During the first two and a half weeks of your TESOL Certificate Program, you will have some new vocabulary words to learn that are part of the TESOL jargon. Let’s just go over five:
phoneme – the smallest significant sound unit; the following are examples: mat, sat, and bat; /m/, /s/, and /b/ are three phoneme of English; depending on one’s accent, there are approximately forth-three phonemes in English.
modal auxiliary verb - will, shall could, should, can, must may, and might are the English modal auxiliary verbs; they have different meaning functions; one function is to express the attitude that a speaker has towards what he/she is saying – this function is know as epistemic; for example there is a difference between “It could be your aunt. and ”It is your aunt.’
phonetics – the study of speech sounds and speakers’ pronunciations of those sounds.
dialect – the manner of a person’s speech that can reveal his/her social or regional origin by the utilization of certain vocabulary words and in the formation of sentence structure; for example by the use of vocabulary - in the US “hood” and in England “bonnet:” is used for the engine compartment cover, and in the grammatical structure: “Have you got…?” England and “Do you have…? US. lexis – vocabulary.]]>
Thai, as other Asia languages, has a very different linguistic structure than Romance and Germanic languages. A few phrases will be of help to you during your tenure in Thailand. You should know at least two phrases of any language. Those two phrases are “hello” and “thank you”. In Thai there are four ways of saying these two phrases based on the speaker’s gender. If the speaker is a female, she would say:
“swa dee ka” [“hello”] and “kop kun ka” [“thank you”]
A male would say:
“swa dee krap” [“hello”] and “kop kun krap” [“thank you’]
Note that a female ends some of her clauses with “ka”, and a male ends some of his clauses with “krap”.]]>
Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, has a tropical climate. Our winter is their summer and vice-versa. During this time of year the temperature is generally in the 90’s during the day and in the 70’s in the evening. During our summer, there might be some rain in the northern parts of most of the South East Asian countries; however, in the southern parts of these countries, there might be a few showers. The temperatures during the day range from mid 80’s to mid 90’s during the day to low 70’s at night. All in all the year-round weather, is great! Remember to pack appropriately for the four weeks you will be in Thailand or Cambodia: light-colored clothing, sneakers and sandals, shorts and three-quarter length pants. Take a small umbrella, just in case of showers. All in all, you will have wonderful weather during your stay.]]>
When one mentions Thailand, many people think of only Bangkok. There is good reason for this. Bangkok is very large. It is known as the Venice of Asia because, at one time, it had many canals. If fact, rice patties were also prevalent throughout Bangkok. Think of Bangkok as city of many villages. You can go from a weekend market to a shopping mall having Prada, Ferragamo, Armani, and many other upscale designers. You can watch a kickboxing exhibit and listen to a jazz band all within a few blocks. Bangkok is eclectic and exciting. There are also, however, many other lovely cities, towns, and villages in Thailand. One town that you may consider visiting is Phuket.
Phuket is located in southern Thailand. It was the sight of the 2005 tsunami. The destruction of the tsunami was tremendous, but Phuket is up and running again. You will need to take a plane ride, which takes approximately one and a half hours from Bangkok to Phuket. Hotels in Phuket can range from one star to five stars. However, if you take a very early flight from Bangkok, you can take a day trip to Phuket rather than staying over night. There are many tourist sights such as the monkey show, the rifle range, and others such as the typical jewelry “manufacturing” tourist trap. The beaches and Pee Pee Island where a James Bond and a DeCaprio movie were filmed are the real attractions of Phuket. If you love snorkeling, you will be in your element. If you love sand and sea, you will be in your environment. If you just want to hang out, you will find the perfect place in Phuket. In other words, Phuket is the place for any taste. Enjoy!]]>
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