Language Learning (3)

Smartphones and education

As education is concerned with learning, and learning (in its truest sense) involves embracing change, it goes without saying that the tools teachers use should also change. Only when it comes to using mobile phones in the classroom, many teachers—myself included—are stuck, despite the reality that our students are glued to their phones 24/7.

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Adverbs: Use them or not?

I recently wrote a blog entry (on adverbs), which highlights something I often confront during my career—mainly, teaching English versus writing it. As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, I’ve noticed students often avoid using adverbs, though I’m not entirely sure why. 

For those who hate grammar, adverbs are those words that look like adjectives + ly (words like: slowly, deliberately, immediately, etc.) They emphasize and add girth to actions (she wrote hurriedly) and modify adjectives (he was devastatingly handsome), which makes speakers sound so much more fluent.

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