How to Pronounce 'PHREAKER' - English Pronunciation


In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word "phreaker". This word is a noun and refers to someone who one who gains illegal access to the telephone system. The word become widely popular in the mid-1980s and is likely a combination of the words "phone" and "freak". Modern phreakers are very specialized hackers breaking into the phone system of large companies and corporations.

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In unit 20 we learned about how as teachers to deal with common and potential \"problems\". These \"problems\" could be students using their native language, students being reluctant to participate, dealing with mixed ability classes, and dealing with large classes. There are two points I would like to focus on from this unit; establishing rapport with the class in the first lesson (or two) and use of native language by students. I mentioned earlier in the unit about class management how vital it is for teachers to establish a good rapport with a class (and the quicker the better). Of course this does NOT simply mean doing what they want to do (especially in the case of school age learners) and trying to be the \"friend\" or \"cool\" teacher, but instead earning their respect. If this is not achieved early it is exponentially more difficult to achieve with each lesson and if it is ultimately never achieved it can make lessons near impossible to control. This is most obvious again with students in the age of school students (ie. 18 and below). As such I personally believe it is extremely important in that first lesson or two to establish a good relationship by warming up to a group and getting to know each other, setting out the goals, and also guidelines so everyone is clear and aware from the beginning. Lastly, I want to mention students using their native language in class. It may be a small point in the unit but I think it is an important one for teachers to remember. When students use their native language in class its usually NOT as a way to be purposefully disruptive and disrespectful, but rather a case of uncertainty on the student's part. However, teachers may often react to this as if it were done for the former reason. A strict and inappropriate response by a teacher in this reaction can negatively effect a students confidence and motivation and even ruin the class rapport with the teacher. It is important for teacher to always be sure why students are using their native language if the teacher is not knowledgable of the language themselves before reacting. Without a proper rapport a potentially wonderful group could suddenly become one where even the topics mentioned in this unit would be of little use.

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