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TESOL Videos - Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Simple Usages
The two most common usages for the present simple tense are habits and routines, as well as general facts and truths. Our example of routine would be 'I teach every Monday.' We've used our subject 'I', our base form 'teach' and 'every Monday' speaking about the routine that I have. We also have our general facts 'The sun rises in the east.' Here, 'the sun' would follow under the pronoun 'it' so we've had to conjugate our verb per our pattern and finish our sentence. We could also talk about general truths such as likes or dislikes. 'I like football,' or 'He likes football.' Of course, there are other usages but these are the two most common.
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The unit looks at teaching young learners and business learners. Often people are nervous with teaching young learners or beginners but many find teaching young learners to be very rewarding. When looking at beginners it's important to understand there are different levels of beginners; absolute beginners, false beginners, adult, young, and beginners with no Roman alphabet knowledge. Generally young beginners will catch on faster than adult beginners. The teacher must be prepared to put in more work with beginners with no Roman alphabet knowledge. Business learners are another distinct group of learners. Generally business learners have a very specific reason for being in the class; many times its been required by their company or means to getting a promotion. Business learners will often have to learn outside the normal working hours thus coming to class fatigue and with many other responsibilities besides class. Its important to remember that the teacher does not need to know the specifics of the business to teach learners but the teacher needs to be the specific expert on English. There are times when the teacher may have one-on-one students versus a full class setting. The teacher in this case must always be prepared with more material for the class as one person can go through the materials faster than a group. The teacher will also be aware that teacher will have to be involved and a participant in almost all of the interactive activities. One-on-one learners may have schedules that are often changing and are known to have higher course cancellations than group classes, for this reason the teacher needs to have good records for the information covered and where to start and note the place where each lesson has ended.