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TESOL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Fernando
Fernando is originally from Buenos Aires but spent the past 12 years working in the United States. As he has now returned to Argentina, he wants to become an English teacher. In his TESOL review he shares his thoughts on the center in Buenos Aires. He learned a lot regarding teaching techniques and lesson planning. He is confident that he can now lead his own classroom and is excited to start working as an English
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In the Unit 4 of the TESOL course, we meet the group of Present tenses. English language tenses is one of the essential parts of English language grammar. Also, it is one of the most complicated parts to study and understand for non ? English speakers. They have tricky forms and confusing usage rules. I think the best way of teaching the present tenses is to compare and contrast them. The group of the Present tenses consists of four ? Present Simple, Present Continuous, Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous ? tenses. To make it easier we can divide this group in two smaller - Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses group and Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous tenses group. It is common for students to confuse the first group?s tenses. That is why it is important to show the contrast between the Present Simple and the Present Continuous. Both of them speak about present, but Present Simple is used to show permanent side of the present tense, its frequency. However Present Continuous shows the temporality of the present tense, describes the moment. Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous tenses are both relate the past to the present and both confusing regarding where to use each one. Comparing these two tenses the teacher should highlight Present Perfect?s emphasis on the results of completed action and Present Perfect Continuous? stress on the action and its duration. Unit 4 of the TESOL course gives us information about typical students? mistakes while studying on the Present tenses group. This information give to the future teacher the opportunity to make a system of common mistakes, predict them and try to prevent them. In addition, new information that the teacher gives to the learners about Present Tenses in Study part of the lesson should be well practiced with the help of activities appropriate to the students? level and age in Activation part of the lesson.