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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'THANATOLOGY'- English Grammar
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word "thanatology". This word refers to the description or study of death and of the psychological mechanisms for coping with the phenomena of death. The word derived from Greek mythology where Thanatos was the personification of death.
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This unit provides us information about course materials, the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of material and what to look at when choosing material. I think a good mix of using course material along with being creative is the way to go. As stated, by using course material that is provided to the teacher then they have material that can be used by a group of students at a certain level. Some students might already know bits and pieces of the provided material, but repetition is also very good. Most text and work books usually work with interesting topics such as food, traveling and movies. The teacher could make use of these topics to create his or her own material as well. Which brings us back to not following only the course material. It is important for a teacher to be able to adapt to it's students. One chapter might be about movies but the chapter itself doesn't include any type of material that could be used for an activate phse. This will prompt the teacher to create the materials needed to make the chapter more interesting. Once the students get to a certain level, I think it is more of an advantage to use authentic material as they want to be able to link their English ability to reality and not only \"Mister and misses Brown\" in the text book. Having pen pals in another country or to do Mystery Skype are two things that makes students excited about using the language. As I have several years of experience working in all sorts of classes ranging from elementary school to junior high-school, I have seen all sorts of teachers. The ones that uses only the course material, the ones that uses a little bit of both (that is course material and creating his or her own) and the ones that creates course materials completely from scratch. I have noticed that the teachers that combine or creates his or her own material are the ones that are more appreciated by the students.