It’s a word “thing”

Our students love certain words because they are familiar to them.   However, when working within the register of academic English, they begin learning that some of these words are less appropriate because they are too informal or vague. Words like good, bad, nice, stuff, and thing often pop […]

First Day of Class Community Building

The first day of class can be a bit scary. New students shuffle in, nervously clutching registration papers.  After a quick glance at the room number, they take a seat, often far from each other.  Occasionally, a returning student will recognize a pal from the past, and after a joyful greeting, the friends sit close together. The new ones, […]

Editing through sound and movement

Teachers understand the value of active listening and active reading. In a writing class, there is also great value in active editing. For example, some teachers tell students to read their paper out loud to themselves in a quiet room. The idea is that sometimes it easier to […]