Focus on teaching American English in schools

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Focus on teaching American English in schools

Mexican workers came to Walla Walla with the dream of providing their children with an opportunity to go as far as their God-given abilities can take them. The most valuable tool for their children is maximum proficiency in the American English language. However, beginning students were separated and taught in dual languages. The Bilingual Recommendation Committee states the following in … Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine's Day

FEEL AS YOURSELF TODAY IS THE VALENTINE’S DAY Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century … Read More

Albert Einstein-Einstein in a Nutshell

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Albert Einstein

What is the first word you think of when you hear the name Albert Einstein? Most people answer with a resounding, “Genius!” Never will you ever hear the word, “Nut.” Seldom will anyone ever hear the name and not recognize it as one of the greatest minds to have ever lived. Most, however, perhaps feel that his genius was immediately … Read More

BEST Listening Resources

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English Listening resources

These Listening web sites are a good way to improve and build upon your listening ability: Listen to English podcasts: This is an excellent site. You can listen to lots of stories on a wide range of topics or download them to your mp3 player. Language notes or quizzes are included.  Look at the archive to see the full list … Read More

TEN OF THE MOST COMMON GRAMMAR ERRORS OF ELL SPEAKERS

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Errors of English Language Learners

TEN OF THE MOST COMMON GRAMMAR ERRORS OF ELL SPEAKERS (not often made by native speakers):   Error #1: Count or Noncount Noun Error Making English nouns plural can be confusing. “Count” nouns refer to things that can be counted and made into plurals (a hundred dollars, six miles, three children). “Noncount” nouns refer to things that cannot easily be … Read More

Language is Culture (Today we are focusing on Nunavut Culture)

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  Nunavut Arts and Culture 84 percent Inuit population 110 carvers and printmakers in Cape Dorset 20 million dollars of arts and crafts produced annually Nunavut is an Arctic territory whose predominantly Inuit population makes it rich with aboriginal art and culture. On a warm summer day in most communities carvers sit outside unleashing polar bears and dancing walruses from … Read More

MOTIVATIONAL SAYINGS

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MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

“ The greatest pleasure in life is achieving what people say you can not achieve.” Walter Bagehot “ We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”   Max De Pree “ Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

ACTIVE and PASSIVE VOICE (C1 LEVEL)

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The passive voice is sometimes used in English as well. In the active voice, the subject performs the action on something else; in the passive voice, the action is performed on the subject. ACTIVE –The doctor wrote a prescription. PASSIVE –The prescription was written by the doctor.

ACTIVE and PASSIVE VOICE (C1 level) with exercises

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Active / passive voice (C1 level)

Subject/actor verb object/thing acted on In the passive voice, the object of the action becomes the subject of the sentence, and the actor appears in a prepositional phrase, or is absent from the sentence: Subject verb actor/object of prepositional phrase ► Use the active voice when the actor’s identity is important.