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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'RATIONALE' - English Pronunciation
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word rationale. This word is used as a noun and describes the reasons or the logical explanation for an action or a certain belief. Some synonyms for rationale include reasoning, thinking and logic. The word rationale comes from the modern Latin word rationalis meaning ‘endowed with reason’.
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
Unit 6 of the TESOL course acquaint us with the Past tenses group. As English language has 12 tenses it is sometimes frighteningly for the students to start studying next one. ?Could I remember all that forms and usage cases? ? is a normal question during the study process. While having a look a the Past tenses group we can see that they have the same construction rules in principle as the Present tenses group. Thus, when presenting them to the students we can make stress on this similarity in order to lessen the students? worrying feelings about understanding and remembering the new tense. The main problems students can experience while studying on the Past tenses are mostly the same as with the Present tenses group: 1. Confusing main and auxiliary verbs, especially with ?had? and ?did? while making negative forms and questions. 2. Confusing past simple, past participle and participle forms of the verbs; 3. Confusing usage cases for past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous 4. Confusing usage cases for past simple and present perfect might be one of the biggest problems about studying English tenses for the students; especially after meeting real, live English on TV or papers and books where some grammar rules can be greased and matter of preferences. While teaching past tenses, to prevent some possible mistakes the teacher should pay students? attention to the marking words, that belong to each tense. So, seeing words which mark some precise moment in the past, e.g. yesterday, 3 years ago, last week, etc., the students definitely know that this is past simple tense they need to use here.