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Here is a sample proofreading checklist which I created for one of my English Language Learner (ELL) students. It is not an exhaustive list, because it is targeted to her most frequent errors.    Proofreading Checklist Did I check… 1. Spelling ?  Microsoft Office Spelling and Grammar check? ? Spelling of proper nouns (specific people, places, things?) ? Example: President Barack Obama 2. Grammar ? Circle all the verbs? ? Check subject/verb agreement? ? Check the verb: o Tense o Spelling 3. Sentence Structure   ? Correct any sentences that are too long? o Add a good variety of short and long sentences? 4. Punctuation ? Put a box around each punctuation mark? ? Check apostrophes? o They should be for possessives (show ownership) or in place of a letter ? Example?: That is Joe's essay. ? Example2 : It’s (It is) a nice day. ? Commas... read more

Functional Language: Agreeing and Disagreeing These examples are all informal. So, we would use them in every-day conversation and informal e-mails and texts, NOT in academic or business writing. They are all things we say in response to another person’s statement. to agree-(verb): to have the same opinion Agreeing: 1. That’s very true! 2. …I agree with you there. 3. Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 4. I thought so. a. OR: b. I THOUGHT so! 5. AbsoLUTEly! (Absolutely!) 6. Yeah, I’m not surprised… to disagree-(verb): to have a different opinion; to fail to agree Disagreeing: 1. Yes, but don’t you think… 2. I agree with you, BUT… 3. Yes, but on the other hand… 4. I don’t see it quite like that. 5. You MUST be JOKING! 6. No, DEFINITELY not! 7. I don’t think so… 8. I don’t beLIEVE it! (I don’t believe it!) 9. Come ON! Sources: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s... read more

Functional Language: Agreeing and Disagreeing These examples are all informal. So, we would use them in every-day conversation and informal e-mails and texts, NOT in academic or business writing. They are all things we say in response to another person’s statement. to agree-(verb): to have the same opinion Agreeing: 1. That’s very true! 2. …I agree with you there. 3. Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 4. I thought so. a. OR: b. I THOUGHT so! 5. AbsoLUTEly! (Absolutely!) 6. Yeah, I’m not surprised… to disagree-(verb): to have a different opinion; to fail to agree Disagreeing: 1. Yes, but don’t you think… 2. I agree with you, BUT… 3. Yes, but on the other hand… 4. I don’t see it quite like that. 5. You MUST be JOKING! 6. No, DEFINITELY not! 7. I don’t think so… 8. I don’t beLIEVE it! (I don’t believe it!) 9. Come ON! Sources: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s... read more

I know that when it comes to boosting one's vocabulary when preparing for one of the standardized tests, some students memorize long lists of words.  Some use flashcards, and others might use mnemonic devices--like associating a word with an image.     That's fine if memorization doesn't bore you, but let's face it. Learning those words by "rote" might help you identify a few on the language section of the SAT, ACT, or GRE, but you'll most likely forget them a week after the test. You also might be someone that hates the practice of memorization.   If you want to improve your vocabulary and really learn new words in context, the best thing is to be a reader, and if you've been reading challenging books throughout high school, that is definitely helpful.  But in the short term, try studying from the book 1100 Words You Need to Know.  This book teaches you vocabulary inductively.  In other words, you're first presented... read more

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