by Marc Anderson

What Science Tells Us About Maximizing English as a Second Language Learning

When it comes to maximizing your studying, what can we learn from science?  A lot. Check out these 10 scientific proven tips to help you with your ESL studies and school/work presentations and boost your confidence:  1) study right before you fall asleep; 2) review the information first thing in the morning; 3) get a sufficient amount of sleep; 4) tell yourself a meaningful story using a variety of sentence patterns; 5) write out important information to visualize; 6) read information out loud; 7) quiz yourself or have others quiz you; 8) try spaced repetition; 9) eat a healthy diet and exercise; and 10) persevere to build optimal performance.

1.     Study Before You Go to Sleep. It is good to study right before you fall asleep. During sleep, your brain strengthens new memories so you increase your chance of remembering [...]

by Elena Shvidko
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40 Proverbs to Spice Up Your English and Make You Wiser

People say that proverbs are timeless.  They are passed on from generation to generation and at times it’s hard to trace them back to their origin.  Proverbs reflect important cultural values and the wisdom of people.  By understanding proverbs, we can better understand what people of a particular culture or nation respect and treasure.  Thus, proverbs can be called a [...]

by Alysia Bartley
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The Basics (A, B, C’s) of ESL Business Writing

However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th-century

An Expansive Business Community
There are many different features to business writing depending on the business community that you work in. If you are in the field of business, you probably have [...]

by Alysia Bartley
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Why ESL Learners Can’t Live Without Sentence Patterns

What are sentence patterns and why are they important?

Sentence patterns are ways in which sentences are put together. By knowing more about common sentence patterns in the English language, you will be able to use your ESL skills to understand English, and to speak and write better in English, too.  In the English language, unlike many other languages, words [...]

by Allen Mendler
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The Power of Involvement in Education

Fifteen-year-old Juan was referred to me with hopes of teaching him better self-control.  He was regularly in trouble at school for all kinds of impulse control problems such as staying seated, making inappropriate noises, blurting out and otherwise bothering classmates and teachers.  He was quick to anger, leading to more than an occasional fight at school and an arrest [...]

by Elena Shvidko

Developing English Writing Skills Through Personal Journals

A few years ago, when I was studying English in an intensive English program, I asked my teacher what I could do to improve my writing skills.  I had a hard time coming up with ideas, so writing fluency was my problem.  My teacher said that the best way to overcome that challenge was to practice writing.  Not a [...]

by Marc Anderson

Putting the “WOW” into a Business Meeting for ESL Speakers

What’s a typical meeting like, anyway?

Ask anyone about a traditional meeting and you’ll get an immediate reaction… rolling eyes, shaking of the head, and the heavy sigh. Nothing compares to the long, unproductive meeting. You feel trapped. The time goes by slowly. You are left to imagine the work that is piling up on your desk. Some of you [...]