Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
The new year is just around the corner, and people around the world celebrate this day in different ways. Share your thoughts and ideas on how people in your country or area celebrate this holiday, including ideas on foods, activities, and vacation plans.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Now, feel free to share any of your favorite memories of how you celebrate this holiday. If you don't celebrate this day, then tell us about other end-of-year celebrations in your country.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
- Does your mother work outside of the home, and does she still do the cooking?
- Does your father or other family member help clean up the dishes and table after the meal?
- Are more and more younger men being expected to help their wives with cooking?
Please share your ideas.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Holidays and festivities are an important part of our cultures, and understanding the holidays of others (especially when traveling overseas) can help us appreciate other people more. So, please share with us your favorite holiday from your country: what day is it, how is it celebrated, and what special foods and drink are associated with it?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
According to this survey, a majority of people say that tipping at a restaurant is a common practice, but there are many places where tipping is not required. So, do people tip in your country? If so, where do people tip (e.g., at a hotel, hair salon, taxi, etc.) What country are you from? What percent of tip are you expected to give? Share your ideas.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
So, share with us a common superstition from your country. Randall
Saturday, December 1, 2007
- good looking
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So, how much does a teacher's use of English affect students' learning of the language in the classroom?As you can see from this poll, only 37% of students responded that their teachers use/used English usually or always in the classroom, where as 29% said that their teachers seldom or never use/used English. What do you think the reasons are for these results, and in what ways does this affect students? Share your experiences and opinions on this topic.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
So, is there a stereotype that people often have about your culture? If so, share what it is, and help us understand your culture better.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
For many of these students, they end up being able to carry on basic day-to-day conversations and order a hamburger at a restaurant, but they never reach a higher level of communication skills that leads to interesting conversation. What do you think about this?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Extensive reading, on the other hand, is having students read a lot for pleasure, but the reading passages are well within their linguistic reach. For my students, if they can understand 95 percent of what they read, then continue with the book. Otherwise, choose something easier. In this way, I want students to be exposed to high-frequency vocabulary they could recycle in everyday language, particularly in a productive, speaking way. So, what are some ways to encourage students to read more and love it? Please share your ideas.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
She is tired, so she wants to lie down.
She is tired, so she wants to lay down.
Thus, how can ESL/EFL students best learn from native speakers so the use English correctly? Share your ideas.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
- thumb your nose at
- have your nose in a book
- put your nose to the grindstone
- have a nose for something
For this reason, I created my listening Website, EZslang.com (www.ezslang.com). So, do you have a favorite idiomatic expression? If so, share the expression, its meaning, and a sample sentence.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
In this poll, I asked visitors this question: "If, by magic, you could change your English language skills overnight, in which situation would you prefer to find yourself?":
- You would have perfect pronunciation like a native speaker, but you would still make a lot of grammar mistakes.
- You could use English grammar perfectly in all situations, but you would have a noticeable accent.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Appearances of UFOs, or unidentified flying objects, have been recorded for years, but are these real visitors from space or just made-up stories to attract attention. What is your opinion on the subject? Are there stories about such objects specific to your culture? Here is one Website that deals with the topic (http://www.nwlink.com/~ufocntr/). Share your ideas.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
What complicates this matter is that most people, even in their native languages, tend to use basic language on a daily basis---you can't change that---and might not find themselves (or try to put themselves) in more challenging situations, particularly when learning a foreign language.
So, what other factors affect the slowdown of language learning among students? Share your own personal experiences and solutions to this issue. Randall
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Thanks for sharing your opinions on this poll. As you can see, 20% of those who responded spend 5 or more hours online. My question is how does being online affect normal, face-to-face relationships in a real world verses a virtual one. Please share any follow-up comments on the topic.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
In schools across the world, children who go to school might have some sort of lunch during the day. However, where they eat and what they eat might be influenced by culture or local circumstances. For instance, in many schools in the United States, there is a lunch room where students can buy lunch. In the lower grades, there is a set meal which often includes some basic main item (chicken sandwich), plus some vegetables, and fruit. There are usually two choices. Of course, children can bring a lunch from home, which might include a sandwich, chips, an apple or similar fruit, and a cookie. What about in your country or area?
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
In one of my polls, I ask visitors if the age and gender of their teacher mattered to them, and it appears that learners prefer younger teachers, with a slight preference for male teachers. What could be the reasons behind these preferences? Does experience matter as well, or do learners prefer someone younger, perhaps closer to their own age? Are their other factors involved? Share your opinions on this topic.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
- waiting for a train
- relaxing on a park bench
- standing in line for a movie
- sitting in a soccer stadium waiting for the match to begin
- attending a wedding of a friend
Personally, at a soccer game, I might simply say something like, "Well, I really hope the team wins this match. They haven't been doing so well recently", or something like that. Now, share your ideas.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
One of the cool features is that it has line-in recording, built-in mic, and a FM transmitter. The line-in feature allows you to plug in a mic or record directly to your advice from any other audio device, including other MP3 players or an audio CD player. For language study, having the ability to add a mic or simply use the built-in mic can allow students to record their voice as a means of keeping a voice journal.
Share your ideas or suggestions on media players that can be used for learning.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Therefore, how can teachers and students encourage each other to use English more instead of falling back on the native language? Should the teacher reward or penalize students when they don't speak English? How about having students pay money each time they slip into their native language? Please share your ideas.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
With this in mind, what materials have you found most useful in learning or teaching reading skills. For me, I created a website, www.dailyesl.com, to help students see common expressions and vocabulary in common situations. Please share your ideas on the topic of reading.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
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