How to Pronounce 'VARIETY' - English Pronunciation

 

In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word variety. This word is used as a noun and describes a state of being different or diverse. The words diversity and variation can be used as synonyms for variety. The word comes from the Latin word varietas.


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An English language teacher should be aware of the type of students they will be teaching and where their interests lie. If the students are beginners, some might have no experience with English at all, some may have some knowledge but have not retained much of what was previously learned, some are adults who show up on their own accord, while some might be younger children who are required by their parents and can be reluctant to learn. No matter the demographic of beginner students, a few important things that the teacher must do include being adaptive, clear with instructions and dialogue, using visuals frequently and effectively, and using English as much as possible with the students. Some classes may also be multilingual or consist of younger children. Multilingual classes provide the teacher with a unique opportunity in which the only connecting link between the students and the teacher is the English language. Teaching children also has its challenges as groups can be more unpredictable than others, where some behave and some do not. It's important for the teacher to maintain authority but also keep their cool and not use aggressive or abrasive language. Children are sensitive to fairness so so they should be given equal attention with lots of engaging visual activities like coloring or game playing. When teaching an individual student the lessons can be very conversational, as the one on one format allows for the lessons to be more personal and relevant to the student, no matter their age. A vast range of activities like discussions, debates, readings, or life applications can be used with an individual student. When teaching students who are learning English for Specific Purposes, like for an employer, the age of the classroom can greatly range, however they are most likely to be adults. One cannot always expect perfect attendance, even if adults are more disciplined to learn, because many may have full time jobs and families to tend to in addition to the classroom. A needs analysis can be given to find out why the students are there so the lessons can cater to their needs. Perhaps some are looking to improve their English for upcoming business presentations or trips, or perhaps some are trying to get promoted to another department that requires it. When teaching particular groups, it is important for the teacher to remain open and adaptive to the situation so they may deliver the best education possible to their students.

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