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TESOL Videos - Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Perfect - Usages
The main function for the present perfect tense is to relate something in the past to the present. We can do so in a number of ways. First, we have indefinite past actions. 'I have been to Italy twice'. We're not concerned with when it happened, we just simply want to say that it has happened in the past. It's a fact of something I have done in the past but yet it's still true in the present. Unfinished past actions: 'I have lived here for three years'. I started living here in the past and it's still true now. With this usage, you will typically see time expressions. Finally, we have past actions with present results. I have lost my keys. It's implied that I still haven't found them. I lost them in the past. I don't have them now. I've lost my keys.
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This final unit goes over troubleshooting when teaching English as a foreign language. There are common problems teachers face in the classroom. The first lesson troubles depend on wether or not the class is a new group or an existing one. The new groups must be introduced to the teacher, each other, and the expectation of an EFL teacher. An existing group should already be familiar with each other and EFL teaching. Students of all ages must be warmed up before lessons start. So teachers should have handy an activity for that purpose. Students in a class may be at different levels. There are plenty of methods to remedy this situation. Large classes can be daunting to some teachers as their sizes can be up too 100 people. There are many best practices when dealing with these large sized groups. Some teachers may be tempted to resort to student's native language. Simply put it is not a good idea to do so. Teacher's may also encounter reluctant students. Reasons for this may be culture, confidence or personality. Finally the unit finishes off with listening texts, a reminder of a previous unit that reiterates the necessity of including these activities and what to do if they become an issue. I have dealt with almost all of these issues in my short time teaching. Sometimes I don't know how to deal with them. This unit has given me much insight and honestly made me realize that I need to do some work. While many of the dynamics of the classroom are out of my control, as I am only an ALT I do think I can improve. With different level students I can provide back up activities. I often use native language, but only after seeing the head teacher do so. I also have many reluctant students, but it is definitely a cultural thing. I will get better with experience.