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by Rusmeister
13 Aug 2012, 04:57
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How to make grammar interesting
Replies: 8
Views: 9893

Re: How to make grammar interesting

I call it "teaching 'stupid' English". It involves applying the grammatical meaning to mistakes literally to show why they are mistakes, and when "a rule" can be broken because that is literally what you are trying to say. "I have been knowing (loving) this woman for three weeks." (Watch out for the...
by Rusmeister
01 Jul 2012, 02:34
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Present continuous form
Replies: 2
Views: 8824

Re: Present continuous form

Doubling is triggered under what I call "the hamburger rule". If you have a closed final syllable - or one-syllable word (consonant-vowel-consonant), then you have a hamburger, which is made up of bread-meat-bread. Well, almost. A ball of meat becomes a hamburger patty when it is squashed under stre...
by Rusmeister
01 Jul 2012, 02:26
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: riding bikes or ride a bike?
Replies: 1
Views: 6142

Re: riding bikes or ride a bike?

Obviously number 2 is correct. Number one could mean that they are riding a bicycle built for two.
by Rusmeister
16 Jun 2012, 04:29
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Question about forum guidelines
Replies: 3
Views: 4580

Re: Question about forum guidelines

Thanks very much! Just so it's clear, the kinds of issues that I have in mind are NOT "how you teach the present perfect verb tense", but whether a teacher believes that abortion is murder or not, whether a person "has" a "sexual orientation", whether smoking or drinking are wicked or just expressio...
by Rusmeister
30 May 2012, 05:58
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: How not to commit career suicide?
Replies: 6
Views: 13809

Re: How not to commit career suicide?

That's why it is vital to conduct business under a pseudonym and make it as difficult as possible to connect your various online activities (and the scary thing is when even honest people needto do that!)
by Rusmeister
27 May 2012, 09:15
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: How not to commit career suicide?
Replies: 6
Views: 13809

Re: How not to commit career suicide?

EF has always paid its teachers poorly, abroad, anyway. I remember in Moscow in the 1990's, when the going rate at language centers was $15/hr, I walked into an EF interview and found they were offering $6.
I didn't slam the door on my way out...
by Rusmeister
23 May 2012, 04:53
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Recommended Teaching Materials?
Replies: 2
Views: 3682

Re: Recommended Teaching Materials?

I have found Oxford's "Chatterbox"series to be the most useful for 7-13 year olds. I supplement it with Longman's "Round-Up" ( grammar) but I'm sticking to the older editions, as the newer ones appear to be going downhill. They now print instructions in the local language, which seems great at first...
by Rusmeister
23 May 2012, 04:46
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Question about forum guidelines
Replies: 3
Views: 4580

Question about forum guidelines

I'm a career TEFL teacher, Russia, 17 years. I'm particularly interested in methods and philosophy of teaching, and its relation to one's larger philosophy; for example, how language affects/expresses what we see to be true. And do we say "gender", as is now popular, or "sex", which is more accurate...