凤凰网微访谈:赵金海

今年前半年接受了一次凤凰网教育频道的访谈,信口开河,讲了讲对于英语学习、教学等的一些看法,不是学术讲座,难免有不严谨的地方,不过最起码是我最真实的感性认识。转到自己博客上,收藏一下。

原文链接:http://edu.ifeng.com/yurenzhe/special/zhaojinhai/

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中国的外语教学落后西方100多年

凤凰网教育:各位网友大家好,欢迎来到凤凰网教育频道为您打造的视频访谈《育人者》节目。本期访谈我们专程为大家邀请到了2008年北京奥运会志愿者外语培训教学总监、教材主编,巴别鱼国际教育的校长赵金海老师,我们请赵老师和我们广大凤凰网的网友打个招呼。

赵金海:大家好。

凤凰网教育:赵老师好。我们今天主要聊的是关于外语学习的热门话题。我们知道随着时间的发展,中国越来越OPEN了,对外语的需求也特别大,但是我们发现国内的应试教育出来的很多学生们在说外语方面有很多的这个误区和弊病。

我本人从小学就已经接触到外语了,但是到了真正开始说的时候,还是说不出来。

赵金海:对,就跟上学一样,在学校学了那么多年,一到社会发现什么都不一样了。 Continue reading “凤凰网微访谈:赵金海”

北京:“瑞来”语言培训点人去楼空

“我刚交了钱,一节课还没上呢就关了。”昨天,瑞来语言培训中心的国贸分校已是一把铁将军把门,近30名学生们聚集门外。由于几天前国贸分校和望京分校突 然人去楼空,担心自己上当受骗的学生们遂相约一同去公安机关报案。而记者试图拨打瑞来相关的联系电话,全部处于无人接听状态。

记者探访

分校大门上锁 学生相约报案

昨天中午,记者来到瑞来国贸分校看到,位于穿堂右侧的玻璃门上已是一把铁锁把门。门上贴着两张通知,一张是 “由于内部供暖系统发生故障,因此10月19日、20日休息两天,21日照常开放”。另一张落款时间为21日的通知则写明:“因资金周转问题,校区临时关 闭,具体开放时间另行通知。”

“我们要去报案!”在前台处,聚集着近30名学生。其中的宋先生告诉记者,瑞来在北京共有三个分校,分别位于国贸、望京和海淀。他在国贸分校交了 17000元学费,可只上了30多节课,还有200节课没上。前天他来学校上课,却发现校门已锁,随后他得知另一个分校也如此。“还有交了钱一节课没来得 及上的。”他说,昨天愤怒的学生们相约来到这里,一起前往公安机关报案。记者了解到,到现场的学生交纳的学费基本都在万元左右,都是到学校把钱交给顾问, 而这些顾问或早已离职,或手机关机。

学校外教

已遭工资拖欠 学校称会再开

昨天,一位外教也到达现场。他表示,学校拖欠了他工资,但他曾于几天前接到学校通知,告知学校还会再开放,昨天距这个期限还有两天,所以他还会再坚持两天。他表示,他只能通过电子邮件来跟总部联系,其他情况则不便透露。

“前天他们还发短信告诉我说老板会打钱。”昨天,在大批学生前往公安机关报案后,又陆续有学生来到国贸分校,得知情况后都大呼上当。其中一位 中年女士告诉记者,瑞来为外教和学生租了许多公寓,她的公寓就租给了瑞来,里面住了一位外教和在瑞来学汉语的外国学生。但从7月开始,瑞来就开始欠租,而 前天,她还收到了瑞来一直与她洽谈租房事宜的一位工作人员张女士的短信,在短信中告知老板说会打钱,让她再查查,可随后再拨打对方手机就一直无人接听。

朝阳教委

瑞来并未注销 将联系负责人

刘先生告诉记者,原本国贸分校是瑞来的总部,但望京分校成立后,瑞来的财务等办公人员就搬到了望京分校。随 后,记者分别拨打望京、海淀分校、瑞来400咨询电话以及张女士的手机,始终无人接听。在瑞来的网站上,“我们的背景”一栏中写着“瑞来英语是由国际著名 教育机构万联(WorldLink Education)在中国投资设立的专业语言培训中心。”随后,记者拨打万联网站上提供的北京分部电话,依然无人接听。

昨天下午,记者致电朝阳区教委社会力量办学管理所,接听电话的工作人员表示,瑞来英语确实在朝阳教委备了案,应由朝阳区教委管理。如果瑞来正式关闭就一 定要来教委进行注销,但目前瑞来英语并没有来注销。她表示,如果接到瑞来人去楼空的投诉,他们可以按照备案所留的电话联系瑞来的负责人,但具体情况还要与 社办科联系。随后,记者致电社办科,接听电话的工作人员表示,了解情况的工作人员去开会了。截至记者发稿时,未能与该工作人员取得联系。

一封员工要求加薪的英文信,以及老板的回信

员工的信

Dear Bo$$
In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ . worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company.
I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.
Your$ $incerely,
Marian $hih

第二天,她收到了老板的回信:

Dear Marian
I kNOw you have been working very hard.NOwadays,NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as yet.
NOw the newspaper are saying the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad.
I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.

Yours truly,
Manager

两个学习外语的网站

学习一门外语时如果没有语言环境的话,当然离不开多听多看了。今天介绍两个很好的网站,一个是专门用来听的,另一个用来看(当然也包括听)。

第一个:Listen and Write

这个网站是专门用来做听写练习的。

举例说明,单击这里打开一个练习,首先会下载音频,完成后应该会跟下图所示一样:

Listen-and-Write-example可以看到,有两个播放按钮,第一个(Click play to listen all audio at once下面的)用来听全文。第二个(Click play to start dictation…下面的)用来做听写练习。操作其实非常简单,需要注意以下几点:

  • 开始听写后,你只需在下面的小方框里输入你听到的句子就可以了,不需要输入标点符号(有点不好的是像I’m都只需要输入im,我觉得不利于培养初学者正确的英文输入习惯)
  • 它会自动逐个字母地进行检查,如果输入错了它会自动删掉,如果正确的话会一个单词一个单词地显示在上面的大方框里
  • 在当前听的句子全听写完之前,音频会自动循环播放
  • 听写完成后,会在播放完当前这一句之后再播放一遍当前句,之后自动进入下一句
  • 以上说的是在默认情况下。你也可以更改一下如Auto Repeat和Auto Complete之类的选项,让它更符合你的需求。

Listen-and-Write-example注册后还可以查看自己的得分记录等等,也可以自己上传音频并且分段成练习题,和大家一起共享。

第二个:TVWeb360

这个是个在线看电视的网站,前面那个网站可以用做精学工具,而这个就可以作为泛学工具了。

你可以选择不同语言的节目,或者不同国家的节目,也可以根据不同类别来选择喜欢的节目。除了电视节目之外,还有一些地方的摄像头,你可以看到那些地方的实时画面。当然由于种种原因,可能有些节目可能收看不了,那就换台吧。

TVWeb360

怎么利用蹭课网里的应用来学英语?

我和大家一样,也是在探索怎么好好地利用蹭课网来帮大家学习。我先简单说说我关于用本站学习英语的一个想法。

  1. 打开蹭课网后先把“在线广播”打开,然后找一个国外的英文台听,再在新窗口里进行别的操作;
  2. 在“鲜果阅读器”里订阅你感兴趣的所有英文网站,然后就可以不用每次都要打开它们的网站来看最新内容了。操作很简单:
    1. 打开“鲜果阅读器”;
    2. 如果还没有设置过就先按照提示进行注册与绑定,如果已设置好直接看下一步;
    3. 单击右上角的“添加订阅”;
    4. 把你喜欢的网站的RSS地址找到(很多网站都有RSS,比如VOA 慢速英语最新文章的RSS地址:http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/customCF /RecentStoriesRSS.cfm),填到地址框里,再单击旁边的“添加订阅”就可以了。Tips:很多网站的RSS地址可以被鲜果自动检测 到,你可以直接输入网址就可以了,如:www.time.com
    5. 订好之后阅读器就会在你所订的网站有新的更新时自动获取文章供你阅读了。
  3. 在阅读英文的时候肯定会有生词出现,这时可以在新窗口打开“英汉词典”或者“n词酷”来查单词;
  4. 利用“读书”应用来查找、购买和讨论各种图书,并且在这个应用里你可以看到同一本书在不同的地方买会打多少折,方便你花最少的钱买喜欢的书。
  5. ……

当 然,等我们的用户多起来了之后,大家可以在“去蹭课了!”找到更多的免费课程或者讲座信息,与朋友们相约一起去学习,我也希望大家一起参与进来,用“发起 ”来分享你所知道的信息,我们一起努力把“蹭课网”打造成在娱乐型社交网站成群的中国唯一一个以学习为特色的社交网站!

语音课倒数第二次的综合练习资料

选这篇文章也有我自己的个人喜好的因素,这是VOA Special English的新闻播报节目In The News里当时对Michael Jackson的报道。这篇文章也希望同学们仔细听每个细节,尤其是开始不久那里有一段电话录音,那是最真实的英语。我们一般学习英语的过程中是很难接触到真正的现实生活中的英语的。比如我们大多是从一些英语教学的录音里、电影、电视、收音机等等地方听到的模拟场景的声音,而我们在生活中遇到英语国家的人的时候,他们给我们说话时经常会不由自主地放慢语速,尽量吐字清楚并且使用简单的词汇及句型。所以这篇文章中的那段电话录音是个很好的材料。在那段录音中有这么一句"OK, OK. How old is he?",而实际上我们听到的是"OK, OK. How’di?"这是个很严重的略读现象,并且把is给全省没了,我们要说他发音错了都不为过。而实际上呢,电话另一头的人一点都没有迟疑,立刻回答"He’s uh, he’s 50 years old, sir."。所以各位同学,请放心大胆地把该省的音省掉,该连的音连起来,该弱读的音就弱读。咱们中国人可能听不明白,但只要你不是乱说的,英语为母语的国家的人们反而会感觉到听你的英语很亲切!

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This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
(MUSIC)
Fans around the world are remembering the man who called himself the King of Pop. Michael Jackson died Thursday in Los Angeles. This was the emergency call from the house where he was living.
CALLER: "We have a gentleman here that needs help and he’s not breathing. He’s not breathing and we’re trying to pump him but he’s not –”
OPERATOR: "OK, OK. How old is he?"
CALLER: "He’s fifty years old, sir."
OPERATOR: "Fifty, OK."
A personal doctor was with him at the house. 
Michael Jackson would have celebrated his fifty-first birthday in August. He was just days from launching what he hoped would be a comeback — a series of fifty concerts in London.
More than seven hundred fifty thousand tickets sold out within hours of going on sale in March. The shows were set to begin July thirteenth. There were questions, though, about whether his health could handle the extended tour.
And after he died there were more questions — this time about his use of painkillers. Medical examiners did an autopsy on Friday, but tests for drugs in the body normally take weeks.
Around the world, fans like this one reacted to news of his death.
WOMAN: "Somebody like Michael Jackson who’s done so much for the world and stuff, you think almost like he’s invincible."
(MUSIC)
"Thriller," his nineteen eighty-two album, earned a place in Guinness World Records as the best selling album of all time. It produced hits like "Beat It" and "Billie Jean."
(MUSIC)
Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. He was five years old when he and his brothers began performing in the Jackson 5.
He was eleven when they had their first album — "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5" — in nineteen sixty-nine. Their album "ABC" followed less than a year later.
(MUSIC)
In nineteen seventy-one, Michael Jackson began his solo career. He went on to sell an estimated seven hundred fifty million albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — twice.
But as talented and successful as he was, he was also deeply troubled. His behavior and appearance grew increasingly strange. He was heavily in debt.
He was childlike. But in nineteen ninety-three, a thirteen-year-old boy accused him of child molestation. The case was settled out of court. Later, another accusation led to a criminal trial. But four years ago this month a jury cleared him of all charges.
Michael Jackson left his mark on popular culture. His music, his videos, his dance moves and moonwalking, the hand in a sequined white glove, the father of three was even married for a time to Elvis Presley’s daughter. Now, he leaves behind family, friends and fans to mourn his death. In a sad way he did make a comeback. His death has pushed sales of his music back to the top of the charts again.
And that’s IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by June Simms. I’m Steve Ember.

语音课第二次课的综合练习

如题。语音课第二次的综合练习是选自VOA Special English的Words And Their Stories节目。在教材里只是那篇文章的片断。这里我把全文及其音频发出来,供各位同学学习:

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下面是文本内容:

Words and Their Stories: Pulling a Fast One

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

(MUSIC)

Today I will tell about expressions using numbers. Let us start with the number one. Numbers can be tricky. On the one hand, they are simply numbers. On the other hand, they have meanings. I for one use these expressions a lot.

Many people consider themselves number one, the most important person. They are always looking out for number one and taking care of number one. It is as if they are the one and only person on Earth. Some people however, are not so self-centered. My brother is such a person. It is true – no joke. I am not trying to pull a fast one on you.

First, you have to understand that my brother is one in a million. He is such a nice person. All his friends like him. They consider him one of the boys. Recently, my brother had a bad day at the office. It was just one of those days. Nothing went right. So he stopped at a local bar — a drinking place — after leaving work. My brother planned to have a glass of beer with his friends — a quick one – before he went home. But a quick one turned into one or two, and soon those became one too many.

As my brother was leaving, he ordered a last drink — one for the road. His friends became concerned. One by one, they asked him if he was able to drive home safely.

Now my brother is a wise and calm person. He is at one with himself. He recognizes when he has had too much alcohol to drink. So he accepted an offer for a ride home from a female friend.

At one time in the past, my brother had been in love with this woman. She is a great person — kind, thoughtful and intelligent — all good qualities rolled up into one. But sadly their relationship did not work. He always used to say "One of these days, I am going to marry this girl." But that never happened.

For one thing, she did not love him as much as he loved her. It was just one of those things. The situation was regrettable and my brother had to accept it. But even now, he considers her the one that got away.

However, they are still friends. And because my brother had been kind to her, she felt that one good turn deserves another. He was good to her and she wanted to help him in return. So she drove him home.

If my brother had driven home from the bar that night, his number would have been up. Something bad would have happened. Thankfully he made it home safely. And, he and the woman are back to square one. They are back to where they started – being friends.

(MUSIC)

This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Jill Moss. I’m Faith Lapidus.

加入爱口秀后的第一篇博客

5月8日正式加入爱口秀(北京)教育科技有限公司,任教研总监。两个多星期以来过得很充实。并且特别忙,以至于连Twitter都没时间更新了,更不要说写博客。也正因为忙,两个多星期了都没有正式和全体员工开个会。所以今晚准备了一个幻灯片,明天上午跟大家正式交流一下。幻灯片是用Prezi做的,在线也可以看:http://prezi.com/79899/view/

增加词汇量,帮助解决世界饥饿问题

介绍一个网站:www.freerice.com

很多人都觉得英语学习过程中词汇量不够是个大问题,而更大的问题是找到如何提高词汇量的方法。至今好像没有一个能快速让人积累真正有用的词汇的方法。为什么呢?我认为这个方法本来就没有,或者就算有也不应该去追求它。当然如果你觉得你的兴趣就在于背单词那就没有什么不可以的了。这可能跟我个人学习的经历有太多的关系了。我除了初一、初二那两年偶尔背过单词外,其它时候从来没有专门背过单词。这样也让我觉得不用去考虑单词的事。

这次不讨论太多的单词记忆的问题,主要是推荐一个挺有意义的网站。在FreeRice上练习单词,只要你回答正确一个问题,这个网站就会捐给联合国粮食计划署(UN World Food Programme)十粒大米。而且练习的模式也比较科学。每次会随机出题,出题的难度是根据你之前回答的正确与否来判断的。并且当你答错了一个之后,过一会儿这道题还会再次出现。这样就会让你加深印象。这样的点子真的很不错,是个一举两得的做法,既帮助人们学习英语,又为解决饥饿问题做了贡献。

American English Intonation

以前做过两天的集训营,给同学们讲语调的时候用了《American Accent Training》这套教材中的一部分内容,后来在给奥运志愿者做外语培训时,我也把其中一部分编进了教材。在很多地方讲课时我都会用这个教材中的方法来给学生讲解语调。语调其实比语音容易掌握,并且掌握了语调可以很快让你说出英语来有那种“洋”味。所以刚开始学习英语的时候我建议多注意一下语调。当然最好的方法还是多听多看(视频),语调的感觉就会自然找到。

下面内容是American Accent Training中的一部分,作者简单介绍了一下美式英语的一些特点。由于版权与网络空间等等的限制,我这里不能全部放上来。有机会的话可以听我来讲解

点击下面的播放按钮可以听录音:

The American Speech Music
美国语言的韵律

What to Do with Your Mouth to Sound American
你的嘴巴要怎样做才能说好美式英语

One of the main differences between the way an American talks and the way the rest of the world talks is that we don’t really move our lips. (So, when an American says, "Read my lips!" what does he really mean?) We create most of our sounds in the throat, using our tongue very actively. If you hold your fingers over your lips or clench your jaws when you practice speaking American English, you will find yourself much closer to native-sounding speech than if you try to pronounce every … single … sound … very … carefully.
美国人说话方式与世界上其它地方的人说话方式的主要区别之一就是我们不怎么动嘴唇。(所以当一个美国人说“看我的嘴型!”,他到底在表达什么?)我们大多数的发音都是由喉咙产生,再加上非常活跃的舌部运动。如果你在练习美式英语的时候把你的手放在你的嘴唇上或者紧紧握住你的下巴,你会发现相比你一个音一个音很仔细地发出来,你会更接近地道的发音。

If you can relate American English to music, remember that the indigenous music is jazz. Listen to their speech music, and you will hear that Americans have a melodic, jazzy way of producing sounds. Imagine the sound of a cello when you say, Beddy bada bida bedder budder (Betty bought a bit of better butter) and you’ll be close to the native way of saying it.
如果你能够把美式英语跟音乐联系起来,要记着美国本土的音乐是爵士。听他们语言的韵律,你会发现美国人有一种带有旋律的、爵士味的发音方式。想象一个大提琴的声音,同时说“Beddy bada bida bedder budder (Betty bought a bit of better butter)”,你就会非常接近地道的说法。

Because most Americans came from somewhere else, American English reflects the accent contributions of many lands. The speech music has become much more exaggerated than British English, developing a strong and distinctive intonation. If you use this intonation, not only will you be easier to understand, but you will sound much more confident, dynamic, and persuasive.
由于大多美国人来自别的地方,美式英语能反映出许多国家的口音。比起英式英语,语言的韵律已经变得更加夸张,产生了一种非常深厚而且独特的语调。如果你使用这种语调,不仅容易被别人听懂,而且你会听起来更加自信、有活力和有说服力。

Intonation, or speech music, is the sound that you hear when a conversation is too far away to be clearly audible but close enough for you to tell the nationality of the speakers. The American intonation dictates liaisons and pronunciation, and it indicates mood and meaning. Without intonation, your speech would be flat, mechanical, and very confusing for your listener. What is the American intonation pattern? How is it different from other languages? Foa egzampuru, eefu you hea ah Jahpahneezu pahsohn speakingu Ingurishu, the sound would be very choppy, mechanical, and unemotional to an American. Za sem vey vis Cheuman pipples, it sounds too stiff. A mahn frohm Paree ohn zee ahzer ahnd, eez intonashon goes up at zee end ov evree sentence, and has such a strong intonation that he sounds romantic and highly emotional, but this may not be appropriate for a lecture or a business meeting in English.
当一个对话远到听不清,但尚足以判断说话者的国籍,这时你听到的就是语调(或者说语言的韵律)。美语语调指示出连音与发音,并且能表现出情绪与意义。如果没有语调,你说的话就会很单调、机械,让你的听众很费解。美语语调的模式是什么?它跟其它语言有什么不同?例如,若你听到一个日本人说英语,他的发音在美国人听起来就会觉得非常突兀、机械和没有感情。德国人也是类似,听起来很僵硬。另外,一个来自巴黎的人他的语调在每句话最后都会升起来,并且有着深厚的语调,让人感觉非常浪漫并且富有感情。但这在讲台上或者商务会议上就不是恰当的英语了。