Blogs from Work/Life English

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...

How to Solve Communication Problems with Correct Grammar & Optimal Word Choice: For Teachers

How to Solve Communication Problems with Correct Grammar & Optimal Word Choice: For Teachers
Often, attempts at communication fail. People might view situations from different mindsets or perspectives. They could have conflicting ways of ex...

Get It Right the First Time—or Fix It! How to Avoid or Correct Vocabulary Mistakes in Pronunciation, Spelling, & Matching Meaning to Context: For Students

Get It Right the First Time—or Fix It! How to Avoid or Correct Vocabulary Mistakes in Pronunciation, Spelling, & Matching Meaning to Context: For Students
How can vocabulary misuse cause miscommunication? Work/Life English's blog helps English language learners learn English and English language teachers teach English the right way. Mispronunciation and misspelling often causes miscommunication when one is new to English. Check out our blogs and resources to help!

Inglish Speling Iznit Sew Badd Aftur Awl (If You’re an Educator of Students Having Trouble with Spelling)

Inglish Speling Iznit Sew Badd Aftur Awl (If You’re an Educator of Students Having Trouble with Spelling)
Have you ever wondered why there's so much humor about the English sound- and-spelling system? It comes from frustration with its supposed complex...

Let's Start at the Very Beginning (A Very Good Place to Start): For Teachers

Let's Start at the Very Beginning (A Very Good Place to Start): For Teachers
Whether you're a new or seasoned English language teacher, it can be hard to remember the best place to start when teaching your students. Sometimes when teaching English, it's best to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start)!

Start at the Very Beginning (A Very Good Place to Start): For Students

Start at the Very Beginning (A Very Good Place to Start): For Students
Sing the First Lines of a Song from “The Sound of Music." Let's start at the very beginning A very good place to start When you read you begin with...

I Know I Need to Learn English. So What Choices Do I Have Now?

I Know I Need to Learn English. So What Choices Do I Have Now?
Now that you have reasons for improving your English and ways to build your abilities, what's next? Expressed in quotes, here's why Choice in langu...

Ask Elaine: Five Steps to Teaching Grammar

Ask Elaine: Five Steps to Teaching Grammar

No matter what the “key learning points” are, an effective grammar mini-lesson plan is likely to have at least five (5) steps or stages: 1) Presentation with Recognition, 2) Demonstrating Comprehension, 3) Grammar Explanation, 4) Practice Exercises, and 5) Communicative Expression.