Between vs Among - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

This video breaks down the difference between "among" and "between". The word "between" is used to refer to two or more things that are distinct. A great example would be: "Choose between the red and the green socks". Here, we use "between" as the socks are clearly different and separated. "Among", on the other hand, is used to refer to things that are part of a group or mass, such as in this example: "Choose among all your socks" here we use ?among? because we are talking about all of the socks. Let's take a look at two more examples to make the difference even clearer. "I am walking between Baker Street and 5th Avenue." Here, we are talking about two separate streets and use 'between'. "I am walking among my friends." In this example, we're talking about more than two people and need to use 'among'. When unsure about which word to use, simply thin about if you are referring to something that is clearly separated or something that is part of a mass or a group.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I enjoyed this lesson because it gave a good overview of the fundamentals. I had taught English for 5 years and had never been aware of the different roles I could've taken. Because of this lesson I also began realizing the benefits of taking a 'facilitator' or 'prompter' role in the lessons.This Unit opened my perspective on the different teaching methods with their effectiveness for certain situations. And that being a versatile and adaptive teacher is the only way to connect with your students in the best way. A well balanced teacher encourages confidence and nourishes growth.There are many forms of the present tense in English. I learned in this unit that it is very important to have a clear understanding of the separate forms in order to teach them in a logical order. Prompts need careful consideration to elicit the specific form relevant to the class exercise.


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