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Director's Corner - 03/14/14

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I’d like to try to post once a month and give some updates about Hills Learning and how things are going at the school. I will start it off by writing a “Director’s Corner”, and soon to follow will be excerpts from our teachers, students, and other faculty at the school that can talk a little bit about their experiences at Hills Learning and how their classes and jobs are going.   I thought it appropriate to start off my post with a picture of myself, my wife and my 7 month old ...

Interview with Director of Hills Learning, 11-05-13

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Interview with Jon Hills, Director of Hills Learning. The interview was done by Rolls Andre on 11-05-13, who is responsible for Hills Learning Facebook, and is also an instructor at Hills Learning. 1.When and most importantly why did you start Hills Learning? – Hills Learning was started in January 2009, a tough time for business but a great opportunity for students looking to learn language and choose a new career path. Hills Learning was started because there wasn’t a school in New ...

Language Learning 101: Interaction Among Learners

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In this week’s article, we will continue our discussion on how teachers and learners can create a favourable learning environment and benefit from it. The effective learning tip of this week is collaborative learning. Collaborative learning is characterised by interaction and cooperation among learners. This learning approach is based on sharing of ideas and learning from one another. Collaborative learning is made possible through teamwork or in company with other people of like minds. ...

Language Learning 101: In-Depth Learning versus Surface Learning

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In-Depth Learning versus Surface Learning In this week’s article, we will continue our discussion on how teachers and learners can create a favourable learning environment and benefit from it. The effective learning tip of this week is in-depth learning approach. In-depth learning is characterised by which learners seek to fully understand the meaning of a concept and relate it to daily life. For example, a language learner is eager to identify the meaning and usage of various ...

Language Learning 101: Creating a Favourable Language Learning Environment

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Learning and teaching are creative, spontaneous and enjoyable. Learning and teaching a language is interactive, experiential and continuous. A favourable learning environment is like a resourceful playground for learners as well as an enchanting stage for teachers. A favourable learning environment is far from given; however, it is created and maintained by both teachers and learners. In this article series, I will try to compare and contrast various learning and teaching styles that ...

Learning Language Effectively: Choose Your Own Goal - JLPT as an example

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The easiest way to measure how effective education is is test scores. When students score high on tests it not only makes teachers look good, but schools overall will be more likely to get government funding with higher test scores. Traditionally tests are the easiest way to measure the abilities of a student, but are they effective when learning a language? Take the case of Japanese, and for simplicity’s sake we’ll refer to the main test administered by the Japanese government, the JLPT ...

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