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Interesting ways to use Coopos in teaching

Issue 1

Dear Teachers,

This newsletter is intended to be a place to share ideas for teaching with Coopos. Coopos videos are filled with people speaking English. You can use these videos to teach in lots of different ways. For example, you can use the videos in listening exercises to hear how native speakers use reductions or in grammar exercises to find examples of the simple past tense. Of course, there are many other ways to use Coopos in teaching. Each edition of this newsletter will highlight one or more videos or topics that you may want to use.

Feel free to share your own ideas for using Coopos. You can share your ideas in the forums, in comments, or by sending me a message via the contact form of this website.

Happy Teaching!

Denise Lagrou

Taking Tests

Do your students know how to fill out a standard answer sheet?

If not, have them watch Taking Tests – Part 2. Students will see how to correctly fill in an answer bubble on an answer sheet.

Listening for Reductions

Try Cooking with John – Part 5. This is a great example of using reduced pronunciation of words such as and and for. Your students can practice listening for these and other reductions as John talks about his cooking. Take a look at the reductions highlighted in the following transcript.

Well the house was starting to /tǝ/ smell pretty good and I thought, all right, I better go get myself a little taste, so I grabbed a little Japanese teacup and /ǝn/ a teaspoon, and /ӕn/ I put some of it into the little teacup, and /ǝn/ I let it cool down so I wasn’t just tasting the hot food but really the spices and /ǝn/ all. It turns out the potatoes had /ǝd/ softened and /ǝnd/ thickened the mix, and /ӕn/ the texture of the walnuts played a texture to come back as soon as it hit your /yǝr/ palate and /ӕn/ as soon as your /yǝr/ palate got used to the spices.

Now this taste tells me that the little bits of vinegar, cumin, sugar have given it the depth I was going for and /ӕn/ the textures of those simple vegetables and the beans were really kind of a pleasure. Such simple fare done for /fǝr/ the wonderment of taste. The shredded potatoes and /ǝn/ beans are great together. They’re both starches, but they both have a different texture on the tongue so they really had a nice play. And then you’ve got the nutmeg that lingers with a little bit of /ǝ/ tomato sauce. Mmm. It’s kind of /ǝ/ nice. It’s a it’s a good taste on a cold winter night when it’s good to be inside for the duration of the evening.

So I went back for /fǝr/ a little bit more of the dishes after they’d cooled a bit and /ӕn/ the bean dish was a little bit on the spicy side and /ӕn/ it could be calmed down the next time I serve it with either a chopped salad with some cucumber and /ǝn/ carrots and /ǝn/ cottage cheese or /ǝr/ something to cool it down because for most people, guests in your /yǝr/ house, you don’t really want to /wannǝ/ hit them /ǝm/ with something that’s too spicy.

Well, you know I was also thinking, gee this would have /ǝv/ been great too to have some sliced apple cold from the fridge, some cold water and the next time I try this I may even try planning some some figs or some chopped Granny Smiths into this dish too.

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