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by Susan
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Phonics with a native speaker
Replies: 2
Views: 1427

Re: Phonics with a native speaker

If there is a place available, I'd move him. It can sometimes work to have a native speaker in the class, but it means a lot of work for the teacher. The child will learn a lot more with others of the same age and skill. You shouldn't keep him there to model language for the others. If you keep him ...
by Susan
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Need or Needs
Replies: 1
Views: 1148

Re: Need or Needs

Hi.

It should be: 2 institutions need to be

Need is the plural form of the verb.

Susan
by Susan
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Clap for yourself vs clap yourself
Replies: 4
Views: 2263

Re: Clap for yourself vs clap yourself

No. It's not authentic English..

You might say: give yourself a pat on the back.
by Susan
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Clap for yourself vs clap yourself
Replies: 4
Views: 2263

Re: Clap for yourself vs clap yourself

They don't mean anything as stand-alone phrases.

Could you give us the sentence or context?

Susan
by Susan
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: direct objects
Replies: 1
Views: 903

Re: direct objects

Hi Adrian

In the phrase 'colourful parrots eat seeds', seeds is the direct object.

Do you see the difference now?

Susan
by Susan
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: identifiying present tense
Replies: 2
Views: 968

Re: identifiying present tense

Hi
It's not the present, that would be: there is.

It's the present perfect.

Susan
by Susan
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Employment Discussion
Topic: Real or am I seeing a ghost ?!
Replies: 1
Views: 1233

Re: Real or am I seeing a ghost ?!

Sorry, I don't know the answer.

You could also post it on www.tefl.net/forum

You may get answers there too.
by Susan
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice on teaching speaking to adults
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

Re: Advice on teaching speaking to adults

I'm glad the change of style helped. It's normal that a few students don't participate in a big class. Just go and stand by them during the activity. They will probably start speaking just because you are there. If not, try to work out why they aren't: eg, do they know the language that's needed, do...
by Susan
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice on teaching speaking to adults
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

Re: Advice on teaching speaking to adults

Don't be so harsh on yourself. A good way to introduce an activity is to demonstrate it, possibly with another student. this will help you cut back on lengthy instructions. I would aim to use a variety of styles from the first lessons onwards; just to give options to students with varying learning s...
by Susan
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Employment Discussion
Topic: Everybody speaks Italian in English Classes in Italy
Replies: 1
Views: 1218

Re: Everybody speaks Italian in English Classes in Italy

I totally get you; it's really frustrating to have students use their mother tongue all the time.

Here's a post from our sister site Tefl. net:

https://www.tefl.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13

What do you think of it?

Susan
by Susan
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: looking for a good research topic
Replies: 2
Views: 1623

Re: looking for a good research topic

Hi, It sounds like an interesting project. I can't think of anything but some of these links may provide inspiration. This article about gender is interesting: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/should-we-gender-mark-job-titles As is this on weird job titles: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business...
by Susan
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Employment Discussion
Topic: Advice for teaching situation in China
Replies: 3
Views: 2430

Re: Advice for teaching situation in China

Hi, I can see this is a tough one. You need to check whether what your employer is saying is true. Do you have to stay in that city if it's affecting your health? ditto for staying a month or two. The Chinese authorities or the consulate of your country should be able to answer this. Can you produce...
by Susan
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: TEFL Training Discussion
Topic: Can somebody help me with a lesson plan test?
Replies: 1
Views: 2089

Re: Can somebody help me with a lesson plan test?

What do you want to know?
by Susan
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Lesson planning for older ESL students
Replies: 5
Views: 3791

Re: Lesson planning for older ESL students

Hello MookDa, My advice is to choose a course book and use it as much as possible. You won’t have the time to put together every lesson yourself, especially not for four hours of teaching a day. Course books are written by experts and usually cover all aspects needed: grammar, vocabulary, speaking, ...
by Susan
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: method for teaching simple past
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

Re: method for teaching simple past

Looks good.

I think you need to spend a lot of time on negatives and questions.

Think about how to deal with the verb to be because it's different to other verbs.

Susan
by Susan
Tue May 30, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: method for teaching simple past
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

Re: method for teaching simple past

I do number 3 before 2. I get students speaking before writing.

Susan
by Susan
Thu May 25, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: suffix or not?
Replies: 3
Views: 3660

Re: suffix or not?

Thanks for the info
by Susan
Sun May 14, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: TEFL task help
Replies: 3
Views: 4292

Re: TEFL task help

what it has to do with ESL I have no idea.

Good point!
by Susan
Wed May 03, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difficult Students
Replies: 4
Views: 4265

Re: Difficult Students

It sounds disheartening. It's a difficult one. You've done so much to make it work. A few suggestions: Tell her the aims of the lesson before you start. You can negotiate them or not. Ask her to evaluate herself in relation to the aims at the end of the lesson. Do conversation that will involve a le...
by Susan
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Language Labs
Replies: 3
Views: 3688

Re: Language Labs

I hope someone can advise you, I don't know these makes.

Susan
by Susan
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Language Labs
Replies: 3
Views: 3688

Re: Language Labs

Hi,

What are you thinking of doing with your language lab? They are a massive outlay of money and I'm not sure students benefit so much from their use. There are other ways of doing work with today's technology.

Best,

Susan
by Susan
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: sentence structure
Replies: 4
Views: 4471

Re: sentence structure

Books by Raymond Murphy are excellent
by Susan
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Students' Native Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 7143

Re: Students' Native Languages

That's interesting, especially your comment about engaging with students in L1.