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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'GOURMAND' - English Pronunciation
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word gourmand. This word refers to a person who enjoys eating. The word found its way into the English language from the French language.
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This unit begins the study of tenses by rolling out some present tenses: present simple, present perfect, present continuous/progressive and present perfect continuous. I suppose I didn't realize learning and teaching tense identification and using would be so harrowing for teachers though I can understand the trouble for learners. I have always enjoyed conjugating verbs since I first discovered how at the end of high school or the beginning of college. There is something so very interesting about the patterns of word sounds and all of the irregularities; I've enjoyed practicing German and English conjugations and researching their origins. But then, I am a linguist. Getting back on topic, the unit was another good outline of how to use what where, more specifically when it is appropriate to use a certain tense such as present simple (i.e. for habitual/routine actions, facts, commentaries, newspaper headlines, etc. etc.). This is a helpful topic to review because as native speakers we tend to focus less on the mechanics and more on instinctive use. This information would definitely be helpful for adult learners and could be taught through much example and through many activities for younger learners that have not yet acquired language vocabulary or the right metacognition to grasp the concepts laid out like mathematical equations. Again, the game examples were also helpful--the more the better to expand our repertoire and decrease the possibility of a worn out, bored class of either children or adults. The other passages and examples for the other present tenses were as useful as the present simple passage.