In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word amphibology. This word refers to the ambiguous meaning of sentence due due to confusing grammar patterns. A good example for this would be He sees more of his children than his wife. This sentence is an amphibology as it has two meanings. It could either mean that the husband sees his children more often than his wife sees their children, or it could mean that the husband sees his children more often than he sees his wife.
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There are many different resources apart from textbooks that teachers can use. Some of the ones I have found most helpful are the internet, the IWB (or smart TV), and the classic white board.
The internet is obviously a catch-all for many different tools, and is very effective when used in conjunction with a smart TV. I use the internet to find fun speaking activities for my students, or sometimes news clips which let them have some authentic listening experiences. I have found pictures that students can use to practice for the speaking part of the TOEFL Junior test, and also other resources like books that I have used to supplement curriculum. The one problem with the internet is being overwhelmed with choices, but I file this under \"good problems.\" The course material mentioned a website called Aardvark's EFL Resources that I might look at because my students enjoy a map quiz once in a while. Since Korean students in general have a limited understanding of geography, I like that activity quite a bit.
while I'm not overly fond of technology soaking into every part of our lives, I have found that a Smart TV, which is similar to a IWB, is nice for some things. My current language institute is famed for being one of the first to adopt smart TV technology. While it is not as alluring for older students, I've found that many of its aspects hold younger students' attention better than books. Our institute has its own programs which use chimes for correct answers, incorporate videos, and include tools like pens, highlighters, and built in audio recordings for listening practice. It's not a bad approach, as long as teachers do not become lazy or too reliant on the technological flourishes, which was mentioned in the reading.
This brings me to the last teaching tool that I like, which is the white board. As someone who still suffers from slightly sloppy handwriting, I found this to be one area I have had to work on quite a bit. My favorite uses for the white board are as a visual aid when playing games, eliciting vocabulary, highlighting individual language points or common errors, and letting the students and myself take notes during listening exercises, which allows for student-student critique and correction. I have a large whiteboard, so my need to organize is reduced. I am still careful of my handwriting, and it has become neater over time. I avoid turning my back to students as much as possible, and I like to take little peaks once in a while to make sure everyone is still paying attention.