What is your methodology for teaching English as a foreign language?

Don’t try to teach English. At least for teenage and above who are past foundation level. Teach something interesting – art, history, simple science, geography, natural history, environmental issues, sport, etc. The English learning will happen along the way. The idea is to spark a lively discussion where the students are the ones asking the Read More …

Is it correct to write -ise instead of -ize in Britsh English?

Both –ize and –ise are used by British people. Neither is correct, or incorrect. You’ll have some people say that one spelling is American and the other is British, but not true. The choise of –ize and –ise sometimes depends on the etymology – words with Greek routes are –ize where as Latin routes are  –ise. The Oxford English Dictionary standardised on –ize thus this Read More …

Why shouldn’t I quite frequently and generously use the dreaded adverb superfluously in my wonderful writing?

The answer is in the question. If it is superfluous, then you don’t need it. Concise writing is effective writing. When you add superfluous words, you create waffle. Use words when they are required to convey meaning. Omit words when the meaning can be conveyed without verbosity. Using a thesaurus allows you to be specific Read More …