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Forum: General Chat Nov 17th, 2009, 03:20 am
Replies: 23
Views: 10,883
Posted By STCrowley
Re: How to Better yourself as a teacher?

Thanks, Kisito!

I definitely agree about how great the Internet is. I mean, there's a ton out here. But, I've reached a point where I'm willing to start paying money for a book that organizes a...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 17th, 2009, 03:18 am
Replies: 12
Views: 4,533
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Frustrated Adult Learner

Thanks, Alawton. . .

This is what I tell msot of my students. Practice, practice, practice. But this guy--and he's probably my most serious student--is a real case of 'I just don't have the time.'...
Forum: General Chat Nov 14th, 2009, 06:52 am
Replies: 23
Views: 10,883
Posted By STCrowley
Re: How to Better yourself as a teacher?

I like the idea of learning more:
1) unusual activities for students who don't like to talk
2) ways to combine students at different levels
3) explanation of the 'unusual' grammar questions (when do...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 14th, 2009, 06:21 am
Replies: 12
Views: 4,533
Posted By STCrowley
Frustrated Adult Learner

Hello, all!

I'm coming to you again with a bit of difficulty I don't really know how to address. I have a student who's been 'with me' for a long time. . . and now his English is quite good in a...
Forum: English Questions Nov 14th, 2009, 06:16 am
Replies: 3
Views: 4,132
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Present perfect

Hey, my advice is this: you can use the past simple almost always. At least, in American English. . . I teach a lot of Germans, and they want to use the present perfect way too often.

But, why do...
Forum: General Chat Nov 14th, 2009, 06:14 am
Replies: 23
Views: 10,883
Posted By STCrowley
Re: How to Better yourself as a teacher?

@teaching made easy: You make it sound easy (it's in your name, eh?) but two questions. First, do you have a source you recommend for 'practical articles'? And second, how often do you really go...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 14th, 2009, 06:12 am
Replies: 5
Views: 6,696
Posted By STCrowley
Re: One to One Adult 3 hour Private lessons

Maybe this is too late, but my advice is to just start talking. . . start really simple with "where are you from" and "what's your name" and make notes to yourself about the mistakes you hear him...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 31st, 2009, 04:43 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 6,443
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Teaching teenagers

Hey,

I agree with the folks who say you can't be their friend. Sounds mean, because I really hated school and thought I'd have loved to have a teacher who was genuinely trying to help me. . . but,...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 31st, 2009, 04:38 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 3,964
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Teaching prepositions

This is an empty post. I don't have any help to offer.

This is something I struggle with, too. Every so often, my students and I will brainstorm phrasal verbs and I'll try to 'fill in the gaps'...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 24th, 2009, 05:05 am
Replies: 22
Views: 25,477
Posted By STCrowley
Re: 101 Ways To Use Your Whiteboard - the challenge

35) This might only work in East Germany, but I teach the names of the common rooms in an apartment by saying I live in a WBS-70 apartment. (It's the concrete thing that communists put up literally...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 18th, 2009, 03:54 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Going Independent. . . Or not?

Chris:

I've thought about teaching online, and gone as far as creating an EduFire account and teaching a private student over Skype after he moved away. . . But I don't like EduFire (again, they...
Forum: English Questions Oct 15th, 2009, 09:05 am
Replies: 2
Views: 3,116
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Reported Speech

Wow!! Thanks for the great answer. Now I hope that a student will ask me someday so that I can use the word 'backshift' in class. :-)

I think I'll start posting more grammar questions here. ...
Forum: English Questions Oct 14th, 2009, 02:22 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 3,116
Posted By STCrowley
Reported Speech

I like to think that I come here mainly to answer questions, but, well. . . I've stumped myself. I understand reported speech normally (I'm really a native speaker), but I had a question about using...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 12th, 2009, 08:22 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Going Independent. . . Or not?

Wow. . . That's a lot of good advice and resources. I'll be back after I have time to check it out and I'll have more questions. I'll throw this into the discussion though: because I'm earning okay...
Forum: English Questions Oct 11th, 2009, 10:16 am
Replies: 3
Views: 4,206
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Trash talk

Normally, I use "Trash Talk" to mean 'abusive' talk during a game, that's not meant to be taken seriously. If I'm playing a game, I'll make fun of an opponents mistakes, but in a friendly way. . ....
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 11th, 2009, 10:11 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Going Independent. . . Or not?

Wow. . . You did a bit of fast research on me. Yes, I live in Dresden, Germany. And, more or less, for good. (My wife also lives here. . . and I don't think I could do ESL in the States. And I...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 9th, 2009, 11:20 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
Posted By STCrowley
Going Independent. . . Or not?

I don't want to start a thread of let's-complain-about-our-jobs, but, well. . . I'm not crazy about the atmosphere at the language school where I work. And, I keep toying with the idea of just...
Forum: English Questions Oct 6th, 2009, 12:27 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,870
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Answers of Uncertainty

You forgot one of my favorites: "Beats me."

And I don't know if "Search me" counts as good and easy.

That's all I can think of without getting into more. . . 'advanced' lines like "What do I look...
Forum: English Questions Oct 6th, 2009, 12:25 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,813
Posted By STCrowley
Re: also / as well as

Hmm. You've got me thinking.

"I speak German as well as English."
"I speak English, and also German."

To my mind--and this is off-the-proverbial-cuff--the only difference I see is the emphasis. ...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 2nd, 2009, 04:17 am
Replies: 1
Views: 2,002
Posted By STCrowley
Speaking and Books and Self-Improvement

Hey, all. . .

I just got into the book "How to Teach Speaking" and I have to admit that it's re-excited me about my job and about my chances to do it even better.

Now, I want to know if you all...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 2nd, 2009, 04:15 am
Replies: 6
Views: 14,509
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Ideas for 'my home town'

Don't forget maybe planning a tour of their hometown. Maybe students from a city city in . . . I don't know, Timbuktu, are coming to visit for a week. What are the things that they 'have to' see,...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 2nd, 2009, 04:14 am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,375
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Ideas for a mid-term

Wow. First, let me say that sucks. I hate doing stuff like that. Grading is the thing I like least about the class. If they're adults, I'd say ask them what they think is fair. . . they might...
Forum: General Chat Aug 9th, 2009, 09:07 am
Replies: 12
Views: 5,372
Posted By STCrowley
Re: The Next Lingua Franca

Neil: You illustrate pretty well a point that I think will work against Esperato, eventually, it's not how much work you have to do to learn it, it's what you can do with the language once you know...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 9th, 2009, 07:27 am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,259
Posted By STCrowley
Re: Ideas for Book Content, please.

I don't know how to say this, but I guess that's the book author's problem. My advice is to cover different 'types' of students, and how to interact with them. I think that's my biggest secret as...
Forum: General Chat Aug 9th, 2009, 12:12 am
Replies: 12
Views: 5,372
Posted By STCrowley
Re: The Next Lingua Franca

I dunno about Esperanto. A while back, I wrote a long entry before my internet connection got all hinky (that's not a word I teach students--I'm afraid they'd spend half an hour discussing the...
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