I had been in the teaching profession for many years teaching students coming from different cultures.

Location Philippines



  • Thanks for all these great lessons

  • Ni hao!
    Wo jiao Sofia. Wo shi philippine ren
    Hen gaoxing ren shi ni

  • Thanks for the insights

  • Thanks for the review I got from @ Sinphaxay Thongsombath.

  • I'm working in China currently so I want to learn mandarin.

  • Sharing with you my essay:

  • SOFIA AFIDCHAO made a comment

    Thank you. the essay writing activities are great!

  • The criteria for organisation and ideas are achieved. I was just thinking if he could have added some statistical evidence to his claims to make it more convincing.

  • Essay Plan:
    Background: Baguio City - The most visited city in the Philippines. It's the summer capital of the Philippines. It has cool weather with an altitude of 5100 feet. Its located at 1600 meters above sea level and nestled within the mountain range.
    Thesis Statement: Why Baguio is the summer capital of the Philippines.
    Paragraph 1

  • The diagram is indeed helpful in mapping out the ideas: which to include and not to include

  • SOFIA AFIDCHAO made a comment

    thank you for the learnings.

  • To help my students remember the linking words, I let them use the code: FANBOYS - for, and, neither, but, or, yet, so

  • There are more than 7000 islands in the Philippines.
    There is a dearth of trees now to give space to buildings.

  • SOFIA AFIDCHAO made a comment

    Thank you for the inputs and suggestions. The activities and quizzes are very helpful.

  • Discuss the reasons why learning the English language is important. I have chosen this topic because I have a good background in it and it has a general significance.

  • Very good suggestion.

  • Ni hao. Wo shi Sofia. Wo shi philippine ren. Wo shi laoshi. Hen gaoxing ren sheni.

  • Hi. I'm Sofia, currently working in China. I'm hoping to improve my Chinese language with this course.

  • SOFIA AFIDCHAO made a comment

    One thing I learned from this weeks lesson is to understand the essay question before developing the content. Thanks

  • I'm from the Philippines, "The pearl of the orient seas", where you can find over 7,000 islands, fine beaches and coastlines.
    In the past, these islands, beaches, seas, and coastlines were guilelessly pristine. People would relish their beauty and charm. Nowadays it's sad to note that most of these islands and waters have been polluted brought about by the in...

  • His essay has improved.

  • Content: his ideas are evidenced by his actual observation and his knowledge of his country's history. These evidence gain for him trust from his readers.
    Organization: I think he has to work on his connectors as he develops his essay to make the transition from one point to another easier to follow.
    Language: he has to check on his word choice, spelling,...

  • There are a lot of things to talk about the past and the now of my country though I would zero in the culture of learners as this has a great impact on me as a teacher.
    In the past, students are more focused, critical, and follow instructions without any hint of grumbling. Today, learners are faced with a lot of distractions more so those from technology. I...

  • I'm both a teacher and researcher. I teach writing but I never really considered myself as a writer. Joining this course I believe will help me fill in the gaps of my writing skills.

  • A. Items to include:
    1. Learning objectives for direction
    2. Links to other subjects, careers, and local links to the real world.
    3. Practical or contextualised activities.
    B. Items not to include:
    1. Timings
    2. Prescribed assessments and activities
    A factor that influenced my choice: Our curriculum is test-driven, hence learning is focused on...

  • star: straightforward curriculum linking learning to real-life situations
    star: free implementation of teaching strategies according to students' level of proficiency.
    wish: To teach to the construct instead of to the test.

  • Thank you for these well - mapped pointers. They are indeed important reminders.

  • Base on the result of the entry test my students have different proficiency levels: pre-intermediate and beginner.

  • At the beginning of classes, I require my students to fill in their "profile cards". These help me to get some information to understand and relate with them better.

  • I see my learners are getting more confident in expressing themselves. I think this is because of my continued reassurance that "It's ok to make mistakes".

  • yes..this is also what i usually do. Giving an opportunity for student to self-correct their errors and it usually works.

  • Since i teach ESL, visual images are always an ingredient in my lesson. i deliver my lessons through power point presentation so all these pictures, video, and audio are easily embedded.

  • Great resource material. I use visual images to teach vocabulary. I also use pictures for speaking activities, where I show each group a picture with different settings and personas. The group will put life to the people in the picture by creating dialogues according to the situatuation suggested in the picture, then they act it out in the class.

  • We do role plays and group works. Pair work is not feasible due to our big class population.

  • I asked my students to write a narrative essay since we just reconvened after the mid- autumn holidays. I mapped out the features needed including stating purpose of the essay, and including the three important parts of the essay. In each part,I asked questions to guide them. For language, I reminded them to use the past tense of the verb which they learned...

  • I never tried recording my feedback. I think this is interesting and I would like to try it.

  • The essay has the basic parts of an essay: introduction, body, conclusion. Background information is provided which I think is important to pursuade the reader. The conclusion is straightforward but has a strong impact on the reader.

  • Thanks for this. I usually just do the 'building.. and modelling...then to individual constructing...' due to time constraints. But as presented here I think it's best to do all the steps..

  • SOFIA AFIDCHAO made a comment

    Thank you. Awaiting for more courses from you.

  • SOFIA AFIDCHAO made a comment

    I would follow through the explicit vocabulary instructions, focusing on active practice. Thank you for all the learnings and enlightenment.

  • thanks for sharing the PPT.

  • i usually use the Frayer model and word association which is similar to word mapping. I would like to try the Paint chart model.

  • I usually do this by asking students to fill in their vocabulary charts with these categories: words I know, words I know a little, and words I don't know. These give the students a chance to play an important role in vocabulary instruction which is often times only given to the teacher to do.

  • Thanks for the illustration. But I'm still not confident with how to categorize between useful and important words. Actually even in the illustration, Rebecca was saying "... put bide in difficult words but I think it’s a really useful word". The term "useful" and "important" here are a little tricky. I hope you can give a more concrete example or non-example...

  • How do you exactly put these methods in the teaching process? is this a teacher or student tasks?

  • I didn't know that reading aloud is one strategy to teach vocabulary.