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by eric_p_m
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:44 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Using multimedia in classes
Replies: 1
Views: 4013

contextual multimedia...

Dear Robby, Check out the following URLs and then take advantage of them to develop a productive lesson plan for your students: http://video.google.com/ http://video.yahoo.com/ http://movies.msn.com/ http://lycos.ifilm.com/ Well, that should get you up and running. If you wish to talk to me further ...
by eric_p_m
Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Multilevel classroom...One teacher!
Replies: 6
Views: 5878

dictionary...

Dear Garrett, "Polychronic" comes from the Greek morphemes for "many" and "time" while "-ic", as you should well know is an adjectival suffix. This terminology is used when talking about cultures and its opposite meaning is "monochronic", "mono" of course meaning "one". Polychronism is just that peo...
by eric_p_m
Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Multilevel classroom...One teacher!
Replies: 6
Views: 5878

multiple levels in the same classroom...

Dear Garrett, You are welcome. Generally, I do not condone discrimination in any form, but as a teacher, language proficiency levels are of the utmost importance. The beauty of open-ended questions is that you can meet the needs of all of your students, regardless of their ability level in the targe...
by eric_p_m
Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:15 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Multilevel classroom...One teacher!
Replies: 6
Views: 5878

multiple levels in the same classroom...

Dear Garrett, First of all, your class size is more than optimal for language learning. Talk to your school administrators there to see if it is possible to reduce your class size. While I was teaching in China, I taught a great deal of classes with between forty to sixty students. One class that st...
by eric_p_m
Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Is this correct? "to do" in this sentence?
Replies: 4
Views: 5857

do exercise/ exercise...

Dear MariaLisette, I think that you should take your Mexican textbook and throw it out the window. Utilize authentic native language materials for your classroom. This way, you will never have to encounter interference problems again. I believe that your textbook was written by a person from Mexico ...
by eric_p_m
Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:44 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I like dogs / I like dog?
Replies: 6
Views: 8355

plurality for generalizations...

Dear Meylenlau, The type of generalization you are talking about grammatically requires plural usage. The type of distinguishing characteristic you are referring to reminds me of the differing definitions between the use of "fish" and "fishes". In general, "fish" is considered to be an uncountable n...
by eric_p_m
Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I need help for an object pronoun question
Replies: 4
Views: 5854

you are welcome...

Dear Member,

Please check your aforementioned e-mail account.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
by eric_p_m
Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:09 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: at or of?
Replies: 2
Views: 4543

grammar as a communicative tool...

Dear Hideki, All of the answers you have mentioned are correct in usage. Here, the differences among prepositions indicate a subtle bias on the part of the speaker or writer. Utlizing the prepostion "of" here, indicates a more formal distance from the listener or reader while "at" emphasizes the poi...
by eric_p_m
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How to arouse their enthusiasm and make them more interested
Replies: 4
Views: 7284

language teaching...

Dear Effie, Seems that your students want to speak so please don't try to make them quiet in class. Utilize their energy to produce speech in the target language. If you would like to talk to me in person, just visit my on-line school and I will talk to you about communicative language teaching in g...
by eric_p_m
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Scissors - is or are
Replies: 1
Views: 6653

scissors...

Dear Cyphever1, Although the dictionary states that both the plural and singular verb forms are correct, logically, I would like to emphasize that native speakers tend to utilize the determinate number "pair" in this context: a pair of scissors, which would require the third person singular verb for...
by eric_p_m
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I need help for an object pronoun question
Replies: 4
Views: 5854

gender equality through grammar...

Dear Member, Grammatically, your first sentence is correct since the indefinite article expresses the concept of singularity. What you have encountered here is not a gramatical problem, but rather a cultural problem now that a shift towards gender equality strives to become the politically correct n...
by eric_p_m
Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:38 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New adult class with no English level
Replies: 2
Views: 3993

teaching adults in China...

Dear Tngreen, I just finished teaching for over five years in China. Depending on the context and situation you find yourself in right now is going to change how I could advise you. Please feel free to e-mail me or drop by my on-line school and talk to me directly. Since you are in China, you will n...
by eric_p_m
Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:24 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Using native language in the classroom
Replies: 5
Views: 7204

learning language for intercultural communication...

Dear Robby, I would assume that in general, an English language training institute would not be focusing on education, but rather on monetary gain. In my experience, the aforementioned companies know as little about teaching methodologies as they know about the foreign language and culture they are ...
by eric_p_m
Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How safe is China?
Replies: 1
Views: 3018

teaching in China...

Dear Kels,

I just finished teaching for five years in China and still have an immense network there. Come by my on-line school and talk to me or private message me, as what I would tell you might not be politically correct. :wink:


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
by eric_p_m
Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: has/have?
Replies: 2
Views: 4220

grammar, syntax, and translation...

Dear Scarlet, Your two options do not really have a problem with temporal concordance. To support Estefania's stance, the present perfect indicates continuity while the past indicates a specific endpoint. You should comprehend this, as the Spanish grammar system compares with English in this respect...
by eric_p_m
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching over the internet
Replies: 13
Views: 16551

on-line teaching...

Dear EnglishChris, Don't limit your imagination. I can do just about everything I normally accomplish in a physical classroom outside of the senses of touch and smell. Well, after I place you inside a virtual 3-D environment, I could touch a student there, especially if I were teaching business hand...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching over the internet
Replies: 13
Views: 16551

teaching on-line...

Dear EnglishChris,

Six years and counting. 8)

Drop by my on-line school and talk to me. I am presenting in a teaching seminar for the University of Georgia next week addressing this very topic.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
by eric_p_m
Wed Sep 13, 2006 6:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: "one and a half hour" or "one and a half hour
Replies: 20
Views: 153682

1.5 hours...

Dear curious foreign language learners, It shouldn't even take me an hour and a half to answer this post. :wink: Blatant and Sapphire were correct in their post at the following URL: http://www.englishclub.com/tefl/viewtopic.php?t=1584 . x > 1 = plural When "x" is greater than one, plurality is requ...
by eric_p_m
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:31 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: About teaching TOEFL ! need help!
Replies: 2
Views: 5375

TOEFL...

Dear Arielma, Have you ever taught for the IELTS? The TOEFL changed the manner in which it assesses foreign language learners' abilities to closely mimic the IELTS. Of all the examinations or assessments that I have taught for, the IELTS has been by far the best assessment tool that I have ever enco...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:09 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Effects of mispronounciation???
Replies: 5
Views: 9722

phonetic training...

Dear Alpratblue, I venture to state that a given context allows a specific error margin. Foreign language learners are usually given a wider berth for phonetic, lexical, and grammatical mistakes, but native speakers find no such compassion: speech pathologists tend to earn an incredible amount of mo...
by eric_p_m
Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:50 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Comics for your students
Replies: 5
Views: 8973

Grammarman...

Dear Brian,

Thank you for creating such an innovative and fantastic learning resource. You utilized a genre that native speakers like myself used to improve our literacy skills!


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
by eric_p_m
Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:24 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The use of "while"
Replies: 0
Views: 3814

while vs. as...

Dear Absurdo, I was going to explain to you about the separate Gothic origins for "while" and "as", but after I saw that your web site is giving English consultation, I think that I will only advise you to research more in your field of expertise. :evil: I see that you are from Monterrey, Mexico. In...
by eric_p_m
Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:46 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can I connect English teaching with moral lessons?
Replies: 2
Views: 6291

morality lessons...

Dear Crabinsand77, My first reaction is to advise you to take your copy of Eight Honors & Eight Disgraces and use it as a paperweight. Instead of taking something directly translated from Mandarin Chinese into English, you should interpret the sentences using the culture of the language you are teac...
by eric_p_m
Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:54 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Please help do you use with or it
Replies: 2
Views: 5332

communicate with or to...

Dear Cougarcar1, Both "communicate with" and "communicate to" are correct in usage depending on surrounding context and the desired meaning you wish to convey. The verb "communicate" has both transitive and intransitive functions so it could be used with direct or indirect objects, but your confusio...
by eric_p_m
Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:17 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Contractions
Replies: 6
Views: 13310

contractions...

Dear LeahD, Although foreign language learners have to take in receptive skills (listening and reading) before productive skills (speaking and writing) are able to be manifested, a communicative full-language approach should inundate every level of a foreign language teacher's curriculum. In my expe...