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Common problems teaching English

1- how would you teach the following 2 words?
Scissors and peace
- would you teach them in the same way?
- what problems mighy students have with these words? ( spelling, pronounciation,and meaning)

2- in a conversation class what are the advantages and disadvantages of getting learners to discuss in pairs ( as opposed to one by one round the class)?

3- what is the difference in meaning between the following pairs of sentences and how might you go about teachng them?
- he's been to paris
he's gone to paris

- my wallet was stolen
Masked men stole millions of pounds from the central bank.

4- how would you help your students prepare for an essay on " the advantages and disadvqntages of living in a city"?

Thankbyou for your response.

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1- how would you teach the following 2 words?
Scissors and peace
- would you teach them in the same way?
- what problems mighy students have with these words? ( spelling, pronounciation,and meaning)
The difference between these two words is the difference between concrete concepts and abstract concepts. Scissors is a concrete object which may be touched, held and seen visually. An example pair may be presented to students to experience. Peace, on the other hand, is an abstract concept, which may not be touched, held in the hand, and seen visually as an object - it cannot be experienced in the same way a concrete object can be explored, with the five tactile senses. It must be explored in thought and theory, much like the wind. You cannot see the wind, you can only observe the evidence of its passing. Peace must be explored in mental examples, and obviously, given the difference between the two, I would not teach them in the same way. Students would have problems with these two words include the fact that scissors appears to be a plural word, but also appears to be a single ...

Solution Summary

Explanation of common problems in teaching English, with suggested solutions are provided. The advantages and disadvantages of getting learners to discuss opposed to one by one round classes are determined.

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