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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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The Corpus as a Resource in Language Teaching

By John.Brezinsky, on May 29th, 2014 1 Comment

For this video, Dr. Reppen explains how corpus linguistics can influence what we teach our students and describes free corpora teachers can use.


Hamlet Pretends to be Crazy, Superman Saves the World, and Other Unexpected Present Tenses

By Nigel.Caplan, on May 29th, 2014 No Comments

In a recent newsletter column I suggested that ESL students need to master only a limited number of tenses. However, those tenses can still be confusing. The present simple tense, ...

Alice Savage

A Discussion of There is/There are with 3 Activities

By Alice.Savage, on May 29th, 2014 No Comments

One of the first structures English learners are taught is there is/there are. At first glance, these structures seem like necessary but boring forms that enable students to describe items ...

Larry Zwier

How to Reduce Subject Adjective Clauses

By Larry.Zwier, on May 29th, 2014 No Comments

As Alice Savage has written for this newsletter, adjective clauses are a very important element in Academic English. They deserve several newsletter articles, so you will read about them occasionally ...

Alice Savage

4 Activities to Teach Passive Verbs

By Alice.Savage, on April 30th, 2014 2 Comments

Escaping the active/passive conundrum I have always struggled with whether to explain the relationship between active and passive verbs. My students seem to understand the formula, but they still struggle ...


How Many Tenses do Students Really Need to Learn?

By Nigel.Caplan, on April 30th, 2014 2 Comments

By the time you read this article, I will have been writing for this newsletter for four months. The topic of verb tenses had been bothering me for several years, ...

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