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    the expressed language needs

    Variety of activity was also seen as a way of maintaining or increasing motivation. Several years ago we had one timetable that operated throughout, but we soon found both the students and the teachers lost interest about halfway through the ten weeks. This led us to a major re-think, so finally we brought it into line with the expressed language needs of the students.

    Can I change ‘the expressed language needs’ into ‘the language-expressing needs’?
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    Re: the expressed language needs

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    the expressed language needs
    I take it to mean 'the language needs expressed by someone'.

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    Re: the expressed language needs

    Thank you, Matthew.

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    Re: the expressed language needs

    I agree, Matthew. I take that to mean what the students expressed a desire to learn.

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    Re: the expressed language needs

    Having a variety of activities was also seen as a way of maintaining or increasing motivation. Several years ago, we had one a timetable that operated throughout we adopted widely, but we soon found both the students and the teachers lost interest about halfway through the ten weeks of the course. This led us to a major re-think, so finally we brought it into line with the expressed language needs of the students.

    Can I change ‘the expressed language needs’ into ‘the language-expressing needs’?

    No, they are different.
    expressed language needs - needs that have been written down and formalised, to be met
    language-expressing needs - ?

    not a teacher

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    Re: the expressed language needs

    I don't think there is enough information here to state that the "expressed needs" were written down and formalized.

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    Re: the expressed language needs

    Ok, expressed is very general term which could mean anything said but not written. I was thinking along the line of legal use eg. expressed condition in a contract. In the context of this passage, it appears to be a matter that was important enough to warrant the management's attention.

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    Re: the expressed language needs

    Yes, it appears that both students and teachers were unhappy with the status quo.

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    #9

    Re: the expressed language needs

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Ok
    Both 'O' and 'K' should be capitalized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    Thank you, Matthew.
    diamondcutter, clicking on the 'Thank' button can obviate the need for a new post saying 'Thank you', such is one of the many unwritten rules on this forum.
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    Re: the expressed language needs

    From experience, I suspect that word 'expressed' is acting as an adjective meaning something synonymous with 'explicit' or 'specific'. If so, the correct form of the word in this phrase should be 'express', not 'expressed'.

    Some collocations using 'express' in this way are: an express desire/wish/need

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