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noteA Teacher Notes: "Speak and Listen? Yes!"

This year I'm making a big change. Many years ago (the late 80s, specifically) I taught conversational ESL for Community Education in New Westminster. Since then, I taught English and Communications for International Education (for seven years) and then moved on to the ALC in 1996. This year, I return to my roots in second language teaching: Speaking and Listening 9/10, available on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 12:00 to 2:30.

Previously, advanced students have been a bit frustrated by our speaking and listening classes, which contain quite a few students who need lessons at the beginning and intermediate level. For those students, we have one class for levels 6, 7 and 8 on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00 to 2:30; the other, for beginners at levels 4 and 5, is held every Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 2:30.

As for me, I am looking forward to teaching the advanced students this term. My research for the course has been extensive, and what I have found is fun and exciting. One lesson I plan this term uses the pilot episode of the TV show, "Friends," to help students learn natural idioms as spoken in the show. We will have access to transcripts and other great activities that will help everyone to understand and then use what they've learned.

The course will include high level dictation exercises and opportunities to speak in pairs, small groups, and, for the truly daring, to the entire class. We will have a one minute speech assigned on our first day, one that will help you get to know your fellow students well. Every class will be unique, with lots of interactions. Come prepared to talk and listen!

For students who believe they are at an advanced level, welcome.

—September 10, 2015; by Brad Hyde

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