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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'PHREAKER' - English Pronunciation
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word "phreaker". This word is a noun and refers to someone who one who gains illegal access to the telephone system. The word become widely popular in the mid-1980s and is likely a combination of the words "phone" and "freak". Modern phreakers are very specialized hackers breaking into the phone system of large companies and corporations.
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Readng thiss lesson reminds me that testing is the area I am most negligent in, and that I could a much better job if I were up to speed on this important activity. I would like to give progrees exams twice a month. However, if I were to give them in class, I would try to disguise them as some other activity in which students didn't realize that they were to be evaluated. I do do some things: I conduct colloquial speech dictation once a week. This provides direct feedback to the students as whether their listening skills are improving or not. Unfortunately, I collect the dictation notebooks at the end of the term but I just check to see if they did the work; I don't mark them and give them back. I have around two hundred students total, so it can be quite overwhelming to me to make exams, administer them, grade them, and offer feedback. For some time now I've wanted to set up tasks online for homework and have a diagnostics program do all the number crunching for me, as wall as give each student pre-generated feedback based on scores. I will bring up this topic to the administration next term and see if I can't implement such a system. If I had small classes progress tests and feedback would be a breeze, but that's simply not the case for me. My tests consist of a (very!) brief interview exam and a multiple choice final with a small essay section. Grading that pretty much takes up a whole week. I'm optimistic however that an online progress system could be just the answer to a lot of questions- not just progress but also attendance, participation, etc.