Its nice to make your acquaintance. I'm a beginning EFL Teacher in South America (When I say "Beginner" I mean no more than 2 months of teaching with no prior teaching experience). I currently have 1 student; a 26 year old male. Thursday I (plan to) start with another student a 27-29 year old female (age uncertain at this point); I interviewed her yesterday to determine what level of English she is at. She knows quite a bit of vocabulary: Numbers, Colors, Animals, etc.
Both adults have a good handle on pronunciation and appear to have a lot of potential. *I'm such an idiot, I didn't think to test her skill on the alphabet, and the sound that each letter makes individually vs. added to words.*
My question for you is: When conjugating (for example) "To Be" in simple present tense, why do we conjugate 3rd person singular to "is"?
I was sitting here, writing up a lesson for class, involving the verb "To Be" with its simple present tense conjugations, when that question popped in to my brain. Then my next thought was "How am I going to explain WHY we conjugate to "is" as it does not sound similar to am/are?" "Do I answer that I don't know, but this is the way it is?" Now, mind you this is one of those "WHAT IF" scenarios - If they ask me why, then ...
Also, my 26 year old student started out with such enthusiasm about learning, but the last 2 weeks he seems a bit cool about things; he starts to doodle on his lesson pages. Do you have any suggestions how I can find out if it's something that I am or am not doing, or that he's just over-worked with his full-time job? My worry is that its me, that I'm not being a very good teacher. The last thing I want to do is to let them down and since I have no experience at this, then I don't really feel qualified to teach.
I would appreciate your input on the matter, and I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post.
Btw, I saw your e-book listed in a previous post on the main forum, and as soon as I am able, I would like to order it; sounds like it's exactly what I need.