- 1. Sample English Lesson By Jeremiah Bourque http://
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- 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
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
- Tell me more about yourself if you like. Theres no pressure.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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,
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
- 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
- Example: Davegets along withDonald. Dave is friends with
- To get along means the same thing, but is used slightly
- Dave and Donaldget along . Dave and Donald are friends.
- 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.
- Let me begin with a few sentences to get us started.
- 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
- It is raining. -> It is the subject.
- There was a river. Where was the river? We dont know, but it is
23. The Second Law ofGood English Grammar
- Every sentenceMUSThave averb .
- I drive a car. Drive is the verb.
- I write books. Write is the verb.
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
25. Fly Like A Bird
- The plane wasflownto Montreal.
- This is an example of intermediate English vocabulary meant to
be taught to those who are not beginners, but who have not mastered
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
29. Advantage vs. Disadvantage
- An advantage is something that helps you; something that
- 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
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:
- This ruleneverchanges: not in written English, nor in spoken
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
33. Curtain Call
- Thank you. I hope you enjoyed this lesson.
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