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by stromfi
Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: word omission when combining sentences
Replies: 1
Views: 964

word omission when combining sentences

Could any of you direct me to a good website or recommend me some other resources where I could refresh my memory on what words can and cannot be omitted when combining ideas? Just and example to illustrate what I mean: He stares at the coffee cups which are in a pile. + The coffee cups are stained ...
by stromfi
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:06 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: adverbs deriving from participle adjectives
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Thank you, fluffyhamster, for your reply. The online dictionary idea did occur to me, as well, but Merriam Webster didn't seem to have those words, neither did Collins Cobuild. Anyway, thanks for your help and the link.
by stromfi
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: adverbs deriving from participle adjectives
Replies: 2
Views: 841

adverbs deriving from participle adjectives

Hi, Many adjectives that end in -ing can be changed into adverbs. Examples: surprising - surprisingly, disappointing - disappointingly, amazing - amazingly, etc. On the other hand, there are some -ing adjectives that don't take an -ly well. Examples: tiring - tiringly, exhausting - exhaustingly In t...
by stromfi
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: scoring dictation
Replies: 1
Views: 926

scoring dictation

Hi, I was wondering if any of you who do dictations with your students could give me some pointers about scoring them. Do you score differently if you dictate a list of words and not a list of sentences (and vice versa)?Does every misspelt word count as a mistake, or would you give half a point for ...
by stromfi
Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: "the best thing to do is"
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Many thanks for your replies!
by stromfi
Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: "the best thing to do is"
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

"the best thing to do is"

Could anyone, please, help me out with this phrase? When I use it, I always add an infinitive afterwards. However, there are plenty of examples on Google where it is followed by the base form of the verb. I've grabbed my Michael Swan book (Practical English Usage) to see if it had anything to say on...
by stromfi
Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:04 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Teaching how to form questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1530

Hi Jenny, What a coincidence! :) I'm also teaching my students how and when to use is/are/do/does in questions right now. :) I think the most important thing is that you take it rather slow and do plenty of practice, review and refreshers throughout the whole semester. Before you tackle questions, m...
by stromfi
Sun May 28, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Volunteer to paid position: Fastest way in Texas?
Replies: 2
Views: 902

Hi ESL Enthusiast, I've walked the same walks that you are walking right now. After moving to the US, I started out as a volutneer ESL teacher and as soon as I got my work permit, I let the orgainziation I was working for know that I was available for any ESL openings they might have. Within a week ...
by stromfi
Thu May 18, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Was/were vs Did
Replies: 10
Views: 25416

I think Rebeca's explanation is a bit oversimplified. It would be a good way to explain the usage of "was/were" and "did" in questions in a beginner class, that hasn't talked about the continuos tenses yet. However, if you have a class that has tackled these tenses already, then Rebeca's explanation...
by stromfi
Wed May 17, 2006 3:55 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Looking for course book recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Business Options by Adrian Wallwork. It has a CD and a workbook, as well. I would say it's for students at a high-intermediate/advanced level.
by stromfi
Sun May 14, 2006 2:55 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: One-to-one teaching - help please!
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Well, I don't work with teenagers, but you might want to check out "Children BBC" on the web. You can listen to their articles, and you can use them as a spring board for conversation. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/default.stm You might find this one interesting as well: http://www.brainpop.com/hea...
by stromfi
Sat May 13, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: One-to-one teaching - help please!
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Hi ouraka, I think that first of all you will have to sit down with your student and his/her parents and ask them what exactly their expectations are. Does your tutee need general English or English for specific purposes? What does (s)he want/need to improve most: speaking, writing, grammar, reading...
by stromfi
Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: Intensive English Programs
Topic: why not an infinitive??
Replies: 2
Views: 3687

Hi Adlerjd, To be honest, I find both of the sentences awkward for the following two reasons: 1. If a country has good infrastructure, it's usually not labelled as a developing country. "Developing" is a euphamism for "poor" or "relatively poor." So, if you replace "developing" with "poor/relatively...
by stromfi
Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:41 am
Forum: Refugee Issues
Topic: Teacher guide for 0-level students
Replies: 3
Views: 6249

Hi Kresearch,

Here's a website you might find useful: http://www.newreaderspress.com/index_h.html
by stromfi
Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: IPA typewriter online
Replies: 3
Views: 5209

IPA typewriter online

Does anyone know where to find it again on the net? It was bookmarked and listed amongst my favorites, but now it's gone. :cry: Each time I click on the link, I get a message saying that the page has moved and I will be connected in no time. Then I always get another message saying that the page is ...