Category Writing

Different spelling and meaning but the same sound – HOMOPHONES

The afternoon session was spent working with homophones – words which sound alike but have a different spelling and meaning, e.g. HERE and HEAR. The class was divided in groups of three and each team had to write a short story using the wrong homophone. Here are some extracts from the stories. Can you spot […]

Acronyms for texting/messaging

The afternoon session in class 215A was dedicated to acronyms (short forms of phrases or sentences) commonly used for messaging. Here are a few we discussed: ASAP => as soon as possible THX => thanks XOXO => hugs and kisses IMO (IMHO) => in my opinion (in my honest/humble opinion) BTW => by the way CYE […]

Other ways of saying RICH

Very low-level learners of English are familiar with the word poor and its opposite, RICH. Interestingly, even though they improve their linguistic skills, they still find it difficult to use alternative words for RICH, other than saying HAVING A LOT OF MONEY. If you are of guilty of doing the same, here are some replacements to […]

Make your writing more varied

We had an article writing workshop in the second session of class today. One of the things mentioned was the importance of not using the same word many times in a text. Just take a look at some examples below. The topic of the article was the main differences between a child’s life 50 years ago […]

Three more letter (and email) writing tips

We had another letter writing session in class today. Among the many things we discussed, there were these three useful tips to make letters or emails more professional: If you don’t know whether a man or a woman will be dealing with your letter, begin the message with DEAR SIR/MADAM and end it with YOURS FAITHFULLY If you […]

Long, deep, wide and high

  I want to highlight a common spelling problem today. Take a look at how the adjectives below change when they become nouns. Pay special attention to the last 2 letters of the noun forms. long => lengTH deep => depTH wide => widTH high => heigHT You’ll notice that the noun of high ends with […]

Three letter (and email) writing tips

We had a letter writing session in class today. Among the many things we discussed, there were these three useful tips to make letters or emails more professional: NO contractions I’m writing to complain about … I am writing to complain about … AVOID emotional language The service was a complete disaster The service did not meet […]