hear and I forget.
see and I remember.
do and I understand.
Welcome to Starlight Infoworks' newest effort at helping Wuhan's citizens, and others, learn English as a second language more efficiently, and improve their English 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
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... what is
called "communication skills".
out the TIPS & TRICKS index in the right-hand column.
It's not what is poured into
a student that counts,
but what is planted.
A mind is a fire to be kindled,
not a vessel to be filled.
something that we automatically associate with
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
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.
Tips & Tricks
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 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.
Tips & Tricks
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 !
Tips & Tricks
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...
...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.
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...
Tips & Tricks
...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".
Tips & Tricks
It is the supreme art
of the teacher