ESL Teaching Assignment

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  • Lisa simpson
    23 November, 2013 at 20:05
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    I need some help with an ESL teaching assignment. Its part of the pre-assessment and I need to pass this!

    The sentence is: I’ve been waiting here for over an hour.

    ‘I’ve bee waiting’ is what I have to discuss.

    I understand that the form is subject+have/has been+verb-ing

    Now I have to state in the simplest possible language what the target language actually means, features of pronunciation, and a few eliciting questions I would ask in order to present the current situation/context or picture I would use. I also have to list anticipated difficulties my students may have.

    Please help.

    6 January, 2014 at 13:00
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    Reply To: ESL Teaching Assignment

    For the meaning, ask yourself these questions:

    – When did the action of waiting begin?
    – Is the person still waiting now?
    – Will he/she likely continue to wait in the future?
    – Do you have the impression from the sentence that the person thinks an hour is a long time to wait, or a short time? In other words, is he/she happy?!

    Asking yourself these quetions gives you the meaning, and should also help with elicting/concept check questions.

    For pronunciation, think about what happens to the vowel sound in the word "been".

    For a possible picture, how about someone waiting at a bus stop in the rain, looking unhappy.

    Hope that helps. Too late now for your assignment I guess but maybe it’ll help for the future.


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