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Ethos and exploitation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hazel Owen May 1, 2015. 4 Replies

I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was…Continue

Tags: Exploitation, Students, International, Migrants

Does ESOL teaching pay?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Makutu Jun 10, 2015. 1 Reply

I want to share my exciting…Continue

Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL

To Host or to be a Guest?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hazel Owen Mar 4, 2014. 1 Reply

To be a good teacher, one learns by being an observer. Then on that dreaded day, you become the novice teacher with someone observing every move you make. You get lots of critical feedback and with…Continue

Tags: eLearning, Radio

Is radio a good medium for teaching English?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adon Kumar Feb 4, 2014. 2 Replies

This year I decided to give back something FREE to the migrant community. So I am hosting my own Radio program called…Continue

Tags: elearning, Radio, Migrants, English, ESP

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Lorraine Makutu replied to Adon Kumar's discussion Does ESOL teaching pay?
"What an amazing journey you have begun! Obviously you have made a connection which has only made your journey better. We need to make connections in order for us to be able to understand why and how we teach. Sometimes it is as they say devine…"
Jun 10, 2015
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Jun 10, 2015
Adon Kumar replied to Adon Kumar's discussion Ethos and exploitation
"A new law has been passed today to protect migrant workers. "Under the new law, employers who exploit temporary workers could face hefty jail sentences or fines of up to $100,000. Employers here on residence visas who exploit migrant workers…"
Apr 30, 2015
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Ethos and exploitation

I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was shared. It made one's stomach turn.Then I reflected on some of the stories a number of my migrant students shared with me. This prompted me to ask a question at that meeting - "Why focus on employers? Aren't some educational providers also exploiting migrant students?" Aren't some schools simply…See More
Apr 30, 2015
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Adon Kumar replied to Adon Kumar's discussion Ethos and exploitation
"Thanks Hazel for your quick research on the topic and comments. Yes I am familiar with Ms Ranson's article. Even today there is a news item in the papers about a restaurant being fined heavily for migrant exploitation but the company has gone…"
Mar 31, 2015
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Ethos and exploitation

I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was shared. It made one's stomach turn.Then I reflected on some of the stories a number of my migrant students shared with me. This prompted me to ask a question at that meeting - "Why focus on employers? Aren't some educational providers also exploiting migrant students?" Aren't some schools simply…See More
Mar 31, 2015
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Does ESOL teaching pay?

I want to share my exciting teaching story with you. Earlier in January 2015, I received a text on my mobile phone from a total stranger asking me whether I would be willing to offer private tuition to a Chinese tourist. I said OK, Two Chinese gentlemen came to see me and asked me about my skills and experience. Then they wanted…See More
Jan 31, 2015
Adon Kumar commented on Adon Kumar's blog post Learning through Online Manuals
"Thanks Hazel for your comments. Good to hear about your first pre-interview task. You asked me a few questions, so let me respond. I was asked to create the User manual in MS Word but I did have to use some advanced MS Word features such as Figures,…"
Jun 3, 2014
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Jun 2, 2014
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Learning through Online Manuals

Did you notice something when you bought your new techy gadget? You open the brand new box and with it comes a hard copy manual. You find it very useful because you are excited with your purchase and want to know how to use your new tablet or electronic device. After the first use of that paper manual, you file it away and it…See More
May 31, 2014
Hazel Owen liked Adon Kumar's discussion To Host or to be a Guest?
Mar 3, 2014
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To Host or to be a Guest?

To be a good teacher, one learns by being an observer. Then on that dreaded day, you become the novice teacher with someone observing every move you make. You get lots of critical feedback and with experience you eventually become a good teacher.The same principle applies when we start using technologies. We "play" with the applications and try them out in a small way in our classes. Soon other teachers come to you for assistance thinking you must be the expert. You gladly pretend to be one.…See More
Feb 27, 2014
Adon Kumar replied to Adon Kumar's discussion Is radio a good medium for teaching English?
"Thanks Hazel. Anyone can  listen to my lessons now or anytime on the Web at http://www.planetaudio.org.nz/englishformigrants and also join the discussion on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/englishformigrants I have found one sponsor…"
Feb 4, 2014
A discussion started by Adon Kumar was featured

Is radio a good medium for teaching English?

This year I decided to give back something FREE to the migrant community. So I am hosting my own Radio program called "English for Migrants". Each week on Planet FM 104.6, I will present one topic that would be of value to migrants in New Zealand.My first lesson will be broadcast on Sunday 2nd Feb 2014 at 11.20am. Five minutes after going on air, the lesson will be available online on the station's website.While…See More
Feb 4, 2014

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What is your profession?
ESOL, IT and Business Consultant
What is your interest in ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching?
I am an ESOL lecturer with a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics. I am actively involved in Online and Flexible Learning and Teaching. I worked in the commercial IT sector for over 20 years before entering the academic world.

I use all sorts of ICT tools to promote online learning e.g. Moodle, Blackboard, Mobile devices and also have my own online video delivery website called EnglishAvatar.com

I do ICT consulting work and manage commercial Social Media sites and do eModeration work in my spare time.
What is your Skype username? (if any)
adonk1
What is your Twitter username? (if any)
EnglishAvatar
What is your blog address? (if any)
http://www.englishavatar.com

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Learning through Online Manuals

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 19:48 3 Comments

Did you notice something when you bought your new techy gadget? You open the brand new box and with it comes a hard copy manual. You find it very useful because you are excited with your purchase and want to know how to use your new tablet or electronic device. After the first use of that…

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At 13:50 on March 27, 2012, Hazel Owen said…

Welcome, Adon - it's great to have you join the community. I was having a good look around EnglishAvatar the other day, and was going to write a blog post about it, but feel it would be heaps better if you wanted to jump in with one! It's a really neat concept, and it would be great to hear how it's going. Also, please feel free to jump in with comments, questions, suggestions and ideas. Cheers. Hazel

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