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by iain
Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: by
Replies: 2
Views: 677

I suppose 'see you Saturday' sees an acceptable (or at least common) ommission of a lazy 'on'.
by iain
Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is teaching English a professional career?
Replies: 18
Views: 3453

It'd be interesting to find out what your former professor intended by 'complete professional': possibly a clone of herself? To a certain extent teaching can be as complex as you like to make it, and language can be as 'intimate' as the learner wants it to be or needs it to be. The kind of approach ...
by iain
Mon May 26, 2008 9:09 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Spinning in one's grave
Replies: 3
Views: 989

Is it pedantic to point out that "if he was alive today" John Wayne probably wouldn't be in his grave, spinning or otherwise. Maybe I missed something.
by iain
Mon May 12, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: personality
Replies: 9
Views: 2780

personality

In one of our regular workshops the following theme emerged. "Can you have good lessons with a teacher you don't like?" This lead on to the connected question "Can you learn well with a teacher you don't like?" Most people reflected on personal experiences from their own schooldays and there was the...
by iain
Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Participate IN & Participate AT
Replies: 3
Views: 907

I think that point revolves around the fact that the verb in the example is the intransitive "participate", as in "We were unable to participate." You could follow that with an independant prepostion / noun phrase: "at that level", "on the grounds that", "in contrast with", "under the supervision of...
by iain
Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: placement assessment
Replies: 4
Views: 1767

You might be interested in trying out an oral placement test that we have developed. Of course, the degree of 'closeness' you want in a placement test will depend on how closely classes are streamed or courses are organised. Many tests just need to tell you if someone is 'elementary', 'pre-intermedi...
by iain
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Intensive English Programs
Topic: Urgent!! Need help for 1:1 Intensive Speaking Upper-Int
Replies: 3
Views: 5088

If discussion is going to be a major component of the course, LTP's Issues and Taboos can be a great source; although, depending on who you're teaching, you might not always feel at ease with every topic.
by iain
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: homework?
Replies: 11
Views: 4775

homework?

I am curious to know how learners' attitudes towards doing homework as part of a part-time general language course may vary from region to region. In my experience in Italy only a small minority of adult learners seem keen (or able) to dedicate significant time to study outside the classroom. I know...
by iain
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: how many new words per lesson
Replies: 27
Views: 7598

It may be 'a method school kind of question' but at least so far it hasn't simply promted a list of 'method school official answers'. Since we (the general public) often hear received wisdoms of the kind 'your average native speaker only really uses about 400 words', or 'you can get by in a foreign ...
by iain
Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: how many new words per lesson
Replies: 27
Views: 7598

how many new words per lesson

Prompted by a discussion among colleagues in a recent training meeting, here's one of those questions that will raise all kinds of 'ifs and buts' but touches a very real point and a lot of students would be unimpressed by the classic "it all depends". So: (ball-park figures off the top of your heads...
by iain
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: One-on-one curriculum
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

Presumably you're talking about adults. Are you looking at learners on full-time or part-time courses? Spoken or written priorities?
by iain
Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Intensive English Programs
Topic: From Rudimentary to Fluent In One Month!
Replies: 5
Views: 7411

Yes, it would be interesting to find out how things went, although I can pretty much guess. 40 mis-matched adults attending class after a full day's work - hardly ideal. What is telling is the fact that the original poster - no teaching experience but presumably an educated adult - reckoned that to ...
by iain
Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: teacher-student-school
Replies: 2
Views: 903

teacher-student-school

I am curious to see how teachers feel about the limitations or freedom within which they work and the level of decision-making they have or feel they should have. I'm also interested to see how people perceive the relationships in the three-sided context that most teachers and students are involved ...
by iain
Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:44 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: STRONGLY HETEROGENEOUS CLASSES
Replies: 7
Views: 2650

Hello I suspect that there could be a significant gap between the ideal circumstances which Sally’s proposals would require and the practical realities of mggialdi’s classroom situation. Even maintaining reasonable control in a class of 20 thirteen year-olds is a considerable task, especially in for...
by iain
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Help! Ss give meanings in mother's tongue
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Hello, Miss Lupe, Two points emerge from your message. If you are teaching multilevel classes you are having to do a very difficult job, but by setting the same 'whole-class' activities you are bound to end up with messy consequences. Quick students are not going to be happy to wait and wait and wai...