Game your sentence skill

“Think in English,” we say to our lower level multi-lingual writers. However, to really support them in avoiding translation errors, we need to give them lots of practice. The following prewriting refresher is structured as a game in which teams compete to create target sentence types. The first team to […]

Pragmatics as a roadmap for English learners

What is pragmatics? Like the highways, roads, and trails that guide our travel, language-oriented patterns  scaffold our conversations. The existence of patterns does not mean there is not variation. Every time we get on a freeway literally or figuratively, it’s a new experience because we bring a different mood […]

Grammar Across the Sentence

As language teachers, we often have our students write sentences to practice the grammar they are learning.  This is a sound approach, as it can help students to both internalize the structure and use it to express their own ideas. Unfortunately, while their sentences are often complete, the […]