How to Pronounce 'CAPTIOUS'- English Grammar


In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word captious. This word describes a person who likes to point out flaws and errors and enjoys raising objections to other people's statements or opinions. Common synonyms for captious can be critical, faultfinding, and judgmental.

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Unit 5 discusses the many ways in which a teacher must manage the classroom. Eye contact can be used to maintain discipline, involve the students in the lesson, encourage contributions etc.. primarily in teacher-centered activities. Gestures can be used to convey meaning, reinforce instructions, to add visual interest etc.. A teacher can choose specific gestures to represent signals to the class such as listen, stop, pair-up etc., in this case, teachers must make sure the meanings of the gestures have been established with the students. Throughout the lesson, a teachers voice should be variable rather than monotone in order to keep students engaged. Using a students name can be effective when organizing an activity, acknowledging the students, indicating who is to respond or to get the attention of a student. When choosing the way to group students in a classroom class size and furniture must be considered, but the method will depend on the activity. Whole-class grouping creates a sense of belonging among the group but shy students may not participate. Individual work teachers a student to be more self-reliant but reduces student talking time and interactions. Working in pairs can be noisy but is easy to organize and increases student talking time as well as student to student interactions. Group work is also very noisy and are harder to organize but this method also increase student talking time. When arranging the classroom, a teacher must consider: space available, type of chairs/tables, the age of the students, nationality and student personalities. When writing on the board a teachers back is facing the classroom, to do this in the most effective way a teacher could use an overhead projector, invite the students to write for you, write notes on the board ahead of time etc. A teacher should be careful to treat all students equally when giving individual attention. There should be a balance between teacher talking time and student talking time. By first attracting the students attention, followed by using simple language, being consistent, using visual clues and checking the understanding of the instructions with the students, a TEFL teacher can effectively give instructions to a class. It is extremely important that there be rapport between the teacher, the students, and the other students. This will directly influence a teachers ability to maintain discipline in the classroom. Other ways to prevent problem behavior is to be well prepared, consistent and fair, give equal treatment and to never lose your temper

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