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TESOL Videos - Interesting vs Interested - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'interested' and 'interesting'. As these two words have a similar pronunciation and spelling, their usage is often confused. 'Interesting' describes the people or things that cause the feeling of interest to someone, for example: Today's lesson about world history is very interesting. 'Interested', on the other hand, describes how someone feels, such as here: I am very interested in learning another language.
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
Students need to be exposed to the new language, understand its meaning, understand how it is constructed and be able to practise and produce it. Language consists of the functions that include areas such as agreeing, disagreeing, inviting, suggesting, refusing, etc. While teaching language functions includes appropriateness of the language based on what type of the language is used - technical, tentative, formal, informal, etc. Teacher can apply ESA methods to introduce a new language to the students. Lessons arranged to focus on grammar or vocabulary tend to use \"Straight arrow\" ESA approach while lessons arranged to focus on functions are commonly using \"Boomerang\"or \"Patchwork\" ESA approach. Vocabulary is highly important for a new language learning, usually student's receptive vocabulary is much broader than his or her productive vocabulary. How difficult or easy it is to learn vocabulary of new language depends on the similarity to student's own language and to English words that they already know, its appropriateness, spelling and pronounciation. To be able to teach vocabulary teachability also should be taken into consideration since to be able to learn the vocabulary students need to understand the meaning and use of it, be aware of word grammar, interaction, spelling and pronounciation. There are different techniques for vocabulary teaching and different stages of the lesson dictate different methods. During Engage stage of the lesson teacher can use realia, mime and action, pictures, contrasts, discussion, discovering. For study stage of lesson teacher can use gap-fill exercises, word searches, crosswords, matching exercises, example sentences, pronouncation exercises, study from texts and dialogues. During the active stage of lesson teacher can encourage open class with small group or pair discussion, role-play, story building, material production task (posters, advertisements, etc).