Feb 26, 2012
Grammar 3382 Views
Difference Between The Simple Past And Present Perfect Tenses
Dec 20, 2008
Teaching 3380 Views
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other apprehensions about entering the profession with very little experience.
Oct 30, 2015
Speaking/Listening 3380 Views
When you first start learning the French language or the German language, or any second language, the fastest way to "open mouth, insert foot" is to use idioms like the one I just did. Idioms can make for idiots. Not really, but I love alliteration.
The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't translate at all into the second language.
Here are some examples of idioms in American English:
brain dead. Is your brain really dead? Of course not.
I am full. What part of you is actually "full"? What are you full of? Don't say it. I know what you're thinking.
What's up? "up" to a non-English speaker is in an upward direction, over one's head. The sky is up. The sun is up.
I'm wiped out. Did ...
Jul 13, 2014
Study Skills 3376 Views
Chinua Achebe started school at St Philips Central School, Apkakaogwe Ogidi in 1936. He was asked to proceed to the religious class where pupils engaged in singing and sometimes dancing of the catechism, chanting of English rhymes, and general entertainment. After he had spent a week in the religious class, his teacher, Rev. Nelson Ezekwesili sent him to the higher infant school because the child exhibited signs of intelligence. Achebe became the finest English reader and during dictations lessons, he would normally get excellent marks. He possessed the best handwriting in the class and performed well in recitations, especially when reciting either poem or essay on stage. In these years, his academic work in primary school was consistently excellent.
In late 1942, Chinua Achebe proceeded to Nekede Central School because his elder brother John took Chinua to stay with him in Nekede, Owerri. Before his departure, the headmaster of St Phillips Central School opposed Achebe's exit from ...
May 15, 2011
E-Learning/CALL 3374 Views
Information technology acts an important role in language learning. The new teaching and learning methods have proved very effective.
May 19, 2012
Study Abroad 3374 Views
You share your language with approximately 480 million other people around the world. Still, this is just 7 percent of the world's population! There are 6,999 remaining languages after linguists that you've ignored so far. It will take time and effort to learn one of these foreign languages, but it will definitely be worth it as it will have a positive effect on your personal, social and even professional development. Even if English is not your mother tongue, you're still welcome as you will have even greater benefits by learning a second foreign language.
Sep 28, 2009
Career Development 3373 Views
Holidays are over but is your body is still sleeping too long? Getting to school late the first few weeks of frazzles the best of us. There could be a million reasons a late arrival to school occurs, just make sure it's not because you weren't awake in time!
Mar 8, 2012
Teaching 3371 Views
Preamble: Marking traditional pen on paper examinations and written assignments can be first and foremost, time consuming. Secondly, they require you to create consistency so that each student gains a fair mark. Thirdly, since much of the marking of assessment is done after school hours, teachers enter a period of time where tiredness can lead accidentally to errors in the marking of students' work.
Oct 21, 2009
Learning Methodology 3370 Views
In evaluating the success of an educational program, our first inclination is to use our past experiences as a basis. Even better is to assess how successful our children are as a measuring tool.
Nov 14, 2009
Teaching 3370 Views
I'm telling you that you're insane, eh? How insulting... well yes, but actually you are... and not angry but insane, deranged. What am I talking about?