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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.

Ask Elaine: Just Started out Teaching? What to Do First

Ask Elaine: Just Started out Teaching? What to Do First
Work/Life English's founder, Elaine Kirn-Rubin, has over 40 years of experience teaching, developing, and publishing effective English language lea...

Why Teaching English Via Phonics is the Way to Go

Why Teaching English Via Phonics is the Way to Go
Phonics is a method for native English and English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers to learn to read by associating the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters.

Ask Elaine: "Now That I Really Want to Learn Language, How Can I Do It?"

Ask Elaine: "Now That I Really Want to Learn Language, How Can I Do It?"
Work/Life English's "Ask Elaine" resident linguist answers the question: Now that I really want to learn a language, how can I do it?" Learn more best tips and resources as you learn English.

So Many Ways to Learn English: How to Decide What's Best for You

So Many Ways to Learn English: How to Decide What's Best for You
There are a number of ways adults learn English. Figure out which method works best for you.

How to Successfully Work Across Countries, Languages, and Cultures

How to Successfully Work Across Countries, Languages, and Cultures
Here at Work/Life English, we are committed to advancing the lives of native English and English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers by improving ...