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by LarryLatham
Tue Mar 04, 2003 11:40 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Classroom discipline
Replies: 28
Views: 42331

Classroom discipline

Wow! :shock: It almost sounds like some high school classrooms are a waste of time ! How unfortunate that a very few ( surely it can't be more than a few ) misbehaving students have created this state of affairs. How unfair it is to other students. How unfair it is to teachers who, I feel certain, ...
by LarryLatham
Sun Mar 02, 2003 6:13 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronouncing "a" or "ah"
Replies: 4
Views: 61241

More than one sound for "a"

Hope this helps. -EH It helps lots. 8) Your examples quite clarify the essential point, namely that there are at least two sounds (perhaps more) that are not only acceptable, but are used regularly by English speakers. I agree that the schwa sound is the most common in ordinary context, at least he...
by LarryLatham
Sat Mar 01, 2003 9:30 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Plurals - Occupations & Nationalities
Replies: 2
Views: 2436

Zirta is quite correct, Mark , But just to look again at your original sentences: 1. I am Mexican. We are Mexican. We are Mexicans. 2. I am an Engineer. We are Engineers. In the first group, I am Mexican contains a predicate adjective after the verb. Adjectives, by way of reminder, do not take plur...
by LarryLatham
Sat Mar 01, 2003 4:19 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronouncing "a" or "ah"
Replies: 4
Views: 61241

"a" or "uh"

Hello Iliwer , Your instincts are most definitely right on the money. :D Your daughter's teacher may be a fine teacher in most respects. However, I'm afraid it's rather common for teachers of English who have learned the language not as a native speaker to be somewhat stubborn in their belief of cer...
by LarryLatham
Thu Feb 27, 2003 5:15 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

Hi Stephen, and welcome,

I think you must be an experienced and careful teacher. Nothing in your post I wouldn't agree with. Sounds like you have a few years under your belt.

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Wed Feb 26, 2003 4:34 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: English Language not subjects
Replies: 15
Views: 6917

Roger and John , I don't really think there's an arguement here. There doesn't seem to be much difference in your respective positions, except, perhaps in your points-of-view. Permit me, however, to make a small observation. You both are native speakers, judging from your posts, and as far as I can...
by LarryLatham
Wed Feb 26, 2003 5:36 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Good Teaching!
Replies: 6
Views: 3152

Good Teaching

Indeed, Roger,

That's why I simply copied Prof. Leblanc's work. 8)

So, what with all the challanges you run up against in China, how do you do it? What are you doing in your classroom that promotes "good teaching" in the sense Mr. Leblanc has described?

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Tue Feb 25, 2003 10:18 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Good Teaching!
Replies: 6
Views: 3152

Good Teaching!

Hello to all, I just ran into this on the web while following a lead provided by Norm Ryder of Canberra, Australia. Thanks Norm! 8) I'm afraid I haven't secured separate permission from Professor Leblanc to reproduce his ideas here, but since I found them on the web, I hope he won't be upset that we...
by LarryLatham
Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:15 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Success!
Replies: 13
Views: 7675

Student assessment

Hello Stephen , and welcome, Thanks for your thought provoking post. I do indeed agree that one of the potentially most fruitful yet often overlooked and, as you've pointed out, undervalued aspects of our task as educators (regardless of what subject we may teach) is to help our students learn how t...
by LarryLatham
Tue Feb 25, 2003 6:02 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Success!
Replies: 13
Views: 7675

Assessing student progress in English

Hello Noonlite , Thanks for taking time to add to this topic. I'm going to take you up on your offer! 8) You know they are progressing when they can do what you taught them to do. Perhaps it is just this simple. But it begs the question: "How do I know that I'm teaching the right stuff?" (Remember, ...
by LarryLatham
Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:10 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

Hi, Celeste , Good to have you in this thread. One problem that I have found with textbooks for "beginners" is that they seem to hit the ground running Although I understand your point, it doesn't bother me so much because I so rarely find a true beginner in my classes. What bothers me much more is ...
by LarryLatham
Tue Feb 25, 2003 4:56 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: English Language not subjects
Replies: 15
Views: 6917

Strider , Alas, I concede your point! :cry: But don't you think we teachers ( at least those of us who care about this ) owe it to our students and to our profession to, at the very least, bring up this issue in places and at times where it matters? Otherwise we run the risk of perpetuating a fossi...
by LarryLatham
Sun Feb 23, 2003 6:17 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

Hey, Norm , it's good to hear from you. I'm afraid I've never heard of Manfred Pienemann, nor of Malcolm Johnson. Perhaps that's because I'm not in Oz ( although I've done some reading of some of the Australian thinkers in this area of language acquisition--Christopher Candlin springs to mind ). I h...
by LarryLatham
Sat Feb 22, 2003 5:01 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Business English in Germany
Replies: 33
Views: 16200

...some students see that as a weakness in an authoratitive figure and don't respect the class or the teacher thereafter. Yeah, Ann, That's what people in Asia were telling me. But I just don't buy it because it doesn't square with my personal experience. Teachers in Asia, in particular, are suppos...
by LarryLatham
Fri Feb 21, 2003 11:41 pm
Forum: Business English
Topic: Business English in Germany
Replies: 33
Views: 16200

Should teachers never apologize?

Is it terrible if a teacher apologizes? Heavens no!!! :shock: It's even hard for me to imagine why you ask, to tell the truth, Ann. Having lived and taught in Asia for several years, I recall hearing this, or some varient of it, from people there, but I never bought into it, and apologized many tim...