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TESOL Videos - IF I WAS vs IF I WERE - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'If I were' and 'If I was' as their usage is often confused. 'If I was' is used for things that could have happened in the past or now, for example: If I was rude, I apologize. 'If I were', however, is used when we speak about imaginary situations or things that are contrary to fact, such as here: If I were a dog, I would sleep all day.
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This unit brings up different kinds of teaching aids that can be used in a classroom. I have experience using all of these aids and some work better than others. Nowadays, OHP is far less common that it used be. Although it is a reliable aid, it can be seen by the students as old fashion and not so interesting to look at. Computers can work in a similiar way to OHP but can also do more. Depending on the age, presentation through powerpoint or other types of software can be helpful as well. Classical worksheets for drilling is still viable as repetition is gold worth in the world of education. Some people might find this old fashion, repetition helps us imprint the information we are learning. I think movies (DVDs) is a good aid as well. If you choose something with a proper theme and understandable language, you can have many sorts of discussion about the movie after it has ended. For an example you could show a movie with a different type of accent than American English or British English thus exposing the students to something different. The video recorder can be very helpful as well and as stated in the unit be used for different kind of projects. This is usually appreciated by the students as they can use their language in a very creative way. The most essential aid is the whiteboard. You can do most things with this. Write, illustrate, have the students interact with it and so on. Even to this day it is often used by teachers and will most likely be used for a long time ahead as well. Unit 17 brings up many aids and it covers pretty much all the things needed for a teacher. One thing that is missing however are novels and such. These can also be used as tools for learning. Overall, I think that as long as you have the students' attention in a good way you can use pretty much any of the mentioned aids. After all, they are just aids. If the teacher isn't good, the aids won't do much good anyway.