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TESOL Videos - The Past Tenses - Overview - Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous
In this video, we provide you with a useful overview of the various past tenses. We focus here especially on the differences between the past perfect and past perfect continuous.
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Just as important as the receptive skills unit, the productive skills unit boasts of some very important keys to helping students to hone the accuracy and fluency of their writing and speaking. One thing in particular which I liked regarding the unit and its content is that the unit gives specific ways in which accuracy and fluency can be promoted in lessons pertaining to correct writing and speaking. For instance, the end of the lesson focuses on different games which can be used for promoting good writing and speaking form, such as tic-tac-toe, twenty questions, twister, Pictionary, charades, hangman, and leopard. These games are important because they focus on spelling, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary. What I also found to be interesting and important is that the unit gives pointers as to how to make writing and speaking activities effective. For instance, a good creative/free speaking activity will incorporate into the middle of the activity arousal of student interest via visuals and short leads. It will also focus on making the activity more about progress, meaning that students will have the chance to participate in the rehearsal of language. Writing activities will incorporate into the Study phase an opportunity for students to work in pairs and come up with their own creative writing ideas. Likewise, writing activities will incorporate into the Activate phase the opportunity for students in pairs to fill in gaps in writing phrases and/or ideas as a means of building writing accuracy and retention.