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Internet English

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The internet has a language of its own.  You use it when you read or write on a blog, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media.   There are words, symbols, and letters that have special meanings and purpose.  It’s fun.  It makes reading and writing much faster.  And you can convey special meanings in a […]

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Free, Fair, and Regular Elections: Essential Principles

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Free, Fair, and Regular Elections: Essential Principles “Where democratic institutions are weak, elections are easily used by violent and dictatorial political groups to manipulate the will of the people and seize control of the government.” “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives… The […]

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Teaching the English Punctuation System

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No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation System by: Stacia Ann Did you know that you put in a comma in your writing whenever you take a breath? (I assume that means while reading aloud.) How about a period? Well, I guess that’s a deeper breath. You might also try putting […]

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Is Writing Notes by Hand Better Than Typing?

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“If you need to remember something, write it. Writing notes by hand is much better for long-term memory of ideas, or conceptual information.” “Here is what the research showed. Students who type notes on a keyboard often transcribe, or write down what the professor says word-for-word. They may write without really thinking about what they are writing. These electronic notes contained more words. But scientists say it leads to “mindless transcription. “Transcription means to record something exactly as you hear it. However, students taking notes long-hand, or by writing them, need to first process the information they hear. Then they record just the main points, or summarize. They use fewer words. This is because people usually write slower than they type. This process of summarizing information leads to a deeper understanding, say the researchers. In the study, students listened to a teacher and then took a test.  Some took notes by typing on a computer. The others took notes by writing them down.  Both groups performed about the same in remembering facts. But students who typed their notes did much worse on conceptual questions. The sequestions required them to understand an idea. Those who typed also could not stop transcribing even after they were told to try to avoid it. So even if you want to stop typing what you hear word-for-word, you might not be able to. Also, researchers found that those who wrote their notes remembered conceptual information better a week later. Researchers believe that the students who wrote notes long-hand had a deeper understanding of ideas and concepts.” via Is Writing […]

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50 Ways to Teach With Current Events – NYTimes.com

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50 Ways to Teach With Current Events – NYTimes.com. How can we make sure that students are informed about what’s going on around the world? That they are armed with the tools to be able to distinguish between opinion and fact; between evidence-based statements and empty rhetoric; between sensationalism and solid journalism? Just like most […]

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Verbs in English

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Verbs in English are used to express action. Verbs and nouns are the two most important ingredients in any language. Nouns tell us what is involved in a situation, verbs tell us what happens in a situation. This page provides easy access to all the important information about verbs you can find on this site. […]

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How to Teach Word Order: Help Them Remember the Patterns

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Correct word order is often the difference between beginner and intermediate students. When moving on to more complex structures, students may find word order confusing and struggle to remember all the various patterns. There are many ways you can help them. via How to Teach Word Order: Help Them Remember the Patterns.