Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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Saturday, July 28, 2007
Now, I tend to take more of a counselor method, trying to validate and listen to my kids as they try to solve their problems. However, I teach my kids to be accountable for their actions. If they make a choice, there is always a consequence, and they can't choose the consequence. I don't pamper my kids, and I have told them early in their life that they should plan to a good part of their college education because I want them to learn how to manage their lives better.
So, what are your thoughts on the topic? What kinds of parenting methods do parents use in your own culture, whether they are effective or not? Share your ideas.
Friday, July 27, 2007
This is very interesting because this reflects my own experience as a teacher in the ESL classroom. Often, some students who come from overseas to study in the US only see that living in the US is the key to improving their English; however, in some cases, they often do not make much progress because as soon as they leave my class, they pair up with other students from the same country and start speaking their native language again. The problem isn't that they are just associating with people from their country, but that they don't speak English when they do so.
Only the other hand, I have met many students who have made great progress in learning English because they are very motivated to do so and find every opportunity to study and put into practice their new skills. In fact, I know students who have learned English very well without having lived in an English-speaking country.
So, what has your experience been like? What are the factors that help students learn more quickly? Share your ideas.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
When I was a kid back in the 1960s and 70s, children spent most of their free time playing outside with their friends in the sandbox, at a swimming hole, or in the woods, climbing trees. There were times when we would also play board games like Monopoly or chess, or just shoot some basketballs. However, we live in a different world now. More and more kids play video games hours on end, often without adult supervision or guidance. The question is what kind of impact is this having on children's social, emotional, and physical well being. What about online gaming? Share your ideas and experience on this topic.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
“I would buy a new car and house if I was rich.”
Actually, the formal grammar rule states that in present unreal conditional sentences, the verb in the condition statement (“if I was rich”) is changed to a past tense verb, but the BE verb is irregular, and thus changes to WERE no matter which pronoun is used (we, they, she, he, I). The irregular form is what is problematic for most native speakers (although they might not realize it is incorrect), and within a few years, this usage might become completely acceptable. Now, share your ideas. What grammar rules do you know of that seem to be used differently from what we found in formal textbooks?
Friday, July 20, 2007
Over the past week, visitors have responded to the question as to which language skill is most important to them. Not surprisingly, speaking and listening appear to be the most important language skills to students. The question, then, is how can students improve their communication skills, particularly in countries where English isn't the native language. Share your ideas on this topic.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This site has a huge collection of questions students and teachers can use to start conversations. How about you? What sites can you recommend to other learners? Write about your favorite Websites here.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
What about you? What is your image of the ideal teacher? Share your ideas.
Monday, July 16, 2007
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Many students want to eliminate their accent so they sound just like native speakers; however, eliminating your accent is probably impossible, and it it might be undesirable. First, everyone has an accent, including myself, and reducing your accent in areas that affect understanding is a more realistic goal. Furthermore, our accent identifies us to our country, which is part of our identify. What do you think?
Friday, July 6, 2007
Many students are interested in studying abroad to learn English. However, learning the language isn't as easy as you might think. Before you travel overseas, you decide what your goals are and if they are realistic. Many students think that they can learn English just be being in the vicinity of where English is spoken. Unfortunately, many students isolate themselves with other students of the same country, and they never learn much English.
Some of my students who come from overseas come to do some sightseeing, but they find opportunities to use English on a daily basis. Please share your ideas on the topic.