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by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 16, 2004 10:10 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Student's inactive attitude in class
Replies: 14
Views: 4969

It is not only in Taiwan that this happens. It happens in Japan, Mongolia and Greenland too. I found it quite natural that one or two people whose English is very good are appointed or approved by the group to talk. It is just the way it works in their families at home too. I soon got to know who we...
by Sally Olsen
Sun Apr 11, 2004 7:23 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Highly Selected Examples
Replies: 192
Views: 10514

I found myself getting a glimmer of understanding from going through these posts but of course, with the backing and forthing it is a little hard to follow. I'm with Lorikeet and I think this must be in the same category as Math. I can do it when pressed and for awhile but then it slips away. But it...
by Sally Olsen
Sun Apr 11, 2004 11:03 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Systemic Functional Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

You guys are something else - you provide a lot of laughter for us all. Thanks. The students are 15 years old (because they can advance quickly if they are smart) to 19 years old (because they can repeat if they failed last year). There are both young men and women and a few who haven't decided whic...
by Sally Olsen
Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:23 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Highly Selected Examples
Replies: 192
Views: 10514

I am sorry that I don't have time right at the moment to really give all your postings the time they deserve and after the students exams will dig in and see what I can do. So far I understand Shun Tang that you were trying your best to understand English and particularly the verbs so that you could...
by Sally Olsen
Sat Apr 10, 2004 9:40 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Systemic Functional Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Thanks Larry for the recommendation of the book. I will search for it. Meanwhile I have 45 students who are going for final exams. In Greenland and I guess Denmark as well, these are the only exams they have in their young lives and they count for everything. So I have a month to try to get them to ...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 09, 2004 4:05 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Highly Selected Examples
Replies: 192
Views: 10514

Wow, this is going to take me a long time to read but thanks for writing everything in one place Shun Tang and I will check back with the other threads you suggested. It is great what you are all doing and I just can't imagine the time that you put into this. It is neat that you can check all your p...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 09, 2004 2:39 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Writing Exercises For Adults
Replies: 6
Views: 3468

Susan Langor said philosophers thought we used language to communicate, as a way to satisfy basic needs. Maybe language is to make meaning, to understand what our world is like, to make patterns, interpret. It is aligned with art, ritual. You could look at writing as a whole, rethink through linguis...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 09, 2004 2:27 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Laptop computers - how do you use yours?
Replies: 9
Views: 1938

I am hardly ever without my laptop. I use my digatel camera to take pictures of all that we do as a review every month or so, of their posters, their shadow stories, their storyboards for movies. They love to see pictures of my former students and family. If a student isn't talking to me regularly o...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:23 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: More questions about English tense usage
Replies: 31
Views: 2745

I find this fascinating Shun Tang. I am too old - does this mean you have been on line for a long time in this thread or does it mean, that like me, you are old in years? whether I have asked about something - does this mean that you are not worried about Hong Kong and don't want to leave to go to A...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 09, 2004 11:53 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Systemic Functional Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Yep, it is 46 years and counting. I believe I am a good teacher in many ways but this part of the EFL teaching has me flumoxed. I guess I am angry that I am this far along in life and haven't been exposed to all of this somewhere along the line. When students like Shun Tang come to me and have quest...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:30 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Language Prejudist Attitudes
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

It is a world wide phenomena. In Greenland the people in Ilulissat (5000 people) think that the people in Aasiaat (3000) are inferior in speaking Greenlandic. They can even tell the difference between Ilulissat Greenlandic and Qasigiannguit Greenlandic which is only 20 km or so down the coast. Sever...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:55 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: More questions about English tense usage
Replies: 31
Views: 2745

Sorry, just new here but isn't Shun Tang asking for help with the serious problems of Hong Kong? Is that another thread? This has been a fascinating discussion and the posts have a great deal of information. Can we still let it pry, worm and challenge ideas out of the people who have thought long an...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:39 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Systemic Functional Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Systemic Functional Analysis

I hesitated to get into the other thread on the fascinating topic of tenses and aspects. I have run it all off so I can go over it again because, like some others, I am just over my head when it comes to this subject. Since I teach mostly oral English in EFL settings I can usually palm off these que...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 08, 2004 6:03 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: English Club
Replies: 4
Views: 1681

How about showing English movies and getting the scripts and then acting them out with the appropriate characters. If they don't understand the plot you can have subtitles in your language the first time and then go over each "chapter" of the movie if it is on DVD one by one. The scripts are on line...
by Sally Olsen
Thu Apr 08, 2004 5:50 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: help with teaching conversation to Japanese ladies
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Perhaps you have already started and if so you will know how much fun this group can be. You can do anything with them and they will love it I am sure. My group did some cooking, went to the local temple, shopping, local festivals and on and on. They never seemed to stop laughing, they were such goo...