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by PaulV
Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:14 am
Forum: Texts
Topic: Textbook for 1-on1 low intermediate Japanese student
Replies: 0
Views: 2731

Textbook for 1-on1 low intermediate Japanese student

Hello, I'm going to start teaching English via Skype to an 18 y/o who lives in Japan. However, most of my experience has been in classroom settings with the Pearson Top Notch/Summit series. I want her to get a book, but I want something that will be good for a 1-on-1 teaching style. Many of the ESL ...
by PaulV
Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: Texts
Topic: Has anyone used Longman Top Notch?
Replies: 1
Views: 3901

I've used Pearson's Top Notch/Summit series for the past three years because it is the book that the school at which I teach uses. Personally, I think it is slow. I wish it challenged the students more, but I know they design many classroom books this way so that slower students don't get left behin...
by PaulV
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Even a blind man "can/could" see that I love you v
Replies: 5
Views: 2740

A blind man being able to see is not a possibility, so one could question the 'can' in 'Even a blind man "can/could" see that I love you very much'. The fact that the 'love' here is a timeless//ever-/still-present truth (rather than a past one) is besides the point, so the modal doesn't necessarily...
by PaulV
Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grammar question: People use drugs to escape (from) reality
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

Escape can be used as either a transitive or intransitive verb. The dictionary indicates that when used to mean getting away or slipping away from some sort of confinement or restraint, the intransitive form is used. When used to indicate getting away from some sort of pursuer, such as the police, t...
by PaulV
Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Even a blind man "can/could" see that I love you v
Replies: 5
Views: 2740

Hello here in China. Both forms are correct; the difference is the voice of the verb. 1. Even if I can help you I won't. This is a simple statement of fact; therefore, the present tense modals are used. 2. Even if I could help you, I wouldn't. The difference here is that the subjunctive voice is use...