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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...
How to Teach "Visual Literacy" with Images
Usually, “literacy” means competency in reading & writing print matter. "Visual literacy" means the ability to look at and understand types of ...
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
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.
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 (Yourself) American-English: How to Apply Syllable-Stress Patterns, Phrase Focus, and Sentence Rhythm for Clear Speech So in additio...
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
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
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
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?
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?
It’s a traditional (down)loaded question, of course. How many ways are there to answer it “correctly”—linguistically, competitively, graphically, s...
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