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TESOL Videos - Overdo vs Overdue - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'overdo' and 'overdue'. As these two words have a similar pronunciation and spelling, their usage is often confused. 'Overdue' describes something that is past a due date or past a scheduled time, for example: I need to pay all my overdue bills to avoid a late fee. 'Overdo', on the other hand, is used when speaking about doing something to an excessive degree, for example: Don't overdo the salt in this recipe or it will taste bad.
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Unit 5 moves a bit away from grammar and language conveyance and focuses more on the classroom´s environment, including the relationship and rapport that the teacher builds with the students as well as the physical space in which the student teacher interaction takes place. In order to achieve a positive, interactive and dynamic environment in the classroom, a teacher must put into practice a very important skill: Classroom Management. This skill allows the teacher to effectively organize and manage his/her class in a fun, friendly and relaxing way without losing discipline and respect. One of the main factors that allows for an effective classroom management is the rapport that a teacher establishes with the students. The rapport will be greatly influenced by how the teacher physically expresses him or herself through eye contact, gesture and voice. He/she should not display a shy attitude, especially when teaching bigger classes, but should not appear too authoritarian either in a way that will intimidate and keep students from expressing themselves freely. Another important factor of effective classroom management is the way in which a teacher uses the physical space in the classroom. This includes deciding how to arrange the desks and chairs in order to teach a class, as well as how to group the students for the different learning activities for the day´s lesson plan. Besides taking into consideration elements such as the number of students, the size of the classroom, the students´ age and culture, and the academic institution´s code of behavior, the teacher must focus on maintaining a balance by giving enough time for teacher talking time without sacrificing opportunities for the students to speak as much as they can, as well as providing enough variation in group arrangements so that students will learn as much as possible, at the same time avoiding boredom and uncomfortable experiences.