Back on form!
Hi Taru. A very quick word about your previous post from Wednesday – I think we’ve all seen that you have a lot on your plate so I think it’s normal that you have had less time for blogging recently. Don’t worry, it’s good to see you back on form with your latest post. By the way, how do we spell the month after June and before August??? And the illness you have which makes you tired??
One more thing, I promised to tell you my dream destination (not my misery place….!) although the idea of a nightmare destination is also quite intriguing. That will be in my next post.
To have a lot on your plate – to be very busy
To be on form – you are ‘on form’ if you are feeling or performing well
Intriguing – something which fascinates you, often because it is a bit unusual
Today I’m going to set two separate tasks. Taru generally uses verb tenses very well, so the first, and easier task, is to identify four different verb tenses in her post and give an example with the name of the tense.
For example, in the second line she writes:
‘…when I do my studies in pedagogic studies and write this blog.’
These are both examples of the Present Simple, used here to describe something which is routine or habitual. For the more advanced bloggers out there, can you find a mistake with the Present Perfect?
For the second task, we come back to our old friends – Prepositions! Look for the following words and phrases in the text:
time to time
There is something wrong either before or after these words and phrases. Can you spot the problems and write the correct version?
Taru, what you have written is very thought-provoking. As a teacher, I’m constantly asking myself how new technology-driven learning strategies can be used in formal teaching. As I said earlier in the month, I have used blogs with my classes before and many students found it really motivating and stimulating, although some did not really take to it. Everyone has different learning styles, so what works for one student may not work for another. I’m currently doing a kind of experiment with my class – I’m using a WIKI (a collaborative website – watch out for a definition soon on ‘Keep your English up to date’). The idea is to get the whole class involved in creating their own learning ‘space’ – have a look if you want to get an idea of what I mean. I think the whole social networking phenomenon is important, especially for younger students. If we accept the fact that people are spending more and more time on this type of website or using more advanced applications on their phones, how can educators actually get them to use some of this time for learning? Oh dear, seems like I’ve been going on a bit too long again, time to get off my soapbox!
In my next post I’ll tell you about my day at Wimbledon and my dream destination. Have a great weekend!
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