Teaching Tip: Say it the same way!

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In November, my colleagues and I attended the 2013 New York State TESOL Conference. At the conference we attended a lot of great sessions and I will continue to share the tips we gathered over the next few months :).

This teaching tip is short but sweet and was taken from a session by Marnie Reed on teaching listening skills to build metacognition. The title is quite a mouthful, but the idea behind this teaching tip is simple: make the language you use to introduce a new language concept or rule the same as what you would use to correct the student.

For example, if your rule is when to pronounce the extra syllable for the past tense ending of a regular verb, you might introduce the rule with the following elicitation: 

T: What is the final sound of the word: is it /t/ or /d/?

T: Can you add the…

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English proficiency tests are: a)fun b)hard c) difficult d)my head hurts

I is International

Definitely not letter A, I bet some would choose letter D…. And that would include me ha!

Higher Education in the US is not centralized nationally as it is in many other countries. If you are planning to attend a college or university it is important to note that admissions requirements will vary greatly from one institution to another. As an international student, you may have admission requirements in addition to those national students, including proof of English proficiency.

There are two main English tests accepted by universities and colleges: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

They are both standardized tests to assess a person’s proficiency in English (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The big question a student face is “which one is better?”. Here are some differences between them:

– Speaking part. For TOEFL, the speaking part consists of six…

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List of Adjectives to describe a person

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Here is a list of adjectives (both positive and negative) that are used to describe a person:

list of adjectives

  1. Affectionate: someone who is very loving.  Example: She was an affection lady.
  2. Elated: very happy.  Example: The woman felt elated to watch her son return home.
  3. Ambitious: someone who is very keen to rise up in life.  Example: He is an ambitious young man with a hunger for success.
  4. Dextrous: someone who is very skilful in physical movements.  Example: We have some dextrous mechanics to repair your cars
  5. Anxious: someone who worries a lot or to worry too much.  Example: My mother gets anxious if I reach home late.
  6. Creative: someone who things original.  Example: We need some creative designers in our company.
  7. Boring: someone who is not interesting at all.  Example: I can’t spend my life with a boring guy like him.
  8. Decisive: someone who makes decisions quickly and effectively.  Example: Managers…

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Defined:  The definition of hirsute is hairy or having bristles.  An example of something hirsute is a raccoon.  ADJECTIVE

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Or, seemingly, anything with hair…

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hairy; shaggy; bristly

–Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Covered with hair; hairy.  Botany Covered with stiff or coarse hairs.

–The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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