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  • english@specialist.hu
    Hi All, I ve just posted a message to my own group (English Specialist at Yahoo), but as the group is small and I really wonder about people s opinion, I ll
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 2, 2004
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      Hi All,

      I've just posted a message to my own group (English Specialist at Yahoo),
      but as the group is small and I really wonder about people's opinion, I'll
      post it here, too:

      When you've written very many exercises it's not always easy to come up with
      new ideas. (And also when you've read a lot of other people's exercises.) As
      an exercise or group of exercises is usually concentrated on a certain
      vocabulary or grammar topic, the area where you can take examples from is
      rather limited. Still I think good examples must be interesting, I mean they
      mustn't be boring and situations that they suggest must be easy to remember,
      so that students should learn them easily.
      For example, the sentence 'Little Tommy was sleeping when daddy came home'
      perfectly demonstrates past simple vs past progressive - but isn't this one
      more efficient if you want your students to remember the given structure for
      ever: 'Aunt Lucy kicked the gasman as he was trying to snatch her umbrella'?

      What do you think about this?

      George











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    • Matthew Student
      ... Yahoo), ... opinion, I ll ... come up with ... exercises.) As ... certain ... from is ... mean they ... remember, ... Dear George, Again, if you have the
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 3, 2004
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        --- In wordsurfing@..., <english@s...> wrote:
        >
        > Hi All,
        >
        > I've just posted a message to my own group (English Specialist at
        Yahoo),
        > but as the group is small and I really wonder about people's
        opinion, I'll
        > post it here, too:
        >
        > When you've written very many exercises it's not always easy to
        come up with
        > new ideas. (And also when you've read a lot of other people's
        exercises.) As
        > an exercise or group of exercises is usually concentrated on a
        certain
        > vocabulary or grammar topic, the area where you can take examples
        from is
        > rather limited. Still I think good examples must be interesting, I
        mean they
        > mustn't be boring and situations that they suggest must be easy to
        remember,
        > so that students should learn them easily.
        Dear George,
        Again, if you have the freedom to conduct your class without
        restrictions, then by all means indroduce humor into your lessons.
        Constadina appears to have great liberty to conduct her class as she
        pleases, and it gratifies me to offer her suggestions.
        Are you looking for permission to indroduce humor? Well, you
        wont get it from me! Just kidding!! ALL MEANS that work are valid
        in a classroom, and you have my permission to try anything that
        works! May I suggest offering a traditional grammatical explanation
        and an humorous explanation as well?
        Tell your students, "This is the textbook explanation, and THIS
        IS MY EXPLANATION!" Tell them that both are correct, and that they
        should choose either or both explanations as valid! This will thrill
        the kids, and allow them to work through both traditional and
        unconventional explanations. In the end, if your students get
        EXCITED with learning, then that is ALL THAT MATTERS!
        Matthew
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        > For example, the sentence 'Little Tommy was sleeping when daddy
        came home'
        > perfectly demonstrates past simple vs past progressive - but isn't
        this one
        > more efficient if you want your students to remember the given
        structure for
        > ever: 'Aunt Lucy kicked the gasman as he was trying to snatch her
        umbrella'?
        >
        > What do you think about this?
        >
        > George
        >
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        hozzaferes a FreeStarttol.
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      • Marcus Lacerda
        I agree with Costadian. I think teachers should try and make explanations memorable by adding a bit of humor to them! That always works!!! But it s also
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 4, 2004
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          I agree with Costadian. I think teachers should try and make explanations memorable by adding a bit of humor to them! That always works!!! But it's also important to know how to use humor in the classroom. For example, I had this teacher in high school who would always pick on his students, embarrassing us in front of the whole class so that people would laugh and feel they enjoyed the class or whatever. Now I've pretty much 'forgiven' him for that, but at that time I used to find him a jerk!! But I think that using sentences like those you're using should be ok with all your students! ;-))

          Shalom! (peace)



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        • NELLIE DEUTSCH
          Dear Marcus, I am shocked! I had this teacher in high school who would always pick on his students, embarrassing us in front of the whole class so that people
          Message 4 of 4 , Jan 4, 2004
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            Dear Marcus,
            I am shocked!
            I had this teacher in high school who would always pick on his students, embarrassing us in front of the whole class so that people would laugh and feel they enjoyed the class or whatever.
            I can't understand the motives behind such behavior. I wonder if the teacher's motives were what you claim.
            NELLIE DEUTSCH
            http://www.nelliemuller.com
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            From: Marcus Lacerda
            To: wordsurfing@...
            Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 3:17 AM
            Subject: Re: [wordsurfing] funny or boring exercises?



            I agree with Costadian. I think teachers should try and make explanations memorable by adding a bit of humor to them! That always works!!! But it's also important to know how to use humor in the classroom. For example, I had this teacher in high school who would always pick on his students, embarrassing us in front of the whole class so that people would laugh and feel they enjoyed the class or whatever. Now I've pretty much 'forgiven' him for that, but at that time I used to find him a jerk!! But I think that using sentences like those you're using should be ok with all your students! ;-))

            Shalom! (peace)



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