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by Lynn
Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:46 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: ESL for Beginners / Foreigners: Questions? Pls. comment. Tnx
Replies: 2
Views: 3579

Ben has given you sage advice about prioritizing your classes. I like to spend a day or two listening to my students as they outline their goals for taking my class. I take copious notes at this stage, and then try to tailor my classes to meet thier needs and expectations. As Ben points out, not eve...
by Lynn
Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help is needed
Replies: 7
Views: 5881

Mogli, You've got a lot of good advice here already. I would just add one more thing: be sure that you prepare more than you actually need for each lesson. That way, you need not ever have nothing to say in front of the class. If they are working well in groups or pairs, then you don't need to say m...
by Lynn
Sat Sep 22, 2007 4:48 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: etc versus eta !!!
Replies: 1
Views: 7243

ESL students have to learn how to handle the common Latin abbreviations. However, I see no reason to multiply their confusion by inventing new Latin abbreviations to throw at them. Perhaps your students are more savvy than mine.
by Lynn
Sat Sep 22, 2007 4:44 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Flashcards
Replies: 1
Views: 3905

Very useful information, presented in a clear, witty fashion. Thank you for sharing.
by Lynn
Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Prepositions
Replies: 8
Views: 10892

Sometimes, it's really confusing to explain an English word in Chinese. Oh, boy! you can say that again, and again and again and again. Same goes for explaining an English word in Chinese. Weibing, what level are your students? I tutor all ages, from kindergarten through adult. From what you have s...
by Lynn
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "No ought from an is" ???
Replies: 5
Views: 7112

Hume was a philosopher, so he excelled in writing absolute tripe in a meaningful sounding way. (In case you can't tell yet, we may as well establish once and for all that I have very little use for philosophers as a group, although there were/are a few individuals who weren't/aren't too bad.) The qu...
by Lynn
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: learning a second language means learning a new culture
Replies: 2
Views: 3876

I'll have a go at this one. When I was about nine or ten, I watched an old Tarzan movie. I don't remember what it was about or any of the action, but I did come away with the definite conviction that if you can understand a person's language, then you can understand how that person thinks! (I am not...
by Lynn
Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:12 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Prepositions
Replies: 8
Views: 10892

Thank you for your response, Weibing. First, for your question: 'I have no idea what to do.' 'I have no idea of what to do.' Both possible and mean the same? Both are possible and they both mean the same thing. I would use the first one, but there are native English speakers who will use the second ...
by Lynn
Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Prepositions
Replies: 8
Views: 10892

'For me, it's difficult to learn.' 'To me, it's difficult to learn.' What's the difference between the above two sentences? Sorry to have taken so long to answer this, Weibing. As you know, prepositional phrases can often occur either before or after the thing they modify. When you choose to place ...
by Lynn
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:16 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Prepositions
Replies: 8
Views: 10892

Weibing, thank you. I was hoping you would respond. Your comments are from a student's perspective, and I appreciate your helpful insight. However, I would like to know how you teach prepositions. Do you try to give a word for word translation? Do you teach each preposition as a discrete vocabulary ...
by Lynn
Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:31 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Essay Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 4744

Students in Hong Kong also want help preparing for the SAT, and they all have trouble constructing an essay. I teach international students, so the English level, while still ESL, is quite high. I have found the Writer's Inc. books quite helpful. You can find them at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_...
by Lynn
Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Prepositions
Replies: 8
Views: 10892

Prepositions

English prepositions are not easy. Once you get past the basics, things get pretty confusing. I have observed over the years that prepositions, particularly compound prepositions and collocations, pose more of a problem for Chinese speakers than any other grammar point. So, I have this query for all...
by Lynn
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: 2-year?
Replies: 3
Views: 4296

I don't remember the hyphen rule off the top of my head, but it seems to me that the proper form is: a two year study.
by Lynn
Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:04 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: A question about fall tone
Replies: 3
Views: 4924

Camellia, is your L1 a tonal language? I ask, because I've had trouble explaining this to my Cantonese students. This is my take on the issue. English speakers will use a rising tone when asking for information. If it is a true question, then the rising tone is normally used. However, we will use th...
by Lynn
Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:52 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Disciminatio in EFL teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 7470

Yes, Lynn, and I'd like to add a little more. It depends on the English proficiency or level of the students whether we should choose a native Englsih speaker or a non-native one to teach English. The latter is suitable to teach children English - in that very beginning stage, the children's mother...
by Lynn
Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can you teach English to 52 teenagers in the same class?
Replies: 3
Views: 5080

With such a large class, you might be able to teach them to read and write, but speaking is not going to happen. Ele is right, but you may not be able to force your school to split classes. The only other option is to divide the class into smaller groups. While others are working on written assignme...
by Lynn
Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:16 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Disciminatio in EFL teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 7470

For some reason, I am unable to vote in this poll. However, I would like to comment on this issue. I have lived in Hong Kong for about 27 years, and have tutored English on a part time basis for most of that time. We have three Chinese sons who we adopted here. They are native English speakers as we...
by Lynn
Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:19 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: English parties
Replies: 2
Views: 4637

These are all great ideas, Kakaze. Since you are dealing with adults, no real supervision is required, so you will have time to interact with all your guests. I think your BBQ style approach is great. As you say, the Chinese love to eat. A buffet style will give everyone a chance to move around, and...
by Lynn
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: can you give me a hand?i have no idea.
Replies: 2
Views: 4706

Summy, I am sorry that I didn't see your post earlier. I have been offline for a few days. I hope you have managed to find something helpful by now. Your topic is not an easy one. Do your students have internet access? Can they do a google search for recipes? You might have students find recipes and...
by Lynn
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:22 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: English parties
Replies: 2
Views: 4637

I think you're brave. How many people do you anticipate having in your home at one time? How often do you think you will host these gatherings? Do you plan on having a program each meeting, or just allow people to talk at random? Will you monitor the English used, or is it a free for all? You are ri...
by Lynn
Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: english club at school, suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 5020

Timetable and schedule are the same thing. Congratulations on setting up your English club. It sounds like you already have some good ideas about how to organize it. Two hours is a good time period. It's good that it isn't organized around homework, because that would make it too much like school, a...
by Lynn
Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Think in English
Replies: 6
Views: 6273

Yes, Ben. Using dictionaries is a good step. I suggest that they do a lot of reading as well. I have my students read a lot, and discuss their reading in English. They also have to keep a vocabulary notebook that includes the original context for the word, part of speech, definition based on the way...
by Lynn
Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Should we ban the native language in the class room?
Replies: 8
Views: 7827

Even I do that! Sometimes it's the only intelligible way to say something, and it reflects the way business is done here. I don't know about other parts of the world. In Hong Kong, many people speak a variety of Chinglish. English speakers use Cantonese in their dialog and Cantonese speakers use Eng...
by Lynn
Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:01 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Should we ban the native language in the class room?
Replies: 8
Views: 7827

But what do you think of this statement in first lecture: Hello class, we're here to learn English , no native language in this class any more......... That's fine. Many teachers do it this way. I have done this, usually with good results. Sometimes the size of the class makes it impossible for a t...
by Lynn
Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: SPEAKING
Replies: 4
Views: 5245

Well said, Ben! Our goal for speaking is communication, so it is vital that students be encouraged to do their best to communicate. I even allow plenty of hand signals and body language. But correct speech is important to communication, so we have to correct errors as well. I will take notes and the...