I bet you’ve been thinking about last week’s blog and the question tags, innit. Well, one of the most interesting features to accompany the body movements reinforcing the intonation patterns is known, very unscientifically, as ‘the eyebrow flash’. This is the automatic movement of the eyebrows used subconsciously to reinforce the main stress and the […]
I trust you’ve been moving your body to reflect your intonation patterns over the last week, I know I have! Anyway, back to question tags. In recent years, with the growth of ‘Global English’, question tags have proved quite challenging, to the extent that many of them have been replaced by the ubiquitous ‘innit’.
I hope you’ve been practising your intonation patterns since last week’s blog. So, this week I’d like to return to the subject of question tags. Depending on which intonation pattern the speaker chooses, we can read a lot into what has been said. “You work at ETC, don’t you?” (Rising intonation, possibly a ‘real question’, […]
For the last couple of blogs we’ve been considering question tags and intonation. After last week’s blog one or two people asked about where to begin the rise and the fall, as not all languages have the same conventions. Well, I have a pretty neat trick to help with this, so here’s what you […]
Happy Bonfire Night! Lots of fireworks around Charminster this weekend and one or two spent rockets in the back garden this morning! Now, talking of rockets, intonation; wheeeee! There are five intonation ‘tones’ in English, namely, ‘level’, ‘rising’, ‘falling’, ‘rising-falling’ and ‘falling-rising’. To find them, try this trick. Start by saying the nasal sound /m/. […]
Hope you looked up Area 51! They’re living amongst us, aren’t they! Aren’t they? Anyway, back to question tags and those ‘rules’. If the statement has an auxiliary, then use it in the tag: it is straightforward, isn’t it? If it doesn’t have an auxiliary in the statement, use ‘do’: I come from Bournemouth, […]
I hope you liked last week’s poem J. Today we reach another milestone in the life of the ETC International College blog. The fiftieth edition! Goodness me, how time flies. As promised, here are some more tips for developing your spelling. We’ve already considered the LOOK – COVER – WRITE – CHECK technique, and how […]
Welcome back to the ETC International College, Bournemouth. blog. We’ve already established that the best way to become an excellent speller is to learn to do it visually, so today I’d like to pass on another tip.
Look for words which have the same patterns; the same letter combinations. ‘Test’ yourself on the following group of […]
Welcome back. This ETC International College, Bournemouth blog, has now entered its second year, so Happy Birthday to Us J Yeeah! Now where were we? Oh yes, spelling. Last week we established that the way to become an excellent speller was to learn to spell visually. It’s not what a word sounds like, but what […]
Welcome back everyone. Today I thought we’d have a complete departure from the grammar and the pronunciation of recent weeks by looking at how we can improve our spelling. When I was a ‘young’ teacher working in Saudi Arabia, over twenty years ago, I was introduced to two guys who would become very important in […]