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by Sally Olsen
Fri May 21, 2004 2:15 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Should I use L1 in my english classes?
Replies: 23
Views: 6326

I suppose there are lazy students but I have rarely run into a real one. There is usually some good reason for them not to speak English in class. In some countries it is just not their job to speak out. That is the job of the best speakers and they wouldn't presume to take over this role. In some c...
by Sally Olsen
Thu May 20, 2004 7:07 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Should I use L1 in my english classes?
Replies: 23
Views: 6326

In all my teaching in other countries (I am Canadian), I found that it was enormously useful for the students to have grammar explained in their own language. I always found that if I didn't translate words that students found difficult, the other students would. If a student looks blank, some other...
by Sally Olsen
Thu May 20, 2004 6:45 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Active or passive politics?
Replies: 13
Views: 1251

Is it also part of becoming part of a discourse community. You always notice new politicians speaking in the present and gradually they start to use the forms of language around them in the political community. It is like that in any situation. If you hang around teenagers long enough you will begin...
by Sally Olsen
Thu May 20, 2004 1:40 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Looking for ideas!
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Lucky you! I did this for about 10 years and it was so much fun and so rewarding. I did all you are doing. I also scouted around and got some old computers with basic programs and got them started on learning to type and writing things for their children and grandchildren. We took pictures or they b...
by Sally Olsen
Fri May 14, 2004 3:58 pm
Forum: Texts
Topic: text for short term visit
Replies: 1
Views: 1587

Your local tourist bureau will have an excellent guide to your area and it would make a perfect "textbook" for your class along with visits to some of those places. Have the students write their own textbook to take home with them about their experiences. Students who are coming for 9 days don't nee...
by Sally Olsen
Tue May 11, 2004 8:56 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: New job; scary situation
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Great advice Larry. It is always a new situation for every student and teacher and I always try to be honest about my feelings of being nervous, new and of course taking over from a teacher they usually loved. It is the step-mother syndrome. You can never take the place of their teacher but you can ...
by Sally Olsen
Fri May 07, 2004 12:29 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: public vs. private schools
Replies: 4
Views: 3040

. Are you in a private or public school? Public - Greenland 2. What are your jobs like (ALT? FT? PT?)? Foreign teacher 3. What are your hours? 8 to 3 but not constant every day. I teach 29 hours a week. 4. Care to comment on your pay range or bonus plan? Airfare to Greenland, good salary, paid extra...
by Sally Olsen
Thu May 06, 2004 10:09 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Help! End of Class Presentation
Replies: 2
Views: 744

It sounds terrifying! You said that the English levels vary. Are their some children that can speak English then? Best to use them for as long as you can and give the ones who can't speak much some funny role, such as popping up with a sign that says, "Good Work" or "Super" or such every once in awh...
by Sally Olsen
Tue May 04, 2004 10:03 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Teaching unmotivated students
Replies: 61
Views: 70850

Can't answer for China but Mongolia is next door. All the other teachers told me that their kids were unmotivated, wouldn't talk and didn't like anything they proposed. The first day of class when I walked in the kids were literally swinging from the rafters and didn't respond at all to "Please sit ...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:47 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Go figure
Replies: 8
Views: 960

"Go figure" comes from Yiddish Gey vays "Go know". Leo Rosten, in The Joys of Yinglish (Penguin, 1989, ISBN 0-452-26534-6), says: "In English, one says, 'Go and see [look, ask, tell]...' Using an imperative without any link to a conjunction is pure Yiddish, no doubt derived from the biblical phrase,...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:14 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Writing Exercises For Adults
Replies: 6
Views: 3475

I have a Writing Day when they can only write to "say" something. I give them sticky notes and let them write them to each other or to other teachers who will be in the classroom later. All is silent except for the scurrying around the class to pass the notes. Anything they write to me, I answer and...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 29, 2004 9:26 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: End of Class
Replies: 4
Views: 871

I would be interested to know what they were reading. Are they reading forms that are required for their work and labels on bottles and signs around the hotel? Is there English in their environment at all? How about some games instead of reading straight from a book. They could still read but have a...
by Sally Olsen
Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:29 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Punishment: should it be in English?
Replies: 9
Views: 4417

I have no idea why they stand up! I will be interested to hear. I keep telling my students that they are there to learn English and not become spitball champion of the school or in my case finger wrestling champion. If they are misbehaving verbally but doing it in English, then I use their sentences...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:49 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Another older learner qyestion
Replies: 3
Views: 945

I had a woman student like this who spoke Somali, Egyptian, Arabic and French "English". She was illiterate in all the languages so had nothing to fall back on with the written language. We taught her to write in Somali, her main language outside the school and the English began to come after that. ...
by Sally Olsen
Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:15 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Tiny Class
Replies: 4
Views: 891

Great suggestion, Larry. I had a similar class and got the boys to bring in their favourite CD's and we either tried to copy down the words and sing them together or went to lyrics.com to get the lyrics. They even made up a little routine to show their parents at the end with rap style movements. I ...