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
Previously, we have talked about how new vocabulary can be recorded and remembered using vocabulary frames, word webs and analogies to make links. Essentially, a word needs to be encountered as many times as possible for it to be retained. Today, I would like to share about 3 fun ways for children to retain the new vocabulary they have learnt. These games can be easily adapted to be used both in the classroom or at home so educators and parents (Yes, join your children in revising their vocabulary although your role is more of a facilitator or game master), do try them with your kids!Read More
In today's post, I will be highlighting 6 grammatical structures and words which many children are using inappropriately during oral and writing assessment. I will be asking a special friend to highlight these errors to you and she is none other than...Read More
A curious child will always be motivated to find out more and when learning is meaningful, there is even more reason to want to continue learning. As we try and grow the curiosity children have about words, here are three other ways to organise the new words learnt during reading.Read More
The most straightforward and effective answer is to read and this is definitely true. The benefits of extensive reading are far and many with vocabulary growth being one of them. However, many parents are perplexed by why their children always seem to be reading but they still have rather limited vocabulary. Bearing this in mind, here are a few points I would like to highlight about reading to build up vocabulary.Read More