About Christian John

Christian John is a Physical Education teacher. However, he wanted to explore more aspects of is teaching career, and thus he ventured into teaching English.

I used to dislike the effects of technology to people (especially as it relates to study skills) – I mean the undesirable effects. People communicate a lot but they don’t do it personally. They don’t socialize even if they are in the same room and instead they are busy with their gadgets. Human interaction, which is very important, is gradually diminishing. That side of technology is one that I don’t like, However, to be perfectly honest there are quite a number of benefits offered by technology especially to students. I believe that it is actually the misuse of technology that is causing a problem. Technology has a lot to offer, it makes things easier and faster. It offers a wide variety of entertainment as well as educational tools. There are quite a number of apps nowadays that are extremely helpful to students. There are apps that are designed to help improve one’s vocabulary and grammar. I recently came across this article here that talks about the ways to use technology to improve success in college students and I found it really interesting. Through this article, students can learn making a good use of technology for their own benefits. You will learn a lot from this article, check this out:

7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu

http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/7-ways-use-tech-improve-college-student-successEducational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:

Only about one of every four community college students who take a remedial course graduates within eight years.

The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.

That’s what NGLC is all about. Our first challenge to the field was to find ways to bring to scale those different approaches—and even more specifically, technology-enabled innovations that promote student success in higher education. Via educause.edu

I will be posting more interesting articles here especially those that are extremely helpful to students and even those who are preparing for an exam. I’ve been doing a lot of research recently and I hope that you keep yourself updated with my post by visiting this website.


Developing good study skills is important especially to individuals who are preparing for an exam – one area is being disciplined to prepare for the exam in a certain number of days. Well, the good news is that there are actually many ways to develop good study habits and skills. However, the process doesn’t always come easy and you need to make some behavioral changes first as well as develop some discipline and will power.

I am saying all of these mainly because I’ve spent years teaching and I am very familiar with the attitudes and weaknesses of students as well as the challenges they typically face. I also know that students as well as test takers only need to change the way how they perceive studying as well as their attitude and approach in dealing with their weaknesses. I also believe that they should not focus on their weaknesses and instead figure out how their strengths can help them develop good study habits and have great grades.

One of the best things that you can do is get organized and this means writing down the things that you should do and avoid on a daily basis. For instance, you may keep a checklist that has the things that you need to do at home, such as chores. You need to plan your schedule and make sure that nothing will keep you from studying. When you schedule studying for an hour in the morning, afternoon and evening, write down the things that you need to study on. A study schedule or a planner can be very helpful to make you stay on the right track.

There are test-taking strategies that can help students or test takers reduce the impact of exam stress and anxiety. Make sure that you are familiar with these techniques as they can be helpful in improving your confidence in taking the test.

You also need to find the most suitable study area. This study area is one that will not expose you to distractions, even the most simple ones. Bear in mind that a simple distraction such as noise or the presence of others can encourage you to procrastinate. It gives you the reason to relax and allow your mind to wander, and this is something that you should avoid. Also make sure that you bring only the things that are helpful for you. Do not bring gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets or gaming consoles.  These gadgets can be very inviting, and you might end up spending hours playing online or chatting with friends via social networking websites.

One study tip that I always give to my students is that they should create a study environment that is conducive for learning. This means their own space that has limited noise, tidy and has comfortable furniture. It is imperative that their study area is quiet to reduce their risk for distractions.

Are you struggling to improve your listening skills? Well, there are actually several ways to become a good listener. The ability to listen is already in us, and we just need to rediscover and improve it. I have two articles here that talks about English listening skill improvement. I think they would be helpful to individuals who are aiming to increase their chance in passing an English language proficiency test such as IELTS. Anyway, please check this out:

How to Improve Your English Listening Skills

As a rule, listening is one of the most significant components of effective communication in English. Listening is crucial when learning a language as complex as English especially if one is learning English as a second language. Learning to listen may sound simple and easy at the onset. However, students will soon realise it requires considerable mental energy and skill. It is especially true for non-native students learning English as a second language. Proper English listening is a vital requisite of developing speaking skills. The ability to listen to the language and reproduce and imitate those sounds contributes significantly to developing good speaking skills. To develop English listening needs rigorous practice just as one develops muscles in the body.

Of the four skills essential to learning a foreign language i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening, none requires more concentration and practice as listening. Via tv-english.club

Here is another fantastic post about improving listening skills, and how it can help you become successful in life. Please have a look:

Little-Known Ways To Improve Your Listening Skills And Be Successful In Life | nigeljeal.com

People are always moved by good speakers, marketers, politicians, celebrities and sport stars… After all, they command a certain air of respect and the people love listening to what they have to say.

However, they may also tend to overlook the importance of improving listening skills. With listening skills development, you can build better relationships and enhance your way of life.

Have you ever heard of the expression, “He’s all talk?” Well, it’s not something you’d like other people to say about you, that’s for sure! So maybe sometimes, it’s better to cease talking for a while and start putting in more effort to just listen. Via nigeljeal.com

It is my pleasure to provide you with more reading materials about improving listening skills. I would be sharing here some reading materials about IELTS tips and techniques, so please do keep yourself updated for my posts.

I used to have a childhood best friend who came from Asia and knew only a few English words. If you are asking how we became good friends, then let me tell you our story. We went to school together and play games during free time. It seemed that we understood each other in certain ways that it only required a few English words for us to communicate and talk. However, after a few months he was able to speak English quite well. He called me up yesterday because he was inviting me for his wedding in Asia. He said it would be nice to have me there. He is a online English tutor and a full-time sales supervisor at a Car company. When I teach my students about English fluency, I always mention to them how easy it can be to learn speaking the language. Anyway, I hope you’ll like this helpful article!

How to Speak English Fluently If You Do Not Do So at Present

http://spokenenglishindia.com/how-to-speak-english-fluently/How to speak English fluently is more a question of the psychology of English speaking than it’s that of your knowledge of the language. Fluency comes from the cultural familiarity with the language or, in other words, being at home with the culture of the language at the level of having verbally interacted enough to one or more of those who are fluent enough to induce the same fluency in your speaking pattern through interaction with them.

The main challenges that people face when they want to know how to speak English fluently are:

1. Lack of Spontaneity – You think twice before you take an action. The same trait of your personality controls your action of speaking as well. . Via spokenenglishindia.com

Learning how to speak English fluently is not that difficult at all but it does take a lot of time and hard work. If you want more tips on how to speak English, you may continue checking my website for more updates. You may also visit here http://ieltsjon.com to improve your English language proficiency skills. 

I personally believe that what we eat can significantly influence our mental and physical health. There are quite a number of food items that are recommended to individuals who want to improve their brain function and health. Many of these food items are fruits, vegetables and nuts. On the other hand, consumption of junk food and processed food items are highly associated with the development of a wide variety of conditions including those that affect the brain. I recently came across this article here about a study that found sugary beverages to be associated with memory problems. I thought it would be wonderful to have it posted here since many people nowadays are consuming high amounts of sugar through sodas and other sweet beverages. I’ve always taught my students to reduce their intake of unhealthy and sugary food and drinks because they are detrimental to health. Anyway, enjoy reading this interesting article!

USC study links sugary beverages to memory problems | USC News

https://news.usc.edu/69460/usc-study-links-sugary-beverages-linked-to-memory-problems/Studying rats as model subjects, scientists found that adolescents were at an increased risk of suffering negative health effects from sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.

Adolescent rats that freely consumed large quantities of liquid solutions containing sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in concentrations comparable to popular sugar-sweetened beverages experienced memory problems and brain inflammation, and became pre-diabetic, according to a new study from USC. Neither adult rats fed the sugary drinks nor adolescent rats that did not consume sugar had the same issues.

“The brain is especially vulnerable to dietary influences during critical periods of development, like adolescence,” said Scott Kanoski, corresponding author of the study and assistant professor at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Via news.usc.edu

Drinking healthy beverages is ideal especially if you are preparing for an exam such as IELTS, in addition to attending The IELTS School. I actually have quite a number of reading materials about the food and beverage to consume and avoid especially for students or those who want to improve their brain function and health. I’ll be posting some of them here in the coming days so I hope you keep yourself updated.

 Today, I have decided to feature two articles that I think would be very helpful to individuals who are preparing for the IELTS test. There are many things that test takers can do to increase their chance in passing the exam, and one is to simply enroll in a test preparation course such as the services provided here in this website http://ieltssingapore.com. In addition to enrolling in a course, test takers should also see to it that they work hard in studying at home and use the resources and reading materials available. It is  important to note that the reading materials for IELTS test takers can be very helpful especially that they provide some study techniques, test format, guides and other helpful information. Anyway, Please check out this post about preparing for the exam:

Preparing for IELTS: Useful Links | Independent English

https://independentenglish.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/preparing-for-ielts-useful-links/Are you currently preparing for the IELTS exam? If so, you might have noticed that there is a lot of stuff available on the internet to help you. But where do you start? Here! This post gives you a collection of links that could help you in your preparation and explains what you can do with each of them.

IELTS!  taken from en.wikipedia.org via google search for images licensed for commercial reuse with modification

This is where you should start: this is the official IELTS website and contains all the information you need to know about how to register, how to find a test centre etc. It also contains a test sample for each of the 4 components and a complete set of FAQ’s. Read more…

This post here below features some preparation books and websites that can be useful for test takers. I personally believe that these books as well as these websites can lead examinees to the right path in preparing for the exam. I hope you’ll find this post helpful:

All About IELTS : Best IELTS preparation Books and websites

http://www.rmielts.com/2015/01/best-ielts-preparation-books-and.htmlAce the IELTS Simone Braverman 2.

Check Your English Vocabulary for IELTS Rawdon Wyatt 3. Cambridge IELTS 8 Cambridge ESOL Websites 1.British Council: IELTS Preparation http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare Definitely a great website, standardized materials written by well known authors.

TCYOnline http://www.tcyonline.com/betterthink/ielts-introduction Great website. Used it myself many times and I have recommended it to other people too.Good Luck IELTS http://www.goodluckielts.com/3-1-1-IELTS_books.html It’s not an amazing site but it is still considered by many as a site with useful materials. All About IELTS : Best IELTS preparation Books and websites

There are many resources and articles that can be very helpful to individuals who are preparing for the exam. I actually have several posts that I would like to share here so please don’t forget to keep yourself updated.

It is not a secret that the writing test is one of the most difficult sections in the IELTS exam. This is why test takers are doing all they can just to increase their chance in passing the test. This article here talks about the five quick grammar tips to improve one’s writing. I personally believe that the foundation of a good essay or written piece is grammar. Even if the writer or test taker has a point in answering a question, but is grammatically wrong then he or she would still fail. Grammar lessons are scattered all over the internet and this is why it can be quite impossible for test takers to fail if they just work hard. Success can only be achieved through hard work and when examinees are fully prepared, they would be able to increase their chance in passing the test. Anyway, I hope this helps!

Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing Plus Free Cheat Sheet : @ProBlogger

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2014/04/21/five-quick-grammar-tips-to-improve-your-writing-plus-free-cheat-sheet/There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence.

And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes.

Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse – having a reader tell you about them, isn’t a nice thing. In fact it’s downright embarrassing. Via problogger.net

I hope you will continue to visit my website. I will be adding some more articles that cover a wide variety of topics about the IELTS test. I hope that you will continue to keep yourself updated for my coming posts here or through visiting this website http://www.sais.com.sg.

Recently, I came across this article, and I was thrilled to share it here. I’ve been teaching the English language for many years now and there was never a day that I didn’t like my profession. I’ve been reading articles lately, and I find this one to be very interesting. Please have a look:

Two Languages: Multiple Benefits

http://blog.csba.org/two-languages-multiple-benefits/In an increasingly globalized economy, California will need a population with the skills and understanding to thrive in multiple settings, languages, and cultures. One way to prepare our young people for this interconnected future is by providing them with the fluency in two languages, cross cultural experience and understanding, and increased brain flexibility that they can gain through dual language or two-way immersion (TWI) programs.

Two-way immersion programs use English and a partner non-English language for instruction and classrooms are balanced between children who are English fluent and those who are English learners.They result in bilingualism and biliteracy for all students and in closing achievement gaps for EL students. And these positive effects of two-way immersion programs are long-lasting: the success for students who participate in TWI in elementary school persists through their secondary schooling. Via blog.csba.org

This is another interesting article and it talks about teachers being assessed for their teaching skills and qualifications. It’s also about evaluating their performance as teachers and the advantages in learning English. I like this article mainly because I believe that assessments can truly help teachers improve their teaching skills and approach to become more effective. Check this out:

A Little Less Evaluation, A Little More Feedback, Please | PREAL Blog

http://prealblog.org/2014/08/26/a-little-less-evaluation-a-little-more-feedback-please/The following article by Alejandro Ganimian was originally written for WISE ed.review, a website that offers a daily selection of cutting-edge news, fresh insights and innovative trends in education. WISE has given The Inter-American Dialogue permission to reproduce the piece on the PREAL blog. To read the original article, click here.

Some Latin American school systems—specifically, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and a number of Brazilian states—have taken this research seriously and have adopted (or are in the process of adopting) several policies seeking to improve the effectiveness of their teachers. One policy that has received considerable attention is teacher evaluation, not just upon entrance into the profession (to select candidates), but also during a probationary period (to award tenure) and once teachers are on the job (to reward effective teachers and/or to dismiss those who are chronically ineffective). In this blog post, I focus on the last of the three: the so-called “performance evaluations.” Via prealblog.org

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Having great English skills can bring many advantages especially for companies. I’ve always taught my students to consider their efforts in learning the English language a significant step in building their future career. I was amazed when I came across this article because it felt like this was exactly what I’ve been teaching my students about.

English Skills are Key for Great Company-Wide Collaboration

http://www.globalenglish.com/blog/2014/09/18/english-skills-are-key-for-great-company-wide-collaboration/Working in teams and collaborating are two of the most important and beneficial skills of a modern professional, no matter where he or she is located in the world. Employees who can work together and create positive results are incredibly valuable to a business.While the need to collaborate locally will always exist, there’s a growing demand for businesspeople to work together remotely, whether with fellow staff on the other end of a continent or halfway across the globe. The continually progressing globalization of the world’s economy means that a greater emphasis is being placed on international teamwork than ever before. Businesses that can facilitate collaboration between their employees will have a better chance of solving problems and finding new business efficiencies. Of course, this is only true if the differences between different cultures and languages can be removed.

With the overwhelming majority of large companies and growing startups choosing English as the standard for international communication, it’s not just an advantage to use the language; It’s a serious operational problem to be without a staff who can speak it. Via globalenglish.com

To those who want to master the English language, here is an example of an article that teaches the steps in improving English language proficiency. Check it out:


http://cisl.edu/wordpress/lessons/how-to-continue-improving-your-english-skills-after-studying-at-cisl.htmStudying English at CISL and living in California is the perfect way to learn English, but sadly, we can’t live in California and be English students forever! Many students are afraid of “losing” the English skills they perfected while studying English in San Diego or San Francisco; however, if you follow these suggestions, you can keep your English skills sharp even while living in a non-English speaking country.

English shouldn’t be something you sit down and study for a few minutes each day: it should be something you incorporate into your life so that you are often seeing and using English words. Dedicate small parts of your day to the English language with some of these ideas:

Do you like to play soccer? Try joining a soccer team with English speaking players! Do you like to cook? Buy a cookbook in English! Watch your favorite shows and movies in English or with English subtitles, or try reading your favorite book in English. (Hey, you already know the story, right?) Via cisl.edu

I’m always excited to update this website and provide you with more interesting posts. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.

English language proficiency is one of the requirements that non-English speakers should possess if they want to live in an English speaking country. I found this article about immigrants and the language they use when they reach the United States or other English-speaking countries. Check this out:

Beyond proficiency: How early English exposure influences non-native speakers – PsyPost

http://www.psypost.org/2014/04/beyond-proficiency-how-early-english-exposure-influences-non-native-speakers-24114Non-native speakers exposed to English before moving to America are more likely to use the language in their daily lives in the United States, according to a report led by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Such early exposure – through newspapers, books, TV and classes as well as traveling – may help determine an immigrant’s socioeconomic mobility, as English proficiency is strongly tied to cultural and social assimilation. The report, featured in the journal Social Science Research, is one of the first to examine English proficiency among immigrants before moving to the United States.

Massey and his collaborators – Ilana Redstone Akresh from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Reanne Frank from The Ohio State University – used data collected by the New Immigrant Survey, a nationally representative sample of non-native speakers who were granted legal permanent residency in the United States between May and November 2003. Before immigrants can apply for U.S. citizenships, they must be permanent U.S. residents for at least five years. Via psypost.org

Some of my former students have asked me about the best reason to learn the English language. I taught them a lot of things especially on the importance of making English as their second language, them being non-English speakers. This article reminded me of those students, and I thought it would be awesome to have this here.

Learning English Can studying in a second language be an advantage?

http://blogs.nottingham.edu.my/learningenglish/2014/03/10/can-studying-in-a-second-language-be-an-advantage/The most recent episode of the Freakonomics podcast was about language learning, and featured an interview with Chicago psychology Professor, Boaz Keysar. He recently published a paper with some surprising results.

This is only one study, and it would not be wise to read too much into it. However, if this effect is real, it would suggest that using a second language for study provides more than just challenge. There could well be upsides to studying in a language that is not your first.

Related to this was a recent story in the Independent, that speakers of English as an Additional Language in the UK outperformed those with English as a first language in some exams. Again, it would not be sensible to draw any conclusions from this- there are far more factors at play than just the students’ first language. blogs.nottingham.edu.my

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