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Teaching the word ‘opposite’

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  • cyberwatch
    26 June, 2009 at 3:21
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    I’m just preparing for my tefl interview, and this one question is really puzzling me and I was wondering if you could help me.
    The question is: How would you teach the following – what exact words would you use or what would you do? (The students are not necessarily beginners)
    I’ve done the other words, but because there are several meanings of opposite i’m not sure how i would go about teaching it, whether to use props to demonstrate or not.help!

    29 June, 2009 at 12:09
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    If you need to describe the term using english words, I’d just say "the most different" or "the total other extreme" but it would be more effective to give examples… "black/white" "on/off" "up/down" "happy/sad"
    Can’t you just look up the word in the other language? Every language has the word "opposite"… It’s not a new concept.

    10 July, 2009 at 14:25
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    Reply To: Teaching the word ‘opposite’

    I think using translation, as WarCryme suggests, although certainly a very sound method in some teaching contexts, could be a little risky in a TEFL interview – a followup question from the interviewer could be "What if youhave a multilingual classroom?"

    So I think you need an alternative, and WarCryme’s idea of examples is good – perhaps using some simple picture cards with opposites on them.

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