Book Review

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I tried really hard to finish the whole Harry Potter-series before I relocated to Karratha for my second practicum. Unfortunately, I did not manage to finish the last book so that one has to wait until I come back. The pre-final Harry Potter book marked my memory as one of explanation. As for those who have not read the books are left with too many questions after watching just the movies. Continue reading “Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

General

Relocating Weekend

As I wrote last week, I have gotten a regional practicum. This means that I am after 10 hours of driving, somewhere halfway between my university and the school I will be working on for the coming six weeks. As you can imagine, I am flat out right now. Therefore, I will keep this blog post nice and short. Continue reading “Relocating Weekend”

General, Research

To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?

For a long time, grammar was not taught in secondary schools in Australia. It was believed that grammar instruction was unnecessary as students would acquire the grammar rules automatically. According to the Australian Curriculum, teachers should now teach several rules during secondary school. However, these teachers often never had a grammar lesson in their lives. Therefore, grammar lessons are still not often done in Australian secondary schools.  Continue reading “To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?”

Lesson Material, Literary Terms

Generic Conventions

From the start of my Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Western Australia, I knew that I had a lot of content to catch up on. Teaching English as a first language is completely different to teaching English as a second language as the focus in First Language Acquisition (FLA) is less on form and more on literature than in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). I asked around for books that I should read, and studied my literary terms.  Continue reading “Generic Conventions”

Book Review

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I already said it would not take long before I would start doing things again. I do have to admit that it took me considerably longer to finish this Harry Potter book than any of its predecessors. The book is almost double the size of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so it is not a surprise it would actually take me longer to get through.  Continue reading “Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”