Blogs from Work/Life English

Literacy though Advanced reading for ESL and English Improvement

How to Teach "Text Literacy" with Different Kinds of Printed Material

Usually, “literacy” means competency in reading & writing print matter. Even so, much of the reading people do in everyday life is either visua...
How to Teach "Visual Literacy" with Images

How to Teach "Visual Literacy" with Images

Usually, “literacy” means competency in reading & writing print matter. "Visual literacy" means the ability to look at and understand types of ...
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...
How to Achieve Communicative "Perfection:" Use Perfect Listening Comprehension & Perfectly Clear Speech

How to Achieve Communicative "Perfection:" Use Perfect Listening Comprehension & Perfectly Clear Speech

Frustrated with what passes for “communication” in today’s linguistically evolving world? What do these humorous attempts to get and give info make...
"Get" What You Hear.                                   Say What You Mean.

"Get" What You Hear. Say What You Mean.

How to Teach (Yourself & Others): “Beyond the Basics” Features of Clear Speech Depending on its meaning focus, timing, pausing, and intonation,...
Teaching American-English: How to Succeed with Syllables

Teaching American-English: How to Succeed with Syllables

Teaching (Yourself) American-English: How to Apply Syllable-Stress Patterns, Phrase Focus, and Sentence Rhythm for Clear Speech     So in additio...
How to Teach English Learners to Pronounce 16 American-English Vowel Sounds

How to Teach English Learners to Pronounce 16 American-English Vowel Sounds

Why does humor almost always come first in these blog posts? To help you, the reader, to relax about the “serious educational stuff” that follows....
Which Came First—the Chicken or To Cook an Egg?

Which Came First—the Chicken or To Cook an Egg?

It’s a traditional (down)loaded question, of course. How many ways are there to answer it “correctly”—linguistically, competitively, graphically, s...
“Hate” English Grammar? Here Are Four Reasons Why You Might.

“Hate” English Grammar? Here Are Four Reasons Why You Might.

Which of these four reasons best describes your own experience or views? First, you hate being corrected by arbitrary autocrats who would rather f...
Get Serious About Vocabulary Building

Get Serious About Vocabulary Building

Make English Teaching/Learning Work by Having Fun A major principle of language and content instruction—including successful vocabulary developme...
Celebrate Learning, Learn While Celebrating: Halloween and the Holidays

Celebrate Learning, Learn While Celebrating: Halloween and the Holidays

How a Ghoulish Holiday Can Become a Treat    Just in time for Halloween & Whatever Follows   Do you like to “insert” holiday history, culture, ...
Get Involved with Vocabulary: Why? What? How?

Get Involved with Vocabulary: Why? What? How?

Which of these (philosophically wise, value-revealing, instructional) quotations, graphic organizers, or cartoons about the importance of vocabular...