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Nowdays we are a free state and marriage breakups are very common in Tashkent . They happen because we have become an independent nation and we do not depend upon our parent's opinion or somebody else's. Women work hard to earn money and they cannot rely on their husbands. as it was before. I think if Alice loves him she will not be rebuking him and remain with him

Anny, Taiwan: marriage breakups actually common in my country. women have more choice now. they can life the way they want. i think alice has to leave paul to find her mr. right, cause she can't break someone's marriage.

Paulo, Brazil: Marriage breakups are a bit common here in my country. I think that most of them happen when the couple is to much young to go on thought the problems among then. Alice should know more about Paul's past and don't care to much about it cause what metters is the present.

Users often incorporate vocabulary and structures from the episode into their comments; they offer opinions, comments, anecdotes and advice to each other as well as to the characters from "The Flatmates." Between 80 and 200 comments are posted each week from all over the world; they are moderated according to BBC editorial policy and uploaded to the website on a daily basis.

Grammar Challenge

BBC Learning English adapts its use of comments boards in response to the needs of the community, as well as the constraints and requirements of individual programme formats. Thus, while 80-200 comments are uploaded to "The Flatmates" area every week, only five (out of up to 400) comments are uploaded to each episode of Grammar Challenge [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/grammar_challenge a six-minute student-centred audio programme in which learners are challenged to produce accurate grammatical structures (see Figure 3). The student is first presented with a grammar point (for example, question tags) via a short audio text. This is followed by a brief explanation of the grammatical form, after which the student is presented with a grammar "challenge"--most often, the challenge takes the form of prompts to which the student has to respond in writing. The student is guided and supported by the programme presenter. Online listeners to the programme have access to grammar tables and controlled practice activities as well as a space for language production. The audio, grammar explanation, and practice activities are all downloadable.

TESL-EJ 11.4, March 2008

Chapman & Scott


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