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TESOL Videos - Yellow-Bellied - English Idioms
The idiom "yellow-bellied" refers to a coward or cowardly behavior, for example: My brother called me yellow-bellied when I didn't want to touch the spider in the attic.
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Unit 11 introduced two of the four teaching skills. Reading and listening are considered receptive skills. There are two main purposes of receptive skills: using them for a purpose and using them for entertainment. A lot of the time the two are mixed when reading and listening. For example, you could be reading a book about William Shakespeare for specific information about his life but you may also enjoy the activity as well if he was a topic you were interested in to begin with. When you read or listen to a topic, there are specialist skills that help you identify the information you need. There are five specialist skills. They are as follows: predictive skills, specific information, general idea, detailed information, and deduction from context. These are all different ways to break down what you are reading or listening to. Since teaching receptive skills can be quite difficult, there are some easy solutions to preventing more confusion than need be. Pre-teaching unfamiliar or difficult vocabulary can be helpful to the students. It allows them to read the text with the confidence that they won't be reading a text that is completely unknown to them. It is also important for teachers to pay attention to the texts they are selecting. You want to pick topics that are of interest to the students and which equally challenge them and give them confidence. Teaching receptive skills is all about making sure the students are fully understanding what they are reaching and listening to and not just spot checking their understanding.