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by Tara B
Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Himself, herself..them...?
Replies: 21
Views: 5140

Stromfi wrote: If we use "themselves" in the original sentence, shouldn't we change the subject and the verbs ? "People who think too much of themselves, are never admired by others." rahter than "A person who thinks to much of themselves, is never admired by others." That is the solution I was taug...
by Tara B
Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:43 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: how can we teach the right pronunciation by games?
Replies: 6
Views: 2205

Have you ever tried minimal pair Bingo? Make a bingo card including words where just one sound is different. The differing sounds should be sounds that you are focusing on. For example, cheek, chick, check, pin, pen, meet, mitt, met, etc work well when you're doing front vowels. There is a phonetic ...
by Tara B
Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:53 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: methods in translate teaching wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 1118

The only thing I can say is try to make it authentic. Choose texts that would actually need to be translated for some reason, perhaps English literature so that Chinese people could enjoy it, relevant current events from a newspaper, or a menu for a restaurant? Or, depending on your students' profic...
by Tara B
Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: She...her for countries?
Replies: 3
Views: 1029

There's at least one more--

God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains, to the praries
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home
God bless America, my home sweet home.

TB
by Tara B
Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Kids books for adults?
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Thanks for the good ideas, everyone!
by Tara B
Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:52 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: methods in translate teaching wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 1118

Why do you ask?
by Tara B
Tue Oct 25, 2005 6:06 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Kids books for adults?
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Kids books for adults?

The more I learn about reading, the more important I think it is for my adult students to do reading for pleasure, either on thier own or during class time. The problem, of course, is that there aren't many books written to adult audiences that are written on a level that they can read. I'm especial...
by Tara B
Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:58 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Reading disability(dyslexia)HELP
Replies: 39
Views: 10927

Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow, EH and Sally. I would not want to limit a student by telling them what they can't do. I guess I don't have enough experience with special needs students yet. . . Of the few students like this in ESL programs I have seen, none of them was getting the ...
by Tara B
Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:06 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: basic rules
Replies: 6
Views: 4686

It helps me to think of them as patterns or families, rather than rules. Spelling rules have a lot to do with syllable structure. Open syllables (CV) take long vowels. Closed syllables (CVC) generally take short vowels, unless marked for a long vowel sound. Marking usually takes the form of multiple...
by Tara B
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:56 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: voice training
Replies: 1
Views: 2641

You might try Pronunciation Matters by Henrichsen et al. It has minimal pairs involving word stress, intonation, and consonant clusters, though not the other things you describe. The authors put each minimal pair in context by writing a story around each one.
by Tara B
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: need + verb + -ing.
Replies: 15
Views: 2704

In some regions of the U.S. (and I'm sure in other regions worldwide),
the following construction is common:
This car needs washed.
I know you all will be just as excited as I was recently to learn that this construction is supposed to originate from Pittsburg, PA.
by Tara B
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:35 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Let Alone
Replies: 8
Views: 2321

Not authentic, but. . . I was so sick I couldn't get out of bed let alone walk to the bank. David doesn't know arithmetic let alone algebra. Melinda can barely afford pinto beans let alone beef. Randy can't cook a grilled cheese sandwich let alone Thanksgiving dinner. Prof. Smith wouldn't accept you...
by Tara B
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:24 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Reading disability(dyslexia)HELP
Replies: 39
Views: 10927

What I have learned about disabilities is that they are extremely complicated and each student is unique. My experience with students with disabilities is that getting the academic skills in thier first language is hard enough for them that they should really avoid emigrating or studying other langu...
by Tara B
Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:08 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: computers and pronunciation
Replies: 3
Views: 2637

computers and pronunciation

Do any of you guys use any sort of technology for teaching pronunciation that shows pictures of sound waves? I've seen something like it on the Rosetta Stone software--a native recording is played with the sound wave shown, and then you record your own voice to see if you can match the wave. Later y...
by Tara B
Wed Oct 05, 2005 3:29 am
Forum: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Topic: web resources for pronunciation
Replies: 3
Views: 2326

web resources for pronunciation

Can anybody recommend some good free websites for practicing pronunciation?

Or some software that is relatively inexpensive?