How to Pronounce 'ACUMEN'- English Grammar


In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word acumen. This word refers to a person's ability to make good decisions in a particular field. Suitable synonyms for acumen are shrewdness, sharpness, or cleverness. The word is of Latin origin from acuere (to sharpen).

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Unit 20 focuses on some of the issues that could arise in the classroom and gives solutions that may help resolve the.
When encountering a new class, it is important for the teacher to establish rappor.
Some classes may be familiar with each other and the EFL methodology, existing groups, and other classes, new classes, maybe brand new to the concept of EFL and may not be familiar with each othe.
Unit 20 teaches us numerous activities that will help a teacher establish rapport, understand the students needs, English level and areas of difficulties by offering students a questionnaire, survey, by conducting a needs analysis or playing games like pass the bal.
In this unit we find that on occasion teachers may encounter classes with varying degrees of knowledg.
Unit 20 offers a few solutions to facilitate a class where some students are more advanced than others by splitting the class into two groups and offering different materials, or offering the same materials with different tasks, or by paring stronger students with weaker one.
Allowing stronger students to help weaker students will reinforce the lesson in the stronger students and allow the weaker students a different perspectiv.
When dealing with larger classes this unit makes a few suggestions: Break the class up into groups, appoint group leaders, make sure everyone can hear you by speaking clearly, use worksheets so that all students are involved in the activity and keep the class dynami.
From time to time there will be instances when student will speak their native languag.
According to unit 20, one reason for this is due to a students? inability to express themselves in English or that one student needs to help another by communicating in their native tongu.
Unit 20 offers teachers a few ideas to help the student in such a situation like making sure the student is in the appropriate class level and making sure the teacher is able to explain or speak clearl.
On occasions students may be reluctant to speak or participate and this unit explains that this may be due to cultural reasons or confidence issues; however, there are a few ways to combat this by using pair work so that the student is able to practice with a partner or role-play and by utilizing a tape recorder so the student feels less intimidate.
Listening seems to be an issue with many students; nevertheless, a teacher needs to work diligently with the student to overcome all difficultie.
Listening very important when learning a new languag.

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