I h8 txt msgs: How texting is wrecking our language By JOHN HUMPHRYS Last updated at 07:29 24 September 2007 A good dictionary is a fine thing - I yield to no man in my love for one. If I stretch out my right arm as I type, I can pluck from my shelves the two volumes of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. They are as close to my heart as they are to my desk because they are so much more than a useful tool. Leafing through a good dictionary in search of a single word is a small voyage of discovery - infinitely more satisfying than looking something up on the internet.
Solving the punctuation puzzle by Dictionary.com Slideshow Solving the punctuation puzzle [am-per-sand, am-per-sand] This strange punctuation mark has a fascinating past. The ampersand emerged over 2,000 years ago as the Latin word et meaning "and." The cursive writing of Latin scribes often connected the "e" and "t," giving rise to the shape of the ampersand. Sentence Fragments Worksheets Sentence Fragments Worksheets Practice A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. A sentence fragment fails to be a sentence in the sense that it cannot stand by itself. Here is a graphic preview for all of the Sentence Fragments worksheets. Our Sentence Fragments worksheets are free to download and easy to access in PDF format. Use these Sentence Fragments worksheets in school or at home.
Punctuation Language is either to be heard or to be seen; it is either oral or visual. Actually, in our society it is both. We hear spoken language; we see written language. Grammar This is a grammar comic about the proper usage of who versus whom. A look at the meaning of "flushing out an idea." This comic will LITERALLY make butterflies explode out of your underpants. A guide explaining when to use i.e. instead of e.g. A little bit ironic, dontcha think? Learn Irregular Verbs with Engames and Fluency MC I have already published 10 posts on teaching irregular verbs. You can see the list of the posts down here: But I still cannot say that my students know the verbs. That was why I joined forces with Fluency MC, and this time we would like to teach the irregular verbs together.
'Man on the street' is offensive to women The suggestions, put forward by Chichester District Council, West Sussex, have been criticised as an example of "repulsive" political correctness. Tony Colpoys, chairman of Ebernoe parish council, West Sussex, said: "This kind of thing really gets my goat - it's not as though anybody in their right mind would believe that the "man in the street" referred solely to the male sex. It's just stupid, I've never heard anything like it. "I think political correctness is one of the most ghastly things about our society - it's one of the most repulsive things ever to be invented."
5 Reading Comprehension Strategies Home › Reading › Lessons › Comprehension Actively teaching reading comprehension strategies is a not an easy task. These five activities take students deeper into Bloom's Taxonomy as part of a balanced literacy program. These activities also support teaching fluency in reading. Fluency isn't just about being able to sound out the words: it is about prosody and comprehension too. The lessons can be taught at any grade level, although you will have to differentiate them to meet your standards.
past simple or past continuous? 2. The Claytons (celebrate) a birthday party when I (phone) last Friday. Susan (record) everything with her camcorder and everybody (have) fun. 3. When the earthquake (destroy) their house, the Claytons (shop) in town. Error correction games 1. Grammar auction Students try to outbid other teams for correct sentences from the list you have given them while not buying incorrect sentences (but perhaps still bidding for them at the beginning to make other teams think they are correct). The team that has “bought” the most correct sentences and least wrong sentences at the […]
Phone texting 'helps pupils to spell' Children who regularly use the abbreviated language of text messages are actually improving their ability to spell correctly, research suggests. A study of eight- to 12-year-olds found that rather than damaging reading and writing, "text speak" is associated with strong literacy skills. Researchers say text language uses word play and requires an awareness of how sounds relate to written English. This link between texting and literacy has proved a surprise, say researchers. These latest findings of an ongoing study at the University of Coventry contradict any expectation that prolonged exposure to texting will erode a child's ability to spell. Improving 'hmwrk'