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curtain lectures

A wife's reprimands to her husband, conducted in private. Honey, you know I hate to give you curtain lectures, but can you please call when you're going to be late, so that our dinner isn't cold?
See also: curtain, lecture

lecture (one) for (something)

To give one a stern, chastising talk to one for some mistake or failing. He started lecturing me again for not doing my share of chores around the house. Instead of just lecturing your staff for not meeting their sales targets, try incentivizing them in various ways.
See also: for, lecture

lecture at (one)

To give one a stern talk meant to educate or enlighten. Every time my parents start lecturing at me about fiscal responsibility, I just try to tune them out. Instead of just lecturing at your staff, why don't you try leading by example?
See also: lecture

read (one) a lecture

To scold, reprimand, or reprove someone severely for an error or mistake. I was read a lecture by my boss last week for messing up the accounting software. I know Mary messed up, but there was no need to read her a lecture for it.
See also: lecture, read
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lecture at someone (about something)

to talk to someone about something in the manner of a lecture. There is no need to lecture at me about the problem. I know how serious the matter is. Don't lecture at me all the time!
See also: lecture

lecture someone for something

to give someone a talking-to about something. Please don't lecture me for being late. It won't help now, will it? There is no point in lecturing us for something we didn't do.
See also: for, lecture


 ((to) someone) about someone or something and lecture ((to) someone) on someone or something
1. to give an instructional speech to someone about someone or something. He always lectured his children about their duty to vote. She lectured to all her classes on employment opportunities.
2. to scold someone about someone or something. Please don't lecture me about my behavior. I like Ted! Don't lecture about him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

read a lecture

Also, read a lesson. Issue a reprimand, as in Dad read us a lecture after the teacher phoned and complained. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the early 1600s. Also see read the riot act; teach a lesson.
See also: lecture, read
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

curtain lecture

A reprimand that a wife gives her husband. “Curtain” refers to the drapery on canopied beds; the image is that of a wife giving hubby a piece of her mind in the privacy of their bedroom.
See also: curtain, lecture
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A common mistake in the literature on lecturing is to view lectures as isolated events (Aarabi, 2007; Exley and Dennick, 2004), and lecturers as selfless imparters of knowledge for the sole benefit of the audience (Brown, 1978; Bligh, 1998; Gaw, 2010; Aarabi, 2007).
Lecturing on gender necessitates a certain amount of reflexivity, as the lecturer cannot avoid embodying her gender: Duflo by default must embody access feminism.
As we saw with the opening quotations, the medium of lecturing and the way its properties are described are not neutral: the fact that Duflo is giving a lecture is already significant.
As a prestigious visiting lecturer, lecturing on development and gender, Duflo will have attracted a diverse audience, including gender-averse economists, economics-averse gender people, development people and those who have come along with a general interest, who may be economics- and gender-averse.
In Chinese universities, teachers write much on the blackboard while lecturing. They always put the important and difficult points on the blackboard.
For example, they should write key or major points on the blackboard while lecturing. Most suggestions for American professors required them to be aware of the ESL students in their classes and try to help them learn more effectively or efficiently.
More than half of the participants reported that American professors did not closely follow the textbook while lecturing. American professors' failure to follow textbooks creates challenges for them in comprehending academic lectures.
A) Do your American teachers closely follow the textbook while lecturing? always 1 2 3 4 5 never B) How much does it affect your comprehension of the lecture?
Concomitant with that, marked decline in attention usually observed after 15 minutes of lecturing,6 also needs to be catered for by dividing the lecture into smaller units of varying learning activity of fifteen minutes each, thereby keeping the learner's interest and attention intact3.
(2005) Interactive lecturing for meaningful in large groups Medical Teacher, 27 (7) 590-594.
S (1999) Interactive lecturing: Strategies for increasing participation in large group presentations Medical Teacher, 21, 1.
Some observations on the efficency of lecturing. Educational Review, 20, 30-37.
Given these constraints, it is no surprise that most teachers of introductory economics consider the traditional form of lecturing the most efficient method of teaching.
Lecturing and supervision was carried out by students themselves at specified periods of their studies.