Pronunciation and Parallel Structure

In my latest YouTube lesson, I present parallel structure as an advanced grammar topic, and I mention the value of parallel structure in both academic and professional writing. However, it would be misleading to overlook how parallel structure plays a role in rhythm and intonation. A series of items, for example, breaks into small thought…

Writing Tip: Teaching the Importance of Time Frame

When students write a narrative, one type of mistake I tend to see concerns verb tense. Students lose focus of what time frame they’re in and choose an inappropriate verb form. Have you observed these kinds of mistakes as well? Practice makes perfect, as they say, so calling students’ attention to time frame as they…

Learning to Write Clearly and Concisely: An activity for advanced students

I’ve been working with small numbers of advanced students on speaking and writing skills. We focus on common topics like travel and health. The students have obviously talked about such issues before, so I ask questions that provoke deeper reflection and stimulate comparisons or arguments. The oral discussions are engaging, and the writing extends students’ opportunity to express…