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TESOL Videos - English Grammar Overview - Parts of Speech - Infinitive & Gerund
And now we'll have a look at both the infinitive and the gerund. Infinitive is the word "to", followed by the base form of the verb. We"ll typically use it after a verb, specifically verbs like "want" or "hope". We can make statements like "I want to go to the beach." We also have our gerund. Our gerund is a verb followed by "-ing", but specifically used as a noun within the sentence. We have a verb plus a gerund: "I enjoy playing poker." The main verb is "enjoy" and, although "playing" looks as if it's a verb, it's actually used as the noun within the sentence. We also can use it with a preposition followed by a gerund: "How about going to the beach?" We could also put it in the front of a sentence: "Smoking is bad for you." Again, the verb plus "-ing" can act as two things within the sentence. We've got the gerund, otherwise the noun in the sentence, "Smoking is bad for you." You've also got the verb plus "-ing" in the present participle form when in its main verb of the sentence. An example there of would be "I'm not smoking."
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This unit focused on different ways of evaluating students? levels and progress, as well as some of the more common external exams that we as teachers may need to prepare our students for. There are a number of ways to assess a student?s language level, here are three examples; tutorials, evaluation by the students and tests. When using tutorials it can take place with the whole group or individual students, preferably at the end of the week. When using the second example (evaluation by the students) the students are asked to evaluate their course by using a questionnaire or guided discussion. This type of evaluation helps the teacher understand how the students react to the teacher and also help the students to understand of what is happening in the classroom. The third example are tests, there are many kinds of tests that happens at different stages of the course. The five more common tests used are, placement tests, progress tests, diagnostic tests, practice tests and Cambridge Assessment. All five of these are used at different stages of a course to test the students? language ability or level, what they know and what they need to learn, what they find difficult, growth etc. Placement tests are used to place students into the correct class according to their language level /ability. It usually consists out of a multiple choice, to check knowledge of grammar and vocabula