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by k9fan
Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:27 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Good assessment tools for tutoring intake?
Replies: 0
Views: 2878

Good assessment tools for tutoring intake?

Is there a good general "intake assessment" test I can buy, in book or software form, to administer to new tutoring students that will help identify their level and help us to pinpoint the specific grammar points or structures (or other areas, such as deficits in pronunciation) they need to work on?...
by k9fan
Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: how to help students to have a possitive attitude
Replies: 8
Views: 8947

have students set goals and see their own progress

I believe that one of the things that will improve a student's attitude the most is the observation that he or she is making progress. If you can help your students set individual, concrete goals that are relevant to their lives(such as, "By the end of the week I will be able to use these 20 new voc...
by k9fan
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: good book to help with business/meeting language/etiquette?
Replies: 2
Views: 1810

good book to help with business/meeting language/etiquette?

I have a tutoring client who has lived in the U.S. for many years but is not confident in her English. Her goal in hiring me is to feel more comfortable and function better at her mid-level high-tech job. At our initial meeting she said that she doesn't know how to make herself heard in a meeting or...
by k9fan
Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:40 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: helping advanced students improve spontaneous grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 893

helping advanced students improve spontaneous grammar

My advanced one-on-one tutoring student, a PhD research fellow, has said that he would like to work on correct grammar in speaking. I have another prospective set of students who are professionals with a similar need. They are from a variety of Asian countries. Does anyone have any tips or reference...
by k9fan
Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:37 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Teaching In China
Replies: 9
Views: 3779

information gap activities and "mingles"

A couple more suggestions for getting students to communicate verbally are information gap exercises and "mingle" activities (where you provide one question per student and then students must walk around the classroom, asking each other their questions, getting an answer, and then exchanging questio...
by k9fan
Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Songs teaching Comparitive and Superlative?
Replies: 4
Views: 1997

That gives me an idea for another song

The suggestion to have the students play a boasting game made me think of another "comparatives" song -- how about "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" from the musical Annie Get Your Gun ? I'll have to try that some time. Here are the words: ANNIE OAKLEY and FRANK BUTLER sing: Anything you can do,...
by k9fan
Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: recommend love song for Valentine's Day (beginner adults)
Replies: 2
Views: 2316

Thanks! and what I chose

Thank you for all those suggestions! I really appreciate it. I settled on a different song, though, and I think it's a good one -- "Strangers in the Night." Easy repetitive lyrics, it's about romantic love, and it's a nice tune. And I can teach the expression "love at first sight." :-) Also some of ...
by k9fan
Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:53 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Songs teaching Comparitive and Superlative?
Replies: 4
Views: 1997

A couple of songs

My Love by Petula Clark (My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine, softer than a sign)

More by Bobby Darin.

I'm sure there are ... more ... :-) but I can't think of any right now.
by k9fan
Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:18 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: recommend love song for Valentine's Day (beginner adults)
Replies: 2
Views: 2316

recommend love song for Valentine's Day (beginner adults)

I want to play a love song for my students on Valentine's Day. My class is a high beginning level class of adult students. It's important that the lyrics be grammatical and accessible to students at their level. I much prefer a successful popular song (as opposed to a song written for English study....
by k9fan
Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: any program to create clock faces?
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

Well okay, thanks. But that's SO low-tech! :-)
by k9fan
Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:46 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: any program to create clock faces?
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

any program to create clock faces?

Is there a cheap or free program or site out there that will create analog clock faces showing whatever time I enter? I want to create clock images and have my students practice telling the time to each other.