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by eric_p_m
Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Pronouncing Carrefour
Replies: 10
Views: 28235

Re: Pronouncing Carrefour

Good job, Syl. Google Translator is doing its best to mimic what a native English speaker would do: read a foreign word and try his or her best to pronounce it to the best of his or her ability. An alphabet represents phonemes in a given phonological context. French sounds never entered the mind of ...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching children
Replies: 25
Views: 16253

Re: Teaching children

Dear Yanmtl, Try asking your students what they would like to write about. Motivation is a key factor to learning a language. Start off asking them what is their favorite animal in the whole wide world or easier still, what is their favorite color. For your older students, ask them to pretend to be ...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: communicative activities
Replies: 3
Views: 4766

Re: communicative activities

Dear Elizabeth, Unless you are teaching translation, why wouldn't you use the English language for communication? Everything you do should focus on some sort of communication. Otherwise, you would just be wasting your time. It's all about knowledge transfer, right? Sincerely, Eric Paul Monroe http:/...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Explain English vocab in English?
Replies: 3
Views: 6450

Re: Explain English vocab in English?

Dear ssocheat, Monolingual dictionaries utilize the same methodology that you should be using when trying to explain the meanings of lexical terms: paraphrase. By paraphrasing words in the target language, you can not only teach new vocabulary, but more importantly, improve the fluency level of your...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What part of grammar do your students have difficulty with?
Replies: 8
Views: 8369

Re: HELP!!!

Dear lix83, In which country and what type of school will you be teaching at? Will all your students share the same language or will they be from different countries or dialect regions? Do you share your future students' native language(s)? The more you know about your students linguistic abilities,...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching English (some advice)
Replies: 5
Views: 6801

Re: Teaching English (some advice)

Dear Eden, Acquiring a foreign langauge is difficult. Learning another language through your native language is going to happen only because it is the easy way out. Languages and communication in general work that way. If the foreign language teacher utilizes the students' native language as the med...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Authentic Materials
Replies: 2
Views: 3511

Re: Authentic Materials

Dear cmelton, If you are aware of where your future students are coming from, research on your part is paramount. In the event that all the students are from the same company or religious organization, utilize whatever material you can find in the target language that will promote language improveme...
by eric_p_m
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:25 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring
Replies: 22
Views: 34554

Re: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring

Amen, ICAL_Pete . Just to add a note... I have many students that I begin teaching face-to-face that later decide to study on-line with me whenever they or I decide to move to another country. Once a student knows the level of quality to expect from you, the fact that you are teaching on-line become...
by eric_p_m
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:02 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help!!
Replies: 2
Views: 3394

Re: Help!!

Dear Pedro, At that age, your students should be searching for direction and motivational forces towards upcoming life goals. Learn more about them and utilize what information you find out to motivate them to learn language. As soon as they realize that a language is just a medium of communication,...
by eric_p_m
Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Planning on Travelling to China
Replies: 1
Views: 4167

Re: Planning on Travelling to China

Dear Dan, Given that you are a native English speaker and have a college degree, in addition to any teaching experience, most schools in China should lay out the red carpet for you. Research beforehand to find a school that will offer you a work visa for China. If not, you will be learning about the...
by eric_p_m
Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Looking for advice with a conversation class...
Replies: 4
Views: 6522

Re: Looking for advice with a conversation class...

Dear Lorw, When all else fails, use emotion. Put her in an environment where she has to depend on her classmates to survive then take yourself out of the picture. [analogy] For example, let's say that she doesn't swim well. Throw her in the water with your other students present then just walk away....
by eric_p_m
Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching with technology
Replies: 5
Views: 5091

Re: teaching with technology

Dear Steve, Blackboards served as an area where information could be visually placed to facilitate knowledge transfer while chalk served mainly as a writing instrument. With constant technological innovations, mediums will continue to develop while fundamental language learning/ acquisition methods ...
by eric_p_m
Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: English for foreign students
Replies: 2
Views: 4099

Re: English for foreign students

Dear Waterrat, Language-wise, English uses an alphabet, which is based on its phonological system. Any time you read or write, you are subconsciously improving your listening and speaking skills. The only catch as a foreign language learner is that you have to correlate the phonological and orthogra...
by eric_p_m
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:45 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore
Replies: 2
Views: 3492

Re: Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore

Dear Linuskea, Take advantage of your students' energy level and don't ever let them shut up. Organize them in small groups and release a thousand communicative activities on them. As long as your students are speaking in the target language, stand back and enjoy being a professional educator, monit...
by eric_p_m
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: using l1 in fl classroom
Replies: 5
Views: 4340

Re: using l1 in fl classroom

Dear Chris, Regardless of whether you are or are not a native speaker of wherever you are teaching at, keep in mind that you are teaching language and the goal is to get your students communicating in the target language. Every time you open your mouth, English should be flooding your classroom. Mot...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice for teaching in Taiwan?
Replies: 4
Views: 4076

Re: Advice for teaching in Taiwan?

Dear Jaxplace, I highly recommend that you get a university degree. For many countries, the field matters not, but if you wish to be respected in the TEFL field, you need to have credentials that back up your teaching abilities. You could be the best teacher in the world, but without a degree, you w...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching large classes
Replies: 1
Views: 2648

Re: Teaching large classes

Dear Sparky, For your very first class, you should automatically have their attention. They are wanting to know you and vice versa. Turn the tables on them and use what you have learned about psychology and teaching methodology to go ahead and perform your initial assessment of your students. Start ...
by eric_p_m
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:27 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: question on the order of something
Replies: 2
Views: 4145

Re: question on the order of something

Dear Robby, A really great example that I use in class is while at a restaurant, a waiter asks you if you would like coffee or tea versus tea or coffee. This type of syntax shows linguistic preference: the first one indicates that the coffee is better than the tea with the second option showing the ...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: stuck at a stage of EFL teacher profession
Replies: 2
Views: 2689

Re: stuck at a stage of EFL teacher profession

Dear Sunrisenow, Where do you primarily teach at nowadays? Have you considered teaching on-line? Come by my on-line school and click on the green "Live Help" button to open a secure chat window with me, while I am working on-line. I would look forward to talking more to you. Otherwise, feel free to ...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Contractions
Replies: 6
Views: 12120

Re: Contractions

Dear asa.rand, This isn´t a writing problem. These forms are phonetic in nature due to rapid speech patterns, which is comon to all languages. As far as composition goes, keep in mind that contractions only happen with auxilary verbs. When a verb functions as the main verb of a sentence or phrase, i...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Chat about English teaching
Replies: 7
Views: 6180

Re: Chat about English teaching

Dear Mariel, I have taught both Spanish and English in the US, Mexico, and China. Now, I primarily teach on-line and have students worldwide. If you would like to talk to me, feel free to visit my on-line school, http://www.eric-tesol.com/virtual_classroom.html , and click on the green "Live Help" b...
by eric_p_m
Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I trying to create a english language class
Replies: 9
Views: 13951

Re: I trying to create a english language class

Dear Rubina, Will you be teaching on or off-line? If you will be teaching on-line, you need to make sure that your web hosting server is supported in all the countries that make up the region where your students reside. I know for a fact that the Chinese government blocks the vast majority of free w...
by eric_p_m
Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:14 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: A question about fall tone
Replies: 3
Views: 4498

target language as the medium of communication...

Dear Camellia, Lynn's answer was fantastic and you should heed her advice. At the same time, I would urge you to teach your students in the language they wish to learn. About a year ago, I finished teaching in China for about six years. The biggest mistake that I saw in Chinese schools was that thei...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:19 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Why is Englishclub.com banned in Mexico?
Replies: 4
Views: 4567

server problems in Mexico...

I will be returning to Puebla in less than a week now and if I experience the same problem, I could let you know. How could I contact you if I can not view your web site? I know that I will be staying there until Halloween and I would like to continue reading and posting here. Sincerely, Eric Paul M...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching latin American Adults: Advice needed!
Replies: 2
Views: 3128

cross-cultural communication...

Dear Kaya, Latin American cultures have a different temporal concept than what you are accustomed to. Arriving up to an hour and a half late is acceptable in many circumstances. The educational system actually reinforces this mentality as do additional cultural factors such as conceptual truth, goss...