I will be an english teacher soon. I´m still a student and I´m really excited to start teaching. I really think that knowing another language, besides yours, would open so many doors in life. As for me, english is my second language and I love it! I just hope to be able and focused to do the best I can to show my students how important to know english is. Can you Harry give me some tips that could guide me and help me to do my best in teaching? Thank you so much! Luci (from Uruguay)
I'm very happy to read your ideas about teaching English and your love towards this wonderful language. First of all I want you to be always full of energy and think that your profeesion is one of the most important professions nowadays. Secondly you'll have a lot of difficulties in teaching English. Never hesitate and go on teaching. One day you'll feel how easy and interesting it is. When you hear your pupils speak English you will be the happiest in the world. I wish you good luck and a very easy start in teaching.
Best wishes Harry
I was very surprised when I entered my classroom yesterday. In one corner there was a new TV set and a video player. Later in the afternoon I thanked the headmaster for her attention. She said, "It's very important to know English nowadays. Let your pupils watch English films at the lessons too." Now I know how to make my lessons more interesting. Any other ideas?:-D
The number of the readers of this thread shows how important English is nowadays.;-)
I'm Brazilian and I love this language. I've studied English in London for eight months - Dec 2004/Aug 2005 - (I began as basic and stopped at intermediate level) but since this time I didn't stop to study on my own. I'm always buying books, DVD's and so on and searching for ways to get my English improved. My principal difficulty is about when I must use in, on, at, about, to, for, with, -ing forms and other words or when not use them. The big problem also, is that here, in Brazil, everybody speaks Portuguese and I don't have anyone to practise English, so despite understand about 90% or more when I'm watching TV (CNN, BBC and FOX) and also understand about the same percentage when I'm reading something I have this problem when I need to write down or to speak in English.
I use this forum as a English School because I'm always learning something new around here. However, sometimes I feel ashamed in asking questions that could be too basic for you, but for a guy like me who only spoke Portuguese for 31 years, it isn't easy change the brain just in a few years.
I'd like to take advantage of this thread and ask for some help to chose a good grammar's book. I bought two books: Active English Grammar (Collins Cobuild) and Oxford Practice Grammar. The first one is compact but easy of understanding (or easy to understand??) but the second one is rather hard to understand. I'm seeking for one grammar that I can learn and understand too much. If know one, I thanks in advantage.
Well, that's all.
I know I made lots of mistakes writing it down but I'm here to learn. So I apologise for killing your English:-( but you can correct me as well. It's easiest to me, to learn with my mistakes.
Thanks for all (or thanks to all?)
I was searching for this grammar in "Amazon.com" but I found lots of them by the same author and now I don't know what do I should buy.
You, being a teacher, noticing my English around here what do you think I have to chose? An intermediate or advanced level? (Well, I think I'm not a begginer...) What do you recommend? Of course I know you don't know me but I think that through these words you can get an idea.
Just to let you know, I enjoy a lot studying English and want to improve it as fast as I can so I want a grammar which help me to achieve this aim.
Teachers, I'd like to get all tips about what's the best way to learn English on my own, if you could.
Harry Smith :-D