How to Pronounce 'BUNKUM' - English Pronunciation

 

In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word "bunkum". This word is a noun and refers to foolish talk or nonsense. The word came into existence after a representative for Buncombe County, North Carolina, held a speech on an irrelevant subject in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1820. Soon after, the word "bunkum" became known as a synonym for nonsense.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

Thank you for the cours.
It was very enjoyabl.
It's reassuring to see that methods I employ in classes closely approximate those covered here, and the course was a gentle remainder for me that I should perhaps be a bit more organize.
I have two comment.
One, I find it difficult to work with worksheets in my large classe.
First of all, the school does not make it easy for us to make copies, so I often have Ss using their own paper in reference with a worksheet displayed on the OHP (computer.
Collecting these sheets, grading them, and offering feedback is a logistical nightmar.
Unless the teacher has 'office hours,' is paid for them, and is not reluctant to trade off preparation for grading (which would you rather do?), there's not much to motivate a teacher to take on worksheet.
One simple and obvious solution to the problem however goes as follows: collect all the worksheets and pass them out randoml.
Show the correct answers on the screen and have Ss grade each other's wor.
Some Ss may balk at this privacy violation, but here in China it presents no problem at al.
The only trouble is getting the worksheets back to their 'rightful owner.
' This can cause chaos and be time waste.
You can then encourage individual feedback, but many Ss will be reluctant to ask for help So I try not to do worksheets very ofte.
Two- I'm not sure listening texts would be a proble.
I use listening all the time and my Ss do well even if they are not required to answer questions afterward.
Perhaps it's cultura.
My Ss are also great repeater.
In a list, they'll even repeat the numbers and the instructions! Finally, about native languag.
I mentioned in a previous reflection that use of the native tongue can be a bonus at times, and I read here about the dangers of Ss constantly using their native tongue with teachers if they catch on that you can speak it! Well, I must say that I don't think a teacher should ever hide the fact that he or she can speak the students' native tongue (it's quite laudable after all), and I know that here in China NONE of my students speak anything but English to me in or out of clas.
Maybe that's just a cultural thing to.
My students take a lot of pride in their abilitie.
Thank you very much!!



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