Short forms

It happens often that I have students who are very good at grammar, writing and speaking. However, when it comes to doing a listening task, they panic. Why is this? The problem is that they expect to hear each and every word spoken clearly. The truth is, a native speaker doesn’t talk this way. LearnersContinue reading “Short forms”

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 meetContinue reading “Three letter (and email) writing tips”

Short forms

It happens often that I have students who are very good at grammar, writing and speaking. However, when it comes to doing a listening task, they panic. Why is this? The problem is that they expect to hear each and every word spoken clearly. The truth is, a native speaker doesn’t talk this way. LearnersContinue reading “Short forms”