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by Roger
Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:57 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: novels as learning tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 1265

I am surprised to read that someone suspects a FT to "scare" their Japanese English students with their too-serious approach... How come? How can an FT "scare" their students this way? Japanese students are very comparable to Chinese ones; diffident, fickle, bookishly dedicated to study but not endo...
by Roger
Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:45 am
Forum: Bilingual Education
Topic: set up a language training center in China
Replies: 7
Views: 5819

gongqin, I think you are Chinese, right? Why don't you take your idea to the China Off topic discussion forum in the Employment section? That's where it belongs. Apart from giving you this pointer, I am not sure why you think it is a good idea to set up a new training centre in China. Do you know th...
by Roger
Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:17 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Why do we teach prescriptive grammar?
Replies: 67
Views: 9419

I see some very passinate attacks on the 'wrong' use of language, 'natives commit a lot of mistakes and you can be better than them in English' is the stupid motto some teachers have here, as a José Well, mate, it wasn't necesssary to elevate yourself above the rest of us by being churlish. This ru...
by Roger
Fri Feb 18, 2005 1:52 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: ESL is overly complicated
Replies: 15
Views: 3576

zhuangzi: you boasted you learnt 9 languages and are now into your tenth; would you care to elaborate on how well you acquired these lingos? There are many out here that speak several languages - including myself - and that still arrive at views that in parts are opposite to yours. You claim, for in...
by Roger
Fri Feb 18, 2005 1:34 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: novels as learning tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 1265

I am glad others see the benefits of reading too. First thing: yes, it reinforces the familiarity of the learner with the sentence structures of the target language as the language becomes virtually "visible". The reader can pause, reflect and continue at his lesiure. He can check any reference mate...
by Roger
Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:54 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Your opinions on native languages
Replies: 9
Views: 3867

Interesting replies, especially the one about the janitor speaking the children's first tongue. The problem I have with stances like this, and the opinion so common in China where locals feel they only understand explanations given in their native tongue is this: this presupposes that the learner UN...
by Roger
Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:24 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Sandwich stories ... A way to study vocabulary and reading
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Thank you, atreju, vfor your detailed reply! There is a lot of food for thought for a while yet!
Anyway, I have for a long time been a proponent of the idea that English literature/reading for secondary students in China. You are lending me valuable extra ammunition, I mean arguments!
by Roger
Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:36 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Sandwich stories ... A way to study vocabulary and reading
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

atrevu, I am interested to acquaint myself nwith this new approach but already I do feel some apprehensions about it. I laud efforts at interesting young learners in reading; in fact, I do feel our students read the wrong things, and they read English texts for the wrong reasons, and there should be...
by Roger
Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:58 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: What's so terribly ungrammatical with 'he hasn't a book'?
Replies: 29
Views: 3322

I am glad so many of you agreed that "...hasn't a ...(insert noun).." is acceptable though slightly odd. In fact, purely empirically speaking, I come across it rather often. BUt the OP might care to know that the verb "HAVE/HAS is a full verb that requires an auxiliary verb as soon as the negative "...
by Roger
Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:52 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: HELP NEEDED - Grammar Lesson
Replies: 7
Views: 2539

Maybe you should look at lesson plans in a long-term perspective: you won't cover the past tense in questions only, right? Where does this lesson plan meet with other grammar issues? DOes it border on past tense negative statements, for instance? Or does it form a continuum with other tenses such as...
by Roger
Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:48 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: non-native speakers
Replies: 1
Views: 652

And where would you like to teach? Which language? Your answers will determine where you can go. Apart from that, I would like to tell you proficiency at other languages always is an asset. The TEFL world is slightly different from the professional foreign language instruction concept dear to Europe...
by Roger
Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:48 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Punctuation
Replies: 1
Views: 585

Replace the semi-colon before 'e.g.' with a coma - to make sense!
by Roger
Tue Oct 26, 2004 3:51 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Need help putting together political discussion class
Replies: 3
Views: 846

As correctly pointed out in the previous reply, you need to supply more details. I for example teach i n CHINA, and my students range in age from 20 to 22. Can I ever discuss political issues??? Good question. Sometimes I can. Sometimes it's tactful to steer clear of such topics. In any event, I wou...
by Roger
Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:49 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The Routine On Yesterday
Replies: 146
Views: 12830

Xui, you chose the word "Routine" in the phrase "Routine on yesterday", and this noun - routine - annoys me! Can you adopt a "routine" on one day, and discontinue it for the rest of your time? A routine is an ongoing action or habits that continue. There is no routine on one day and not on the rest ...
by Roger
Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:41 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is YESTERDAY a past time?
Replies: 19
Views: 2041

Hi Xui! Your dilemma is due to some misunderstanding! WHile YESTERDAY is a marker of something in the past, what actually determines whether you may use the simple past tense or another tense is: the VERB you are using. For instance: Yesterday WAS Saturday! Saturday ended at midnight before Sunday b...