD), para algunos teóricos, se perfila como la educación del futuro - ¿o del presente?
El desarrollo tecnológico, la incorporación de las TIC y la apertura hacia la sociedad del conocimiento han permitido la evolución, de la que sin duda, en el siglo XXI, se constituye como una modalidad en permanente cambio y crecimiento. En este contexto, las propuestas en línea se convierten en una estrategia que puede contribuir a la democratización de la educación, a la inclusión social de comunidades tradicionalmente marginadas del desarrollo económico y social, y a la búsqueda de alternativas para los requerimientos de los nuevos espacios de formación y mercados laborales.
Las instituciones académicas deben resignificar su rol y prácticas a la luz de las demandas de la sociedad, una sociedad que en los últimos años se ha visto permeada por cambios constantes. La EaD ha sido un claro ejemplo de experimentación y de apertura a la innovación, pues su evolución se vio directamente influida por la irrupción de Internet y las ya no tan "nuevas" tecnologías de la información y la comunicación. Los nuevos ambientes virtuales de aprendizaje mediados por TIC se nutren y a su vez participan de los cambios y nuevas tendencias de la actual sociedad global. En este contexto, es preciso detenerse y reflexionar acerca de la naturaleza de las propuestas educativas que se proponen en los medios. 
La plataforma Burlington English, su respectiva app para celulares y las video tutorías tienen el respaldo de profesionales en enseñanza de inglés. 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Ways to Share Knowledge and Receive New Language Skills

The greatest benefit from living in our times is that we can share information or knowledge easier than our grandparents could. Technologies and social media applications simplify the process of sharing and provide us with an access to any person in the world.

However, many people question their language skills and fluency level. Usually, it stops them from interacting with other learners. Hence, they mistakenly postpone speaking practice which predetermines sharing until they get enough background. Fortunately, there are always ways to begin a good talk even if you are a beginner.

1-Join a group of similar interests to train your speaking skills through social media channels like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc. If you are a beginner, small chats with other learners or native speakers will help you overcome the fear of mistakes and prompt you to switch to longer talks. 

2-Create your own YouTube channel to share useful tips about cooking, knitting, preparing cocktails, shopping or anything you are good at. It is a perfect way not only to improve your language and share your expertise but also earn extra money.

3-Find a tutor to practice your speaking skills and refining your grammar. With so many online tutoring services, you can find an Englishteacher or a tutor of any language in a few-minute search. At the beginning, communicating with a tutor is more efficient because you have someone who explains how not to repeat the same mistakes.

4-Visit speaking clubs, bars where native speakers gather and communicate. Generally, there are always those chatty people who won’t miss a chance to engage you in a long talk.

5-Try yourself as a tutor to leverage your skills to an advanced level. If you have a good intermediate or upper-intermediate level at least, then you can try to give a few lessons to other less fluent learners. Tutoring helps develop language skills faster because you are obliged to deliver high-quality lessons going deep into all the details. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

St. Patrick's Day

If you want to understand how English works, it is advisable to learn about English culture. Culture will help you understand expressions. A celebration that takes place in March is St. Patrick’s Day, a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

Learn some Irish words and phrases. The Irish have their own distinct dialect of the English language, so if you want to sound like a true Paddy on St. Patrick's day, try sprinkling some of these Hiberno-English gems into your conversation:

  • What's the craic? This phrase can be interpreted as either "How's it going?" or "What's going on?" or "What's up?" and is used in non-formal settings. Craic is a very important word in Ireland and can be used to describe your enjoyment of an event or activity, e.g "How was the party?" "Ah sure, it was great craic altogether!" Use "craic" in the correct context and you'll earn major points with the Irish.
  • Grand. Grand is another multi-purpose word in Hiberno-English. It doesn't mean large or impressive, but rather translates as "fine" or "great" depending on the context. "I'm grand" is a perfectly acceptable reply to the question "How are you?" and means the person is doing just fine. If you ask an Irish person "How did the exam go?" and they reply "It was grand" that means it went okay, it wasn't amazing, but it wasn't a disaster either.
  • Eejit. Eejit is basically the Irish word for idiot. If someone does something silly or stupid, you can comment "Ah ya big eejit!" It's not meant to be offensive, rather it's used to make fun of someone in a playful way.
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