Download e-book for kindle: About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English (Cambridge by Scott Thornbury

By Scott Thornbury

Lecturers of English don't need to in basic terms to have an exceptional efficient command of the language; additionally they want to know a great deal in regards to the approach the language works. This ebook asks: 'What is it instructor must learn about English to be able to educate it effectively?' It leads academics to wisdom of the language via quite a lot of projects which contain them in analysing English to find its underlying method. The publication involves 28 devices, every one containing round ten initiatives, plus a diagnostic introductory unit. devices begin at phoneme point and growth via phrases, words and sentences directly to whole texts. Task-types comprise popularity, categorisation, matching, clarification, and alertness initiatives. through the publication, the language is illustrated anywhere attainable from genuine resources, in order that the trainer will be definite that the English being studied represents present utilization.

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Female humans, water, fire, fighting III. : gender I – kangaroos, possums, bats, most snakes, most fishes, some birds, most insects gender II – dog, platypus, echidna, some snakes, some fishes, most birds, firefly, scorpion, crickets gender III – bees There are a number of exceptions resulting from various associations (concept association, mythological associations, importance marking). The following quotation describes a clear example of an exception based on mythological associations: “Thus birds (which are animate and so would be expected to be in gender I) are believed to be the spirits of dead human females: they are therefore in gender II But some individual birds have mythological associations which put them in gender I” (Corbet 1991: 16).

National Geographic September 1995, p. 98) In 75% of all examples the neuter form is used. ) I have found one example where the shrimp observed is named “Charlie” (cf. ). ] Only one, whom we named Charlie, would eat the prawns we placed in its mouth. The other jellies died, while Charlie doubled in size within a month. (National Geographic August 1994, p. 5: Distribution of gender – Fishes. 13,7% 12,4% Masculine Feminine Neuter 73,9% In the case of fish species the use of neuter gender is dominant- 75% of all pronouns were neuter.

National Geographic May 1995, p. (B. ) Violent courtship stirs the Red Sea. Bitten by a male, a female short-nosed gray reef shark shows gashes from dorsal to caudal fins. Her companion, a large jack, may be riding her slipstream. Almost coyly, a female peels off alone. A male rushes her and bites her fins and flanks. After the attack the two then usually return to the group. After biting a female, her suitor speeded up, wriggled over her back, then swam briefly along her right side. (National Geographic August 1981, p.

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