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by eslweb
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:11 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: How to differ /l/ /n/ and /r/?
Replies: 15
Views: 32610

Make up or find a little poem or verse with those sounds in and encourage them. It's good to do plenty of drilling and then if you have it, get them to record their voices and playback until they get it. But please remember it takes a lot of patience to correct these things and little and often is t...
by eslweb
Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: How to differ /l/ /n/ and /r/?
Replies: 15
Views: 32610

L and N now on Pronunciation Page

You'll be pleased to hear that I've now added L and N to the pronunciation page with it's own little Flash game to help practice the sounds.
http://www.jamesabela.co.uk/beginner/Pronunciation.html

I hope that saves some teachers repeating it 50 times a day!
by eslweb
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Using You Tube in China
Replies: 5
Views: 3083

Youtube in China

My students told me that because of the great chinese firewall it was often difficult to get videos from youtube and even when you can, it's terribly slow. However there are two alternatives: 1. Use Baidu: http://video.baidu.com/ (My basic Chinese got me there and it does have some English language ...
by eslweb
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Literature
Topic: Ex pat magazines for Asia coutries
Replies: 4
Views: 5155

Expat Magazines

You're welcome and still going strong in 2010...

James :-)
by eslweb
Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:09 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: how to handle an awkward teaching situation?
Replies: 10
Views: 12476

Chinese customs....

That procedure is fine with most students. If you teach Chinese students and they are worried about loss of face then they will ask you individually at the end of class. It tends to be the more outgoing students who will ask you such questions in front of the class. I am afraid if you don't know the...
by eslweb
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronunciation problems in different nationalities?
Replies: 1
Views: 5050

Funny you should mention it....

Yes, I did this a while back... Covers most of the basics:
http://www.jamesabela.co.uk/beginner/Pronunciation.html

James
by eslweb
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: EAP - obtaining work in the UK - advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 2967

CELTA on its own no, but with a PGCE yes...

You've got a PGCE, don't undervalue it. The CELTA is specifically for people teaching English as a foreign language. Together they should certainly be enough to get you into an FE College or school. If they don't take you on then I am afraid you'll need to do the summer school and earn your stripes....
by eslweb
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: EAP - obtaining work in the UK - advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 2967

The CELTA is key

The CELTA qualification is the key to most English Language jobs at the entry level. Given your qualifications you would do very well in other parts of the world, but I think that the jobs you are looking at are above entry level and would require a number of years of English as a foreign language t...
by eslweb
Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: TOEFL
Topic: TEFL certification programs in Japan this summer?
Replies: 1
Views: 3083

Training in Japan

The British Council are running the CELTA in Japan. (TEFL training certified by Cambridge University) http://eastasia.britishcouncil.org/public/course-description.aspx?country=japan-en&coursename=CELTA%20(Certificate%20in%20English%20Language%20Teaching%20to%20Adults)&Course_ID=23dede1b-3c3c-4a8b-88...
by eslweb
Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Advanced 1-1 Conversations with Bio-Chemist: Topic Ideas?
Replies: 3
Views: 1611

Speaking Conversations...

I'd recommend having a good quality daily paper / Weekly news magazine, making clipping and using that as a launch point for the conversation. Don't forget that she wants to know about your culture and how to have a good conversation in English. Also break it up, include some spoken Grammar if you s...
by eslweb
Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:44 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: homework?
Replies: 11
Views: 4664

Pretty Much the dream student....

Of course if we had Sally in our class, there'd be no trouble getting our students to a bit of homework... I used to take the following line in a full time English course and it seemed to work reasonably well: 1. If you come everyday to class and participate fully then that is probably enough to pas...
by eslweb
Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Books for adult absolute beginners new to the Latin alphabet
Replies: 11
Views: 10278

Headway Beginner isn't bad...

I found that Headway beginner wasn't bad for helping with vocabulary, because it is mostly picture based and from there you can carefully show the words on the board. I know it may not be as good as something specifically teaching the alphabet, but it may be easier to get a hold of.

James
by eslweb
Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Literature
Topic: High/Low Readers
Replies: 4
Views: 5362

Magazines...

I'm with Sally on this one... Students much prefer to read magazines rather than books... In fact when I brought a load of magazines into my class I found my students happily reading them during their lunch breaks. I don't know the age of your class, but for teenagers and adults the girls love fashi...
by eslweb
Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: International letters to Santa
Replies: 5
Views: 1985

Father Christmas in UK

In the UK we can send it to: Santa Reindeerland SAN TA1 It will be directed to the right place... The Royal Mail are very good at picking them out and ensuring Father Christmas gets them. You can even find a templated letter at: http://www.kids-printables.co.uk/resources/santaletter.pdf Internationa...
by eslweb
Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: TOEFL
Topic: TOEFL iBT Book Reviews
Replies: 3
Views: 8119

TOEFL resources

I did a round up a while back and I've got plenty of books I wasn't too keen on! You can take a look at: http://www.jamesabela.co.uk/exams/TOEFL.html

There's a few handy resources too, so I hope it's handy.

James