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Larry Zwier

Almost-Modals of Necessity: Have to / Need to

By Larry.Zwier, on August 28th, 2014 No Comments

Good grammar books warn students about the possible pitfalls of using a modal structure to mean, “It is not necessary for you to X.”  You can’t just negativize modals like ...


Recognizing and Using Participle Phrases

By Shelly.Hedstrom, on August 28th, 2014 No Comments

As ESL writers produce more advanced writing, sentence structure presents both challenges and opportunities. They need to learn the use of participle phrases, which often receive short shrift in writing ...


Choosing Between So and Too as Intensifiers

By Nigel.Caplan, on August 28th, 2014 No Comments

Many learners of English struggle to choose correctly between so and too as intensifiers. Intensifiers are adverbs that make adjectives, quantifiers, or other adverbs stronger. For instance: The test is ...

Larry Zwier

Should You Point Out “-ed” Forms as Adjectives?

By Larry.Zwier, on August 7th, 2014 No Comments

Last week I had to make a chart for students with the parts of speech for some vocabulary items. It was something like this: Noun(s) Verb(s) Adjective(s) Adverb(s) analysisanalyst analyze ...


Helping Advanced Writers Practice Comma Usage

By Shelly.Hedstrom, on August 7th, 2014 No Comments

More than any other form of punctuation, commas challenge my advanced writers. They often incorrectly use commas to separate simple sentences that are closely related: I bought a new car ...


Practicing the Personal Pronouns

By Alice.Savage, on August 7th, 2014 No Comments

Personal pronouns (I, you, he, me, her, etc.) are key elements of fluent communication, and yet they are easily confused. Students can be overwhelmed if the whole personal pronoun system ...

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Encouraging Editing

By John.Brezinsky, on July 1st, 2014 No Comments

For this video, Dr. Reppen explores techniques for drawing students’ attention to common writing errors, and using this knowledge to help them improve their editing skills.


Teaching Such: This is Such a Good Lesson!

By Nigel.Caplan, on July 1st, 2014 2 Comments

The word such is very useful but tricky because it has several different forms and meanings. Intermediate- and advanced-level students can use such in these ways: 1. Such intensifies the ...


Lessons for Advanced Writers: Teaching Nouns as Adjectives

By Shelly.Hedstrom, on July 1st, 2014 1 Comment

As students advance in their writing, vocabulary increasingly overlaps with grammar. Nowhere is this more evident than when nouns become adjectives as in college admissions advisors. Because these constructions can ...

Alice Savage

Teaching Adverbs is Especially Tricky

By Alice.Savage, on July 1st, 2014 No Comments

Adverbs are unpredictable and often rebellious creatures. Unlike the essential and often reliable nouns, verbs, and adjectives, adverbs dance around in sentences in ways that can be difficult to pin ...

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