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Forum: Teaching Reading and Writing 08-17-2008, 08:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,474
Posted By Sam Simian
Do you think these questions are relevant?

Dear Maria,

Yes, I agree that the main difference is the reader’s intention. (In order to simplify this post, I‘ll focus on nonfiction, but that’s just a matter of preference. The reader’s intention...
Forum: Teaching Grammar 08-12-2008, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,560
Posted By Sam Simian
There’s Context and then There’s Context

Dear Maria,

I agree that “a context, whether up front or eventually, is essential for students to make [a] real world grammar connection.” My students in my large Level 2 class (40+ students at the...
Forum: Teaching Grammar 08-06-2008, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,560
Posted By Sam Simian
It depends on things like class size.

Dear Maria,

Beginning with a cliché, grammar without a context (which I assume means focusing on form) and grammar within a dialog, a reading, or some kind of authentic or authentic-like discourse...
Forum: Using Authentic Materials 08-06-2008, 04:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 31,248
Posted By Sam Simian
Is this normal in Malaysia?

Dear Michael (Logos),

Since you are familiar with choral speaking in Malaysia, I’d like to ask you about this … ummm … interesting activity. First, were any of the videos that I included links to...
Forum: Using Authentic Materials 08-05-2008, 04:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 31,248
Posted By Sam Simian
Choral Speaking, Plays, and Reading Theater

Dear Love Hui,

I think that I understand what choral speaking is:
http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/mla/speak023.html
Following your description, I think that a script, or a transcript, for a film is...
Forum: Using Authentic Materials 08-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 31,248
Posted By Sam Simian
Film Scripts and Transcripts

Dear Love Hui,

Film scripts are made before the movie is made, and the words and scenes are often quite different in the actual movie. Film transcripts are made after the movie is made, and the...
Forum: Teaching Reading and Writing 08-01-2008, 05:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,474
Posted By Sam Simian
The Medium and the Message

Dear Maria,

In addition to what's been discussed so far, maybe reading teachers should, also, consider both the medium and the message. The following are letters to the editor of The New York Times...
Forum: Teaching Reading and Writing 08-01-2008, 05:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,474
Posted By Sam Simian
Bottom Up and Top Down

Dear Maria,

Hmmm, curiouser and curiouser. While my brain can understand what you said, my gut is baffled. I run across both #1 and #2 quite often. However, I always hear some sound in my head —...
Forum: Teaching Reading and Writing 07-30-2008, 09:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,474
Posted By Sam Simian
Reading to oneself is probably similar to reading aloud.

Dear Maria,

I think that students who are using incorrect stress, rhythm, and grouping (or are missing one or more of these features) when reading aloud, do, essentially, the same thing when they...
Forum: Teaching Reading and Writing 07-28-2008, 02:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,474
Posted By Sam Simian
Reading Aloud and Reading for Pleasure

Dear Maria,

I thought that it might be profitable to think about reading aloud and reading for pleasure. You said that you didn’t want a variation of students reading aloud, but this post might add...
Forum: Teaching Reading and Writing 07-25-2008, 12:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,474
Posted By Sam Simian
WARNING: This text does not contain explicit material.

Dear Maria,

I don’t remember if I’ve ever taught a class that was just reading. I’ve usually taught reading along with other skills, so, I’m not sure if my suggestions will be relevant to your...
Forum: Teaching Grammar 07-19-2008, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 11,068
Posted By Sam Simian
Talking A Fun Review Game

Dear Teachers,

This is virtually identical to something in the following thread:
http://www.azargrammar.com/teacherTalk/forums/showthread.php?t=53
This game does take some advanced preparation the...
Forum: Azar Grammar Series 07-17-2008, 12:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,303
Posted By Sam Simian
If they wanna cheat, let ‘em.

Dear Maria,

I do not think that the major portion of any student’s grades should be based on correctly answering close-ended-questions in any textbook. The textbook should be a tool to help students...
Forum: Teaching Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary 07-15-2008, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,708
Posted By Sam Simian
Absolutes Versus Rules of Thumb

Dear Maria,

First off, thank you for telling us about this great resource. I’m thinking about using corpora for what may seem fairly obvious: finding out what people say. That may seem odd because...
Forum: Language Learning and Teaching 07-03-2008, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,063
Posted By Sam Simian
My List for Novices

Dear Maria,

This isn’t exactly a list of Do's and Don'ts, but it is a short list of aphorisms (or clichés) with some comments that I hope some new instructors will find...
Forum: Language Learning and Teaching 06-29-2008, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,459
Posted By Sam Simian
Do Tongue Twisters Try Students' Tongues?

Dear ESL Teachers,

On June 15, Woody wrote:
“[T]he students [will] have to fulfill their obligation to [practice] a tongue twister I gave [them] last week. …. I also have to recite a tongue twister...
Forum: Teaching Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary 06-29-2008, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,913
Posted By Sam Simian
Cranium

Dear Woody,

I have often used an extremely modified version of Cranium. I won’t explain the original version, but you do need to be familiar with it, so look at this...
Forum: Technology for Teachers and Students 06-29-2008, 03:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,356
Posted By Sam Simian
Maybe one of these will help.

Dear Frances,

I have not used any of these. I just did a search based upon your description (I Googled “create” “comics”), and these are some of the sites that I found:

Comic...
Forum: Technology for Teachers and Students 06-28-2008, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,356
Posted By Sam Simian
What do you want?

Dear Frances,

I’m sorry, but I don’t understand what you want. By “comics,” do you mean “comic strips” like Peanuts?
http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/archive/index.html
Or do you mean you want...
Forum: Teaching Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary 06-21-2008, 01:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,352
Posted By Sam Simian
That’s a good thing

Dear Woody,

First off, I think that Maria has done a wonderful job of summarizing some of the things that can be done with videos. I often use videos, but I sometimes get in kind of a rut (that is,...
Forum: Teaching Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary 06-16-2008, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,352
Posted By Sam Simian
Welcome to the club

Dear Woody,

I am going to try to give you some suggestions to improve your class in a future post. For now, I just want to assure you that I think that every noncredit ESL/EFL teacher has students...
Forum: Teaching Grammar 06-04-2008, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 18,708
Posted By Sam Simian
Here’s my best guess.

a. The forklift crushed the box.
b. The box was crushed by the forklift.
c. The news excited the employees.
d. The employees were excited by the news.

How are sentences b and d described? Are they...
Forum: Teaching Grammar 06-02-2008, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,244
Posted By Sam Simian
I don’t refer to their L1 very much.

Dear Maria,

For the most part, I don’t explicitly compare the students’ L1s with English in class because I’m not familiar enough with their L1s, and I’m not usually aware of any benefits to doing...
Forum: Teaching Grammar 05-30-2008, 12:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,417
Posted By Sam Simian
I think it’s a perfect solution.

Dear Maria,

I think that your awareness raising methodology is the perfect solution — especially since you are going to examine “authentic or near authentic text or dialogue.” My semi-educated hunch...
Forum: Technology for Teachers and Students 05-27-2008, 02:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 17,453
Posted By Sam Simian
We use these

Dear Frances,

My school uses Azar’s Understanding and Using English Grammar Interactive and the Side by Side software. We used to have the FoG (Focus on Grammar) software for all levels of the 2nd...
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