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Изучение английского языка. Как добиться эффекта «Wow!» [Oct. 29th, 2014|12:58 pm]
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braum85
Садясь за компьютер, слушая музыку, или просто идя в магазин – любой человек сталкивается с иностранными языками. Названия магазинов, брендов, новых товаров, книг и фильмов – все чащу от нас требуют знания второго или даже третьего языка. Но подобные неудобства существуют не только на обывательском уровне. Но если для простого гражданина незнание языков дает лишь ощущение дискомфорта, то для человека, имеющего отношение к бизнесу – это незнание подобно профессиональной дисквалификации.
Ключевым процессом развития сегодняшней экономики является прогрессирующая глобализация. Бизнес в России уже давно перестал быть локальным. И уже давно не стоят вопросы типа «необходимо ли учить языки?», «Нужны ли сотрудники со знанием иностранных языков?», «Сколько сотрудников в фирме должны владеть иностранными языками?». Вопрос сегодня есть только один: «Как наиболее дешево и качественно организовать обучение персонала иностранному языку?».
Методы обучения персонала
Поговорим про изучение английского языка, который наиболее востребован на сегодняшнем рынке. Логичным следствие подобной острой востребованности является множество способов и предложений по изучению языка. Сразу отметем самостоятельное изучение, даже за корпоративный счет. Как показывает практика, если язык нужен для профессионального общения, индивидуальные занятия, даже с носителем языка, не специализирующемся на бизнес-тематике, не могут дать необходимого уровня подготовки. Не забывайте, что ваш персонал должен изучать не столько иностранный язык, сколько язык профессионального общения. То есть, фактически, заново освоить всю систему мимики, жестов, пауз и убыстрений разговора, которой они, не задумываясь, пользуются при разговоре на родном языке, но полностью теряют при некачественном изучении английского языка, даже при роскошном словарном запасе.
Сегодня для профессионалов бизнеса есть лишь одно решение: курсы различных уровней, индивидуальные занятия и занятия в группах. Существует множество программ для изучения английского языка онлайн, но и здесь не стоит забывать о необходимых вам целях: не все школы изучения языков онлайн помогут достигнуть вам своих целей.
Последний вариант, необходимо признать, наиболее оптимален, как по качеству изучения, так и по стоимости.
Школа языков
Первая задача, которая стоит перед компанией, решившей начать обучение персонала в школе английского языка – определиться с уровнем обучающихся. Для кого-то уже необходимы курсы делового английского, для кого-то английского разговорного, для кого-то занятия с носителями языка, для кого-то изучения английского языка для начинающих или вовсе с нуля. А кому-то уже необходима подготовка к экзаменам TOEFL или IELTS.
«Репетитор по английскому», «английский с преподавателем» — именно с такого поискового запроса многие начинают поиск вариантов обучения языку. Но искать надо не преподавателя, а школу изучения английского языка, которая сможет предложить вам весь спектр услуг. Признак хорошей школы, видный сразу даже человеку, далекому от проблем обучения – широкий спектр предлагаемых услуг. Он должен заключать в себя и онлайн изучение английского языка, и обучение в офисе, и углубленное изучение, и обучение руководителей, и обучение специалистов, английский с носителем и просто английский с преподавателем. Чем шире спектр предлагаемых услуг – тем лучше школа. Второй признак качественной школы английского языка – отзывы реальных бизнесменов и менеджеров, прошедших в ней обучение. Потому что мерилом качества, в конечном итоге, служит только практика.
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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2007|11:57 pm]
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limedpanda
I am a graduating senior education major who not only is trying to start a classroom library but also give suggestions to my college for their education resource center. I have some things and title, but I am wondering if anyone knows of must haves that I should make sure to get. What are the textbooks/plays that as teachers you know that you are going to be focusing on? What are things that you can't live without in your classrooms? anything that you think a college should get in order to train students in becoming teachers in theatre and drama? Right now all of the resources that the college has in the center for theatre is a edition of collected Shakespeare's plays. Anything is welcomed! I'd love to know from people more experienced than me.
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A new challenge... [Feb. 8th, 2007|09:44 pm]
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falls2climb
Many thanks for the suggestions I received for my post a few weeks ago about middle school theatre. Today I was given a bigger challenge and I'm pretty stumped...

I have a sixth-grade student who is a quadraplegic. He is strapped to a motorized scooter, his speech is very garbled and difficult to understand, and he has a full-time aide who acts as a scribe because he can't use his hands to write. Today was his first day in my class (the first day for all the kids in his class, that is) and the aide was visibly annoyed that I had prepared a lesson plan composed mainly of in-and-out-of-seats icebreaker games. He couldn't participate at all--I had no idea that he was going to be in the class until they showed up--and I felt like the world's biggest tool. I scoured my drama game books and a number of Internet improv game sites after school looking for game ideas for tomorrow, but I'm really at a loss for age-appropriate, ability-level-appropriate activities for the class. Almost all of my games involve some type of movement that he can't do. The class as a whole is at a very basic, elementary reading/writing level, so I shy away from readers' theatre and playwriting activities for the most part; I do some verbal improv exercises, but keep it pretty basic. I only have the kids for twenty-five days, which is a pretty short time interval, but after a very long Day One, the next twenty-four days are looming long over my head.

If anyone has any suggestions on activities that a quadraplegic student can enjoy, I would be so very, very grateful. I've e-mailed several other drama teachers asking for input, but at this point I'd ask my cat if I thought she could be of any help!
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Middle school theatre challenges [Jan. 24th, 2007|05:29 pm]
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falls2climb
This is my first year teaching middle school theatre (and hopefully the only year, not my age level of choice, I taught two years of high school previous to this) and I'm encountering some large challenges with my sixth-grade classes at the moment. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be very appreciative.

At my school, all sixth-graders take five-week rotations in each elective class, including drama, so they don't get any say in what their classes will be. That's OK with me, but the middle school curriculum in my state is largely based on group learning and ensemble drama, and with the sixth grade broken up like this, my classes are from 6-14 students per rotation. Especially during flu season when so many kids are out, it's hard to find group games to accommodate only five or six kids! We don't do plays with the sixth- or seventh-grade students, because the eighth-grade musical is a big deal, kind of a rite of passage. I'm in my fourth rotation of kids at the moment, and this is the toughest one yet because half of one of my classes is made up of special education kids who literally cannot read or write yet aside from their own names. I've talked to the special ed teachers at length about this, but they're at just as much of a loss as I am. This particular group can't do vocabulary puzzles without me writing down the word beside the blank for them and letting them just rewrite it into the space (which makes the rest of the class mad--and yeah, I know it's not the rest of the class's business, but it embarrasses the special ed kids) and they're so shy that they hate participating in improv games, more than once to the point of tears. I have two weeks left with this particular class and I really don't know what in the world to do with them. I've done simple monologues with my previous sixth-grade classes, but I don't know how I can do a memorization project with a class when half of them haven't learned to read yet (which also pretty much eliminates readers' theatre). I'm really at the end of my rope. Any ideas? I'd be so grateful.
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2007|04:16 pm]
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yortikins
[Current Music |Decemberists]

I'm teaching an Acting class right now in an after-school program that's posing a bit of a challenge. I have 9 students. 4 of them are in 1st grade, 1 is in 2nd, and 4 are in 4th grade. There's such a vast difference in the developmental abilities between the 4 older kids and the 5 younger ones, that I've had a hard time finding activities that work for both. Either the older kids end up feeling like they are "too cool" for the game or the younger ones are lost and confused. I've had a few successes, but if anyone has any recommendations that might work well for both, that would be great.

More importantly, I'm having a hard time finding something they can all work on for their showcase at the end of the term. The older kids could definitely handle reading scripts and memorizing lines, but the younger ones would be much better suited towards story drama. Does anyone know of any pieces that might combine both effectively? I'm thinking about doing some sort of compilation, so if anyone has any inspiration or ideas, let me know. :-)
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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2006|11:23 am]
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ludimagist
I wanted to let this group know that The Last Frontier Theatre Conference is currently accepting submissions.

I attended both this past summer and the summer of 2005 and both times were some of my best experiences as a writer in my adult life.

Details are on the conference site (linked above) and my experiences are on the journal entries I linked to.

I highly recommend this experience to any and all playwrights and actors.

X-Posted to playwrights
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theatre credential [Aug. 14th, 2006|12:07 pm]
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betsy31676
Hoping someone can help answer this question for me. I am looking to obtain my theatre teaching credential. I know that the states that offer this are limited, but that is the certification that I want. At one time I came across a list online, but of course, now I cannot find it. currently I know that North Carolina and California offer the credential, does anyone know of the other states. And even more importantly, can anyone recommend a program?
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(no subject) [Jul. 17th, 2006|04:51 pm]
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amberjel
If anyone has any scrap gels (any color) that they would like to donate to the Amanda-keeping-her-job-fund, it would be greatly appreciated. Leave me a comment. THanks!
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2006|01:22 pm]
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yortikins
I know a lot of people here work as teachers in public or private schools, but I was wondering if anyone here works for an Arts Education nonprofit organization. If so, I'd be interested in talking to you about a project I am work on. Let me know... Thanks!
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Masters Programs [Jun. 16th, 2006|11:46 pm]
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kathyselden
I am currently pursuing my BA in Theatre Arts (Performance Emphasis) with Teacher Licensure and hope to teach high school theatre. I know a lot of high schools encourage (and sometimes even pay for) teachers to obtain their masters -- are these preferred to be M of Ed or MFA's or... what? I'm currently at Greensboro College and am interested in pursuing my MFA in Acting (instead of a Masters of Ed) after graduation, hence why I'm asking.
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