Education News – Sep 21, 2020

Education News – Sep 21, 2020

Full Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships from Qatar University 2020-2021

Qatar University is opening scholarships for the 2021 academic year. This is a fully-funded scholarship program applied in a variety of courses/majors and is available to both international and Qatar students. Applicants can apply for full-time bachelor, master, Ph.D., or non-degree programs. Qatar University is the only university belonging to the government, located in Doha, and has trusted research accreditation. The scholarship program is considered the most prestigious scholarship to study in Qatar. The government of Qatar will cover full tuition fees, accommodation, monthly stipend, books, and other expenses during the study duration. Applicants can apply online instead of submitting documents by post. 
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Half Scholarships for Undergraduates and Postgraduates from Holland universities 2021/2022

Applicants are invited to apply for the Holland Scholarship program.  The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.  The scholarship amounts to €5,000.  This scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.  Successful candidates will receive this in the first year of your studies. Please note that this is not a full-tuition scholarship. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once.
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Full Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Scholarships from Yale University, U.S.

Yale University, U.S. is opening Yale University Scholarship 2021 – a fully-funded scholarship for international students.  This scholarship is offered for undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. Yale Scholarship can vary from a few hundred dollars to over $70,000 per year; the average Yale need-based scholarship is over $50,000.  Yale University is one of the greatest universities in the USA and is part of the Ivy League schools.  This university is the third oldest university in the U.S. and was found in 1701 at New Haven, Connecticut.  This university stands at 15th in the world by top Universities and 3rd in the U.S. by the US News because of its prestige and an excellent academic standard.
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12 Best podcasts to teach kids native English

12 Best podcasts to teach kids native English

Podcasts for kids are an amazing learning tool, help to avoid screen time, are the perfect activity for road trips, keep kids wildly entertained, and they are totally free!

Learning a language is a sensory (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) experience!  You learn not only by looking at the language, but also by hearing it, smelling, tasting, and touching it too.  At Everest Education, we are always experimenting with new and effective ways to keep my students engaged and learning.  One of our biggest challenges is how to get students engaged with English outside of our lessons together.  Lessons are great, but students make much faster progress when they also engage with the language outside the classroom.  That’s why we start incorporating podcasts into our blended learning model – to teach English both in class and as supplemental material.

Podcasts are all the rage these days – a valuable resource and have a lot of potentials to teach kids English. They are the perfect way to compliment your child’s language classes and pick up some new vocabulary during family road trips and house chores.  And did you know that while podcasts are on the rise for adults, they’ve become just as popular for kids and families too?!

However, as children’s audio content has flooded the airwaves, it can be a challenge to find the good stuff that’s also appropriate.  To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of our favorite podcasts – including perfect bedtime stories, science exploration, cool news, and more.  Use the grade recommendations as a guide, and age them up or down as needed. 

But first, what’s a podcast?

The term Podcast is actually a portmanteau of iPod and Broadcast. 

A podcast is a recording of audio discussion on a specific topic, like business, travel, learning language… that can be listened to. Podcasts are usually original audio shows, consisting of individual episodes on a variety of topics, even though today video podcasts do exist.  

Podcasting has really grown out of a need for background content.  That means something that can entertain you, educate you or inspire you in the background of other boring or rote activities.

Podcasts cover almost any topic, are typically free and on-demand.  This means anyone can access them, at any time, about any one thing and across a variety of platforms, all for free.  To put it into context, you can imagine podcasts just like audio content similar to talk radio shows or e-books. They are usually free to access across desktop and mobile devices. Anyone can listen to a podcast with an internet connection and a pair of headphones. 

What’s Great About Podcasts for English Learners

Podcasts are great for a bunch of reasons.

  • Podcasts are easy and convenient. Podcasts make the most of the time that would otherwise go to waste.  That’s why everyone loves them!  No matter what stage of the learning process your child is at, it is helpful to get as much exposure to spoken English as possible. Podcasts allow your child to tune into the language anytime and anywhere: while your family is out for a walk or in the car while preparing for dinner, before going to bed… They’re a great way to allow your child to stay connected with the language without much effort.
  • Podcasts are authentic.  There is a big difference between textbook English and “real English” as we hear it on the street.  Podcasts can give your child more experience listening to conversational English as it is really spoken.  They are useful because they provide students with examples of how people actually talk.  Rather than silly, made-up dialogues, podcasts feature real conversations and speech.  Children can get used to listening to podcasts where the speaker talks with “umms” and “ahhhs,” and learn to apply this in real life so that their spoken English sounds more natural.
  • Podcasts are diverse.  Some English textbooks try to provide a variety of English accents in their audios, but many don’t.  Podcasts offer us a wide range of types of spoken English.  You can find podcasts on nearly every topic, from science questions to lesser-known history, and in nearly every genre, from short fiction to in-depth journalism. Podcasts expose students to a wide variety of methods of communication, including narration, casual dialogue, scripted dialogue, and interviews. Additionally, as the popularity of podcasts continues to grow, more creators are focusing on content for young people.
  • Podcasts are interesting.  Students don’t want to do exercises unless they’re genuinely engaging.  Podcasts are designed to hook kids with music, jokes, compelling stories, and more.  Some are designed in a serial format with cliffhangers at the end to get kids to tune back in.  
  • Podcasts teach specialist vocabulary.  There’s a podcast for every interest, every opinion, and every profession. Parents can choose the content and form that fits your child’s interest. For example, if your child is a science lover, listening to science podcasts will not only teach them new knowledge but also expand their vocabulary in that field. 
  • Podcasts are free.  Podcasts themselves don’t have subscription or download fees, so anyone with internet access can listen and download for free.  Most podcatcher apps are free, too (although some do have costs associated with them).

Best podcast that your kids will love

With podcasts, families can enjoy the same level of engagement, entertainment, and education as screen-based activities without worrying about staring at a screen. So, where to begin?  We’ve done the research to find 12 awesomely entertaining podcasts that your kids (and you) will enjoy.

Podcasts for Students in Elementary School 

1. Stories Podcast

“Stories Podcast” performs a new story every week, drawing from a variety of sources and a variety of styles. There are retellings of classics like Snow White, some folktales, and myths from around the world, as well as original stories.  Episodes range from 10 to 20 minutes, with most on the longer side. “Story Podcast” has a good mix of one-off episodes and long-running series, which makes it easy to find something appropriate for your child’s attention span.

2. Circle Round

Here’s another creative story podcast that focuses on folktales from around the world.  Created and produced by parents of young children, Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.  “Circle Round” is a bit more overt in its value-teaching than some of the others in this list.  Each 10-to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence, and generosity.  And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

3. But Why: A podcast for curious kid

Why do dogs have tails?  Why do ladybugs have spots?  Do dragonflies bite? Have you ever heard these questions from your child and have no clue to answer them? No worries, “But Why” can take care of that!  This production, from Vermont Public Radio, tackles such topics as Why Do people have nightmares?, Do animals get married?, and Why do lions roar?.  “But Why” aims to answer kid questions about everything from nature, politics, culture, science, even the end of the world. Your kids can submit their own questions, too; instructions are on the website.

4. Wow in the World

“Wow in the World” is a science, technology, and new discoveries podcast developed by National Public Radio. If your child is intrigued by hermit crab behavior, solving the problem of what to do with all those disposable water bottles, space vacations of the future, or the benefits of saying thank you, this is an ideal option. “Wow in the World” takes kids (and their grown-ups) on a journey fueled by curiosity and wonder. In this weekly show, hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz explore the science behind topics kids will love – from singing mice and wombat poop to the amazing power of a dog’s nose.  “Wow in the World” is also a favorite podcast channel of Tony Ngo – Everest Education’s Chairman and Co-founder – and is the go-to solution when his kids start fighting with one another.

>> See Tony’s review for Wow in the World here:

5. What if World

“What If World” is a storytelling podcast for kids.  Every two weeks, the creative host of this podcast – Mr Eric, takes questions from kids and spins them into an entertaining tale.  What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet?  What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream?  What if cats ruled the world?  What we love about “What if World” is the way they include their lessons after each story.  For example, in one of their newest episodes of What if a dragon got stuck in time?, they teach children how “Being honest with others can help you feel better about yourself. Time keeps moving forward, and that makes life interesting and every day special.” These lessons are not only valuable for kids, but also for adults as well.

Best Podcasts for Tweens in Middle School

1. Brains On!

“Brains On!” is an award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults, produced by American Public Media.  Episodes of this podcast explore the science behind topics such as ants, engines, hiccups, and salty foods.  “Brains On!” is co-hosted by kid scientists and reporters from public radio.  Your kid will love learning how insects walk on walls, how to find their way without a compass, and even where poo and pee go when you flush the toilet.

There’s a series called “Smash Boom Best” in which two things are pitted against each other and your kid can pick their favorite.  For example, Robots or Aliens: which is cooler?.  The show is best suited for slightly older kids.

2. The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified

Listen as world-famous radio reporter Eleanor foils devious plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story.  Eleanor Amplified is an adventure series for the whole family.  Eleanor’s pursuit of truth takes her into orbit, out to sea, and even to the halls of Congress!  Her adventures are entertaining and informative.  Eleanor will spark laughter and conversation the whole family will enjoy, while preparing kids to appreciate journalism and make smart media choices in the future.   It is appropriate for kids of all ages and recommended for kids ages 8-12.

3. Listenwise

“Listenwise” provides high-quality podcasts and lesson collections with interactive transcripts for English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies, and Science.  “Listenwise” is an award-winning listening skills platform, searchable by topic area or school subject.  It advances classroom learning by providing additional content and building listening skills.  There is also a focus on current events that keep learning tied to the real world.

4. Youth Radio

Youth Radio is a podcast for teens, published by teens.  It was created to showcase the power of young people as makers of media, technology, and community.  “Youth radio” brings the teen perspective to issues of public concern.

Podcasts for Teens in High School

1. StoryCorps

One of the largest oral history projects of its kind, “StoryCorps” has recorded the stories of over 250,000 people in the U.S.  Students at just about any grade level or in any subject area could use the “StoryCorps” interviews in a variety of ways, including writing prompts, discussion topics, primary sources for research projects, and more.  Your teens also can record their own stories as well.

2. This American Life

“This American Life” is a weekly public radio program and podcast, featuring compelling, funny and often very surprising stories with intriguing plots – little movies for radio, as they call them.  This popular radio show and podcast combines personal stories, journalism, and even stand-up comedy for an enthralling hour of content.  Each week they choose a different theme and curate stories based around it.  The focus isn’t specifically on English language learning here, instead “This American Life” offers a great opportunity for English learners to get used to different regional American accents while listening to unusual and interesting real-life stories from around the country.

3. Stuff You Should Know

From the people behind the award-winning website HowStuffWorks, this frequently updated podcast explains the ins and outs of everyday things from the major (“How Free Speech Works”) to the mundane (“How Itching Works”).  Longer episodes and occasional adult topics such as alcohol, war, and politics make this a better choice for older listeners, but hosts Josh and Chuck keep things engaging and manage to make even complex topics relatable.  And with nearly 1,000 episodes in its archive, your teen might never run out of new things to learn.

A word from Everest Education…

Podcasts are growing in popularity with families.  They give you an engaging way to connect with kids, no screen required.  It can be daunting for a first-timer to enter the world of podcasts, but digital tools have made it easier than ever to start listening.  So if your child is a newbie to podcast, walk through this list with her and discuss to find out which is her favorite. You can test out any of the free episodes via their websites, iTunes, or Apple/ Google Play and then subscribe to the ones your kids love.

Although podcasting developed for children and families is still in its infancy, this platform holds great promise to inform, entertain, and educate.   

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Education News – Sep 14, 2020

Education News – Sep 14, 2020

Full Exchange Scholarships of Hakuho Japan in Top 8 Universities of Japan 2021

Hakuho Japan Scholarship program is opening for international students. This is a fully funded, research-based fellowship program, available in the top 8 universities of Japan. Selected applicants will be covered all expenses throughout the program, including airfare, living and research expenses, free accommodation, and health insurance. The duration of this exchange Program can be 1 year or 6 months depending upon the university that is included in this program as the host institution.  All nationality holders are welcome to apply for this exchange program. The program requests no registration fee and neither IELTS nor TOEFL certificate.
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Full Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships from the University of Alberta, Canada 2021

University of Alberta, Canada is offering amazing opportunities for international students to study undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Canada. This is a fully-funded scholarship program for international students across the world.  Students with superior academics who will be entering their first year of an undergraduate degree studying on a Student Visa Permit could receive up to $9,000, payable over four years, depending on admission average. The top 5% of students in each faculty could receive up to $6,000, depending on the admission average. Students will be evaluated for these scholarships when you apply for admission. Your eligibility will be based on your high school admission average at the time of your admission offer.
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Use flashcards to teach your kids Math vocab

Use flashcards to teach your kids Math vocab

In recent decades, with the ongoing wave of globalization and the increasing numbers of international and bilingual schools across our country, learning Math in English has been an emerging trend among middle-class and dual-income families.  The ability to do Math in English not only enables students to participate in international Math competitions, such as IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad), SASMO (Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiads), IKMC (International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest)… but also get them ready for assessment tests to gifted schools, and those standardized tests like SAT, ACT for college applications.  

Even if students don’t have a plan to study abroad, having a good knowledge of Math in English still allows them to take full advantage of online resources out there. The internet nowadays provides us with tons of free, useful, and enriching Math learning sites, applications, resources from renowned universities, and other educational institutions.  The only problem is: they are all in English.

As one of the pioneering learning centers conducting Math classes in English, and having years of experience teaching Math for international students, there were so many times we saw a student, who was proficient in a specific Math skill but still got problems incorrectly.  Most of the time, it was not the actual Math that was causing students issues. They were struggling because they were not fluent in the language of Math.

To help children learn Math in a language which is not their first language, teachers and parents need to assess whether this is desirable, and attempt to find meaningful, effective ways in which they are able to correctly use Mathematical terms and apply them to problem solving.   

Since scientists acknowledge that the aptitude for developing Mathematical skills is directly connected to literacy, parents should first equip young children with a strong foundation of basic Math concepts.

In this article, we give-away a set of Math flashcards with detailed guidance for parents to incorporate Math vocabulary lessons into your daily conversation with your child, to help them build a strong knowledge of the vocabulary of Math. 

Why is Math Vocabulary Important?

Learning math is like learning a foreign language.  In order to be successful in Math, students must become fluent with the vocabulary.  Research has shown that “Mathematics presents challenging reading because this content area has more concepts per word, per sentence, and per paragraph than any other area” (Harmon, Hedrick, & Wood, 2005, p. 266).  We see this often with the trouble so many students have in approaching word problems! 

For example, students who were fluent in division facts can still be confused when asked to “compare the product of the expression on the left with the quotient of the expression on the right using the correct mathematical symbols.”  Even simple equations such as “5 + 5” or “6 – 2” may cause students to second guess themselves when instead of being told to simply add or subtract, they are instead asked to “compute to find the sum” or “calculate the equation to identify the difference.” 

Words like odd, even, product, positive, negative, power, and difference… have different meanings and connotations from the way they are used in everyday conversations.  That’s why we should provide consistent opportunities for students to practice the Math vocabulary words verbally, in writing, and in the context of Math problems.  The good news is that learning Math vocabulary can actually be fun for elementary students if you incorporate engaging games and activities into your weekly Math routines.

How to use flashcards to teach kids Math vocabulary

We tend to think of Math as all numbers, but there’s actually quite a bit of language learning that goes on in and outside the Math class, too.  If students can put “a name with a face”, they can start to really understand and translate Mathematical terminology into useful knowledge on their daily assignments.  This then would correlate to better attitudes towards Math as well as better results.

To assist parents with this, Everest has compiled a set of 50 flashcards – for parents to practice with your child at home.

Our Math Flashcards are free to download, easy to use, and very flexible.  The set consists of 50 basic Math terminologies any students need to know when they step into the world of Math in English. Each card has two features: one side is the word in English and the other is the definition demonstrated with clear graphics and explanation. Parents can print out as separate cards and run through them with your child every day to help them memorize the words.

How to use our Math Flashcards effectively:

The first step in using flashcards effectively is to use them the right way and in the right environment:

  1. Sit comfortably facing your child.
  2. Arrange the flashcards in the order you would like to present them.
  3. Hold up the first card so your child can clearly see the front. Keep the back of the flashcard toward you so your child cannot see it.
  4. If necessary, read the front of the flashcard to your child. For example, you may read a Math word from the flashcard front. Count to three in your head. This will allow your child about three seconds to consider the question on the flashcard and think about her answers. Remember, the key is keeping things fun. The best kind of learning occurs when your child is having too much fun to realize how much she is learning.
  5. If your child gives a correct answer, place the correctly answered flashcard in a pile on your left.
  6. If your child gives an incorrect response or no response, tell them the correct answer and place these flashcards in a pile on your right side.
  7. After you have finished showing your child all of the flashcards, you may continue your flashcard teaching session by using the stack of incorrectly answered cards. Continue in the same manner, placing correctly answered flashcards on the left and incorrectly answered flashcards on the right.
  8. Once your child has mastered the full set of flashcards, practice them periodically to ensure your child remembers them.

Pro tips:

1. State Answers Out Loud
Maybe your child likes to run through the flashcards on their own. Maybe your child is shy or timid. However, speaking out loud can help your child memorize the math vocabs. This way your child is seeing the word, saying the word, and hearing it. Together, this will help your child make connections to remember these words each time.

2. Focus on Mastery
You can sift through a large stack of cards every day, but it’s going to end up being a waste of time.  

Rather than spending time going over words that your child already knows, focus on ones that she hasn’t already mastered.  One way to do this would be by creating two containers – one for the words your child has mastered, and the other for ones that she is still working on. As your child masters each word, move it to the mastery box.  Then, your child can observe her progress while focusing on the facts that need to be mastered.

3. Keep things fun and stress-free
Adding to the mastery box may be encouraging, but children tend to lose motivation as the Math vocabs get harder and they know fewer words. As this happens, you can find ways to motivate your child to continue working hard by keeping the flashcard session fun and game-like.

For example, create a bingo card with answers. Then, hold up the math word. Have your child state the answer before finding the corresponding definition on the card. Of course, providing a prize or treat when your child gets a bingo could be a fun motivation, too!

Think Outside the Math Flashcards

If flashcards aren’t working or your child needs a break, there are still other ways to practice Math vocabulary:

  1. Use children’s literature to teach Math

One of the best ways to naturally teach Math vocabulary is in the context of an engaging story.   Children’s books are extremely effective tools for teaching Mathematics.  They can spark students’ Math imaginations in ways that textbooks or workbooks don’t.  Connecting Math to literature can boost confidence for children who love books but are wary of Math.  And students who already love Math can learn to appreciate stories in an entirely new way.  There’s a huge variety of books available that provide many opportunities for teaching Math lessons.  Parents can check out these five great reads that incorporate math for kids of various ages – recommended by Tony Ngo – our Chairman and Co-founder of Everest Education. That’s how he sneaks in Math concepts into the reading time with his two children.

  1. Utilize Math in everyday life

Students need to apply the terms that they see in their Math textbook, workbook, and videos to the world around them.  Studying fractions? Let your child measure out water into various cups. Is 1/4 smaller or larger than 1/3? How does the denominator change the value of the fraction?  Try recreating this in real life and help your child learn to use Math in practical ways.  You can also make a game of it and show your child that Math can be fun!

We have put together a long list of super fun Math activities for your kids to help them develop a strong foundation in understanding Math, and enhance their interest in learning.

>>> Get more ideas from our previous article: Playful Math activities for your primary kids.

A word from Everest Education

As you use Math flashcards with your children, make the process fun, and your child will learn and memorize the Math words in the process. As Frank Smith put it, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”  We hope that by enriching your children with more knowledge of Math vocabulary in English, they can be more confident to talk about Math concepts with international friends, and get ready mentally and academically to get into the international education environment. 

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