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Great advice I can never stress enough!
I disagree with #1: As an English (TEFL) teacher, I think that many native-speaking teachers DO speak too fast. In most of the places where I’ve taught, students frequently complain about this. I always try to speak slowly and clearly, and students appreciate this. In fact, I even have difficulty watching some American television programs because the actors use quick, clipped, sloppy English. Now imagine what one of those actors would be like in an English language classroom with beginning-level students …
I disagree, somewhat, with #2: In the different countries in which I’ve taught, I’ve noticed that students’ vocabulary is much less of a problem in countries where the quality of classroom English instruction has been high. In other words, students’ mastery of verb tenses and prepositions, for example, always lag behind, but there has been a wide variation in vocabulary knowledge.
I also disagree with #6: « Making grammar mistakes should actually be very low on your list of problems, because even if you make mistakes, you can still communicate effectively. » ??? Really ?? English has a high degree of precision in the use of, for example, verb tenses and prepositions, and even a slight variation can alter the meaning, intent and « time-stamp » of the speaker’s statement. I could tell you stories!
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