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TESOL Videos - Green Thumb - English Idioms
The idiom "green thumb" refers to the ability to grow plants well, for example: Whenever I buy a plant, it always dies shortly after. I really don't have a green thumb. Because my plants always die, I don't have the ability to grow plants well, hence, I don't have a green thumb.
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Speaking and writing are substantially different in many ways but they are both used for the same purpose; i.e. for communication. In certain ways, writing is seen as the more difficult skill as it requires a greater degree of accuracy. Speaking on the other hand, requires a greater degree of fluency as the speaker will rarely have time to think and plan an answer. When two or more people are communicating with each other, they are doing so for a number of reasons such as a communicative purpose, wanting to say something, the need to listen to something and being interested in what is being said. For a teacher to achieve a successful activity, he/she must create the need and desire in the students, to communicate else the students are far less likely to want to participate. Accuracy activities are concentrated on producing correct language whilst fluency activities allows students to be creative with language usage. Students should be encouraged to speak in class to create a comfortable atmosphere and enjoy communicating with the teacher and fellow students. Written text has quite a number of differences which separates it from speaking. Not only in grammar vocabulary but also in spelling, handwriting, layout and punctuation. Introducing games also provide useful controlled practice and free practice material in learning. Games are classified into two categories: competitive games, in which players or teams race to be first to reach the goal, and co-operative games, in which players or teams work together towards a common goal.