In today’s blogpost, I’d like to introduce a free editing resource for you to try your hand at. The New York Times has been periodically publishing an interactive set of ten-questions challenging readers to identify grammar errors that have appeared in their recent articles. It’s called “Copy-Edit This.”Read More
The final week of Term 2 is here and I am sure all of us cannot wait to begin the June holidays! This week, to busk in the holiday mood, we will put our feet up and look at authentic learning of English from a phishy (pun intended!) email that was in the spotlight just about two weeks ago.Read More
Just the other day, I was confused by a student who wrote, “I was very boring as I sat in class.” Did the student just confess to being dull? Or did he mean that he was inattentive in the lesson because it was uninteresting? I am sure that it was the second meaning he was referring to, which points to the error of his statement, that instead of writing “I was boring”, he should have written, “I was bored”. What a world of difference this small change makes!
How is this related to the post I am writing today? Well, I am well aware that English is full of words that sound similar but are spelled differently (case in point: pairs and pears) and those that are identical in meaning so they are easy to misuse (boring vs bored). As such, I am going to share 5 pairs of words that often get many of my students tangled up in webs of confusion. Let’s take a look at them now!Read More
This simple authentic learning exercise that I am going to introduce will train your child to be more sensitive to looking for errors in text. An additional benefit would be that this heightened sensitivity to errors will aid your child in proofreading his / her writing too!Read More
In the final post for the series, I will go through errors in word forms and connectors. I understand that many of you are busy with common tests and I hope you have found the earlier tips useful as you revise for the Editing section.Read More
In the last blog post on Common Errors in editing (Part 1), I wrote about three types of common errors that you may see in the Editing section of Paper 2. These include mistakes in subject-verb agreement, the use of prepositions and in not using the infinitive after ‘to’. I hope you have found those tips helpful as you tackle that part of the paper.
As promised, here are three more typical types of editing errors. Are you ready? Good! Here we go!Read More
Hello again! I hope the first few weeks of the third school term have been kind to all of you. Editing is a section that takes up 12 marks in Booklet B of Paper 2. There are two main categories of errors that will be tested: Spelling and Grammar. Hence, it is essential for children to recognise which category that error is under before they even attempt the question. For spelling errors, the mistake is usually a mix of letters that will sound similar to the actual correctly spelled answer. As for grammar, the mistake will usually be a correctly spelled word e.g. practice, for, their etc but the wrong form may be used.Read More