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TESOL Videos - Coursebooks and materials - Cassettes/CDs/DVDs/Video
We now consider what we might call the technology that we could use within the classroom then that could include things such as cassettes, the use of CDs, the use of DVD and video. Some general issues surrounding the use of these types of material, make sure whenever you're using any of this type of technology though you know how it actually works when using it for a listening activity, for example. How long does it take for the whole tape to play through? How long does it take to rewind and so on. Other issues that you might need to think about is if you're using a cassette player or CD or something that you set the volume level before you actually start the lesson so that when you switch on you don't shock everyone with a very loud sound or that they can't actually hear it. Also make sure before the lesson takes place that the whole extract of whatever it is you're playing is actually useful and that it works. There's nothing worse than getting to the end of an extract or listening activity and the final bits of information that they need can't be heard because of the quality of the tape or whatever. The ideas around using CDs and so on, they have a variety of uses that are good for different types of activity and they can certainly act as a prompt and create interest in a particular topic. Also because they're not used all that often they can be very motivational but it is important that they are used in the right way and we should make sure that whenever we use this type of material that it has some educational purpose and it's not just seen as something special that takes place during the lesson.
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This unit discussed the four present tenses of verbs including present simple, present continuous (sometimes called the present progressive), present perfect, and present perfect continuous. Present simple usages defined were Habitual or routine actions, permanent situations and facts, commentaries, directions and instructions, newspaper headlines, present stories, and historical sequences. Present continuous usage was defined as . To talk about an action that is in progress at the time of speaking, to talk about a temporary action that is not necessarily in progress at the time of speaking, to emphasize very frequent actions, background events in a present story, to describe developing situations, to refer to a regular action around a point of time. Present perfect uses were listed as When we talk about finished actions/states that happened at an indefinite time. It refers to general experience without specific detail, When we are thinking about completed past actions carried out in an unfinished time period at the time of speaking, When we talk about something which began in the past and is still true now, at the time of speaking. We don't know if this is likely to continue or not, and When we describe past actions with present results. And lastly present perfect continuous is described being To communicate an incomplete and ongoing activity, when we want to say how long it has continued and To describe a recently finished, uninterrupted activity which has a present result. I found this unit to be exponentially more difficult than the previous sections.