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by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: inductive approach of teaching grammar
Replies: 5
Views: 18179

Re: inductive approach of teaching grammar

Hi Syl, Thank you for sharing with me your experience of trying inductive approach. Do you think it is more efficient than traditional approach of explaining grammar clearly? I agreed with your that although students understand the grammar rules, they may still have trouble apply them into writing ...
by Syl
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help!How do you teach grammar.
Replies: 8
Views: 13725

Re: Help!How do you teach grammar.

I hadn't read your post here, please see my reply here:

http://www.englishclub.com/tefl/viewtop ... 18&t=22023



Syl
by Syl
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: inductive approach of teaching grammar
Replies: 5
Views: 18179

Re: inductive approach of teaching grammar

Hello, cwcaro I am an English tutor at home specialized in Remedial Teaching. My approach is the inductive one, having the pupils exposed to the language as much as possible, through recordings, reading of texts, and all kinds of drills: the students repeat the patterns in the beginning, changing pa...
by Syl
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Passive verb tense?
Replies: 6
Views: 17893

Re: Passive verb tense?

Have you tried converting it to active? ...with the men taking the photos on Hicks Island. Hi, Josef In my humble opinion, the example Craig gave is correct. If he changes the second part to active according to your suggestion, it will be like this: "The men had worked on a fishing trawler off of C...
by Syl
Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help with a shy one-to-one student
Replies: 9
Views: 19560

Re: Help with a shy one-to-one student

Oh, I am glad I could help.

Let me know how it goes. If you need any more help, don't hesitate and I can try and help you with more ideas.

Syl
by Syl
Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Free printable worksheets and lessons
Replies: 1
Views: 6775

Re: Free printable worksheets and lessons

Way to go, David!!!!

At last someone offering help and efforts to colleagues for free. I visited your site, it's very good!!! I wish you success!!


Syl
by Syl
Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help with a shy one-to-one student
Replies: 9
Views: 19560

Re: Help with a shy one-to-one student

:lol: That's good news, if she learns then the only point is her way of talking to you which gives you the impression the lesson is boring. But I must say that it is not, otherwise she wouldn't learn at all! She is shy, that's all. Regarding the writing, there are so many things to do! I use guided ...
by Syl
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Research topics NEEDED!
Replies: 6
Views: 13644

Re: Research topics NEEDED!

:lol: That's a good one, Al! I'm sure you are getting a little bit tired (that's our syndrome) as English teachers! It's a pleasure and I am glad I could be of some help.


Syl


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by Syl
Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Research topics NEEDED!
Replies: 6
Views: 13644

Re: Research topics NEEDED!

OK, BozFan, thank you for the reply. The first idea that comes to my head - and besides the work being done with the help of different grammar books in libraries, it would be necessary for your students to have access to the internet - is a comparative study between English verbs (tenses, conjugatio...
by Syl
Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help with a shy one-to-one student
Replies: 9
Views: 19560

Re: Help with a shy one-to-one student

Then, why don't you ask someone at school? ( Probably you could get the phone number from her Mom or through the girl herself). I mean, probably she has some problem that you don't know which is the reason for her whispering, something beyond your control. If she is so shy, or so insecure, it's not ...
by Syl
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Presentation about slang.
Replies: 1
Views: 6413

Re: Presentation about slang.

Hi, Lilo! I could present here a very long list of reasons and examples, but it is very simple to find the answer to your question. Google the words "why use slang" , and you will have so many sites that can help you a lot. For example, I found this one: bu.edu/mfeldman/Slang/ - scroll down and read...
by Syl
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: FCE trouble
Replies: 3
Views: 8667

Re: FCE trouble

Dear Septembergirl, I don't know how much time you have at your disposal on a weekly basis (once a week, twice? other?) because you say that your pupil doesn't have the necessary level. If you may help him on a daily basis, then probably you can obtain some results. First of all, the reading part. Y...
by Syl
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help with a shy one-to-one student
Replies: 9
Views: 19560

Re: Help with a shy one-to-one student

Yes, dear Noem! I teach at home many students on a one-to-one basis, and have been doing it for years. All sorts of personalities have been under my orientation and the shy ones represent a very delicate category of pupils. You need to deal with them very carefully, otherwise they will lose their co...
by Syl
Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Research topics NEEDED!
Replies: 6
Views: 13644

Re: Research topics NEEDED!

Hi, BozFan!

Before I express my opinion, could you please tell me the purpose of the research? Is something in their curriculum or is it your own idea to do it? Please let me know.


Syl


Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun
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by Syl
Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice needed with very young learners
Replies: 6
Views: 13311

Re: Advice needed with very young learners

I don't know who the second guy you mention is... The only thing I disagreed was his publishing a site that charges money, and teachers generally can't afford to pay. Unfortunately I saw his publishing that site on another forum, and it seems that many come here with the sole purpose to advertise. B...
by Syl
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: graduate or be graduated?
Replies: 3
Views: 11952

Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

To Kareem In my previous reply to you I used the dictionary. I will use it again, this time Oxford Dictionary. It says: "verb [no object] successfully complete an academic degree, course of training, or (North American) high school: He graduated from Glasgow University in 1990". This means that the ...
by Syl
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: When to use the indefinite article
Replies: 2
Views: 12689

Re: When to use the indefinite article

The article a/an is a determiner (NOT PARTICULAR), as defined by Cambridge Dictionary. There are many definitions but the first one will do. "Used before a noun to refer to a single thing or person that has not been mentioned before, especially when you are not referring to a particular thing or per...
by Syl
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice for teaching adults?
Replies: 4
Views: 12867

Re: Advice for teaching adults?

There are many activities I do with adult learners (I tutor them at my home), which include among others, recording dialogues with my own voice and burning them to CD's. The pupils then take them home and follow the printed text I provide them. This activity has many advantages: it improves the acce...
by Syl
Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The night of the crime / The crime night
Replies: 2
Views: 11348

Re: The night of the crime / The crime night

Remember that there is an explanation regarding the possessive form in English. Since the discussion here is about the inanimate possessors, I won't mention the animates (human, etc. - example: The woman's car is red. The dog's leg is brown). Inanimate possessors You can't say "The car's door is ope...
by Syl
Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice needed with very young learners
Replies: 6
Views: 13311

Re: Advice needed with very young learners

It's just a pity that the site you are promoting is not free. There are thousands of sites or more that give excellent tips and offer printable worksheets, games, tests and many other options without asking a cent. Many teachers can't afford to pay for the services you are promoting. I always insert...
by Syl
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice needed with very young learners
Replies: 6
Views: 13311

Re: Advice needed with very young learners

Hi, there The ideas you mentioned are excellent! I like them all, but due to the huge number of kids in one classroom (OMG, 45!!!), there should be some techniques in order to avoid your losing control over the little pupils there. Mainly in the first lesson, in which they don't know you and you don...
by Syl
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: do you understand
Replies: 4
Views: 7790

Re: do you understand

I also wouldn't call the question "impolite", but useless. Even the question "Who doesn't understand?" might be of no importance, since out of embarrassment many pupils wouldn't probably answer. Checking understanding can be done through many methods, depending on the activities. For example, you ch...
by Syl
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What are the Hot Verbs and the Empty Verbs?
Replies: 1
Views: 13143

Re: What are the Hot Verbs and the Empty Verbs?

Hi, guys It's been a while I haven't posted on the forum, for personal reasons. I love to help people solving doubts mainly regarding grammar, and have found this post which remained without an answer. I had a look around the net and found a good explanation here: http://random-idea-english.blogspot...
by Syl
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can I speak without an accent?
Replies: 10
Views: 43099

Re: How can I speak without an accent?

I second my colleagues' replies, no reason to feel the way you do about your accent. I myself am a Brazilian and many English natives recognize my accent immediately! :D What I do to improve mine, just for the sake of being understood and pronouncing correctly so that people don't misunderstand me, ...
by Syl
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New teacher classroom tips
Replies: 2
Views: 4389

Re: New teacher classroom tips

I also would like to get some more information about your audience. Give us some more details, please, seza! :)

Syl

Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun
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