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Is Punctuation Obligatory? One of my neighbors is the editor of our homeowners’ association newsletter. When asked about her unusual style of writing, she indicated that a teacher had once told her that punctuation was optional. After picking myself off the floor, I became angry at this “unknown” teacher who obviously was teaching the wrong concepts to her class. Can we really believe that... read more

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I have sometimes been asked by students who originated from a foreign country to teach them English without explaining any kind of grammar. While it is tempting to try to help everyone, I find it impossible to teach English without going back to the basics. One potential student from Hungary moved to the United States and learned a little bit of English by watching TV. He found a job with a... read more

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All around the United States, the same fever is spreading. The "Let's leave Winter behind" and "let's start Spring." Even people who don't have gardens are coming out of their burrows to schedule bicycle rides, walks around the neighborhood, jogs along pathways, schedule engagements across a table of an outdoor cafe. The catalogs are filled with benches, deck furniture,... read more

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Instead of forgetting all the French you have learned in class throughout the year, why not spend several months in France without leaving your house. The stress of passing tests, studying late at night, finishing homework is over, and summer is right around the corner. Relax in your chaise-longue, drink une limonade, stroll through the Musee du Louvre, order your French baguette and select... read more