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Forum: General Chat Apr 7th, 2008, 01:07 am
Replies: 56
Views: 23,471
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: How many people actually speak the language of the country their in?

Itís amazing how fast your English can atrophy. Youíd think that daily reading, frequent movie watching and some degree of small talk with fellow native speakers on a consistent basis would keep your...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 7th, 2008, 12:42 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,131
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: New Teacher

From a practical standpoint, with an eye towards helping them get on well in their regular academic studies, you might:

1. Go over and practice with them all of the basic classroom language which...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 7th, 2008, 12:27 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Your ESL skills

Thatís very true.

I love how many (perhaps most?) longtime ESL teachers went into the field expecting to do it for only a year or two, but then found it so gratifying that they decided to make a...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 2nd, 2008, 11:03 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Your ESL skills

Donít be too hard on yourself. Like any other endeavor, the art of teaching and a thorough knowledge of the science behind it take time and dedication to develop. And if you talk to anyone (who is...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 2nd, 2008, 03:16 am
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Is non-biased ESL possible?

A world Standard English dialect that we all (even native English speakers from the various countries) learn, use and teach?

Theoretically possible.

Check out David Crystalís ďEnglish as a Global...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 2nd, 2008, 02:28 am
Replies: 3
Views: 19,682
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Warm-ups for Adults

You might try simple personality tests like you find in some magazines. You know the ones...given such and such situation, would you A, B or C? And then it interprets their answers.

I find that...
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 25th, 2008, 05:01 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Is non-biased ESL possible?

I think what Mark said was right on Ė you canít truly separate culture from language...nor would you really want to. The fact that language and culture are so closely intertwined is exciting.

You...
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 22nd, 2008, 07:10 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 7,847
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Job Interviews in Movies

In that case, you might try:

ē Good Will Hunting
ē Trainspotting
ē The Shining
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 22nd, 2008, 04:14 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 7,847
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Job Interviews in Movies

Have you checked out the stuff on You Tube?
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 22nd, 2008, 04:08 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 27,193
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: conversation help for teenagers

Are you giving them the language they need to discuss the topics youíre assigning them first?

With that age group and level especially, itís a good idea to thoroughly prepare them before you...
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 22nd, 2008, 01:05 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 7,042
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: how to introduce easter to young Chinese kids ?

Whether or not you should go into religious beliefs in your language teaching is a complex question and a delicate matter.

Perhaps the two greatest concerns one should have in making the decision to...
Forum: General Chat Mar 6th, 2008, 04:35 am
Replies: 4
Views: 5,852
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Interesting facts about graduation

I think youíre handling it the right way. Itís important to be respectful, and standing up conveys that well. I canít imagine any rational person expecting you to do anything beyond that though.
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 6th, 2008, 04:29 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,540
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: ESL English basics

I think ideally all 4 would be given adequate attention, but time constraints and priorities have to figure into any decision on curriculum.

One way to look at it is such an early and narrow focus...
Forum: General Chat Mar 3rd, 2008, 03:12 am
Replies: 24
Views: 14,370
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Country Mouse or City Mouse?

Smaller cities are fun for a while. The slower pace of life and the abundant greenery are very comforting. And itís often much easier to discipline yourself in your own language studies.

But big...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 26th, 2008, 11:59 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,391
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: How to help a student overcome his anxiety?

Getting to the point where you have truly internalized language bits and skills so that you can employ them as necessary in a natural, non self-conscious way takes extensive and ongoing practice....
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 26th, 2008, 12:20 am
Replies: 47
Views: 34,462
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: What age group do you prefer?

It can seem that way sometimes, what with keeping the teacher talking time down and all that. Being that Iím such a curious person, I find it exciting to get a peek at how students look at different...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:38 am
Replies: 11
Views: 3,132
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Which language level do you most like teaching?

I don't really mind the level all that much. They are all interesting and worthwhile in different ways.

What I'm more concerned with these days is the number of students in the class. I've grown...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:15 am
Replies: 5
Views: 8,815
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: English through communicative activities

An approach that almost guarantees a poignant, engaging course is to:

1) spend the first class truly getting to know your particular students and their current interests and concerns, and then
2)...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:32 am
Replies: 47
Views: 34,462
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: What age group do you prefer?

My favorite classes are with adults, either in general English courses where they are paying for the classes themselves, or in ESP courses in a corporate training setting.

In such classes, the...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:17 am
Replies: 4
Views: 7,042
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: how to introduce easter to young Chinese kids ?

First, I'd focus on the whole commercialized aspect of it rather than the religious one. Can't go wrong with the Easter Bunny, whereas bringing resurrection into it might be asking for trouble.

And...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 21st, 2008, 02:58 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 6,489
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: Would you apologize to your students?

Where the grammatical usage in textbooks is concerned, I think it also depends on where it was written, or rather, who wrote it.

Iíve certainly come across a number of textbooks written by...
Forum: Teaching ESL Dec 21st, 2007, 01:00 am
Replies: 5
Views: 3,968
Posted By Siddhartha
Re: How to generate discussions in class

Thatís a tough situation where there are no hard and fast answers. Sometimes you get lucky and have a group of students who are very willing to speak up in front of the class, and sometimes itís a...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Dec 19th, 2007, 10:19 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,963
Posted By Siddhartha
Role-Plays Galore

Find lots of engaging role-plays, discussions and activities for the communicative classroom at ESL Genius (http://www.eslgenius.com).

ESL Genius - Learn English | Teach English...
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