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by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: Bilingual Education
Topic: Non native speaker teaching ESL, does it matter?
Replies: 14
Views: 14007

Oh, yes, I agree, of course, language learning is not merely grammar study. The anecdote came from a class on English structure and its place in ESL/EFL, so naturally it was a grammar-related topic. Not every learner wants or needs prestigious grammar, but some do, especially those on an academic or...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Does "screw up" ever mean "to persevere???&qu
Replies: 9
Views: 1504

I know a lot of folks opt for a total ban on translation dictionaries. I don't go quite so extreme. The translator, like everything else, can be useful, as long as people realize that it's only one tool in a set, that it's imperfect, that it can't do everything, that there are often no direct trans...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: Bilingual Education
Topic: Non native speaker teaching ESL, does it matter?
Replies: 14
Views: 14007

tricky

I'm from the U.S. and am therefore a "native speaker." I taught in Japan for 3 years and am now pursuing a master's in TESOL. In Asia there is huge demand for "native" speakers and they (we) get the lion's share of the jobs. Many schools won't even hire a "non-native," or if they do, they pay them ...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Does "screw up" ever mean "to persevere???&qu
Replies: 9
Views: 1504

Interesting. I'd never heard that one. Then wouldn't that indicate tenacity rather than persevereance? Like stick to your guns? Screw as in affix , attatch , Like having eyes or ears glued to sth, or being rivited? The sticking point? What on Earth is that? Oh, don't answer that. It'll just lead to...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:08 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Does "screw up" ever mean "to persevere???&qu
Replies: 9
Views: 1504

OK then

So, after a week of waiting and googling, I feel reasonably ready to declare my student's translation software a fraud. I just didn't want to do it prematurely.
Thanks to all (two) of you who replied. Anyone else who cares to chime in is welcome to do so.
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Does "screw up" ever mean "to persevere???&qu
Replies: 9
Views: 1504

Does "screw up" ever mean "to persevere???&qu

My student from Beijing looked up the phrase "screw up" using some kind of translation software she has on her PC. In addition to "blunder," the translator also said that it can mean "to persevere" or to recover from some dire circumstance "by unconventional means." Unfortunately I can't recall if ...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sat Dec 09, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Difference between "s" and "sh"
Replies: 19
Views: 35576

BACK UP!!!

The "sh" sound exists in Japanese and your student CAN say it. Listen to Japanese people speak; they use "shi" ALL THE TIME. I bet she says it when you're trying to teach her: "muzuka shii !" "sha," "shu," and "sho" also occur regularly. There's no "she," though. I'm talking in terms of the Japanese...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:04 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Toward regularisation
Replies: 25
Views: 1769

Binding Theory

Apparently, binding of reflexives provides an area of debate for/against the Universal Grammar theory. Hamilton published a mind-bending study on this, and the literature refers to several other relevant studies as well. It's a little over my head (understatement), but basically her findings support...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:55 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: How do you, personally, define Standard English?
Replies: 33
Views: 2527

I believe in ghosts, but I don't believe in...

Sigh... OK, class, once again, repeat after me: "There is no standard English, there never was any standard English, there never will be any standard English, ever, ever, ever , there is no standard English, there never was any standard English, there never will be any standard English, ever, ever,...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:07 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Italian pronunciation problems and how to deal with them
Replies: 1
Views: 2885

> Teaching American English Pronunciation by Peter Avery and Susan Ehrlich (Oxford University Press 1992) has sections on a wide variety of nationalities and their specific English pronunciation problems. A great deal of evidence exists supporting the idea that good pronunciation is best achieved wh...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: How to be a good teacher who teaches the beginners?
Replies: 5
Views: 706

more evidence of the "listening before speaking" a

In a 1993 study published in Language Quarterly, Melva E. Underbakke points to "a considerable amount of research [that] supports the contention that listening without speaking leads to improved speaking abilities." In the article she describes separate studies by Neufeld (1978), Henning (1966), DeB...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia
Replies: 8
Views: 8859

Here's wishing for lasting peace from here on out. ...and an end to ignorance. I dare say I'll miss it; ignorance has been good for some laughs. It's kind of like a crazy friend: amusing until things turn ugly. That's our line of work, though: dispelling ignorance, or facilitating the dispelling of ...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:49 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: going to, will, ing---help
Replies: 6
Views: 960

Planning to...

Bugil has covered the basics; those are good rules of thumb. I have no idea what Metal56 is talking about, maybe I've had too much sake tonight! The reason I'm piping up is to interject something about "planning to..." I'd discourage you from saying that "planning to" is equal to "going to..." "Plan...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:46 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: How to be a good teacher who teaches the beginners?
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Accents are cool!

Lorikeet is absolutely right: It is not necessary for students to have perfect pronunciation. In most cases, that is. This raises a VERY important question: What is their reason for learning English? Are they studying English because they want to , or because they have to ? Are they fulfilling the ...
by mrandmrsjohnqsmith
Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:44 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: problems in Japan: what works for you?
Replies: 3
Views: 2424

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