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by Heads Up Eng
Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:34 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: SPEAKING
Replies: 4
Views: 5577

I agree with you, Ben. A balance between fluency and accuracy is very important, and changes according to the task and activity. I'll only add that when presenting new grammar or vocab, it's important to offer more correction than later in the lesson. After all, if the students are using the target ...
by Heads Up Eng
Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:17 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Think in English
Replies: 6
Views: 6687

Talk to yourself. Most people have internal monologues all the time. So simply do this in the language that you want to learn. At lower levels, you're working out sentence patterns, and using words and grammar studied in class. As you progress in ability, your conversations will get more detailed, i...
by Heads Up Eng
Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:27 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: conversation books
Replies: 2
Views: 4463

I've used the first two books of Oxford's Headway series. Each book has a lot of speaking activities, or activities that can be tweaked to focus on conversation. The third book in the series has a lot longish articles for reading, which you could assign as homework. At you next lesson, discuss the c...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:28 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice - One on one advanced conversation
Replies: 3
Views: 5542

Justinred, You may find my site useful. I put together materials solely dedicated to upper-level learners, which I base on current events and hot topics. There are news lessons, articles, and conversation questions, too. It's at: http://www.headsupenglish.com Okay, enough plugging my site. You may a...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:09 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: the problems with Oral English Teaching
Replies: 4
Views: 7014

I've heard many teachers comment similarly. Obviously, ability, class size, and the culture of the students all play a part in motivating them to speak. But there are a few points which might help you in the classroom: 1. As a first step, select a topic they find interesting and relevant. If they ar...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Jun 06, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: pronunciation problems
Replies: 2
Views: 3490

Hi Ben,

Thank you for the link. I'll stop by the bookstore this week and thumb through a copy (assuming they have one).

Chris
http://www.headsupenglish.com
by Heads Up Eng
Mon May 28, 2007 8:58 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: pronunciation problems
Replies: 2
Views: 3490

pronunciation problems

Hi Everyone, I decided to put together a few lessons on pronunciation and intonation for my site, and need your comments/advice. I've only taught Japanese learners of English, and so am very familiar with their problem areas in speaking. But what is it like with other learners? Specifically: 1. Are ...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:52 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: First class ice-breakers
Replies: 5
Views: 7618

The first class should establish the atmosphere and expectations for all future classes. My personal opinion is that you want to get students to relax and not worry so much about speaking English. You also want to create a supporting and friendly environment where everyone can have fun. I always try...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching irregular verbs
Replies: 9
Views: 18376

I agree with the sentiment: That is a lot of verbs to cover. I suspect that much of your classes would have been dominated by drilling and writing exercises, but not real application of the material. I completely agree with Eric on TPR. It's a good tool to reinforce language. You might also try usin...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:26 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Speaking English
Replies: 2
Views: 4494

When building speaking activities, it's important to remember to work from small to large. This, I think, remains true for any level of student. At the lower levels, for example, students should work with controlled activities at the start. Drills (small) introduce the language, and give everyone th...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What you did at the weekend and what you will do next wk/e?
Replies: 1
Views: 3232

TBrides, I'm not sure on what you want to focus the lesson. Do you want to teach the future tense "going to" and planned activities? "will" and spur-of-the-moment decisions? some combination of both? verbs related to weekend activities? prepositions of time? The possibilities are endless! However, I...
by Heads Up Eng
Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:52 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: watching movies to learn English
Replies: 7
Views: 11324

Eric, I fully agree with your point regarding a good movie. It can assist the learning process, particularly because it raises the students' interest in English. In the past, I have often recommended movies to my students, which we then informally talk about outside of class. I also incorporate disc...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: watching movies to learn English
Replies: 7
Views: 11324

Movies are a time waster, in my opinion. Here's why: 1. They are too long. TV programs, or snippets of programs or movies, work better to express grammar, vocab, or a talking point. Five or ten minutes usually contain all that you need for a lesson or activity. 2. In a larger class, some students wi...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Improving student's listening
Replies: 2
Views: 4274

Most students find listening a difficult skill to acquire. As such, it's important that we mix a variety of bottom-up and top-down exercises into our lessons. These give variety to the material, and interest, as well as offer new challenges to the students. If you're not sure on the meaning of eithe...