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Prepositions

Prepositions

“Vampires! Zombies! Werewolves!”
“Where?!”
“Behind you!”

 

Thank goodness for prepositions. Imagine not knowing where the danger lay….

Prepositions tell us where or when something is in relation to something else. When monsters are sneaking up, it’s good to have these special words to tell us where those monsters are: are they behind us or in front of us; are they near or far; will they be arriving in three seconds or at midnight?

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Teaching Children to Read–The First Steps

By: Bruce D Price

 

There are two ways to teach children to read.

The wrong way: Whole Word advocates say children should memorize the shapes of words just as the Chinese memorize their ideograms. English has FAR too many words for this approach to even be considered. Furthermore, every English letter and word appears in a truly staggering number of variations. Even if a child memorizes “bright,” it’s not likely that the child would recognize “BRIGHT” or even “bright.”

 

In practice, Whole Word ends up being a Ponzi scheme. Initially, there appears to be success. By memorizing several dozen sight-words, a child can seem to be reading little books. The bitter reality, however, is that things never get faster or easier. There’s no breakthrough. Even if an industrious child could master 1000 words, that child would still be functionally illiterate. The vast majority of the English language remains terra incognita. Just as troublesome, the words the child supposedly knows are rarely known with genuine automaticity. Sight-word readers typically stumble, hesitate and sweat as they try to remember the meanings. (For more on why sight-words are a dead-end, see “42: Reading Resources” on Improve-Education.org.)

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary

By: Hutcherson Jenny W.

It takes both practice and interest to improve your command of English. There are many words to learn and phrases to get familiar with. Without the right mind set, it is close to impossible for you to reach the desired goals. The good news, however, is that there are simple ways to improve your vocabulary.

It takes both practice and interest to improve your command of English. There are many words to learn and phrases to get familiar with. Without the right mind set, it is close to impossible for you to reach the desired goals. The good news, however, is that there are simple ways to improve your vocabulary. The consideration of the following steps could be helpful in achieving the desired command. Continue reading

East Asia agrees to boost education

East Asia agrees to boost education

Sri Wahyuni, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta | World | Fri, July 06 2012,

 

East Asian countries have agreed to adopt an action plan to improve the quality of education in the region, a summit has concluded.

The so-called EAS Education Action Plan, agreed by 18 country representatives attending the first East Asian Education Ministers Summit Meeting (EAS EMM) inYogyakarta on Thursday, mapped the direction of the agreement.

“We consider this as a milestone because this is the first EAS EMM we ever held,” Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh told a press conference.

Nuh said that the action plan, to be completed by 2015, would include 13 education projects.

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Quotes of the Day

“You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow” ~ Harriet Martineau ~

“Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them” ~ Bill Kelly ~

“I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don’t want to meet them.” ~ H.L. Mencken ~

Adverb Clauses of Cause and Effect

Adverb Clauses of Cause and Effect

Because
  • They received a high mark on their exam because they had studied hard.
  • I’m studying hard because I want to pass my exam.
  • He works a lot of overtime because his rent is so expensive
Notice how because can be used with a variety of tenses based on the time relationship between the two clauses.
Since
  • Since he loves music so much, he decided to go to a conservatory.
  • They had to leave early since their train left at 8.30.
‘Since’ means the same as because. ‘Since’ tends to be used in more informal spoken English. Important note: “Since” when used as a conjunction is typically used to refer to a period of time, while “because” implies a cause or reason.
As long as
  • As long as you have the time, why don’t you come for dinner?
‘As long as’ means the same as because. ‘As long as’ tends to be used in more informal spoken English.
As
  • As the test is difficult, you had better get some sleep.
‘As’ means the same as because. ‘As’ tends to be used in more formal, written English.
Inasmuch as
  • Inasmuch as the students had succesfully completed their exams, their parents rewarded their efforts by giving them a trip to Paris.
‘Inasmuch as’ means the same as because. ‘Inasmuch as’ is used in very formal, written English.
Due to the fact that
  • We will be staying for an extra week due to the fact that we haven not yet finished.
‘Due to the fact that’ means the same as because. ‘Due to the fact that’ is generally used in very formal, written English.

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Russian football racism row

Christopher Samba signed for Anzhi Makhachkala last month from the English Premier side Blackburn Rovers. A banana landed at his feet after the match against Locomotive Moscow. The player tossed it back into the crowd, for which it’s been suggested he could face disciplinary action.

Meanwhile senior officials from the Moscow club have concluded that it was the visiting fans who were responsible for the incident. Anzhi responded by threatening legal action unless the allegations could be substantiated. Continue reading