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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Introduction

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I am Leslie Simonfalvi, director of the International Teacher Training & Development College in Budapest, Hungary. I am very happy to have joined this Forum and now I want to introduce myself shortly. I am a teacher and a teacher trainer. I teach English for speakers of other languages (TESOL) and train teachers to do the same. I follow the Humanistic – Person-Centered Approach to People, the Communicative Approach to the Language, and the Total Quality Education Principles to Educational Management. Presently I am most deeply involved in creating a Comprehension-Based, rather than a Knowledge-Based Society, i. e. learning environment. I was lucky enough to be invited to the 14th WCCI (World Council for Curriculum and Instruction) Conference to Pécs, Hungary in July 2010 where I presented this venture under the title: ’Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bitter Honey for a Language Teacher’, and subtitle: ’From an Educational Black Hole towards an Educational White Whole’. If any one of you is slightly interested, I would be more than happy to email you a more detailed Introduction.

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Leslie,

Please join our discussions around our community. We're looking forward to seeing your insights on many of our topics. If you are interested please start your own topics so that other educators can contribute. Welcome!

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Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

Leslie, I also teach communication and English. I would love to hear your insights and views with regard to the comprehension-based learning environment! I've tried to evolve my classroom into this, but I fear I may be the only teacher trying. Tips? Ideas? Projects? :)

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sushma sharma
Ninth - welfth grade english teacher Govt girls school Jabalpur India

Hi Leslie
welcome to our environment.I am a Lecturer,doing my work since last 26 years, teaching English as second language,successfully; as my students show satisfaction and they are complacent in the class room.What I do exactly is I get involved with them emotionally and carry them with me where they become involved with me.As it is easier to win battles by blowing emotions than to convince them(students) with logic.For this I divide my curriculum in emotional units.So I do many exercises myself.I would be enriched if I get a chance to share your views and insights about learning environment.

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Ms_Barragan
High School ESOL in Cobb County (Metro Atlanta)

Hello,

I am also an English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher. I follow the Communicative Approach to language instruction. I motivate students by making them curious about the topic. In addition, my high enthusiasm plays a part in effective instruction. Like you, I genuinely care about my students and have a good rapport with them. These make them receptive to instruction. Can my approach be called emotional approach to learning? I am also interested in learning how to divide the standards curriculum into emotional units.

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Ms_Barragan,

Welcome! We have a great community here. Please checkout our Assessment group and Social and Emotional group. They can provide a lot of resources for you.

Hubert

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