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“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...
Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home (V3)

Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home (V3)

Puzzle Parts & Pieces G, H, I, J = Coordinate Language Skills, Cover Content in Context, Refer to Resources, Enjoy Extras Media broadcasts co...
Speaking: Oral Skills mistakes in American English

How to Teach/Learn Everyday and Challenging Kinds of Speech

Not so long ago, there were clear rules and directives for the teaching/learning of Oral Communication. These were designed for use in both casual...