Blogs from Work/Life English

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...
Listen Up! Why Listening is the Most Important English Language Skill

Listen Up! Why Listening is the Most Important English Language Skill

The most important language skill? Listening! The most challenging language skill? Listening! The most important language skill or ability for (...
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...
“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!