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TESOL Videos - Aid vs Aide - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'aid' and 'aide'. These two words often cause confusion for English learners due to their similar meaning and spelling. The word 'aid' refers to something that helps, such as teaching aids or a first-aid-kit. The word 'aide', on the other hand, refers to a person, a helper. So, remember that 'aid' is used for things and 'aide' is used for people.
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Well, first of all I have to say that although I have trained myself to write legibly enough for students to read my writing (that's my job!), my father, myself, and my my daughter all exhibit poor handwriting. My daughter and I also write Chinese characters. Hers are much better while mine are simply awful, despite the fact that I know the rules well and can write several thousand of them. My point is that I would be very reluctant to correct students' handwriting unless they were still primary school students. I'm not sure about Southeast Asia, but East Asian students tend to have beautiful handwriting, much better than mine. I have little time for and to little writing practice. If I do, it is only a means to an end. When students send me text messages, I don't send them back 'corrected' either. Overcorrecting kills confidence and motivation. Good writing is probably the skill that will come last for the students. In my environment now, students have other classes for writing and I would be discouraged from doing much writing work anyway. I understand and appreciate this lesson's focus on 'controlled' speech activities for speech accuracy vs. activities aimed toward fluency. There is a simple rule in my classroom: the teacher may correct students all he or she wants in a controlled activity but should never interrupt a student's speech for correction during fluency practice. There is no shorter way to kill confidence and even shame a student than that! A good teacher will us e query repeating approach to offer feedback that corrects student speech in a comfortable way.