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by LarryLatham
Tue Feb 04, 2003 3:39 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Ideas for Conversation with adults
Replies: 32
Views: 25454

Some terrific ideas here!! :D

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Mon Feb 03, 2003 2:37 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Success!
Replies: 13
Views: 7675

Success!

I notice in many of the posts on this board (well, these boards) that teachers frequently say something like: "I've used [these books, this method, some particular approach, etc.] for the last (two years) with great success." Not only do I see and hear statements like this here at Dave's Cafe, but a...
by LarryLatham
Sun Feb 02, 2003 4:33 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: is or are
Replies: 19
Views: 7994

Subjunctive forms.

...in Michael Swan's book"Practical English Usage", there are five sections on the use of the subjunctive. You're right about Swan, John , and I respect Swan (although I admit to not always clearly understanding what he says). But even so, notice the language he uses in speaking about the subjuncti...
by LarryLatham
Sun Feb 02, 2003 4:12 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Problems with Plurals - Nationalities and Occupations
Replies: 14
Views: 5539

"We are Irish." In [this] example isn't the noun "We" and not an elipsed "men"? I'm afraid you've lost me there, Iain. I don't exactly understand your question. It doesn't seem to me that "men" is ellipsed from Irish in this sentence. To me, the sentence isn't actually, "We are Irishmen." with the ...
by LarryLatham
Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:58 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Problems with Plurals - Nationalities and Occupations
Replies: 14
Views: 5539

What's wrong with: "She's Japanese."

Larry Latham
by LarryLatham
Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:50 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: is or are
Replies: 19
Views: 7994

It's a dog eat dog world

How about "It's a dog eat dog world". Why is the verb not in the third person singular? Interesting point. However, of course, the sentence verb is in 3sg form. "Dog eat dog world" appears to me to be a noun phrase complimenting the singular subject. My sense of it is that "dog eat dog" is some kin...
by LarryLatham
Sat Feb 01, 2003 3:41 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

Okay, Gary B. Clarification noted and understood. There's much more to this general topic of "How to Use Grammar in the Classroom" , but I have the feeling we've about wrung out as much as we're going to get here on this board. To sum up my general feelings, it seems to me that grammar has a definit...
by LarryLatham
Fri Jan 31, 2003 8:18 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

...because we don't say what we are supposed to say. In many cases we don't say, "What are you going to do today?" We say, "Whach ya doin' today? Whoa, Gary B, I gotta take issue with you on this one. It is precisely "Whach ya doin' t'day?" that we teachers must teach. Because, exactly as you've po...
by LarryLatham
Fri Jan 31, 2003 4:20 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

I wonder native speakers who have got contacts with non-native speakers in foreign countries should be taught to use their own language properly, without creating "linguistic barriers" I can certainly appreciate, Wolfstone, your frustration when you don't understand what native speakers are saying....
by LarryLatham
Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:41 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Starting an adult ESL class
Replies: 2
Views: 2531

Starting an ESL class

Hi Stan, Have you polled the neighborhood to see if there is a demand for English classes? If so, the community center, if it is staffed, may well be interested in helping you get started. If the classes will be free to students, be prepared for much of their motivation to be social, but that's not ...
by LarryLatham
Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:29 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Encouragement
Replies: 11
Views: 4100

Well done...

Good advice from all. :D I think you have to take your own personality into account. Do what comes most naturally to you. If you "lay it on" , you're likely to come off as insincere, and, as Iain has pointed out, that can dull, even reverse, the effect of any comment. I believe you have to be truly ...
by LarryLatham
Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:19 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

...don't need to know all the terms that we usually use (present perfect, the third conditional...) but the teacher should still teach it under the 'disguise' of communication situations. I both agree and disagree with you, Strider . I too, often have the feeling I want to do a little grammar "expl...
by LarryLatham
Sat Jan 25, 2003 5:54 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

Grammar or Communication

Gary B makes a point, although a troubling one to me. Perhaps, and I'm only just beginning to form this idea, we fail our students by failing to help them be good students. In particular, those of us who teach adults primarily, may miss the mark here. I find myself coming down, in this face-off betw...
by LarryLatham
Thu Jan 23, 2003 5:10 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How to put Grammar into practice
Replies: 36
Views: 14067

I agree with Strider's suggestion about using other words to name verb forms (tenses & aspects). But the specifics of his (her) suggestion will be misleading. For example, using "Yesterday" to indicate past simple tense will leave students with the mistaken impression that past tense is used when yo...
by LarryLatham
Wed Jan 22, 2003 6:20 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: adjusting grades?
Replies: 18
Views: 9264

Grades and related issues

Roger, I can certainly see that you have a great deal at stake in this issue. Your experiences seem to be somewhat different from mine in Asia, although not so different that I do not comprehend your heartfelt comments here. My Taiwan may be a little different from your China. My work there was excl...