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I have been working with my students on their writing for the past 5 months in an ESL lab at our college, and the most common mistake that I see on a daily basis is the misuse of "affect" and "effect." However, students learning English are not the only ones that make this mistake. Many native speakers of English don't know the difference between the two words and I myself have used them incorrectly. Today, I was editing my graduate thesis paper on teacher and student perceptions of music to support second language acquisition and I found that I made a mistake with "affect" and "effect." My sentence read, "In this study, the data suggests that the top down approach is more effective than responding to student needs by using a bottom down approach." However, it should read "in this study, the data suggests that the top down approach is more affective than responding to student needs by using a bottom down approach." This... read more

Hello lovely students! Do you ever wonder why sometimes you hear something in English but we never write it in English? That's because when we speak English we like to use slang and reduce words to a smaller form by blending them, linking, or using acronyms. Here are some common examples! Can you think of any more? Speaking VS. Academic or formal language gotta = got to needdta = need to hafta = have to gottchya = I understand, I got you. get em = get them goingta the store = going to the store whadaya mean? = what do you mean wouldja like = would you like Use the word "wouldja" with your friends. For example: "Wouldja like to come see a movie with me tonight?" Use the words "would you like" for formal situations like a date or inviting your boss somewhere. For example: "Would you like to go on a date tonight?"

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