Time Out: Let’s practice correlative conjunctions!

Just as in sports, we need time-outs in language learning. Students can learn a lot by playing the game, so to speak, but circumstances can call for a brief pause. The teacher observes the performance on the “field” and recognizes when explicit instructions are called for. I recently understood that a private student has never…

Fill-in-My-Blanks: A writing activity to practice conjunctions and transitional words

LEVEL: low intermediate to advanced LANGUAGE FOCUS: conjunctions and transitional words (sentence connectors) OBJECTIVES: To understand the function of these structures and to identify when it’s appropriate to use them.   STEP 1 – Present the conjunctions/ transitional words you have selected for your students. With lower level students, you may choose coordinating conjunctions such…

Academic Writing: How to Teach Mechanics

(Continued from previous posting, “Academic Writing: When to Teach Mechanics”) Structures used to express contrast or opposition often create a high degree of confusion among English language learners. But seems easy enough to master; it’s adverbs such as although, despite, and however that are commonly misused. Here are some ideas to help you build a…