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by fluffyhamster
Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: In the course of time
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

Heh, you're very welcome, Mike!
by fluffyhamster
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: In the course of time
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

The first is incorrect, as the main use of 'of' is to help form noun phrases (the 'of' and the noun that follows it make a prepositional phrase postmodifying the preceding noun), which is what it is doing here. (One could also have ? They slowly died out in (the) course time , in which 'course time'...
by fluffyhamster
Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: I hate to go out shopping, thus I let my fingers do the walk
Replies: 4
Views: 3041

Fun and potentially instructive as that 'fingers' phrase may be, I think it's a bit too idiomatic (a Yellow Pages slogan < ? > a song by Neil Young) to be worth teaching. Why not just say "I (often) prefer to shop online, as it's easier/more convenient than trying to park (at) and walk around the sh...
by fluffyhamster
Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: I love school because I'm a wizard "in / at" every
Replies: 2
Views: 2125

I'd say 'at', which mirrors 'good at'. The 'in' is probably less common, but really doesn't affect the meaning much. A treatise on prepositions might start going on about how the 'in' sounds more literally like you are a wizard in whatever, while the 'at' adds a less literal nuance, stuff like that ...
by fluffyhamster
Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: Textbook Question RE: Canadian Spelling
Replies: 2
Views: 2726

I was just looking at some Chinese grammars by Claudia Ross, which provide both simplified and traditional characters, printed one above the other. For example (I've added a nonce word 'thei' to illustrate what would be going on in English LOL): 他们都很忙。 They are all busy. 他們都很忙ã...
by fluffyhamster
Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Authentic Language/Direct Grammar Instruction
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Nowadays there are so many sources of real or realistic examples (the web, corpora, dictionaries, reasonably clear and straightforward grammar practice books like Murphy's Grammar in Use series, Thornbury's Natural Grammar etc etc) to help flesh out and illustrate structures, that there really is no...
by fluffyhamster
Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:08 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Helping students unlearn bad habits and uncorrect pronunc.
Replies: 3
Views: 4483

Shouldn't that be ' in correct'? :wink: ('Uncorrect' might for all I know be a verb though e.g. can one "uncorrect" the so-called corrections that MS Word often suggests one accepts?). Hmm, where to start? If you're interested in helping develop fluent and connected speech, try searching for mainly ...
by fluffyhamster
Sun May 27, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: present/past perfect??
Replies: 9
Views: 6146

Heh, glad to be of help, mdavis. :) I was just thinking about that 'usually comes right before whatever item is being stressed/highlighted' - you could even say that it is the 'though' there that is being stressed (i.e. that 'even' needs something following it, in this case an actual subordinator, f...
by fluffyhamster
Sat May 26, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: present/past perfect??
Replies: 9
Views: 6146

Returning to the original question: as the context clearly concerns 'dynamic' (i.e. factual) modality, that is, a here used-and-done ability (rather than epistemic/likelihood, or deontic/obligation, etc), the use of "past tense" (or "present tense" in the case of a verb phrase beginning with 'can' r...
by fluffyhamster
Sat May 26, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: present/past perfect??
Replies: 9
Views: 6146

You're very welcome, mdavis. :wink: Although the "standard" word on modals in ELT is likely Lewis still (whose concept of 'remoteness'*, as expounded in his book The English Verb , provides a very useful umbrella term that is able to cover both lexical tense and modality, as shown in the diagram and...
by fluffyhamster
Thu May 10, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Taking students from introduction to mastery of a new word
Replies: 5
Views: 3458

Well, a good course (textbook etc) would teach the students all they really need to know about certain words - say all the useful entries, collocations, phrases, idioms etc relating to it in an up-to-date advanced leaner dictionary. Until that course is really written however, all we can really do i...
by fluffyhamster
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:57 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Teaching Assignment in June
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Sure, keep us posted! I'll try to remember to keep dropping by this forum and thread. :wink:
by fluffyhamster
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Ways of interacting
Replies: 5
Views: 1895

Have you looked at observation schemes such as those mentioned in the following paper (that I dredged up by Googling Nunan and COLT):
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/c ... vette1.pdf
by fluffyhamster
Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Ways of interacting
Replies: 5
Views: 1895

Good to hear from you again, Andy (I for one had feared you were dead!). I'm afraid that me and Sally seem to be the only two of the old AL regulars you knew who are at all active on here nowadays (I guess the bottom has well and truly fallen out of TEFLing). I used to bounce around such labels (ins...
by fluffyhamster
Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Cambridge TKT
Replies: 4
Views: 2425

Hey, I just did a quick search of the Job Discussion forums to see if I'd missed anything about the TKT, and a thread entitled 'TKT Practical' leapt out at me (I hadn't realized Cambridge had added such a module). I haven't done the sums, but if taking the 3 or so theoretical~paper-based modules (wh...