I have quite a good grasp of the English language, and really enjoy writing, but i find myself with a dilema, i hope someone can help. I have been set tasks to do before i undertake a course to become a TESOL teacher, and i am having trouble defining terms that i have ceased to think about, i was last in education 7 years ago (yikes!). Here goes; i have been asked to define a) a simple sentence, b) a compound sentence and c) a complex sentence. I am aware of what they are but am finding it difficult to give a concise answer. As i am in France at the moment i have no access to literature that would help me. Could anyone help? I realise that this is a poor start to my would be career as a teacher...
Sounds to me as if the task is for you to research what's out there on that topic so that you can gain a better understanding of it. You know, the people who provide TESOL courses know that students are going to look for help on-line, so... Have you tried looking up the topic on the internet? If not, here are a few sites to help you get started:
Sentences:* Simple, Compound, and Complex
The Structure of a Sentence
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
If you have any questions about what you find, let us know, but, and please remember, we are teachers, so we cannot help you directly with your assignment.
A point in the right direction was all that i required. Thank you very much! It is not as if i do not know what they are, just defining was proving difficult, as they are tools i use without thinking of them.