- I don t rightly know how to answer Simon. Yes, although Brits and Yanks are two peoples divided by a common language (per George Bernard Shaw), it wouldMessage 1 of 22 , Nov 5, 2005View SourceI don't rightly know how to answer Simon. Yes,
although Brits and Yanks are two peoples divided by a
common language (per George Bernard Shaw), it would
probably be easier for a Yank to assimilate in the UK
than for a Chinese. This, however, should not deter
Chinese like Simon from here in Wuhan from trying
And think of the possible collateral benefits. I was
19 when I left home and family for an alien
environment, France. I ended up with two French
degrees and a souvenir: we've been married now for 53
years. The language also provided me with a
quarter-century career in the US Foreign Service
(those who are already proficient in a language get
extra points on the foreign service exam).
What's more, while the first days will will be rough
on our poor Chinese scholar, immersion (which he never
had in the old country) should soon cure that. There
are two ways to teach a beautiful girl to swim. If
she's your fiancee you take her in your arms
and...er...show her the movements. If she is your
sister you push her off the pier. The latter method
is called immersion and works as well for language
acquisition as for learning to swim.
Mert - Dr.M.L.Bland, HUST, Wuhan
- ... that might be the next step. good idea, - a further development after they learn to just listen. HalimaMessage 2 of 22 , Nov 6, 2005View Source
>> Halima Brewer <halibrewer@...> wrote:John Pullen wrote:
>> I discovered a way to develop this which is unbelievably simple.
> Ok, then going from here why not make your next activity where thethat might be the next step. good idea, - a further development after
> listener must repeat what was said and then add their own information ...
they learn to just listen.
- Interesting approach. What I have done to encourage thinking in a response (my regular comment to the classes is that a mere yes, no, and that s all areMessage 3 of 22 , Nov 7, 2005View SourceInteresting approach.
What I have done to encourage thinking in a response (my regular comment to
the classes is that a mere yes, no, and that's all are unacceptable
answers), is to have the responder answer a question, and then pose another
question back to the first party. Overall, I have been pleased with the
improvement, altho, I have to say that I have started from a very basic
place, with shockingly weak speakers.
A sincere question to the more experienced teachers on this list - which do
you think is a better approach - or do you think both would have the same
This has been a very interesting first term to say the least, and I am
already thinking how to teach better in the next one!!
>From: John Pullen <gaodachang@...>
>Ok, then going from here why not make your next activity where the listener
>must repeat what was said and then add their own information such as, "You
>indicate that you made dumplings that had pork, onions, and salt. Have you
>ever thought of additing crushed ginger and garlic to the mixture." Then
>the first speaker must take the new information provided about ginger and
>garlic and repeat what they thought the person said and then add new