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‘Feetball’ or ‘Football’ ?

Posted: December 2, 2011 at 10:35 am   /   Linguistics

  By- Md. Shahrear Talukder   In one of my write-ups I expressed my disgust against checking answer scripts. But it’s not always the same. Sometimes it can be a source of fun. Multiplicity and variation of mistakes can provoke secret laughter. Why secret? Because, we are not supposed to ridicule our students before the […]

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Family Feud!

Posted: July 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm   /   Linguistics

  Few days back I was sitting at a corner at a table in a restaurant. I was waiting for my friend who was supposed to join me there. We wanted to have lunch together. At one point of my waiting she phoned me and said she would be late for some minutes as she […]

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Some good techniques of teaching vocabulary

Posted: June 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm   /   Linguistics

                                                                       By- Md. Shahrear Talukder a. Contextualization can prove very handy in teaching vocabulary. Students with very   basic vocabulary can be benefitted from this type of practice. Contextualization establishes a kind of association of meaning of a particular unknown word with the other words in the same text. Students use their logic to grasp the […]

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Merits and Demerits of correcting mistakes

Posted: June 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm   /   Linguistics

For: a. If students are allowed to commit the same mistakes again and again, and if s/he is not corrected, there is a possibility that it may get permanent place in her or his memory. Once it is solidified, it is very difficult to unlearn. b. Occasional error correction boost ups students’ motivation to learn. […]

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Minimal Grammatical Units

Posted: June 8, 2011 at 5:44 am   /   Linguistics

What are the minimal grammatical units? Certainly sentences are not the minimal grammatical units as they are composed of other smaller units. We can’t call these constituents words, for it is a term hard to pin down. There are some constructions which can satisfactorily be expounded neither words nor phonemes, for instance: mis, im, -ance […]

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