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Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 5th, 2006, 11:14 am
Replies: 12
Views: 8,141
Posted By openmind
Re: How do you answer tough grammar questions?

I think what helps is always to ask the other person what exactly they want to achieve. If their answer is "I want to learn English." then I ask them "Do you know how to learn English?" They usually...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 23rd, 2006, 08:08 am
Replies: 9
Views: 3,587
Posted By openmind
Re: Anyone bought this on-line book?

Hi, while we are at reviewing ESL products, what do you think of the "ESL School Finder" by Jake Peebles?
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 8th, 2006, 06:49 am
Replies: 12
Views: 6,067
Posted By openmind
Re: How important are placement tests?

Hi again, how many candidates take BULATS per year? What companies are using BULATS on an international level and how are they using it? Do you know of any company that has made BULATS part of their...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 7th, 2006, 07:11 am
Replies: 12
Views: 6,067
Posted By openmind
Re: How important are placement tests?

So if the management of a corporation asked you which system you recommend -- BULATS or TOEIC, what would you say? I mean, what parameters would you use to compare both tests and assess the value and...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 6th, 2006, 08:54 am
Replies: 12
Views: 6,067
Posted By openmind
Re: How important are placement tests?

Hi Michele, what do you think of the value of a BULAT's certificate? I mean, who recognizes it and how many candidates take thse tests per year?
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 2nd, 2006, 12:25 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 25,522
Posted By openmind
Re: Any ideas for Hotel English?

Well, Eric those people are not just 'students' or 'pupils' in the conventional sense of the word. They are business people who are trying to attract more English speaking guests. If you run a hotel...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 1st, 2006, 01:02 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,390
Posted By openmind
Teacher Training?

Hi, how often do you attend teacher training courses? I mean do you go to seminars for teachers or similar programs? Also, how often to you exchange information and experiences with the managment of...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 1st, 2006, 12:56 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,465
Posted By openmind
Re: What shows do you show?

Hi Mark, could you please tell me whether or not you think it is OK to show a DVD (an entire movie) in your classroom? I think it is, as I remember an American business man doing exactly this -- he...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 1st, 2006, 06:49 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,465
Posted By openmind
Re: What shows do you show?

Hi emile, thanks for sharing these useful resources. Thinking of it again, it actually is quite possible for me to use TV or movies in my training programs. As a matter of fact, one of the companies...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 1st, 2006, 06:44 am
Replies: 12
Views: 6,067
Posted By openmind
Re: How important are placement tests?

Hi Emile, as far as I know BULATS and ALTE/CEF are European or rather British based systems. They use levels and categories rather than scores to evaluate a person's skill level. Is that true or am I...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 31st, 2006, 11:12 am
Replies: 24
Views: 25,522
Posted By openmind
Any ideas for Hotel English?

Hi, I'm preparing an English communication program for hotel employees and I want to offer them something unique. For example, we have been running a review of their websites so they might be able to...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 31st, 2006, 11:07 am
Replies: 12
Views: 6,067
Posted By openmind
Re: How important are placement tests?

Hi Emile,

Do you have a particular game you play with your group to establish their level? The idea is good of course but you need a system that helps you qualify your students' skills.
Forum: Teaching ESL May 31st, 2006, 11:03 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,465
Posted By openmind
Re: What shows do you show?

It's a bit difficult for me to use TV shows in my training programs for a number reasons. I often use various audio recordings, especially TOEIC listening comprehension questions and self-mangement...
Forum: Introductions May 26th, 2006, 12:39 am
Replies: 7
Views: 2,563
Posted By openmind
Re: A hug from Brazil!

Hi Carmen and Aila,

It's great to have both of you onboard - Brazil is an amazing country and I'm sure you are doing an excellent job teaching English to young people. Your classes do seem very...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 24th, 2006, 04:48 am
Replies: 7
Views: 18,522
Posted By openmind
Re: dictogloss vs. dictation?

Hi Mark, the good thing with a dictogloss is that you can divide your group into small teams. Every team gets a large sheet of paper on which they have to restore the paragraph together. The students...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 23rd, 2006, 12:03 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 18,522
Posted By openmind
Re: dictogloss vs. dictation?

Hi Karen,

A dictgloss is a bit more complex than a dictation. You can do it in different ways. For example, you can read a short paragraph to your group and they have to listen. You can read the...
Forum: Advertise Your Services May 20th, 2006, 04:15 am
Replies: 0
Views: 5,011
Posted By openmind
Free ESL tests

On our site you will find hundreds of ESL tests (incompletes sentences, errors in sentences, expressions and idioms, vocabulary tests) which you can dowload, print off, photocopy and use in your...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 20th, 2006, 04:12 am
Replies: 7
Views: 18,522
Posted By openmind
dictogloss vs. dictation?

Hi, have you ever used a dictogloss in your classroom? Are you familiar with the differences between a dictogloss and a dictation? How often do you have your students write down phrases and check...
Forum: Introductions May 20th, 2006, 03:29 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,880
Posted By openmind
Re: Hi from Paris !

Hi Michèle, welcome to eslqh" - we are glad you have joined our community. It's good to know there are other ESL professionals from the EU aboard.
Why and how did you start teaching English as a...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 20th, 2006, 03:25 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,541
Posted By openmind
How important are exams?

Hi, what role do exams such as the TOEFL or TOEIC play in your class room activities? Are there any other English language tests are exams you have to prepare your students for? As for me, the TOEIC...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 20th, 2006, 03:07 am
Replies: 11
Views: 3,791
Posted By openmind
Re: when they don't speak...

If your students don't want to speak or are afraid of speaking you can do the following: split them up in pairs and give each pair an interesting dialogue to read. After all, what exactly is...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 19th, 2006, 10:55 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,887
Posted By openmind
Re: Creating a coaching plan for a corporation?

Hi Mark, their core business activity is reselling software licences but it's a large corporation that has been branching out, acquiring a range of other companies and course they all kinds of...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 18th, 2006, 10:43 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,887
Posted By openmind
Creating a coaching plan for a corporation?

Hi my dear friends, who of you would like to assist me in designing an English language and communication training plan for an international corporation? I know this sounds quite a mouthful and we...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 17th, 2006, 07:49 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,625
Posted By openmind
Re: Online Activities

Hi Emile, good doing - even if you have 'only' 6 addresses you can start your mailing list. Put it on your website and you will see how many other learners subscribe. It's an effective way of staying...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 16th, 2006, 02:34 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 2,625
Posted By openmind
Re: Online Activities

Yes of course you can take a look at the newsletter:
ESL newsletter (http://www.english-test.net/newsletter/)

Let me know what you think,
Regards
Torsten
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