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(Make &) Use Materials Based on Biographies of (Famous) Figures & Personalities

(Make &) Use Materials Based on Biographies of (Famous) Figures & Personalities

 Parts & Pieces H-01.01 through H-01.06 = Biographies: Short, Short Stories Based on “Messages” of People’s Lives                            ...
Simple, Complex, or (Re-)Organized, Take In Content of Maximally Assorted Variety.

Simple, Complex, or (Re-)Organized, Take In Content of Maximally Assorted Variety.

Competency Puzzle “Read & Write Effectively” Pieces F-07.01 to F-07.16: Get Right to the Point of What’s the Point? Book One—Visually and/or T...
To Clean It All Up, Get What You (Might) (Want to) Use for Reading & Writing

To Clean It All Up, Get What You (Might) (Want to) Use for Reading & Writing

Competency Puzzle “Read & Write Effectively” Pieces (F-01.10 &) F-02.01 to F-06.10: Consider Written-Language Skills Assessments, Lessons,...
To Appreciate Complexity, Get the Visual & Textual Meanings of Written English Symbols & Signs.

To Appreciate Complexity, Get the Visual & Textual Meanings of Written English Symbols & Signs.

Competency Puzzle “Read & Write Effectively” Pieces F-00.01 to F-01.10: Celebrate Complexity One (Corona / COVID) Symbol or Sign at a Time “Ex ...
“Stressed” Spelled Backwards is Just “Desserts”—After Healthy Helpings of Syllables, Emphasis, & Rhythm.

“Stressed” Spelled Backwards is Just “Desserts”—After Healthy Helpings of Syllables, Emphasis, & Rhythm.

Competency Puzzle “Listen & Speak with Understanding” Pieces E-02.01 to E-02.11: Numbers of Syllables, Stress Patterns, Meaning Focus, & Re...
Make Pauses for Clauses

Make Pauses for Clauses

   Competency Puzzle “Apply Grammar” Pieces D-15.01 to 15.05: Join Co-ordinate & Subordinate (Independent & Dependent) Clauses in Compound ...
Keep a Masked Distance But Don’t Stop Laughing, Listening, Learning, & Linking

Keep a Masked Distance But Don’t Stop Laughing, Listening, Learning, & Linking

Competency Puzzle “Listen & Speak with Understanding” E-00.01a & b: Get & Assert Meaning with Body Language Remember when we used to tr...
Active or Passive, Perfect Usage of Verb Tenses, Aspects, Voices, & Moods

Active or Passive, Perfect Usage of Verb Tenses, Aspects, Voices, & Moods

Competency Puzzle “Apply Grammar” Pieces D-13.01 to D-14.04: (Present, Past, Future, & Modal) Perfect Verb Tenses & Aspects + the Passive V...
Verb Tenses Making You Tense? How to ReVerberate with Verbiage on Other Aspects of Verbs & Verbals

Verb Tenses Making You Tense? How to ReVerberate with Verbiage on Other Aspects of Verbs & Verbals

[CLICK ON ANY BLUE UNDERLINED link to see all the grammar tools. Just scroll down to what you want.] So far, Verb Tenses (Past, Present, Future) &...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 4

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 4

Competency Puzzle “Apply Grammar” Pieces D-08 through D-09: Use the Simple Past; Relate to the Past Time Frame  At the Present time, it still feels...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 3

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 3

Why and how we can/could, will/would, may/might/must, should/shall go out to teaching/learning grammar in an unprecedented, weird new world... Comp...
7 Tips for ESL Classroom Management in a COVID World

7 Tips for ESL Classroom Management in a COVID World

Guest Blog As COVID-19 continues to threaten communities across the country, many English language educators have been forced to transition to virt...