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Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 9th, 2007, 08:17 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,682
Posted By DaveESL
EFL Classroom 2.0

I don't know if you folks are familiar with Ning.com, but it's a place that allows users to create their own social networks. I recently joined EFL Classroom 2.0 (http://eflclassroom.ning.com/) -...
Forum: English Questions Oct 9th, 2007, 08:14 am
Replies: 5
Views: 3,607
Posted By DaveESL
Re: I'm having problems recently.

My 2 (American) cents - It sounds strange, but I don't think it would raise my eyebrows in conversation. I might even say it myself on occasion...
Forum: English Questions Oct 9th, 2007, 08:14 am
Replies: 12
Views: 63,453
Posted By DaveESL
Re: How many people do you have in your family?

Folks here in China use that question (How many people do you have...) all the time, too.

Personally, though, I don't really say "How many people are there in your family?"

Instead, I'll usually...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 25th, 2007, 07:43 am
Replies: 2
Views: 4,626
Posted By DaveESL
Re: What are your tips for tutoring students?

With older students, I like to have them bring in materials. That way, I can really target the lessons to what they need. Also, the books you mention sound very interesting. Thanks!
Forum: General Chat Sep 25th, 2007, 07:29 am
Replies: 14
Views: 3,174
Posted By DaveESL
Re: HOw many teachers make friends with thier students?

Heh, well, after that post I just went out for lunch with some students. It was the entire class, though. I guess in that context I feel comfortable, although I am a bit concerned that one of my...
Forum: Introductions Sep 25th, 2007, 07:26 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,340
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Hi there

Welcome! Does "SEN" mean you're teaching in America? Whenever I hear acronyms I immediately think of NCLB. My brother is a math teacher in St. Louis and he's always talking about IEPs and such.
Forum: English Questions Sep 25th, 2007, 07:23 am
Replies: 2
Views: 54,267
Posted By DaveESL
Re: make or do a joke

Great explanation! As I read Dania's initial post, I agreed with the instincts but I couldn't come up with a rule.

Not to muddy the water, but does this mean that "told" would be more like "made"?
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 25th, 2007, 07:18 am
Replies: 5
Views: 4,014
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Easy English Reading

I found a website that links to various publishers of language learner literature: ERF - Useful Websites (http://www.erfoundation.org/links.html)

Hope that helps!
Dave
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 13th, 2007, 03:13 am
Replies: 9
Views: 2,768
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Idioms

Oh, I just remembered a textbook that might be useful. A few years ago I taught a short course on idioms using Can You Believe It?

Each unit presents 10 or so idioms in the context of a "real life"...
Forum: General Chat Sep 12th, 2007, 11:20 am
Replies: 10
Views: 3,854
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Learning solo is better than classroom learning?

I kind of disagree with this. My students (college in China) are absolutely full of grammar rules and exercises and can't speak or write to save their lives. And (personally) I learned grammar...
Forum: General Chat Sep 12th, 2007, 11:14 am
Replies: 1
Views: 2,134
Posted By DaveESL
Re: A new year (for many) is upon us . . .

Well, last semester was my first semester teaching at a Chinese college. I'd taught at language schools in Taiwan and Hawaii before that. Basically, I was MUCH too ambitious. Students here have no...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 12th, 2007, 11:12 am
Replies: 13
Views: 5,017
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Electronic dictionaries in class! Good or bad?

My students here in China are (apparently) too poor for electronic dictionaries. When I was in Taiwan / Hawaii, though, my classes were full of them. I agree with the zero retention problem but,...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 12th, 2007, 10:42 am
Replies: 9
Views: 2,768
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Idioms

I discourage my students from spending a lot of time studying idioms. In my experience, they're often presented out of context (ie a list or worksheet with no other purpose than to introduce...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 12th, 2007, 10:32 am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,798
Posted By DaveESL
Re: interviews for the groups

One important thing to do while giving a placement test is to use materials that reflect what students will actually be doing. So for an interview, I would try to take questions and themes from the...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 12th, 2007, 10:24 am
Replies: 7
Views: 2,725
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Best Free Student Resources

I recently came across Larry Ferlazzo's website (http://www.bayworld.net/ferlazzo/index.html).

He has a HUGE directory of resources for both students and teachers. He also has a blog...
Forum: General Chat Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:31 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,467
Posted By DaveESL
Re: How many different countries have you taught English in?

Taiwan, the U.S. and China

(that's 3 countries for any of my mainland Chinese friends)

:)
Forum: Introductions Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:28 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 2,165
Posted By DaveESL
Re: hello

Welcome!

I'm originally from Missouri, too. And not to muddy the water, but you might think about Taiwan, too. It offers a lot of the same things as Korea or Japan. And I'd be glad to answer any...
Forum: Introductions Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:21 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 3,376
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Hi from Qinhuangdao, China

Personally, I don't. Many of my students (English for tourism majors) are very excited for the influx of visitors. They think that people will travel all over China and fall in love with it. As...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:14 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 3,758
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Teaching English in Canada

Thanks for the information! That sounds pretty good. Do you need to be able to speak French in order to teach there? My French is VERY rusty, and was never that great to begin with.

Thanks again!
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:11 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 24,930
Posted By DaveESL
Re: 101 Ways To Use Your Whiteboard - the challenge

white board? WHITE board? What is this thing of which you speak?

*sheepishly wiping chalk on pants*
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:09 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 4,284
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Collaborative Project on Healthy Eating Habits

Hmm. Maybe my students are too old (college freshman and sophomores) but I'm interested in the project. Unfortunately, your blog / project site are blocked here in China. :(

I'm sure it's nothing...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:03 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,909
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Articles- "the" & "a"

One word of warning: this is a very difficult topic and native-like accuracy with articles is one of the last stages acquisition. Many people with excellent English never acquire it, yet are able to...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:00 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,887
Posted By DaveESL
Re: SAT classes

Perhaps this goes without saying, but make sure all of your materials are up to date. The SAT nowadays is very different from when I (and many of the other teachers on here) took it. As a result, I...
Forum: General Chat Aug 29th, 2007, 11:19 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,325
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Sick n /Tired of being expected to be a Yank

"Sucks?" What would the queen say? :)
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 25th, 2007, 11:19 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 3,758
Posted By DaveESL
Re: Teaching English in Canada

Myriam - That sounds very interesting! Could you tell us a bit more about the jobs (hours / salary / etc.)? Is a local teaching certificate required?

I'm an American, and I've been teaching...
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