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by blackmagicABC
Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: voiced/unvoiced - the real story?
Replies: 41
Views: 5769

For now, unfortunately, there isn't an easier way to explain this to elementary school kids. Trying to explain it in too much detail is counter productive. An interesting experiment I did led to some interesting results for me. I own a school so doing this was my decision. I have two classes at the ...
by blackmagicABC
Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 61 very important words
Replies: 9
Views: 1949

woodcutter wrote:Here's a drawback to online study I hadn't envisaged - people might ask searching questions about books!


LOL.
I am an old fashioned guy. Most of my books are in electronic format. I'll check the articles. Thanks.
by blackmagicABC
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 61 very important words
Replies: 9
Views: 1949

Well now I am interested. Maybe I should read some more.
Any good books you(or engteacher) could suggest (that you have read or know the author)
For example on the site you posted which do you recommend?
by blackmagicABC
Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 61 very important words
Replies: 9
Views: 1949

Like Blackmagic though, I think you could quibble endlessly about whether all 61 appear in smoothly translatable form in a particular language (though "shi" in Chinese seems OK for be?). It would translate very smoothly if you are only translating one word. Unfortunately language doesn't work like ...
by blackmagicABC
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 61 very important words
Replies: 9
Views: 1949

I agree that I exist as concepts but I disagree that they can be easily translated into any language.
You said you speak Chinese. How would you for example translate "be" into Chinese and ensure that the meaning remain intact. The concept remains the same but the translation is not that simple.
by blackmagicABC
Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Participate IN & Participate AT
Replies: 3
Views: 846

lolwhites has it perfectly right as far as I am concerned. You could use "participate at Wimbledon" in the following context but note that the meaning of Wimbledon is the place and NOT the tournament. Aggasi no longer participates in international tournaments. He participated at Roland Garos and Wim...
by blackmagicABC
Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:04 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Teaching Present Continuous
Replies: 3
Views: 4228

I am not really sure exactly what you want since "lesson plan" could mean many things. Be sure to include: What is PCT and when do we use it. The spelling rules on how to add _ing to the verb. The correct use of the "be" verb. Making statements ie He is walking. Making yes/no questions ie Is he walk...
by blackmagicABC
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:01 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: how to handle an awkward teaching situation?
Replies: 10
Views: 12195

Communication does not happen in a vacuum but in context. You shouldn't try to create a context that is incorrect because it is confusing. Therefore you should stay away from examples that could evoke unnecesary debate. Guiding these convesations would be very important. As an example. If there is a...
by blackmagicABC
Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Keypals
Topic: Penpals for Taiwanese students
Replies: 0
Views: 2062

Penpals for Taiwanese students

I don't know why this hasn't dawned on me earlier. I have a school in Taiwan which has been in operation for 2 years and my students are now ready to engage in proper letter writing. The main reason for me is that it is diificult to get the students interested in reading becauce they have nothing th...
by blackmagicABC
Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Help! need personality test!
Replies: 3
Views: 42819

Buy the book Kokology 1 or 2. There are some samples of it online. It is great for an English class and also offer some excellent entertainment between friends and family.
by blackmagicABC
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:00 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Can you copyright a syllabus?
Replies: 26
Views: 3560

Well, today, fair use would probably allow the professor to do this. After all, he wasn't selling his notes; he was just using them as a teaching aid. I really don't know if there are specific laws that cover syllabi, so if a court case came up, it probably depends on the opinion of judges. In my o...
by blackmagicABC
Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Rosy future in Asia?
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

Anyway, 3 years? Pah. Woodcutter has nearly 9 years, 2 MAs (app.ling and chinese studies) TESOL, experience in China, and he speaks Chinese. However he can't fix up a job in Taiwan, because he has a Korean wife and son, one of his MAs was online, and, can you credit this, he can't/won't ride a stup...
by blackmagicABC
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: correcting a chinese pronunciation problem
Replies: 5
Views: 8609

Except for an "n" sound Chinese words never end in a consonant sound. It is extremely hard for many Chinese students to pronounce the difference between cap, cat and cab for example because they either produce the exact same sound "ca" for every word or they over emphasize the final sound as in your...
by blackmagicABC
Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Rosy future in Asia?
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

Anyone who's been teaching for three years (especially following a CELTA or TEFL certificate of some kind) really should know enough about the structure of verb phrases to realize that 'would of' is wrong. It might of course be relevant to at some point mention that such and such a percentage of na...
by blackmagicABC
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:15 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Rosy future in Asia?
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

I don't disagree with what you said Woodcutter. Actually I agree completely. People who stay in a job for a few years are bound to become very good at it. The problem is that in Taiwan (I am not sure about other countries) there are many teachers who purely teach because they are from a "native spea...