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by Kevin Vosper
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: identifying second language interference
Replies: 2
Views: 3079

Re: identifying second language interference

Dear Sparky Without knowing the first language of the example sentences I'm slightly guessing here, but an interference might be from a language which does not use auxiliary verbs in the same way as English and almost certainly does not have a dummy auxiliary (do). For this reason exactly where in a...
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Use of these and they
Replies: 5
Views: 14162

Re: Use of these and they

Dear sreyoshi

Just an extra point. "Trousers" is a plural noun (e.g. two) so "they" is correct. However, with singular nouns such as a pen the question would be, "Who's is this?" and the reply would be, "It is mine."

Kevin
by Kevin Vosper
Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Out of touch with western salaries
Replies: 3
Views: 3093

Re: Out of touch with western salaries

Dear all I have to disagree with a lot of the above. It's easy for rich countries to pay TEFL teachers high salaries and if money is what you are interested in I would recomend South Korea or Taiwan, though be aware though that both of these have a hire and fire culture. It is unfair to blame poorer...
by Kevin Vosper
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: How to use 'the' correctly
Replies: 9
Views: 12150

Re: How to use 'the' correctly

Dear Weibing To go back to your original question I think you've found the most difficult word for English learners in the entire English language. When I test or mark students work, written or oral, mistakes in the use of "the" usually account for sixty to seventy percent of all mistakes. This can ...
by Kevin Vosper
Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: How to use plural nouns correctly
Replies: 9
Views: 31656

Re: How to use plural nouns correctly

Dear Weibing I think oldie has really answered the question but two other points are quite interesting when looking at countable/uncountable nouns. Firstly, some nouns change their meanings when they change from countable to uncountable. Examples include: Glass, e.g. "In the modern world glass is a ...
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Speaking Course
Replies: 3
Views: 5618

Dear Sidan

I've answered a very similar question from DBCharity so you might want to look at that.

Best wishes

Kevin
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New member here, need advice, teaching children ages 5-12
Replies: 4
Views: 4253

Dear DBCharity Without knowing what resourses you will have it's difficult to know where to begin. However, here goes. I teach a similar age group here in Italy and I've found that one mistake many teachers make is to speak too much. Try to speak as little as possible but when you do, speak clearly ...
by Kevin Vosper
Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "No ought from an is" ???
Replies: 5
Views: 7073

Dear msy_heaven I think the answer is that people often "play" with language, at least living languages. A good example is the word "promenade" which started as a verb "to promenarde" meaning to walk up and down in a relaxed fashion. When seaside towns developed about 150 years ago a new word was ne...
by Kevin Vosper
Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Can or could?
Replies: 2
Views: 10433

Dear Weibing You are right in that we do use "could" when talking about past abilities eg: "When I was a teenager I could walk twenty kilometers." or "Early man could use fire." However the relationship between "could" and "can" is in fact a little more complex than just past and present. Compare th...
by Kevin Vosper
Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:25 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Me too / you too
Replies: 3
Views: 4707

Dear Planet In response to "nice to meet you, I would say "nice to meet you too." The other replies would be used in different situations, as in the following: If I was in a pub and wanted another drink I might wave my glass at a friend and say "you too?" Meaning "do you want another drink?" If my f...
by Kevin Vosper
Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:01 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 43399

Dear all

I don't know who keeps clicking "post reply" on this thread without then writing anything, but can they stop it.

Kevin Vosper
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Chatroom sharpen your speaking skill?
Replies: 2
Views: 3028

Dear Weibing I'm not certain that a chatroom will help with speaking skills but it might help with writing as long as you remember that a chatroom uses a certain register of English and that the language used, although perhaps closer to spoken English than perhaps a formal letter, is not appropriate...
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:42 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: FCE Preparation Course
Replies: 1
Views: 3047

Dear Mr Libyan The Common European Framework puts the FCE exam at the border between level B-Independent user and C-Proficient user so using this system the candedate should be at least at the B2 (Vantage) level. In more traditional terms this is the same boarder line as Upper-Intermediate/Advanced ...
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Hi I am new in this web. and I need help
Replies: 3
Views: 3401

Sorry, I forgot one other important part. Do a "get to know you" exercise, probably after the name game and before the needs analysis. For teenagers I use a "magic box" idea. I draw a box on the white board and put in it five or six words relating to myself (favorite foods, football team, hobbies, l...
by Kevin Vosper
Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:56 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Hi I am new in this web. and I need help
Replies: 3
Views: 3401

Dear Jorge Welcome to English Club, I hope you find the site useful. If you could post the age and general level of the students I'll be able to give more detailed advice but the following might be of some use. Introduce yourself to the class and with teenagers introduce some basic classroom rules. ...
by Kevin Vosper
Sun Jun 03, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How could ESL Student become ESL Teacher ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2951

Dear Libyan The first thing I would recommend is that you take an internationally recognised qualification in English teaching, otherwise known as a CELTA. This can be done either as an intensive four week course (and a warning, by "intensive" I really do mean "intensive"). Or as a part-time evening...
by Kevin Vosper
Sun May 27, 2007 1:41 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 27762

Dear Weibing, sorry Hi Weibing I think your question is a very good one but one of the reasons you haven't had an answer might be simply a question of time or perhaps some readers are worried about their standard of English. To anyone reading this, please post replies and don't worry about your Engl...
by Kevin Vosper
Wed May 23, 2007 7:26 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 15967

Dear Weibing The second sentence is the present simple and is used to talk about things in general. E.g. "I like coffee, I play football, The earth goes round the sun etc. The first sentence is the present continious and is used to talk about now and in this case things happening around the point "n...
by Kevin Vosper
Mon May 21, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 43399

Dear TS Probably the best way to analyse your sentence is to take the linguistic approach and divide what most teachers call "tense" into its three basic parts. e.g tense, aspect and mood. Tense refers to the way verb endings change in order to show differences in time for an event. In English there...
by Kevin Vosper
Sun May 20, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 43399

Sorry that last line should read 1987.

Kevin
by Kevin Vosper
Sun May 20, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 43399

Dear TS A good question. The answer is that I couldn't remember exactly when Tony Blair first came to power, it was of course 1997. So a better example would be "Tony Blair has been Prime Minister since 1997." The example is "good" in that it illustrates the fact that the present perfect deals with ...
by Kevin Vosper
Sat May 19, 2007 6:37 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 43399

Dear TS

It's past time as in "Tony Blair has been Prime Minister since 2000." (Yes I know it's not strictly true but it is a good example).

Kevin Vosper
by Kevin Vosper
Tue May 15, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: the problems with Oral English Teaching
Replies: 4
Views: 6567

Oral teaching in China

Dear Shaylaw When I first started English teaching, strangely enough in China, I thought that oral English was an easy class to teach. You just turned up with a list of subjects to discuss and the class would run itself. A few years on (I won't say how many but I used to teach English to the Neander...
by Kevin Vosper
Fri May 11, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice - One on one advanced conversation
Replies: 3
Views: 5188

Dear justinred

These sites may be of some use to you:

http://www.bbc.co.uk

http://www.onestopenglish.com

http://www.guardianweekly.com

http://www.businessenglishonline.net

(This is from Macmillion English)

Hope this helps.

Kevin Vosper
by Kevin Vosper
Fri May 11, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Need your helps for sentence structure
Replies: 2
Views: 3229

Legal English

Dear ndhl1969 Thanks for your posting and yes, it is a very complex sentence (although possible not as difficult as it appears to be at first glance). People often ask why legal English is so complex and whether it should be made simpler, this includes people in America, Australia and the UK as well...