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TESOL Videos - Defuse vs Diffuse - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'defuse' and 'diffuse'. Their similar spelling and pronunciation make them a word pair that is often confused. The word 'defuse' refers to the action of making a situation less harmful or tense, whereas 'diffuse' means to spread over a wide area. Watch the video for detailed examples on the two words.
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All babies during nearly their first year listen to the surrounding them world before they start to speak. Before produce something ? in this case words ? they receive intensely and process information. Student of the foreign language classes are the same. Firstly they need to listen, then repeat, recreate the sound; firstly they need to see graphic interpretation of the sounds they hear, understand the connection between the sound and the sign, then produce their own words, sentences and texts. Language discovery starts from receptive skills. It is perfectly possible to hear, but not listen. Similarly, it is possible to listen but not understand. Same is about reading. The teachers aim in this case should be to make sure while listening his/her students hear and understand, while reading derive meaning from printed text accurately and efficiently. Except providing the students with a wide range of methods and exercises in class, the teacher?s job is to motivate the students to listen and read. Right chosen texts and audio files will increase the students? interest. Additionally, to encourage them to read and listen outside the classroom, the teacher can prepare personal advice list for each of student or for whole class, if they share similar interests. In the list the teacher can suggest some educational sites, different Internet recourses, where the students be able to read or listen English materials with different styles and accents. Both, the teacher and the students should remember ? the better we receive and adopt information, the better we produce it later.