Teachers’ Tips: WRITING

Writing is like a double-edged sword – it could be both advantageous and disadvantageous at the same time. Unlike speaking, writing could be reviewed and edited as long as you have enough time. However, talking about the latter, published work is irreversible be it printed or digital.

That’s why it is crucial to be detail-oriented in writing. The process wouldn’t be an overnight success – it is a combination of different factors and habits that leads to development of this skill. Here are five tips from our teachers that would help you along the way:

“Picture the flow of your piece.”
– Teacher Rolando

To make a clear map of your piece, it would help to be specific with your topic, determine the scope of your essay and discern the purpose of writing your piece. Start with tailoring the three important parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.

“Study basic grammar rules first before complex grammar rules/ structures.”
Teacher Jesheamor

Grammar, as Merriam-Webster dictionary suggests, is “the set of rules that explain how words are used in a language”.  Sure, there a lot of rules and exceptions in studying a language, that is the point why it is important to start with the basics alongside with simple sentences to complex ones. Familiarize yourself with the figures of speech, subject verb agreement, clauses and phrases, punctuation rules and many more. Check out http://www.grammarbook.com for helpful and comprehensible explanations.

“List down 5-10 new words everyday.”
-Teacher Geralyn

There are may words that could describe a single event and as soon as you expand your vocabulary, the more specific and clearer your sentences would be. Writing 5-10 words everyday is a good start when developing your skill. Review the words you have learned in class and try to use them in a sentence till you master their usage.

“Read different kinds of articles.”
-Teacher Rolando

Writing style is the product of your own imagination plus all those you have read. Developing one’s personal writing style involves taking into account the voice of other writers. Reading different kinds of articles can also help you be familiarized with sentence structures, vocabulary, and word usage.

“Keep a journal.”
– Teacher Areya

The daily writing practice serves as a whetstone to enhance writing skills. Few months or years upon writing consistently, you could go back to the earlier dates and “evaluate” how much you have improved. Start by writing about your day and try to be as descriptive as you can. Remember: Practice, practice, practice.

Bonus:

“Join writing contest.”
– Teacher Ana

Joining writing contest or any other contests for that matter is not only about winning. Of course, winning would be the best thing after putting your masterpiece out there, but there are other ways that joining a contest is beneficial. It is a good way to test your ideas, challenge yourself, and show your talent.

Have you heard of the Photo Essay Contest? Monol International Education Institute encourages students to participate in the said competition held per batch.
Challenge yourself!

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‘Mad Libs Madness’

Scrabble. Crossword puzzle. 4 Pics 1 word. Text Twist. Sure, you have heard about these. How about Mad Libs?

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Mad Libs (originated in 1953) is a kind of word game where one player fills out blank spaces of a story which he/she doesn’t have any idea about. Player 2 would ask Player 1 to supply the words needed such as noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb and so on. After completing, Player 2 would read the whole story to Player 1. This game is usually humorous and nonsensical and is played during parties or past time.

Templates are available online or you could also make your own customized Mad Libs template. To give a twist on your learning experience, you could play this game with your friends and use the vocabularies that you have learned from your classes. This would help practice the lessons and improve comprehension skills in an entertaining way.

Whats’s your favorite word game? Share on the comments section below.

*Featured image from https://icebreakerideas.com/mad-libs/

Top 10 Picks from the Newly Added Words in Dictionaries

Learning a language or anything for that matter is a never ending process. And so as any other things that undergo evolution, modification, and innovation, words also sprout from something that there already is, that has Latin etymology (as per 30% of words in the English language), Greek, German and all others. It is  known that words’ meaning change over time, giving credit to the connotation and denotations as well as combined and borrowed words.

Although some of the words are being used in some areas, these words were considered as slang till this year when it was accepted by some credible dictionaries (we’re talking ’bout Oxford and Merriam). Some of these words are not necessarily new, but has some other meaning added to it. To keep you updated with the new vocabularies, we compiled some newly accepted words in the English language.

From Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:

Weak sauce
n.
US slang
:  something inferior, ineffective, or unimpressive :  something weak
“She is pretty, yes. But her personality is a weak sauce.”

Macaron
n.
:  a light, often brightly colored sandwich cookie consisting of two rounded disks made from a batter of egg whites, sugar, and almond flour surrounding a sweet filling (as of ganache, buttercream, or jam)

‘That store makes really good macarons. Do you want to try it?”

Colorful macaroons

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Photobomb
v.
:  to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank

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“We don’t have a single descent family picture. Bob photobombed every single one.”

Woo-woo
adj.
:  dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific.
“She kept on saying that she saw a ghost. I don’t believe her woo-woo stories anymore.”

Ginger
v.
:  to make lively :  pep up
“Do you have any idea how to ginger this boring party?”

From Oxford Dictionary

Yas
informal
:  expressing great pleasure or excitement.
“I got accepted for the job position. Yas!”

beer o’ clock
n.
humorous
:  an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer.
“It’s beer o’ clock. Time to go to the bar!”

beer o clock

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Biatch
US
informal
:  used as an affectionate or disparaging form of address.
“See you later, biatch.”

hangry
adj.
informal
:  bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.
“We better rush before the customers get hangry.

hangry

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sausage fest
n.
informal
:  an event or group in which the majority of participants are male.
“Are you sure you want to hangout with them? It’s a sausage fest.”

What’s the most recent word you’ve learned? Let us know in the comments below.

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