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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'ECHO' - English Pronunciation
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word echo. This word is used as a noun and as a verb. As a noun it refers to the sound caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the speaker. As a verb, it describes the action of a sound being repeated after the original sound has already stopped. The word comes from the Greek word ?kh? meaning ‘a sound’.
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This course unit covers methods and techniques in learning and teaching foreign language. The unit includes nine learning/ teaching methods, three lesson plan sequences based on ESA method, ways of giving feedbacks, and correction techniques. Learning and teaching approaches have both advantages and disadvantages. More so, the popularity and effectiveness of the methods vary from one level to another. It takes good judgment on the students? language level, culture and local language, and reinforcements from the teacher to be effective. I believe effective teaching also means balanced and flexible lesson plans. All lesson plan sequences must start with a warmer phase and finish with an activate phase. The three types of lesson plan discussed in this unit are Straight Arrow lesson plan, Boomerang, and patchwork lesson plan. All are based on the Engage, Study, and Activate structure. I believe that the key to effective lesson plan is flexibility. It must be tailored with the students? language level. Motivation, language exposure, and language opportunity are vital factors in the learning process of the students. To bring these three important factors, teachers must apply the ESA approach (Engage, Study and Activate). These teaching approaches are simplified through list of examples such as flashcards, real, mime, etc. to elicit a particular word or idea from students. Examples are listed to engage students, allow them to practice and apply the language they have learned. Lastly, students can only improve through ongoing positive feedback from the teachers. The students must be given time to reflect on their work.