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Sample English Lesson By Jeremiah Bourque http:// learnoutlive.com/english

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  • 1. Sample English Lesson By Jeremiah Bourque http:// learnoutlive.com/english

2. Speech Coaching

  • Beyond simple conversation practice, Learn Out Live offers speech coaching to help you improve your spoken English.

3. Step #1:Relaxation

  • The first step is to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment where you dont feel under pressure.
  • Stress interferes with learning.
  • I want you to feel very welcome. This is your lesson, your time. Im here to help in every way possible.

4. A Two-Way Learning Process

  • Just as youre learning about me (even by just hearing my voice), Im learning about you.
  • This is a Good Thing the more I know about your needs, the better I can help fulfill those needs.

5. Two-Way Communication

  • Good lessons are not in one direction only. The best lessons always leave the door open to two-way communication.
  • If you have any questions or comments, please, do not hesitate to speak. I enjoy listening to my students.
  • Also, as I said earlier, this teaches me about you, too. Good teachers learn!

6. Step #2:Introductions

  • Im Jeremiah Bourque. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Im very interested in languages, history, culture, and literature.
  • Tell me more about yourself if you like. Theres no pressure. Relax

7. Step 3:Music

  • I call music the universal conversation topic;everyoneseems to have likes and dislikes with music.
  • I like many kinds of music, but I have a soft spot for classical/ symphonic.
  • How about you?

8. Idioms

  • This is an example of idioms classes.

9. Are You On The Ball?

  • To be on the ball is to be aware of what is happening, and to be able to adapt to changes in your environment quickly.
  • If youre running a restaurant, and you expect 5 customers, but 10 arrive, and you are able to adapt and cope, you areon the ball .

10. Banging Your Head Against A Wall

  • This is figurative.
  • To bang your head against a wall is to try to surpass an obstacle by effort alone, and to fail in doing so. You try over and over again, but you only end up with pain.
  • Thus, it is an idiom for prolonged frustration.

11. Its Beyond Me

  • For something to be beyond you, it is beyond your understanding.
  • So if something is confusing or too difficult, you would say (informally), Its beyond me!
  • You could also say thats beyond me, and that means 100% the same thing.

12. I Wasnt Born Yesterday

  • This is avery commonexpression that simply means: I am not a fool. I am not stupid. I have life experience. I am not easily deceived or lied to.
  • Equivalents: My mamma didnt raise no fool (highly informal: means I am not a fool), and, I didnt just fall off the turnip truck, meaning I am notstupid .

13. I Cant MakeHeads or Tails Of This

  • If you cant make heads or tails of something, you cant understand any aspect (part) of it.
  • This is for a very low level of understanding: 0% to 20%? At best?
  • Its a stronger version of its beyond me.

14. Phrasal Verbs

  • This is a sample of phrasal verbs lessons, which cover one of the more difficult areas of English for non-native speakers.

15. You Just Crack Me Up

  • To crack up inthiscontext is to laugh uncontrollably.
  • Internet abbreviations for this: lol (laugh out loud), roftl (rolling on the floor, laughing).
  • Example: That joke reallycrackedmeup.
  • BUT!To crack up can also be a euphemism forlosing your sanity .

16. Breaking Off A Conversation

  • To break off something is to break the end off a long, thin object. For example: tobreak offthe tip of a pencil.
  • If you think of a conversation as a stick of a given length, to break off a conversation is to interrupt and end a conversation before it is fully complete.
  • To break off a class is to end the class prematurely (that is, early).

17. Now Ill Call On

  • To call on can be a more formal expression for making a visit (like dropping in).
  • But in a classroom or similar setting, to call on a person is to invite someone to speak at a meeting!
  • If Icall onone ofyou , I will speak to you and activate your microphone so you can then speak to the entire class.

18. Now Youre Catching On

  • To catch on is to come to understand something. If yourecatching on , youre understanding what is being discussed.
  • So for me, as a teacher, to say, Now yourecatching on , Im complimenting you my students by saying, now you areunderstandingthe content of my lesson.
  • So now yourecatching on . Right?

19. Getting Along With Others

  • To get along with others is to have a good relationship with others.
  • Example: Davegets along withDonald. Dave is friends with Donald.
  • To get along means the same thing, but is used slightly differently.
  • Dave and Donaldget along . Dave and Donald are friends.

20. Grammar

  • This is part of an introduction to good English grammar.
  • Bad English habits can be hard to break. By teaching about good habits, a person can improve their English a great deal.

21. Introduction

  • Let me begin with a few sentences to get us started.
  • I am Jeremiah Bourque.
  • I am an author.
  • I write fiction and non-fiction.
  • These are examples of simple English sentences.

22. The First Law ofGood English Grammar

  • Every sentenceMUSThave a visible subject!
  • I am an author. -> I is the subject.
  • English needs a subject!If there is no subject, we use afakesubject!
  • It is raining. -> It is the subject.
  • There was a river. Where was the river? We dont know, but it is somewhere!

23. The Second Law ofGood English Grammar

  • Every sentenceMUSThave averb .
  • I drive a car. Drive is the verb.
  • Root form: To drive
  • I write books. Write is the verb.
  • Root form: To write

24. An Example Of Strong Verb Conjugation

  • Verb: To Ride (a horse, a bicycle, etc.)
  • Iridemy bicycle to the store. (Present)
  • Irodemy bicycle to the store. (Past)
  • I amridingmy bicycle right now. (Present Participle)
  • My bicycle wasriddento the store by someone else. (Past Participle)

25. Fly Like A Bird

  • Verb: To fly
  • Iflyto Los Angeles.
  • Tomfliesto New York.
  • Theyflewto Boston.
  • Lisa isflyingto Miami.
  • The plane wasflownto Montreal.

26. Vocabulary

  • This is an example of intermediate English vocabulary meant to be taught to those who are not beginners, but who have not mastered English.

27. Gradual vs. Abrupt

  • Something is gradual if it increases over time in a way that is piece by piece, bit by bit, or figuratively,inch by inch .
  • Something is abrupt if it is sudden and occurs in a veryrapidway, without warning.

28. Acceptable vs. Unacceptable

  • Something is acceptable if you can tolerate it, if you are satisfied, or if you simply unwilling to reject that thing.
  • Example: The tomatoes areacceptable . They are notwholly fresh , but thatsOK .
  • Something is unacceptable if you cannot accept that thing; if you must reject it.
  • Example: These tomatoes arestale . I willnot acceptthese tomatoes.

29. Advantage vs. Disadvantage

  • An advantage is something that helps you; something that supports you.
  • A disadvantage is something that is a hindrance or burden which hurts you. A disadvantage can make youfall behind .
  • Speaking good English is an advantage; speaking poor English is a disadvantage.

30. A vs. An

  • A comes before a word that starts with a consonant sound, and an comes before a word with a vowel sound. Therefore:
  • An a dvantage, or
  • A d isadvantage.
  • This ruleneverchanges: not in written English, nor in spoken English.

31. Perfect vs. Imperfect

  • Somethingperfectis without any flaw whatsoever.
  • Somethingimperfecthas a flaw; it isnot perfect . Figuratively speaking, there isa fly in the ointment .
  • Imperfectdoesnotnecessarily mean bad. There is an old saying: Do not let theperfectbe the enemy of thegood . It can beimperfect and good .

32. So, What Did You Think?

  • This ends the sample lesson. I have tried to show you all the different areas that lessons can focus on specifically.
  • In addition, we can just find topics for conversation and I can stop and correct you if that will help you. However, the focus should be on learning, not feeling as if you have made a mistake.
  • Thank you very much!

33. Curtain Call

  • Thank you. I hope you enjoyed this lesson.
  • I can be contacted at:
  • [email_address]
  • Skype: jeremiah.bourque
  • I can be followed at:
  • http://twitter.com/jbtutor
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