Peace Corps - Teaching English as a 2nd Language

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US Peace Corps english  - Image TEFL/TESL: Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language is for Volunteers who are currently teaching or who are about to teach English. It is a practical guide for the classroom teacher. The manual describes procedures and offers sample exercises and activities for:

- a wide range of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills
- whole-class, small-group, and individual participation
- classroom testing and preparing students for national examinations It covers a great variety of teaching situations:
- primary and secondary schools and college
- the office or workplace
- school and work settings which have limited facilities for instruction and those which provide ample support
- any geographical or cultural setting where Peace Corps Volunteers may be found

You may already have training in the teaching of English, or your specialty may be in another technical area. Regardless of whether you are an old hand or a newcomer, this manual was written for you. Clear directions are given for presenting the sample exercises. Possible problems are anticipated. Where different approaches and techniques of teaching are discussed, the reasons for using them are explained. In short, both experienced and novice teachers will be able to use the manual with confidence. When

English is an Indo-European language, and belongs to the West Germanic group of the Germanic languages. Most closely related to English are the Frisian languages, and English and Frisian form the Anglo-Frisian subgroup within West Germanic. Old Saxon and its descendent Low German languages are also closely related, and sometimes Low German, English, and Frisian are grouped together as the Ingvaeonic or North Sea Germanic languages.[12] Modern English descends from Middle English, which in turn descends from Old English. Particular dialects of Old and Middle English also developed into a number of other English (Anglic) languages, including Scots[14] and the extinct Fingallian and Forth and Bargy (Yola) dialects of Ireland. English is classified as a Germanic language because it shares new language features (different from other Indo-European languages) with other Germanic languages such as Dutch, German, and Swedish. These shared innovations show that the languages have descended from a single common ancestor, which linguists call Proto-Germanic. Some shared features of Germanic languages are the use of modal verbs, the division of verbs into strong and weak classes, and the sound changes affecting Proto-Indo-European consonants, known as Grimm's and Verner's laws. Through Grimm's law, the word for foot begins with /f/ in Germanic languages, but its cognates in other Indo-European languages begin with /p/. English is classified as an Anglo-Frisian language because Frisian and English share other features, such as the palatalisation of consonants that were velar consonants in Proto-Germanic.

English is spoken in: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada

English is also called: Inglés, Anglais, Inglese, Inglês, Ingilizce, Anglicus

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