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From Everyday to Academic Writing Style: Part (2) From Verbs to Nouns

By Nigel.Caplan, on April 2nd, 2015 No Comments

Last month, I showed the first of two techniques for turning less formal writing into a more academic style. This article looks at another very common feature of academic writing: ...


Teaching Block Language for Understanding Signs

By jennifer.brooke, on April 2nd, 2015 No Comments

When a student encounters an unknown sign or posting—for example, If Elevator Out / Use Front Stairs—how can he or she make sense of it? The more common signs like ...


Teaching the Similarities and Differences Between Habitual Used To and Would

By Masoud.Shafiei, on April 2nd, 2015 No Comments

Used to and would are both valuable in writing or speaking about repeated or habitual past experiences, which is why many grammar textbooks teach the two in the same chapter. ...


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

By Nigel.Caplan, on March 3rd, 2015 7 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. ...

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