by Marc Anderson
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Conjunction Connections: A Small Way to Make a BIG Difference in Your ESL Language

One way to sound more interesting when you speak or write in English is to express yourself in increasingly complex ways. By using sentence connectors (coordinating conjunctions, correlative conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, and linking adverbs and transitions), you can link related ideas together and combine sentences to move beyond using just basic sentence structures. These connectors will add depth, interest, and finesse to your ESL skills. And you will sound more like a native speaker and competent ESL speaker and writer.

After you have studied the different types of connectors, you will be able to listen for them in English conversations and spot them when you read. It might be helpful for you to practice using these sentence connectors when you speak and write. A suggestion would be to take a sentence of your own and change it based on the [...]

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; [...]

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
Woman with umbrella

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 [...]