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On 27/06/2020, 16:18:40, JN53 said:

 

I haven't actually taught any of these to English learners, but is this your complete lesson or did you brainstorm first what kinds of things a person could say? Did you ask students to explain what a simile and what a metaphor is to make sure they know? Did they have examples from an English text-article, newspaper, website, etc.? Why do they need to know these? Have you thought of that? If they only need to recognize them, then coming up with them cold turkey may not be necessary. 

 

Maybe someone else has actually taught these things and can help, but these are just some questions that I would think about.

Thanks JN53

This is a uni level class and I'm trying to get them to understand the value in having metaphoric speech when explaining concepts/things to someone who may not have the same background they do.

 

We did indeed work our way through German similes and metaphors first, then we looked at English examples, listened to some music that had similes in the lyrics, before moving it into the academic sphere. When I referenced the German examples we'd looked at they told me that that was just 'part of the language' and nothing they needed to actually learn or come up with themselves. I am personally, very much oriented this way. My normal mode of speech if I'm teaching something is often metaphoric/simile based, so I have a bit of disconnect from the outset because it's always been very easy for me.

 

I did try and encourage them by saying nothing they came up with would be wrong so long as I was able to understand the connection - but they struggled mightily.

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- one of the conversation exercises I did, other end of the scale, retired folk hovering around A1-2, involved slight imagination - giving them a set of small ads from the papers, a budget, and asking them to see how well they could furnish a bed-sit/flat/room (in an old folks home ;) perhaps) with it. Most of them joined in with gusto - they are after all oldies who are learning a new language just for the hell of it, but one just said - but I don't need to get anything, why would I want to imagine I do, this is pointless. She's usually really wilco, but there have been another couple of 'fictional' exercises which she has balked at - creativity and imagination - is it scary for some people, or too much effort?

 

Strange. They do love a good simile/metaphor comparison, especially involving wildlife, so if and when I ever get to spend time in a classroom with them again, I'll try your exercise, and report back. 

 

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On 6/28/2020, 3:28:52, Tap said:

It's Sunday, his day off, give the guy a break ;)

Naw just typing on the ipad, pain in the butt.

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On 8/4/2020, 12:57:06, tor said:

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Great list! I would like to add two of my favorites: "a flamboyance of flamingos" and "a murder of crows".

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Smaug said:

 

Great list! I would like to add two of my favorites: "a flamboyance of flamingos" and "a murder of crows".

 

 

My favourite:

A Murmuration  of Starlings!

Watching them is an amazing spectacle.

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How's everyone doing for teaching hours?

 

I'm back to about half my hours, but when you take into account the cost of travel I'm not really down that much.

 

So far no demands to teach face to face.

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1 hour ago, Rushrush said:

How's everyone doing for teaching hours?

 

I'm back to about half my hours, but when you take into account the cost of travel I'm not really down that much.

 

So far no demands to teach face to face.

 

I'm back to about 80%, and that's fine for me. As you say, there aren't as many expenses, so it works.

 

What I found interesting is the difference in treatment between the companies I work directly with and the language school I do some work for.  The companies supported me from the very beginning.  I could work online, or come into the company and teach face-to-face, if I felt comfortable about it.  At the moment, I do 5 classes a week online and the other 10 are in company, and I like that combination. I'm disappointed with the language school, I haven't heard from them since April and I've made the decision not to go back there if and/or when they ask. 

 

 

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My oldies class starts the week after school, so just into September here. 7 or 8 in the room, bigger room than we usually have. Don't know who will turn up. The centre manager is very keen. 

I don't think I would be keen - they know I have school kids and most of them are over 70. We shall see.

Very luckily my income is a side irrelevance otherwise we would be living under a bridge eating rats by now. 

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I'm doing very little teaching. Only 1 company left online and they're not optimistic about extending the contract.

One company is planning to start 'live'lessons from September 1st, so I'm looking forward to that.

Other companies are REALLY feeling the pinch and have no money for training. Can I mention T-Systems?

Another one of my companies produces art work for international exhibitions, so you can imagine how they are doing now, Their busines has disappeared.

If it wasn't for my pension, I'd be under the same bridge as Kiplette. 

Rare or mediom rare?

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Well back to face to face classes, the company has lifted the work from home restrictions so we can meet. As far as I know the social distancing rules apply so will probably be limited to classes of 5 or less, that due to the lack of meeting rooms

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18 hours ago, john g. said:

Will you have to wear a mask whilst teaching, Rushrush?

 

I don't know, currently the students in the room (video conferencing) don't wear mask. I'm kind of torn, inspite the push to wear mask there is conflicting evidence whether they prevent the spread of illness or not.

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