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Posts by Christopher Benum

Minimal Pairs

Minimal pairs are sets of words that differ in only one sound. In addition to minimal-pairs, there are near-minimal pairs, which are also often confused.   Minimal Pairs tire – tiger     Near-Minimal Pairs teacher – T-shirt  (Spanish speakers) kitchen – chicken (

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Teaching Hacks

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  Overhead Projector: Blank button Freeze button Photocopying: Mark the original with a yellow highlighter – You want to copy the original, not the copies. Is the original in a color?  If the copier has a Background Removal button, use it so that the copies are not gray.

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Christopher in South America

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Friday, September 8, 2018 Friday was my first full day in Montevideo, Uruguay. I spent it with Anais, Guillermo and their 2-year old daughter. Anais and Guillermo are from Monterrey, Mexico, but their daughter, Ema, was born in Uruguay and is therefore Uruguayan. I was introduced via E-mail by my Mexican friend, Aida, who lives…

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How to learn Spanish on-line

In preparation for my first trip to Latin America, I am learning Spanish on-line. If my busy schedule allows, I’ll find a Spanish tutor, but for now, youtube videos will need to suffice. There are many forms, dialects and accents in Spanish. There are differences between Spanish in Spain, and Spanish in Latin America, just…

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Teaching English in Latin America

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Opportunities for teaching in Latin America are harder to find than for Asia or the Middle East, but they do exist. Generally speaking, salaries in Latin America increase the further you get from the US/Mexico border, and the further you get from places where large numbers of North Americans like to vacation or settle. Many job…

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Cops and ESL Teachers

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As ESL Teachers, there are opportunities for us beyond the traditional classroom settings. If we can add a little innovation to our teaching skills, we can create opportunities in other areas, including business, industry, emergency management and community policing. How can we improve the situation of safety in diverse communities?  As people who work directly…

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South King County ESL Jobs

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Note:  All current Teaching Assistants are trained or are training to be ESL instructors. Therefore, the weekday morning and Saturday ESL TA positions have ongoing recruitment. Location:  Highline College, Des Moines Washington.   1. Weekday Position (8:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.) Teaching Assistant, Highline College, Immigrants & Refugee Program, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. For…

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Seattle ESL Jobs

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#1 – from SYDNEY ALLRUD, CLC On-line Teacher (Weekends) Tutoring two lovely Korean families. One hour online lessons are Friday (negotiable, Saturday possible) and Saturday afternoons at 3 or 4 pm. The first student is an intermediate, adult professional who mostly wants to have conversation with correction as needed. The other lesson is two grammar-school-age…

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