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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'ELOQUENT' - English Pronunciation
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word eloquent. This word means a person who is fluent and also persuasive in both speaking or writing. It can also refer to the action of clearly indication or expressing something. The word comes from Latin eloqui meaning to speak out.
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As an ESL teacher with more than eight years experience I have experienced a wide variety of English text books. For the most part I have found that following a syllabus set forth by a course book is a disadvantage to the learners in my classroom due to pace and order of the lessons. Many lessons in text books are often assuming that learners have a basic concept or a good understanding of basic principles of sentences and grammar. For example, book 1 in a series for brand new English learners will start unit 1 with the assumption that all students know the alphabet and therefore the student can write their name. While this may be the case for majority of students there are many learners in a beginning classroom who will have trouble and fall behind and feel left out right away. Due to this I don't like using course books for beginners. Over the years I have developed my own worksheets that I like to use the first couple of weeks to make sure that my whole classroom is ready to start. This however forces me to have to speed up the lessons in the course book so that my class can finish the syllabus in the time frame the book dictates, thus not allowing the addition of other supplemental materials as worksheets, flash cards, and puzzles. As unit 14 details there are advantages and disadvantages to using provided course text books. Personally, I prefer to use material that I have created based on the needs of my classes. However, many language schools will require teachers to use materials that they provide as that is what they sell. So as an ESL/EFL teacher it is important to find a balance that will benefit the learners needs.