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by eric_p_m
Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: A passage
Replies: 4
Views: 3818

proofreading...

Dear Henz988, You almost followed instructions. You should completely remove instances of the first person, both singular and plural: us. This might require you to rephrase your sentence, but don't be afraid to do so. Now, you need to attack the third person in your paragraph. Here is an opportunity...
by eric_p_m
Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: A passage
Replies: 4
Views: 3818

proofreading...

Dear Henz988, Re-write your paragraph, eliminating first and second person usage. Also, are you thinking in English or in Chinese while composing in English? If you are thinking in Chinese, write in Chinese... if you are going to write in English, think in English so that you may interpret effective...
by eric_p_m
Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help!! 1st lesson
Replies: 2
Views: 3249

first class...

Dear Cabsy83, Just let me add to Paul's advice. Regardless of what the company told you or what your student said, you need to continue with your initial assessment of his linguistic skills, further probing his errors. Once you encounter errors, annotate them and reflect on them afterwards, enhancin...
by eric_p_m
Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Is it 30 or is it 45?
Replies: 1
Views: 2374

wage generation...

Dear Paul, One of my on-line school's clients is currently a Korean English language training company and I just finished teaching for over five years in China. I think that I could offer you valuable insight into what your potential employer is thinking. The maximum thirty hours a week should just ...
by eric_p_m
Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:38 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching english with competencies
Replies: 2
Views: 3483

ESL competencies...

Dear Nana, Here are three professional links which come from the Department of Education out of differing US states and correspond to what you have requested: http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/DocumentManagement/DocumentDownload.aspx?DocumentID=14894 http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/foreign/1999/defau...
by eric_p_m
Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:04 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching Tools
Replies: 3
Views: 3821

flashcards...

Dear Paul, Do you remember learning about the teaching methodology called Total Physical Response? Try incorporating it into your communicative-based curriculum. If you don't have the actual object in your classroom, you can always role-play with the flashcards. Utilize mnemonic devices involving em...
by eric_p_m
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:51 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: First class ice-breakers
Replies: 5
Views: 7581

appreciation...

Dear Dixie,

You are most welcome.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
by eric_p_m
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:47 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: reading comprehension - what's the best?
Replies: 4
Views: 4958

course books...

Dear Paola, I am sorry for my late response. I have been sick for the last week and haven't been working on-line as much as usual. All of my materials are always kept on-line, Paola, and you can view a good portion of them inside my on-line school. Use the Sitemap for navigation and if you have a pr...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: First class ice-breakers
Replies: 5
Views: 7581

first class...

Dear Dixie, No matter what you decide to do, you really only have one option: if you haven't met your students before, you will be conducting an initial assessment of your students' proficiency in the target language. Teach about language learning or whatever you would like to, as long as it maintai...
by eric_p_m
Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:10 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: reading comprehension - what's the best?
Replies: 4
Views: 4958

textbooks...

Dear Paola, Textbook publishing companies really don't know the students in your class and they have only the concept of money as the bottom line. I create my own textbooks for my students. My intimate knowledge about my students allows me to create dynamic and interactive exercises that hopefully m...
by eric_p_m
Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:50 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: TESOL Certification
Replies: 3
Views: 5590

qualifications...

Dear Paul, If your degree lies in linguistics, education, and foreign languages in general, most companies should realize that this training outweighs a TESOL training certificate. My degrees are in foreign language education while English is my native language. I also have a TESOL certificate, but ...
by eric_p_m
Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Use of "near", "by" & "nearby&q
Replies: 1
Views: 2782

near, nearby, by...

Dear Brutnell, near: not far away in place or time nearby: not far away in place by: emphasis on besides nigh: older form of near All the above forms originate from Old English. Differing usage might indicate either a generalization or a lack of education. Take advantage of the following URL: http:/...
by eric_p_m
Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Need advice re: adult esl class
Replies: 6
Views: 8226

sporadic attendance...

Dear Jennie, Last year, I just finished teaching for over five years in China and with classes normally between forty-five and sixty students, four to seven students sounds like heaven to me. I have had a lot of experience also teaching companies where the employees have had sporadic attendance. Abs...
by eric_p_m
Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: pop-pop ????
Replies: 1
Views: 3720

grandfather...

Dear Angie, Every family I have ever encountered using English as the medium of communication has had a different term for both maternal and paternal grandparents. There would not be an absolute answer to your question, as a multitude of variables abound in the field of sociolinguistics. Dialects an...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:57 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "one and a half hour" or "one and a half hour
Replies: 20
Views: 153672

cordial response...

Dear Alex, I think that you misunderstood my tone. If you would like my further advice, approach me next time with respect. Otherwise, consult the following URLs for your linguistic and professional growth: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hour http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tact Since...
by eric_p_m
Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "one and a half hour" or "one and a half hour
Replies: 20
Views: 153672

uncountable/ countable nouns...

Dear Alex, You are welcome. At the same time, be careful. Logically, if you will agree that 1.57 does not equal 2, then you should be able to agree with the grammar logic behind countable nouns. If you would like to be convinced more, heed my advice: now, you should realize and distinguish between c...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "one and a half hour" or "one and a half hour
Replies: 20
Views: 153672

plurality...

Dear Alex, Your teacher was probably thinking about positive integers above one while he or she should have told you all (both positive and negative) integers except one (both positive and negative), including zero, require plurality. Any sum over or under the positive whole integer one would consti...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:50 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Is 'in around' incorrect?
Replies: 2
Views: 4691

in around...

Dear Calla, I support and will reinforce what Ziadmasry stated. The prepositions "in" and "around" shouldn't be used together since they would contradict each other: "in" relays a certain fact while "around" is an educated guess at best. For composition purposes, you should never encounter this erro...
by eric_p_m
Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:43 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: On being observed
Replies: 1
Views: 3266

voice...

Dear Henz988, "On being observed" is the passive voice and "observed" here is the past participle, which is hence considered as an adjective. "Arrived at the station" is short for "Having arrived at the station" and is the progressive perfect, which also pertains to the active voice. Both "observed"...
by eric_p_m
Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:56 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: while / since
Replies: 1
Views: 3442

while/ since...

Dear Henz988, I believe that you are translating directly from Chinese instead of thinking in English. As a foreign language learner, it is in your best interest to think in the target language, as this will avoid translation problems like this one. "While" relates an unspecified duration of time in...
by eric_p_m
Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: watching movies to learn English
Replies: 7
Views: 11276

multimedia in the classroom...

Dear Chris, I am more than content upon hearing that you also love teaching and helping people to learn as much as possible. However, I think that you are still assuming how I implement multimedia into my physical and virtual classrooms. If you consider your classroom to be not unlike a battlefield,...
by eric_p_m
Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:41 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: watching movies to learn English
Replies: 7
Views: 11276

multimedia in the classroom...

Dear Chris, Let me humbly offer up some constructive criticism for you: 1. Do you have a favorite movie? If so, why do you remember it. Did you watch it more than once? If so, why? A well directed and academically targeted movie evokes emotion in the foreign language learner, allowing meta-language ...
by eric_p_m
Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:54 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "crucial importance"
Replies: 1
Views: 3240

word choice and lexical development...

Dear 3Rs, As you well know, an adjective modifies a noun. Grammatically, there is nothing incorrect about what you have found. On the other hand, stylistically speaking, the phrase reveals poor composition, indicating either poor lexical development or a lower education level. Word choice is importa...
by eric_p_m
Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:29 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Possessive pronoun - its
Replies: 4
Views: 5891

power distance...

Dear Kifaru, Culturally, you should maintain respect when talking to your professor. If he or she made a mistake, and you wish to correct him or her, utilize a high-context approach: during his or her office hours or by e-mail, ask your professor to clarify which way is correct for you since you had...
by eric_p_m
Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching "a lot", "little", "very l
Replies: 2
Views: 5272

quantifiers...

Dear Kitty, Have a party in class! Let the students decide which foods and beverages to bring. As the teacher, you should manage pouring liquids and selecting the portions for your students. Make them choose the portions with the quantifiers you wish for them to learn. Offer linguistic suggestions a...