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by GiddyGad
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Have to vs Must
Replies: 7
Views: 14962

Re: Have to vs Must

In any case, the context (a facial expression, a gesture, a situation in general) should indicate what exactly you mean. Here's my observation, which you can use in your practice: a Definite voice (Perfect, Continuous, Perfect Continuous), as opposed to Indefinite (or Simple, for that matter), after...
by GiddyGad
Thu May 31, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Have to vs Must
Replies: 7
Views: 14962

Re: Have to vs Must

In your example, the modal "must" has, as they call it, an epistemic meaning. Modal verbs have two meanings: epistemic and deontic. Say, "must" can express obligation (deontic) and probability, suggection, etc. (epistemic). Compare: "You must do it!" (deontic) and "You must be tired." (epistemic). "...
by GiddyGad
Thu Sep 07, 2006 5:35 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Do you use with or to
Replies: 5
Views: 8036

Yes, both this/that and these/those can work not only as determiners but as pronouns as well, for example:

You used to supply us with cardboard display wrappers. Could you let me have a firm quote for a thousand of those?

If it helps,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: how to start?
Replies: 1
Views: 4778

Hi Nesrin,

My take is that you could sing songs together or teach them some nursery rhymes; staging also goes well. Drama techniques in general are a lot of fun. Google 'drama techniques' - there should be something available.

My two pense,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Pronouncing Carrefour
Replies: 10
Views: 31905

Hi chums,

I would say [ka:r'fu:r], but I'm not a native speaker.

Cheers,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Tutoring strategies & teaching grammar?
Replies: 4
Views: 7882

Hi Jem, Of course there are strategies different from commonly used. Mine for one. Very effective. I've been in one-to-one for 16 years with around 80% success. I also teach at a university with groups of students. But I can't explain what I do (unless in a book) - I can show and interpret my action...
by GiddyGad
Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:53 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Impratical and Unpratical
Replies: 2
Views: 6234

Hi Sheeta,

impracticable

If it helps,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: First assignment to ESL classroom
Replies: 1
Views: 4428

Hi Eric, My answers are: 1. Whatever. 2. Do what you will, the first steps in the faculty will be wrong, but there are chances you won't notice it. 3. You can't prepare yourself for a whole year. Plan a chain of, say, 5 lessons and correct your plans on your way. 4. A lot. For good or bad. 5. Depend...
by GiddyGad
Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: 50 kids in my class ... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 11851

Hi Sandra, In a class of 50 pupils, some kind of division is inevitable. Just do some calculations: 35 minutes/50 pupils = How much time does each pupil have to speak under control of a teacher, considering that the teacher can only control one pupil at a time? = 42 seconds!!! What do pupils do the ...
by GiddyGad
Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: auxiliary verb and tense
Replies: 3
Views: 5994

Hi Joannap73, I'm not sure if I understand your question correctly. Is it that you don't know the place of the notional verb in a predicate? Is it that you don't know which verb form is controlled by which auxiliary? Or maybe you want to know how to do with conversions and elliptical constructions? ...
by GiddyGad
Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Do TESL Courses really work?
Replies: 3
Views: 6990

Re: Do TESL Courses really work?

...and can tell me if it really adequetly prepares you to teach abroad? I don't think any courses can prepare anyone to teach (abroad or at home) - courses are good when you've got the experience to make them a practical proposition. Nevertheless, courses open doors. The certificate, more that if y...
by GiddyGad
Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Is "It's a sunny night" a valid sentence?
Replies: 11
Views: 14389

I understood it as an oxymoron.

Cheers,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can I motivate students? Why can't they speak English?
Replies: 7
Views: 13229

Hi Jump Start, Your experience is really valuable and it's good you've got the practice as to how to make pupils speak... In general, kids are more flexible; adults are more difficult, at least many of them. I wouldn't advise a teacher to practise communication skills with adult students unless they...
by GiddyGad
Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:42 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Need Advice
Replies: 1
Views: 4179

Re: Need Advice

Hi there, I had been having a hard time to get up in the morning. First concerning ' had been having ': it could be all right if there were a context in the past which would be the result of some action in, so to say, the pre-past , say, 'That's why my mom bought me a dog' . Nevertheless, a sequence...
by GiddyGad
Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching kids speaking 3 languages
Replies: 20
Views: 20956

Now Reader, Those buttons ([Submit] and [Preview])are only visible before you post the message. You usually need the [edit] button after you have submitted it, don't you? Submit your post, then look above it, on the right. You will see two buttons there: [edit] and [quote]. If your message is the la...
by GiddyGad
Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Subject3
Replies: 0
Views: 4227

Hi - bye. :wink:
by GiddyGad
Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching kids speaking 3 languages
Replies: 20
Views: 20956

Never mind the typos, Reader. lol Well, maybe for improvement of your own language... BTW, do you know you can make corrections right in your post - there's an 'edit' button in the righthand upper corner. See? The one with scissors. What's the system that you've invented? I'm sure you want to share ...
by GiddyGad
Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:27 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can I motivate students? Why can't they speak English?
Replies: 7
Views: 13229

Hi there, The problem is not that simple. And students are not to blame. Just imagine the difficulties they face. They've got their lives' experiences, they've got a lot to say, but every time they open their mouths they understand they lack the very words they need to effectively express themselves...
by GiddyGad
Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:00 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching kids speaking 3 languages
Replies: 20
Views: 20956

Re: next day,

reader1 wrote:...I think it can be ... less awkward than putting my ideas here...
Not at all, reader. Your ideas are just as welcome.

Good luck,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:45 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: rob vs. steal - is there a difference?
Replies: 3
Views: 8298

Hi,

A robber tends to use violence or the threat of violence in order to steal, whereas a thief doesn't use force or violence (rather stealth).

There's another word to be mentioned - a burglar - someone who enters a building illegally in order to steal.

I hope this helps,

GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:16 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Question?
Replies: 5
Views: 7878

Re: Singular verb

You mean if the change includes coins and bills, we should use plural verb,right? I mean there's much more to a language than just pronouncing correct phrases. You choose how to say what you mean - be it a sum of money (singular) or a few paper bills (plural). As for coins (without bills) - they ar...
by GiddyGad
Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:32 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Question?
Replies: 5
Views: 7878

Re: Singular verb

Mila wrote:...and no matter how many dollars, it's always singular...
... unless you mean 80 separate one-dollar bills.

Cheers,
GiddyGad
by GiddyGad
Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Here comes a pretty woman
Replies: 3
Views: 6691

Re: Here comes a pretty woman

Hi Sania, Can someone help me explain why we say 'Here comes a pretty woman' instead of saying 'A pretty woman is coming.'? It's an interesting question, an easy one as well... if you are friendly with grammar. Do you know when a "there be" construction is used? "Here comes" is similar. It's a way o...
by GiddyGad
Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the tense/classification?
Replies: 9
Views: 12319

No Yuventius, It's not a matter of spoken English, it's a matter of grammatical norm. In the given example, both Infinitive and Present Participle are grammatically correct, the difference being in subtleties of connotation: probably, Infinitive states a fact, while Present Participle shows the stat...
by GiddyGad
Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:28 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the tense/classification?
Replies: 9
Views: 12319

Hi BAofE, Actually, so many teachers want to know the correct answers, so few want to understand grammar once and for all. It can't be any Tense, since it's not a Predicate. Hence, in your example, we can speak only of a verb form. "Watched" is a Predicate and is in the Past; "chase" is Infinitive, ...