Spencer wrote:Guys, I understand that it may be hard to get questions like that. Most schools in Canada focus very little on Grammar though. To be perfectly honest, before I took TESOL, I didn't even know the difference between a verb and an adverb, let alone all the other terms in the English language. I surely would not have gotten that the comma was there. I think alot of people love the Idea of teaching English in Japan, but at the same time, people do not really know that they need to know grammar. In some respects, I think SOME people think that because they can speak it, they can teach it. I agree with AVNichols, when she said that the problem is more with how we teach first language. Not enough emphasis on grammar. This stuff should be drilled in to our heads. Now though, I'm a lot better at Grammar.
At the same time, I do recommend, anyone who will take an Interview and apply for JET, instead of preparing for the questions as much, (although that is recommended) also pick up and read a TESOL book as well to get the basics of how to teach this stuff to people, and it may help you out in your interview. Furthermore, once placed, I recommend if you have no formal training, to actually get a book on how to teach to that specific people group and age. Just a tip, might make it easier to learn the stuff if you got the basics. Be warned though, TESOL books tend to be very VERY dry. There is onnly so much one can read about verbs, nouns and adverbs before they pass out on their desk, even though their lesson plan is due in a couple hours to the one TESOL prof who doesn't give extensions.....sorry got off on a tangent there. lol.
@AVNichols-- U shd B a bIt mre forgiving of da English abilty on the forums hre??! Cuz, U think bout it, mst ppl have diff English SkIlLs Online then they do in real life. it may not be reflective of da actual ability of da person speakin.....jussss sayin.... ppl all typin fast and stuff, not rilly carin bout grammar on forums, jus sayin dont come naturally to all pppl. they may got soem perfect type of Ennglish ability when think about it they do.
I hope Word reads this post...
When you say the comma was there are you referring to the apostrophe?
The "bananas" question: Banana's are delicious.
Also as for the last statement you made I think that attitude will be the downfall of the English language. I try to always give my posts one quick read through and often run a spell check to make sure I haven't missed any typos. It's not that hard. A small mistake here or there is fine but when I see the same person consistently making terrible posts then no, I will not forgive it.
In addition many of the mistakes I see are mistakes many ESL learners don't even make: your =/= you're, their =/= there =/= they're
Also weren't you the one laughing just a couple of pages ago?
Spencer wrote:HaHA I got it right away... I was like all of the banana is... whenn i was reading that post
Yes, I was the one laughing a few pages ago....
And yes, I did mean an apostrophe. My bad! LOL FAIL!!!! ANYWAYS, I more meant that as a joke AV, no hard feelings or anything. I do think that people type differently online, but if your going on about how people type online, we could say that the downfall of the English language, and certainly a struggle point for students is thee conjunctions that we always use. I mean, come on, if you actually look at the English language, there are tons of things wrong with the speaking aspect of it.
My TESOL prof showed me this video, you may find it amusing.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbSSQe6vsSw
Its just that, when I type on a forum where everyone knows what I am trying to say, I dont mind typing without using the odd apostrophe in the word dont. you know I meant to say don't just as much as you know I meat to capitalize the word 'you' at the beginning of this sentence, but it doenst (note left out apostrophe) really matter here, it's a forum. Had I wanted to be proper, I could, at least mostly, I mean the red lines even hint at it. But when doing something more professionally I make sure my grammar is flawless, I proofread. A forum doesnt need to have that much time devoted to it from those of us who are not perfectionists. Just some thoughts.
I hope this doesn't come off as rude! Not intended that way at all. just different ideas.