Blogs from Work/Life English

"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...

Grieving the Ending of the Grammar Grind?

Grieving the Ending of the Grammar Grind?
Graduate to Grading, Game Play, and Gift-Giving.  Much has been said about “Educational Beginnings”—recruiting students, motivating learning, sett...

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...

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!