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TESOL Videos - Golden Opportunity - English Idioms
The idiom "golden opportunity" refers to a chance that is likely to be rewarding and successful, for example: The low price for the house is a golden opportunity we must not waste. The price for the house is very cheap at the moment, so we should buy it before the price increases again.
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This Unit covered the topic, \"Teaching the Receptive Skills of Reading and Listening.\" Reading and listening, as well as speaking and writing, are equal importance for learners of English. There are two basic categories for reading and listening. These categories are reading or listening for a purpose and reading or listening for entertainment. Students can be taught various skills to help them understand content. These skills include predictive skills, such as predicting a topic from a headline or audio introduction, scanning for specific information, skimming to get the general idea of a text or dialogue, reading or listening for detailed information, and deducting the meaning of unknown words or phrases from the context of what is being read or said. Teachers can also help students overcome some of their difficulties in learning new language by pre-teaching unknown vocabulary and by carefully selecting the level of texts or audio material which will be presented. Learning is increased when students are motivated. Teachers can help motivate students by choosing topics of interest to the students. Finally, teachers can help students by making sure there is comprehension when teaching new dialogue or texts. With the Common Core teaching we are currently using with our elementary students at my current school, we are teaching these very skills (prediction, etc.) to students at lower and lower grade levels. I found it interesting that these are the very same skills listed as important for teaching anyone to listen and to read well.