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How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 2.

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 2.

To use vocabulary effectively in real-life situations, students first need the ability 1. to Pronounce & Spell New Vocabulary and 2. to Get Wor...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 1.

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 1.

If English is regarded as a jigsaw puzzle—a complex set of components that work in coordination with one another, how can we best identify and asse...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies

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

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies by Arthur & Elaine Rubin In any sequence of English-l...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Phonics & Spelling Competencies Part II

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Phonics & Spelling Competencies Part II

This article covers the second half of Parts & Pieces B: Do Phonics & Spelling. To see all the “Parts & Pieces” available for each of t...
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...
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...
Why Care About Consonants?

Why Care About Consonants?

How to Teach (Yourself) How to Pronounce 24 American-English Consonant Sounds So what’s funny about consonants? There’s a plethora of tongue twist...
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....
The Joys of Receptive Listening: Why We'd Much Rather Listen Than Talk

The Joys of Receptive Listening: Why We'd Much Rather Listen Than Talk

Think about it. Would you really rather talk than listen? Most people think or say they would. Much of the wisdom or humor about oral communicati...