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TESOL Videos - Principal vs Principle - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'principal' and 'principle'. These two words often cause confusion for English learners due to their similar spelling. The word 'principal' can be used as a noun and as an adjective. As a noun, it refers to a person of authority, like a school principal, the head of a school. When used as an adjective, it means 'leading' or 'primary', like a principal cause or reason. The word 'principle', on the other hand, is only used as a noun and refers to a moral or standard, like the principle of free speech.
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Unit 10 showed 2 videos of how an english teacher conducted his class. The first video shows a teacher who doesn't have the slightest interest in teaching the lesson. He also uses his voice to intimidate the students. He doesn't give time for the class to get to warm up to the topic. He also introduced the lesson for the day using complicated words and doesn't explain the meaning, nor give examples for students to easily understand it. The teacher in the 1st class just wants the lesson to be finished without observing how the students are coping up with the lesson. The second video on the other hand, shows how to manage an effective class. The first important thing the teacher did was show his enthusiasm/enjoyment for the day. This method relaxed the students, which creates a friendly atmosphere and building trust with the students. Building rapport with the students was the first thing that the teacher did when he entered the classroom, and because of that, the whole class session seems to flow smoothly. He also used a lot of examples, a lot of gestures, a lot of visual aids. He also took advantage of his voice, and used it in a soft and clear manner so that it will be easily understood by the students. I have learned in this lesson that whatever the feelings the teacher has towards teaching can greatly affect his effectiveness in class. The most important thing is for the teacher to enjoy teaching and have energy and enthusiasm in the classroom. He has to use effective tools such as pictures, games for students to have a better understanding of the lessons being taught.