Blogs from Work/Life English

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: Covering Content in Context (Holiday Edition)

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Covering Content in Context (Holiday Edition)

Remember when we used to celebrate annual occasions in traditional ways—notably by getting together (physically) to commemorate, honor, relax, un...
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...
Coping in Complex and Uncertain Times

Coping in Complex and Uncertain Times

With the breadth and severity of issues impacting this country, other nations, and our planet today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. From global pand...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces that Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 2

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces that Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 2

We have already discussed Alphabet Competencies, Phonics & Spelling, and Vocabulary. Take a look at those articles to refresh your memory, and ...
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...
Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home (V2)

Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home (V2)

Whatever time has passed, there’s still little other news than our planet-wide pandemic. But articles like this are well into the analysis of probable social change in “future studies.” To paraphrase humanitarian media personalities, “After all this loss and sacrifice, we will surely emerge as better people in a better world.”
Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home

Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home

There is almost no other news. In this time of planet-wide pandemic, fearful anxiety, shut-downs, (self-)imposed isolation, economic loss, and reasonable + irrational reactivity, there’s a constant flow of constantly updated advice through the airwaves and digital media. And for less urgent messages, there’s whatever streams through our (electronic/digital) devices—our smart and non-so-intelligent cell phones, our hand-held screens, and any informational, mechanical, automated, visual, auditory, tactile, or other applicable output that people can see, hear, feel, perceive, sense, or otherwise take into their (sub)consciousness.
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...