Language Instruction: Like Candy or Like Medicine?

Back in 1964, Mary Poppins sang on screen, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way.” I’ve sometimes thought about this balance between the sweet and the bitter in language learning. Not every step in the process is a snap, nor do birds chirp merrily on the windowsill…

Snacking on Syntax

Practice fixing common errors at the sentence level. Classroom slides included.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Beyond Simple Sentences

Lack of subject-verb agreement is a common mistake, but errors in judgment with subject-verb agreement extend to inconsistency with reference words and combinations of indefinite articles with plural nouns. Doubts center around the concept of number. These additional mistakes can span two or more clauses. For that reason, I’ve created a writing task that goes…