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sofiatier
Turkey

JOBS VIDEO / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k-90uHFEGs&t=5s   
 
Hello dear friends
I have a youtube channel having ESL videos for kids learning English.This is one of the videos for revising jobs and workplaces.Hope you like it.My add is youtube bilgeceingilizce.
 
 

28 Mar 2017

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wizardsoulmile
Egypt

correct form   
 
 which form is correct
 the test was administrated to the experimental group
or  
 the test was administrated on  the experimental group 
 

28 Mar 2017

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cunliffe
United Kingdom

@ Bruce - I agree, but could the other option be possible?
 
In ´the test was administered to the experimental group, they are going to do the test.
In ´the test was administered on the experimental group ´ - some substance is being tested on a control group of people, or would the verb have to change?
 
Just wondering...  
Edit: yes, I think the verb would be different, maybe ´the test was carried out on...´

29 Mar 2017

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TatianaKazak
Belarus

Help with aims to Mum of three daughters   
 
Dear friends!
 
I consider myself an experienced teacher. But I burst into tears when it comes to pose lesson aims. Basically the problem is I can ´t produce them in English. I used to be tought to do it in my native language(Russian). I have to search loads of English plans to find English interpritation. Can you help me? Maybe someone has a list of aims in English or you know any sites with it? I ´ll be very appreciated. Help a busy Mum of three little daughters who has to work at nights.))) Thank you very much!

28 Mar 2017


redcamarocruiser
United States

http://www.mtlaurelschools.org/documents/Curriculum/ESLcurrifix.pdf lists aims as standards, for example: "Students will be able to write for personal and academic purposes." The link below explains how you can write your own objectives: http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/language-objectives-key-effective-content-area-instruction-english-learners

28 Mar 2017

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asungilsanz
Spain

A silly question   
 

Hello!

 

Is it possible to say ´I phoned her ten minutes ago but I got her voicemail. She must have her phone switched off´. Or  ´Her phone must be switched off´ is the only correct way to express that?
 
Thank you! 

28 Mar 2017

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ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Dear Asungilsanz,

Is it possible to say ´I phoned her ten minutes ago but I got her voicemail. She must have her phone switched off´. Or ´Her phone must be switched off´ is the only correct way to express that?

I always feel uncomfortable when a student in my class asks: “What is the correct way to say XYZ?”. The question makes it appear that the student believes that there is only ONE WAY to express a thought. Consequently, there can be only ONE answer. There is no room for: “It depends on … …”, or, “In my opinion … …”, or, “What I usually say is … …”

When I am asked a question in this form, I sometimes reply: “What is the correct way to kiss a baby?” The answer is, of course, “There are dozens of ways of kissing a baby!”

Let me make it clear that if the question relates to a generally accepted fixed grammatical/pronunciation/punctuation/etc. rule, then often, there IS only ONE answer. But, in my opinion, not in this case.

Here are some of my suggestions: “I phoned her ten minutes ago but I got her voicemail.

1. She must have her phone switched off”. (Passive voice: Present, ‘This is the situation’.)

2. She must have switched off her phone”. (Active voice: Past, ‘That is what she has done’.)

3. Her phone must be switched off. (Passive voice: Present, ‘This is the situation’.)

4. She may have her phone switched off”. (Passive voice: Present, ‘This is a possible situation’.)

5. She may have switched off her phone”. (Active voice: Past, ‘That is what she has done … it’s possible’.)

6. Her phone may be switched off. (Passive voice: Present, ‘This is a possible situation’.)

7. She might have her phone switched off”. (Passive voice: Present, ‘This is a less probable situation’.)

8. She might have switched off her phone”. (Active voice: Past, ‘That is what she has done … but it’s less probable’.)

9. Her phone might be switched off. (Passive voice: Present, ‘This is a less probable situation’.)

10. She could have switched off her phone”. (Active voice: Past, ‘That could be what she has done!’.)

11. Her phone could be switched off. (Passive voice: Present, ‘That could be what has happened’.)

There are probably several other possibilities. If this were a genuine situation, I would say: “She has probably switched off her phone”.

I hope that I haven’t confused matters by offering my opinion.

All the Best.

Les Douglas

28 Mar 2017

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douglas
United States

Gerunds made easy?   
 
Hi all,
 
So, I decided it was time to do a lesson on gerunds, because one of rmy students was having a lot of trouble with them when speaking.  I gathered some worksheets and materials, refreshed some of my knowledge, and headed into the classroom--disaster!
 
It ´s been a very long time since I was not able to find a way to simplify a subject so my students could grasp it, but every attempt I made with the gerunds seemed to head off into a spiralling state of unclarity.  I even stopped mid-sentence on a few attempts (realizing what questions my next example would bring up and make them even more confused).
 
I finally just told them that there are so many "special rules" for gerund use that it is better to just try and train our "it just sounds right" feeling through drill.  When then proceded to work through about 70 sentences and I explained as we went. (Thanks to whoever ´s worksheet I used)
 
My question to you:
 
Do any of you have any special success stories or strategies for making gerunds "simple"? It ´s been a long time since I felt that way in the calssroom and want to prevent a repeat.
 
Thanks,
Douglas

edit: I used nionia1986´s worksheet:   http://www.eslprintables.com/grammar_worksheets/verbs/gerunds_and_infinitives/GERUND_versus_INFINITIVE_58361/#thetop
 

28 Mar 2017

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douglas
United States

Thanks for the advice,
 
The students are adult Germans with a pretty good (B2) command of English, but one of them (it´s a small group of 6) has troubles with gerunds. I based my lesson on the premise that gerunds basically convert a verb into a noun and focused a bit on an activity (to swim) vs a thing (swimming).
 
One problem, which I think is is inherent in gerunds anyway, is determining when to say "I like swimming" vs "I like to swim."--the nuance is a bit difficult to expalin without causing more damage than good.
 
They are getting better, we spent the last hour going through the worksheet and I would explain where both could work or why one is better/correct, etc.
 
I have the advantage that there is no testing in my courses, the students are there just to improve their (primarily spoken) skills so I  told them not to get hung-up on the rules, we would just "program"  their instinct.
 
Cheers,
Douglas
 

29 Mar 2017

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lina333
Algeria

Hello, dear friends   
 

I would like to ask you if you could please give me some articles, research, report or books about the following topics: the 4 skills, learning styles, the role of the teacher...

I will be grateful for any help you can provide

  • "I will be grateful for any help you can provide
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    lina333
    Algeria

    God bless u

    28 Mar 2017

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    bomberito
    Perú

    HELP NEEDED   
     
    Hello, dear friends
     
    As usual I go to you  to ask for help.. the thing is that  a friend of mine has a blind students this year and she doesn ´t know how to teach her.. 
    So Is there any book or something like that to download to teach blind people?
    Thannks a lot for your help.

    27 Mar 2017


    Jayho
    Australia

    You haven ´t mentioned age, but if it is a child then there is a British Council online course here which looks great (but it is not free).  Applying approaches to special educational needs
     
    There is also a useful article here: Teaching English to blind students
     

    27 Mar 2017

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    epit
    Turkey

    No Stars anymore   
     
    No stars anymore .Fine.May be it wasn ´t used efficiently or it was difficult .

    27 Mar 2017

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    manonski (f)
    Canada

    If a person uploaded here to get stars, maybe they were doing it for the wrong reasons. I could not care less whether or not a person likes my work or not. I do my worksheets for my students. Not for points or stars. If you like them, fine. If you don ´t, that ´s fine too.

    28 Mar 2017

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    apayala
    Spain

    up to meaning distance   
     
    Hi,
     
    I know we use "up to" for distances, among other meanings.
     
    He´ll run up to that corner
     
    But, could we say:?
     
    He´ll run down up to that corner
     
    Or should we take the word "up" out when saying we´re going down? 
     
    Maybe a silly question, sorry
     
    Thanks,
     
    Ana
     

    27 Mar 2017

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    apayala
    Spain

    Of course it has helped more than a lot! Thanks a million, Idthemagicman!
     
    Have a nice week!
     
    Regards,
     
    Ana
     

    27 Mar 2017

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    guorkhan
    Turkey

    Transportations / Vehicles - Video   
     

    27 Mar 2017


    redcamarocruiser
    United States

    Congratulations on another very useful contribution! Thank  you!

    27 Mar 2017

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