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From Everyday to Academic Writing Style: Part (1) From Conjunctions to Relative Clauses

By Nigel.Caplan, on March 3rd, 2015 6 Comments

Research has found several common features of academic writing which distinguish it from everyday and informal writing. In this two-part series, I’ll show you how your students can practice writing ...


Describing the Future with the Simple Present

By Maggie Vosters, on March 3rd, 2015 1 Comment

Students are typically taught early that the simple present is used to express two main concepts: daily activities or habits and general truths. Once they get to the intermediate level, ...


Reflection and Revision in the Writing Process

By Amy.Tate, on March 3rd, 2015 2 Comments

Encouraging Reflection John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience . . . we learn from reflecting on experience.” When I teach writing, I want my students to reflect ...

Larry Zwier

Leap-frogging the Grammar: The Special World of Signs

By Larry.Zwier, on February 4th, 2015 No Comments

Beware!  Grammar bumps ahead! Reduce speed! There is a surprisingly large amount we could say about the special grammar of signs, posters, notices and so on. Most of us are ...


The Have Nots and the Not Haves

By Amy.Tate, on February 4th, 2015 3 Comments

Have is a multi-purpose word, which can, of course, cause confusion for language learners. In American English, we form the negative with have in two different ways, depending on whether ...

Alice Savage

Overcoming Simple-Present Fatigue: Look to the Right, Not Just the Left

By Alice.Savage, on February 4th, 2015 1 Comment

The Challenge Most grammar series work with the present simple not just at the lowest levels but at least up to intermediate. At this higher level, teachers may detect a ...

Larry Zwier

How Assertive Is the H: Teaching Strong H and Silent H

By Larry.Zwier, on January 8th, 2015 2 Comments

In Pygmalion, the ancestor to My Fair Lady, George Bernard Shaw creates a running joke by naming the main male character Henry Higgins—or ‘Enry ‘Iggins, as Eliza Doolittle says it. ...


1 Activity for Conversation Practice

By Amy.Tate, on January 8th, 2015 No Comments

Most students want conversation practice. What’s the best way to make conversation? By asking people questions about themselves. Yet question forms are notoriously tricky for English language learners. I often ...


3 Common Considerations with Reporting Verbs

By Nigel.Caplan, on January 8th, 2015 2 Comments

Consideration 1: Not all reporting verbs can be followed by a that clause Most reporting verbs are typically followed by a that clause: John said that he was going to be late. ...

Larry Zwier

Grammar Role-Plays for the End of a Semester

By Larry.Zwier, on December 8th, 2014 No Comments

When the end of a semester comes along, students of all types find themselves under pressure. There are tests to prepare for, projects to complete, and assignments that may or ...

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