October 28, 2017

Why should children watch T.V. in English?

Why should children watch T.V. in English?


In the world we live in, everyone understands that it is very important to be able to communicate in English. The most obvious reason for adults to learn English is to improve their job prospects, but what are the benefits of children learning English from a young age?
Why should children watch T.V. in English?
One of the main benefits of children learning English from a young age is to widen their career prospects later on in life. Being able to speak English allows people to work abroad and is also a great skill for moving up the hierarchy within their own country.

Many studies also show that learning another language from a young age has psychological benefits such as better critical thinking skills, a higher level of creativity and greater flexibility of the mind. The younger the child is when a second language is introduced, the better.

Different ways T.V. can help your children learn English

So now you know some of the benefits of learning another language from a very young age. How can you help your child learn English?

Read on to find out a simple and fun way of helping children learn English all from the comfort of their own home.

It’s a well known fact that kids love watching T.V.  They will whine and scream until you let them put on their favourite programme! So why not turn watching T.V. into something educational and useful for language acquisition?

To get this right you have to use a specific method. You have to have the T.V. in English ALL the time while the children are watching it (don’t worry, you can keep it in your native language for your much beloved series!). Children are clever and if they know that if they complain enough you will turn the T.V. back to their native language, then they will complain enough for you to do it! If you stick to your rules - only watching T.V. shows for kids in English - they will come to learn that that’s just the way it is. If possible, it’s best to have the T.V. in English from when children are born, that way there is no need to get used to it, it’s how it’s always been for them.


Peppa Pig will help your younger kids learn English

We’ve chosen two T.V. shows for kids that we’re sure they will love! The first series is Peppa Pig. Children below the age of around 6 will love this T.V. show! Maybe they will already have seen some of the episodes in their native language but that really doesn’t matter, it will probably be an advantage as they will already know some of the storylines. The programme is really simple, it’s about a small pig, her family and her other animal friends. The narrator speaks slowly and deliberately with a British accent and the storylines are typical events that children can relate to from their own experiences. Think episodes about a trip to the zoo or what to do when it’s raining! Not only is there a T.V. show but there are so many online activities, crafts, games and much more which revolve around the little pig to keep your little ones busy and interested whilst learning English. Your child will be hooked in no time and you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without Peppa Pig!

Spongebob is there when your children get a little older

The second of our two T.V. shows for kids that we think is great to learn English with is Spongebob Squarepants. This show is suitable for a slightly older age group - from around 5 years old to 10 or 11. The series is about a town under the sea full of sea creatures. The main character is a sea sponge and each episode follows what he’s up to with his sea creature friends and neighbours. The show is really silly, but that’s why kids will love it! While they are adapting to watching the T.V. in English, children won’t get bored because the show is full of visual humour too. There are even some exercises online for kids to do while watching Spongebob that will make the experience even more useful and fun!

Another idea to help your child learn English is to set aside a certain time a week for the whole family to watch a film in English. You could go to an original version cinema or choose one to watch at home. Show your children that you are also interested in watching movies or series in English and they will follow your lead. After watching a movie in English you could also think of a certain activity that links to it for you to do as a family together.

Watching T.V. shows and movies in English is a really good way for your children to get used to listening to English at home and a great complement to English classes. They will have fun and not even realising they’re studying!

This article was written by Katie Gyurkovits, an English teacher for kids and blogger at Break Into English.

GUEST'S POST!

NYSC CAMP: Things every corps member should do in order to be posted to the state's capital

NYSC CAMP: Things every corps member should do in order to be posted to the state's capital

In spite of their different backgrounds, languages and cultures, ninety percent of corps members who make it to the orientation course share something in common --- the desire to be posted to any of the major cities of their states of deployment. Such desire is instigated by either the security consciousness of the corps members since they are posted to states other than theirs or the need to quickly get access to some basic amenities, such as electricity, pipe borne water, financial institutions etc., which might be out of sight in most villages. Having this in mind, these corps members spend most of their days in camp trying to make arrangement that will land them in their choice cities. This arrangement could be legal or illegal, but this article reveals the legal means of getting posted to the capital or any of the major cities of corps members' states of deployment.

The popular statement, nothing good comes easy, comes into play here. While some corps members bribe their ways to any of the satellite towns, others dedicate their three weeks in camp to hard work and diligence just to find themselves in the state's capital or its equivalent. In other words, it is either you bribe someone or dedicate your three weeks to hard work and diligence if you must be posted to your choice city. If you decide to bribe, chances are you might not be posted to the state's capital except you meet the right and reliable source. The question is, "how do I meet the right and reliable source?" In order not to be a victim of scam, it is advisable you do either of the following:

1. JOIN THE ORIENTATION BROADCASTING SERVICE (OBS)
The Orientation Broadcasting Service, popularly called OBS, is the voice of NYSC. Like every radio station, it disseminates information and keeps corps members in camp entertained with other hilarious programmes. It has the technical unit (made up of technicians), reporting unit (reporters) and the broadcasting unit (comprising the newscasters and presenters).

To join the Orientation Broadcasting Service, you must be skilled in writing, on-air presentation, newscast or technical operations. In order to reduce the numerous number of corps members who indicate interest in joining the service, interested corps members are interviewed and subsequently accepted based on merit. The truth of the matter is that successful corps members are posted to the state's capital at the close of their orientation course to form the Editorial/Publicity CDS group of that batch.

2. JOIN THE SAED COMMITTEE
One thing you can never run away from while in camp is the boring Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme/lectures. Corps members are expected to participate in this programme. It is a programme introduced in 2012 in request to the transformation agenda of the federal Government which lays emphasis on entrepreneurship and self reliance, especially among the youths. The areas of training include Cosmetology, Food processing and preservation, Agro Allied, Culture and tourism, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Construction, Power and Energy, Film/Photography, Environment, Horticulture and Landscaping, Education and Automobile.

Although the SAED committee is headed by NYSC officials, corps members are key players in the day-to-day organisation of the programme while in camp. The efforts of these corps members are not thrown into the mud as they are duly compensated through posting. They are posted to the state's capital or its equivalent.

3. JOIN A SPORT TEAM
In camp, there is an inter-platoon sport competition, and members (players) of the winning team(s) are usually posted to the state's capital to form the Sport CDS of that batch. This CDS group represents the state's NYSC in any interstate or intrastate sport competition. If you are good at any sport, especially football, never hesitate to join the sport team of your platoon. It might be the winning team.

4. PRAY TO BE AMONG THE LUCKY ONES
There are corps members who will neither bribe nor belong to any of the aforementioned groups but will still find themselves in the state's capital at the end of the orientation course. These corps members are referred to as the lucky ones. Either fate or incessant prayers can make you achieve this.
In sum, just being a member of either of the aforementioned groups does not make your posting to the state's capital automatic. You must be hyperactive in the group you belong! 

I wish you a fun-filled camping experience!
Some English words whose plural forms you may not know

Some English words whose plural forms you may not know

The overfamiliarity with the fact that most English nouns either take "s", "es", "ies" or "ves" as plural markers has posed a lot of problems among most second learners of English as they ignorantly apply this standard rule to nouns that do not belong to this school of thought. A typical example is the word, criteriaCriteria is the plural form of criterion, but in this part of the world where English is spoken and learnt as a second language, you often hear its users say "criterias". To this effect, this article provides the plural forms of some English words that do not form their plural forms with any of the aforementioned plural markers.
S/N
SINGULAR NOUNS
PLURAL FORMS
1
Appendix
Appendices
2
Apex
Apices
3
Thesis
Theses
4
Crisis
Crises
5
Curriculum
Curricula
6
 Criterion
Criteria
7
Phenomenon
Phenomena
8
Corpus
Corpora
9
Index
Indices
10
Nucleus
Nuclei
11
Ox
Oxen
12
Agendum
Agenda
13
Alga
Algae
14
Alumnus/Alumna
Alumni
15
Syllabus
Syllabi
16
Datum
Data
17
Amoeba
Amoebae
18
Addendum
Addenda
19
Memorandum
Memoranda
20
Bacterium
Bacteria
21
Fungus
Fungi
22
Vertebra
Vertebrae
23
Larva
Larvae
24
Genus
Genera
25
Stimulus
Stimuli

READ ALSO: SOME ENGLISH WORDS THAT DO NOT ACCEPT PLURAL MARKERS
Do you have any other English nouns whose plural forms you don’t know? Kindly use the comment box to state them. We will provide you with the answers ASAP.

October 15, 2017

Finally! NYSC 2017 Batch 'B' Mobilization Time-table is out! See when to begin your registration

Finally! NYSC 2017 Batch 'B' Mobilization Time-table is out! See when to begin your registration

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has released the mobilization time-table for 2017 Batch B prospective corps members. As stated on the just-released time-table, online registration by foreign and locally trained Nigerian graduates (who intend going for service this year) will begin on Monday, October 23, and end on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Prospective corps members are to start printing of call-up letters from November 13 to 17, 2017.
Finally! NYSC 2017 Batch 'B' Mobilization Time-table is out! See when to begin your registration

The National Youth Service Corps broke the news to the public through its official twitter handle on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
See the time-table below
S/N
Event
Date
1
Briefing/Sensitization of Final year students/prospective corps Members.
12th Oct. – 10th Nov. 2017
2
Display of list of all approved programmes for institutions on NYSC portal for cross checking and feedback.
12th – 15th Oct. 2017
3
Collation of Prospective Corps Members’ Data by Corps Producing Institutions CPIs.
12th – 15th Oct. 2017
4
Submission/Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs.
16th – 21st Oct. 2017
5
Uploading of Corrected Lists by Corps Producing Institutions.
16th – 21st Oct. 2017
6
Online Registration by Foreign and locally Trained Nigerian Graduates.
23rd Oct. – 12th Nov. 2017
7
Entertainment of complaints from Prospective Corps Members by the state Deployment and Relocation officers and NYSC Help Lines/Desks officers.
23rd Oct. – 12th Nov. 2017
8
Forwarding of Complaints to Mobilization Dept by State Deployment and Relocation officers.
23rd Oct. – 12th Nov. 2017
9
Deployment and Printing of Call-up Letters by ICT Department.
13th – 17th Nov. 2017
10
Notification/On-line Printing of Call-up Letters/Delivering of Call-up Letters to Institutions (Stream 1).
17th – 20th Nov. 2017
11
On-line Printing of Deployment Dispositions by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs).
18th – 21st Nov. 2017
12
2017 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Course.