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Updated: 2016-09-13

Learning  

中国版本  Francais

 

I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand.

Confucius

 

 

Welcome to S.E.I 's effort at helping its membership to learn English as a second language more efficiently, and improve their language and other communications skills.

 

We will be updating these pages as new information becomes available to provide you with tips and tricks that can help you to more quickly improve your communication skills... and at the same time obtain "Better English Communications" (BEC).

 

The Tips & Tricks to be found in these pages have proven very useful to countless others in improving not only their English vocabulary, but more importantly their English speaking... an important aspect of what is called "communication skills".

 

Check out the TIPS & TRICKS index in the right-hand column.

 

And do take a look at our Publications page for even more TIPS through our Lecture Series.

 

 

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It's not what is poured into
a student that counts,
but what is planted.
Linda Conway


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A mind is a fire to be kindled,
not a vessel to be filled.
Plutarch


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Learning...

 

...is something that we automatically associate with children.

 

However, in this age of information and technology, it is ever more important to continue to study, even as we grow older (...and wiser ?).

 

Some of the Tips & Tricks indexed in the right-hand column are ideal for children, specifically the items in the bottom half of the indexed items.

 

Most of these items are also useful for "older" students, because whether we like it or not, we are ALL students nowadays.

 

One item in particular is a video interview that Wuhan University - DongHu College, did with our Chief Representative wherein he gives some tips to university students on studying and learning.  Enjoy.

 

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Past…

 

For many decades, people wanting a better life for themselves would try to go abroad to study… to work… to marry… to live.

 

Studying abroad

 

Studying abroad combined with homestay has become more popular with each passing year.  Why ?

 

Certainly there are still many who think that their child can get a better education in a foreign country.  Some would debate this, but most would agree that the experience of living abroad, for whatever reason, is of great value.

 

But until recently the costs made it impossible for the average citizen to go abroad, or send their child.  Only the rich, the international business travellers, the high-level bureaucrats could do this.

 

Enter the present !

 

With the advent of the global village, of reduced travel costs, of internet communications, and more families becoming “wealthy”, it is now possible for more and more people to dream… and do such a thing.  One needs only look to the internet to see the rising numbers of organizations offering foreign education services.

 

Homestay

 

Think of the single most important reason for those participating in Homestay programs in conjunction with their studies abroad.  It is to improve their communications skills, with a majority looking to improve their English speaking skills.

 

Remember Yao Ming's rise to the NBA ?  He achieved success not just by reading and writing about basketball... not just by listening or watching sports videos, BUT by PLAYING basketball and learning to become one of the best through effort, self-control, commitment, time... and practice... over and over, through trial and error.  DOING, over and over, is the best strategy to success in whatever you undertake.

  

But think of the requirements to qualify to do homestay in a foreign country.  There are of course the “hard” costs… travel, insurance – life & medical, lodging, tuition fees, books & supplies, transportation to & from the school, clothing… to name a few.

 

There are also “soft” costs, or intangibles… passing the various tests and obtaining permission to go abroad, the “guanxi” favours, finding a good university, finding a good “home away from home”… with relatives… even strangers.  So much worrying !

 

Selective !

 

 

Older Students

 

What about those wanting better English communication skills... but not having the opportunity to do so, or too busy with a career, or wanting to do so !

 

What about working people?  Can they take time away from their family... their career?  Is it worth it to be away?  Is the goal worth the danger of losing... so many things?

 

What about the many "older" students, those with families and even some who are professionals, who would like to improve their English communication skills. 

Do people really need to go abroad to improve their conversational skills ?

 

Is there another way ?

 

There are many training programs to achieve this goal.

 

However, most require a great deal of effort and self-control to put in the many hours needed to become "bilingual".  Most "fluency" programs are also very lengthy... some lasting as long as 3 years.  To such an extent that some participants lose interest... and quit, as a result of the slow and painful progress.

 

Enter the Future…

 

Homestay China participants all lead very busy lives.  They are busy working during the day, and sometimes into the evening.  They want to improve their English communication skills, and are willing to sacrifice 3 months to an intensive training program to achieve their goals.  They are looking for training programs that are specialized enough to enable them to quickly gain the skills they need to succeed... in China.

 

Enter a new concept...

 

...Professionals Homestay China

 

...presented by Starlight Infoworks’ founder to provide citizens with the communications skills they are seeking… at a reduced cost... all the while staying in their native country.

 

Within 2-3 months participants can attain a 100% improvement in their English communication skills.  It is meant to use English to help participants practice and improve their existing language skills.  The program includes not just activities, but also a guiding hand to enable participants to achieve their communication skills goal as quickly as possible... and enable them to gain an advantage in advancing their career.  Extensive practice is the only way to success in such skills. 

 

All this and more in a "home away from home" native-English environment... in China.

 

Homestay China is a new concept looking for partner-investors.  If you are interested in helping people improve their lives... and still make a reasonable profit, then contact Dr. Jacques St-Arnaud at...

homestay@educaltural.institute.

 

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Learning...

 

...in this age of information and technology is ever more important as we grow older (...and wiser ?).

 

Recent research is showing us, proving, the link between our mind and our body's health.  But some reports have gone further, suggesting a link between our success and our attitude... towards learning.

 

A recent article at Lumosity.com goes even further, alluding to a link between learning and... being bilingual, that is being fluent in 2 or more languages.

 

Do visit their interesting website for more information.

 

In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from a recent email we received from them.

 

"How Bilingualism Can Affect Your Brain

 

Speaking multiple languages may be an advantage in more ways than one: a new study suggests that bilinguals are speedier task-switchers than monolinguals.

 

Task-switching and its real-world applications

 

Task-switching—the ability to mentally “switch gears” and refocus on new goals—is a valuable skill that has numerous practical uses.  You use it to shift attention from the wheel to the road while driving, or to switch gears between offense and defense in a team sport.  Bilingualism has already been associated with a number of cognitive advantages, and now a 2010 study from Language and Cognition has investigated how bilingualism might enhance crucial task-switching skills in young adults.

 

This Carnegie Mellon University study recruited 88 college students, half of whom were monolingual and half of whom were bilingual.  Both groups had about equal SAT scores, suggesting no inherent difference in cognitive ability.

 

Each participant sat in front of a screen with two different kinds of tasks assigned to each of their two hands.  As cues appeared onscreen, one hand was responsible for identifying the color of the cue.  The other hand was responsible for identifying the shape of the cue.

There were two aspects to this task-switching experiment: single-task trials and mixed-task trials.  In single-task trials, participants identified either color or shape but never switched between the two tasks.  In mixed-trial tasks, participants frequently switched between color and shape identification tasks—a more difficult procedure.

 

Researchers compared single-task and mixed-task reaction times to determine how reaction time and accuracy differed between groups and trial types.

 

Bilinguals were much faster than monolinguals on trials that required task-switching—their reactions were 6 milliseconds quicker on average.  Both groups, however, were equally quick to respond on single-task trials, which did not involve switching.

 

Task-switching and executive control

 

This 2010 study contributes to a growing body of evidence suggesting that bilinguals enjoy enhanced executive control compared to monolinguals.  Executive control refers to a combination of cognitive abilities—including task-switching—that help you make decisions, control impulses, and plan thoughtfully.  It’s long been thought that constant management and monitoring of two languages improves executive control—a belief that this Carnegie Mellon study supports.

 

How you can improve your own task-switching

 

Regardless of how many languages you speak, there are plenty of other ways to enhance your own task-switching abilities and meet the varied demands of everyday life.  Lumosity’s Brain Shift and Brain Shift Overdrive games train task-switching with an exercise similar to the one in the 2010 study.  Or try Color Match to exercise impulse control.  Unlock full access today to hone your skills!"

 

Do visit Lumosity.com.  Their site includes lots of important information, and tools, to help you and yours attain higher levels of "education".

 

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It is the supreme art

of the teacher

to awaken joy

in creative expression

and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

 

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Since you’re all the way “down here” …

… we have a small favour to ask.

 

More people are reading, and benefiting from S.E.I ’s website than ever, something that we truly appreciate. However, we have associated costs in providing this content. We want to keep our content as open as we can and not have a “paywall” like more and more other informational websites. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. S.E.I ’s independent, investigative researchers and writers take a lot of precious time, money and hard work to produce their contributions. But we do it because we believe that our perspective matters… because it is also the perspective of many, like you.

 

If everyone who reads S.E.I ’s content, who likes and benefits from it, and helps to support it, S.E.I ’s future would be much more secure.

 

Thank you for your interest.  

 

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…or even better make an investment in exchange for S.E.I  shares, and even some from its sister Canadian company, Starlight Infoworks Inc..  

 

 

 


 

TIPS &

TRICKS

 

Free Education

...a listing of websites offering free educational courses and programs

 

   LinksTo

...to help you find that much needed information on the internet

 

Homestay

...as a solution to improving faster

 

University

Studying-Learning

...an interview highlighting techniques

to learn better

 

Memorize or Understand ?

 

Understanding

a Story...

HOW TO...

 

Learning Basics

- Studying

 

Understanding

BIG Words

 

Pronouncing

New Words

 

Pronouncing

"ed" Verbs

 

M P 3

 

Group Support

 

Read Up On

New Words

 

Notebook for

New Words

 

Professional

Homestay