How to Pronounce 'SWASHBUCKLER' - English Pronunciation


In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word swashbuckler. This word is a noun and describes a swashbuckling person. The word has been used since the 16th century and is a combination of the words 'swash' and 'buckler'.

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Teaching English as a second language (ESL) is a rewarding career, yet a challenging one. Imagine being in front of 30 students having very different personalities, attitudes, learning styles and language levels. Constantly, teachers face problems common enough in ESL classrooms. For experienced ones, it is an opportunity to grow and be flexible. Excellent ESL teachers are able to recognize the most common problems in ESL classrooms and devise ways to reach solutions. Modifications in teaching methods and strategies to tailor fit the kind of students in a class would mean a more productive and interesting language classroom environment for both the teachers and their students. This is probably the most common problem every ESL teacher faces. Speaking the first language is an instinct for almost everyone. For ESL students, this might mean not being able to totally adapt to using second language or the difficulty achieving it. Lack of confidence in using the language in front of the class adds to this problem as well. In most cases, especially for beginners, students are shy to ask as they may be laughed at by their peers. As a result, they pretend to understand and do assigned tasks the way they perceive they should be done. To deal with this, ESL teachers must make sure instructions to a homework or activity are clear enough for everyone. In many cases, teachers would always wonder why students just can?t stop staring at the book and scribble answers on the worksheets with bored, uninterested faces. What was actually misunderstood is the fact that teachers might be the one who bore the students. Engage the students by integrating technicalities of the language with things they can relate to. For example, don?t just explain tenses of the verbs and give generic examples but use them in making sentences with situations real to the students. Talk about college plans, vacation, funniest experiences, unforgettable events or love. Make your topic fun. This will not only model use of the language but also makes learning memorable. As an ESL teacher, one should not mainly attend class to follow the structured coursework, but create an environment where students learn with fun. When students are kept engaged in the lessons, they learn more than they realized as their teachers move closer to achieving the goal of teaching English and producing students equipped in the language.

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