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by LarryLatham
Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:50 pm
Forum: Business English
Topic: Standard Business Writing Formats
Replies: 9
Views: 4342

Source of business letters

Hello James, :) If you personally know a business person, why not simply ask him or her to save or photocopy some of the letters received and/or written. They will have certain letters which they do not feel are sensitive that they may be willing to share. You will have to either go through them car...
by LarryLatham
Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:43 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Happy Belated Birthday
Replies: 1
Views: 1414

Hello, :)

I believe you'll have the best result with your first example rather than with the second. It is, after all, the good wishes which are belated, not the birthday itself. Cheers.

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Mon Mar 17, 2003 1:36 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: pronunciation standards
Replies: 31
Views: 13666

Pronunciation standards

I offer native-like pronunciation as a possibility. A laudable aim to be sure. Trouble is, what is "native-like?" If you're from New York, native pronunciation is one thing. If you're from Glasgow, it is quite another. There simply is no " standard " English pronunciation. The best I can do, as a t...
by LarryLatham
Mon Mar 17, 2003 1:18 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Standard Business Writing Formats
Replies: 9
Views: 4342

Business letter formats

Hello all, It should be noted that, here in the United States at least, ideas about what is and is not "accepted" in business letter writing is undergoing rapid and substantial change. Nearly any text about it written more than a year or two ago is almost certainly out-of-date. Business letter writi...
by LarryLatham
Mon Mar 17, 2003 12:44 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Problem students
Replies: 3
Views: 2247

Alex , With due respect to Glenski , whose many posts in these forums I frequently read with high regard because they generally show him to be a thoroughly experienced and professional teacher worthy of my respect, I'm afraid I couldn't disagree more with him in this instance. It seems to me here t...
by LarryLatham
Sat Mar 15, 2003 4:29 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The importance of capital letters, what have I missed?
Replies: 5
Views: 4775

Chunking

Stephen , I quite agree with your feelings about chunking. In fact, perhaps I go further than you do on this idea in classes. I have often marked a text with slash marks indicating phrasing I think would be reasonable, then have students read aloud following the phrasing marks I've suggested. To be...
by LarryLatham
Fri Mar 14, 2003 5:25 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Fossilization
Replies: 23
Views: 20571

Agreed that Noonlight's observations about the importance of awareness are keen. And since he (she) also states that 'after the fact' awareness seems to be short-lived, one is forced to seriously wonder whether teacher correction is of any value. I have, for some time, doubted that it is useful. Som...
by LarryLatham
Fri Mar 14, 2003 5:04 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The importance of capital letters, what have I missed?
Replies: 5
Views: 4775

Capitalization of first letters in English words.

Stephen, I make no claim to "knowing" about the correctness here, but your ideas seem to be sound. We appear to have two objectives in capitalizing the first letters of words: 1) to distinguish proper nouns from common nouns , and 2) to help identify the beginning of a new sentence. Those seem to me...
by LarryLatham
Wed Mar 12, 2003 3:43 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: adjusting grades?
Replies: 18
Views: 9264

Adjusting grades

Sigh, :( Perhaps because I have a business background, and a continuing interest in business as well as in teaching English, all of this (here in this particular forum) reminds me so much of Enron, Tyco, and Arthur Anderson. Maybe it's just human nature. Maybe our society places such an emphasis on ...
by LarryLatham
Sat Mar 08, 2003 1:04 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: is, do, or can???
Replies: 10
Views: 5340

[i]Is, do or can[/i]

Hi Brian, A thoughtful and helpful post on this subject would just take too much room, and probably be boring at that. But I'll give you a reference that'll clear it up for you pretty well. The English Verb by Michael Lewis Pub LTP, London (about 1993, I think) Absolutely the most revealing resource...
by LarryLatham
Sat Mar 08, 2003 12:58 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Success!
Replies: 13
Views: 7675

Assessment and Learning

Hello again all,

This thread seems to have died. :o

Is it too boring? Just too much? Or is there so much excitment elsewhere that we've all simply forgotten about it?

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:25 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Classroom discipline
Replies: 28
Views: 42331

"Positive Peer Pressure"

Hi again, Diana,

You say tomato, I say tomahto. 8)

But if it works for your colleague and you, then what the hay. I don't think it's really for me though.

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Thu Mar 06, 2003 12:10 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Classroom discipline
Replies: 28
Views: 42331

One of my colleagues said that she will take away their break time if the class is not silent.
Diana,

Isn't your colleague engaging more in retaliation than in enforcement?

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Wed Mar 05, 2003 6:19 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronunciation!
Replies: 6
Views: 3419

Pronunciation practices

There's a view, too, that we shouldn't be aiming at native speaker performance in any case, but only at a level that will permit good communication between speakers of whatever variety of English our students are likely to be dealing with. Hi Norm and others, ( I don't like that "quote" up there in...
by LarryLatham
Wed Mar 05, 2003 5:56 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Classroom discipline
Replies: 28
Views: 42331

Classroom discipline

Hi Siân , I think I agree that "firm and fair" is a good way for teachers to be. But I remain somewhat confused. The picture of firmness is still not entirely clear to me. Roger has posted somewhere in this forum that some of his students in China will not refrain from commenting to each other in Ch...