~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~
1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about.
2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .
3) Finally, share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).
~ Dialog ~ Topic 1 ~ Studying English ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) For how long have you been studying English? Off and on or continuously? Explain.
2) Who was your first English teacher? What do you remember about that class?
3) Do you think English is a difficult language to learn in your country? How so?
4) How often do you study English? Do you have a favorite place? Who with?
5) What is your favorite way to study English (speaking/listening/writing/reading/other)?
1) What is the most difficult thing about English for you? How about for others?
2) Why are you learning English? Do you need a reason to like doing something?
3) How do you think English could help you in the future? Do you need it?
4) Do you think that English will dominate all other languages in the future?
5) If yes, how would it affect the world? Would other languages suffer? How?
1) How much time do you spend daydreaming during class? Is it a problem?
2) Does classroom arrangement (of desks/tables/students) matter? How? Why?
3) How do you use the Internet to study English? What websites do you use?
4) What forms of social media can you use when you study? Are they helpful?
5) How can English language help someone in your country advance in their career?
1) Which country is the best place to study English? Why do you think so?
2) Are you willing to hire a tutor to learn English? Are tutors expensive in your country?
3) What is the best way to learn vocabulary? Do you often use a dictionary? How?
4) Do you think it is necessary to learn textbook grammar? Why or why not?
5) How can learners improve their pronunciation? How important is it?
1) How can learners improve their listening/speaking/reading/writing skills?
2) What is the difference between fluency and accuracy? Which is more important? Why?
3) After you develop fluency/accuracy, what is the best way to improve fluency/accuracy?
4) Have you ever spoken English on the phone? Why is it difficult? Do you do it often?
5) Do you ever use English when writing e-mail or texting? Explain the problems.
Language Focus: Memory Devices ~ Adapted from Oxford Dictionaries ~ Share, Talk, Learn ...
1 = ¡°i before e except after c ¡±
Rhymes are, perhaps, the most useful memory devices in learning language
Everyone is challenged by spelling in English., as you can see below:
ie ~ achieve, belief, believe, chief, piece, thief, yield
ei ~ ceiling, conceit, deceive, perceive, receipt, receive
Adapted from Oxford Royale Academy ~ Share, Talk, Learn ...
2 = Don¡¯t know nothing about double negatives.
Double negatives are clauses that contain two negative words expressing the same idea:
a) ¡®We didn¡¯t do nothing¡¯ (We didn¡¯t do anything).
b) ¡®You ain¡¯t seen nothing yet¡¯ (You haven¡¯t seen anything yet).
c) ¡®I can¡¯t get no satisfaction¡¯ (I can¡¯t get any satisfaction).
Adapted from TJ Taylor Blog ~ Share, Talk, Learn ...
3 = Hear, here! How to remember homophones.
Weather or whether? Hear or here? There, their, or they¡¯re?
It¡¯s difficult to remember the spelling of words that sound alike but have different meanings. For Example:
Compliment versus complement:
a) A compliment is an expression of admiration, praise.
He told her he admired her music, and she returned the compliment by saying that she was a fan of his poetry.
b) A complement, on the other hand, is something that enhances or completes something.
The necklace was a perfect complement for her dress.
Here is the mnemonic: The opposite of a compliment is an insult.
Insult starts with the letter I, therefore ¡®compliment¡¯ is spelled with the letter ¡®i¡¯ in the middle.
When one thing complements another, it usually enhances it in some way. It makes the other thing even better. You know that enhance starts with an ¡®e¡¯, so just remember that if one thing enhances another,
it complements it – and it is spelled with the letter ¡®e¡¯ in the middle.
Perhaps the most important fact to know about memory (mnemonic) devices is that are personal. Such devices are created by learners as they establish their identity in the target language. Therefore, if learners succeed in creating such devices, their chances of becoming successful will increase, and their learning experience will be enhanced.
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