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Language Arts

What may be the opposite word of teach?

I think an antonym or the opposite of "teach" is "indoctrinate". I'm thinking of the negative connotation of this word. One dictionary definition of indoctrinate is: To imbue with a...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 6:06 pm UTC

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In language testing, what is a "broken sentence" item and an addition item? Please explain it to me with examples.

Broken sentences and addition items are examples of different tasks that could appear on a test. In language testing, the use of broken sentences is a form of slot-filling exercise that requires...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 11:53 pm UTC

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Language Arts

Why is English an important language? What can be learned from studying the history of the English language?

English is an important language for many reasons. It is very widely spoken, both as a first and second language. It is, in its most basic form, comparatively easy to learn, due to its grammatical...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 9:35 am UTC

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What is invited reading and resistant reading?

Invited reading is when a reader is able to read a text because he or she has the background to do so. Resistant reading is when the reader’s background knowledge or ideology contradicts the...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 3:11 am UTC

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How can I CHANGE the tone of this SENTENCE? Change the sentence "The SMART STUDENT RECEIVED good GRADES", into a more...

Clearly, diction, the choice of words, sets the tone of sentences. So, in selecting words to create a more positive tone, the writer must consider both the denotation (literal definition) and the...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 6:13 am UTC

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Language Arts

What does the 'inkhorn controversy' mean? Thank you

"Inkhorn words" are words that writers "invented" and introduced into the English language, usually based on Latin or Greek words. An inkhorn, literally, was an ink bottle made out of an animal's...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 10:04 pm UTC

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Would 'barked' be an onomatopoeia? I know bark is, but if I use it in the past tense can it still be regarded as...

Yes, it definitely does. The term onomatopoeia refers to the imitation of sounds in words. Therefore, when we say, 'The dogs bark,' we copy the sound they make by using the word 'bark.' However,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 4:02 pm UTC

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Language Arts

What is the origin of the English word "reason,"including meanings and development

The English word "reason" has two main categorical meanings. They are (1) the facts, etc, that serve as the motivation for a course of action or a statement in an argument and (2) to form...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 7:45 am UTC

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Language Arts

What effect does slang have on society?

Slang in itself is neither positive nor negative. Instead, it reflects nuances of language usage that can link speakers to a sense of culture and ancestry. In some cases, it links members of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 5:25 am UTC

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Language Arts

Combine the following two sentences to a single sentence. You insulted him. This is his complaint. How to combine...

You insulted him; this is his complaint. His complaint is that you insulted him. He complained that you insulted him. When in doubt, you could always use a semi-colon, like in the first...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012 3:47 am UTC

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Language Arts

Learning Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language at any level is helpful. First and most broadly, it helps to understand other cultures and other people, and helps talking with people sometimes. Then there are the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 7:49 am UTC

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Language Arts

How does the blending of history and fiction make for a successful story?—How does the blending of history and...

As a reader, historical fiction is a story with both fiction and non-fiction mixed together to create a good story which draws the reader into the action and the time period. Good historical...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 2:11 pm UTC

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Language Arts

In a "to what extent question," how would I address other ideas in my essay? Can I write "to a middle extent"?

You ask a good question and, while I appreciate the concept of "to a middle extent", the answer to your predicament is actually more straightforward. To understand how the word "extent" is being...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 1:46 am UTC

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Language Arts

How can I CHANGE the tone of this SENTENCE? Change the phrase "The TALL WOMAN CAME into the HOUSE", into a more...

As mentioned above, connotation is the key to tone. The adjective tall is neither positive nor negative in its suggested meanings. So, finding a negative connotation for tall will affect the tone...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

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Language Arts

Which component is the longest part in the story: The rising action, the exposition, the falling action, or something...

The rising action tends to be the longest part of a story. This is because the rising action includes all of the events that set up the story’s conflict. More often than not, the rising action...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020 7:45 pm UTC

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Language Arts

What is the role of diachronic study and synchronic study in linguistics?

This is a very intelligent question. Both words come from ancient Greek: chronos means time, dia means through, and syn means with or together. From this breakdown, we can say that a diachronic...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 12:25 pm UTC

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Language Arts

Television has a bad influence; it stops people from thinking and ruins family life Television has a bad influence

No inanimate object can influence a person; it is what the person does with this inanimate object that can cause problems. The passive watching of television has been scientifically studied and a...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 1:28 pm UTC

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Language Arts

How do you assess student mastery of the curriculum in secondary language arts? How often? 

Assessment is critical to student success, but assessing for mastery should occur only when students have had an opportunity to learn the content. There are two types of assessment: formative and...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 4:42 pm UTC

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Language Arts

How is a thesis or topic sentence used when creating a speech?

The main thing you need to remember about a speech is that your listeners cannot rewind you (unless you are being recorded). In an essay, your reader can re-read ideas if they are not clear, or if...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 12:06 am UTC

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Language Arts

Which sentence uses the word ordinances correctly? A. If you want forgiveness for your ordinances, you must confess...

The essential thing about ordinances when it comes to Christianity is the division between the Catholic and Orthodox church and most Protestant sects. In the former, things like communion or...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2014 7:17 pm UTC

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Language Arts

What is the etymology of the word "zealous"?

Etymology is the study of the history of words and how their format and meaning evolve over time. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word "zealous" dates back to the 1520's. This is...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 2:25 am UTC

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Language Arts

How do I write Diary Writing for my English language ISC You can write about any topic. Like unusual day - already...

If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, do a written version of a free association exercise. Just start writing whatever pops into your head. Usually, before long you'll have a number of...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 2:39 am UTC

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Language Arts

What is a clear and concise definition of a punctuation key?

Punctuation is defined by American Heritage Dictionary (on Dictionary.com) as "the standard marks and signs in writing and printing" that are used to clarify meaning by designating the separations...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010 10:05 pm UTC

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Autobiographical essay I have to write an autobiographical essay for my Human service class and the first page has to...

It might be a cliche, but you could start by describing the situation into which you were born. What was going on in the country? What was your family like? How did your parents meet? I would...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 6:41 am UTC

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Read this line from The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. It drives my brother Darry nuts when I do stuff like that, 'cause...

If you are only allowed to pick one of those options, then I would pick the internal man vs. self conflict that is listed. The brief quote shows that both Darry and Ponyboy are struggling with an...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 2:18 pm UTC

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Language Arts

What principles should be followed to select and grade materials for language teaching?

The first principle for selecting materials to select and grade materials for language teaching is vocabulary. For example, in teaching inflected languages one normally starts with materials in the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2012 5:56 pm UTC

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Language Arts

Texting's effect on writing/grammar With the prevalence of texting among all ages, and the perceived negative effects...

I begin every school year (7th grade Communication Arts) with a discussion of the difference between formal and informal writing, and explain that basic usage errors in skills that should be...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2012 10:00 pm UTC

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Language Arts

How does one revise sentences to contain parallel structure?

Simply put, constructing sentences using parallel structure is a way of making wording match. When we make wording match, we create clearer, economical, elegant sentences that are much easier to...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 9:15 am UTC

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Language Arts

How can I create sentences with context clues? I need to write a sentence with a context clue for each of the words...

This is really one main question, and I have a feeling you're hoping the teachers here to do your homework for you. While I won't give you finished answers for each one, I can help you answer your...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 10:49 pm UTC

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Language Arts

How do socioculturalism, context embedding, and Lily Wong Fillmore's three crucial components play into the...

The language-learning theories of socioculturalism and context embedding, alongside the Mango Language Learning Program, stand in stark contrast to the theory proposed by Lily Wong Fillmore...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 2:56 am UTC

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Language Arts

Helping Speech Students Increase Eye Contact When Speaking I've been teaching speech, a required course at our high...

I have posters around my classroom - particularly on the back wall - for students to have eye contact with. Also, with junior students we encourage use of the smartboard and Powerpoint to support...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 6:26 pm UTC

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I have 5 sentences I want to combine.I want to know if there are any problems with the way that I combine them. 1....

In reviewing your posting, I would agree that your sentence is "correct." However, remember also that when you are writing, you want not only to include information, but you also want your work to...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011 6:27 am UTC

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Language Arts

Write note on Task-based language teaching. define and explain

The Target-Based language teaching approach (TBLT), or Target-Based language instruction strategy (TBI) is one of the most widely-used teaching interventions in language instruction, particularly...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 4:53 pm UTC

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Creative Writing Class for High School Help!! I am teaching Creative Writing for the first time to high school...

When getting students to do creative writing, I love to have them bring in objects that are important to them from home and then have them develop a piece incorporating that item. At first they...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 6:48 pm UTC

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Business English communication I need to know how to improve English speaking fluency as well as written.  

Start first at a comfortable level of speed. Often we find that the biggest problem with people's accent is that they want to intonate faster than they can think about what they are going to say....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 6:18 am UTC

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For this case assignment, read both Prezi vs. Powerpoint articles by Daivd Wicks and Phil Bird. You will write a...

The paradigm that both Wicks and Bird address exists in the function and form of Prezi and Powerpoint. Wicks makes the argument that Prezi could be seen as more advantageous than Powerpoint for a...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2014 2:12 pm UTC

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Latch-key children hi i need some information on latch-key children for my argumentative essay anyone can help?  

I agree that there are many different issues one could study in regards to latch-key children. Keeping the wonderful suggestions above, I would also suggest that you could examine different areas...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 7:57 am UTC

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What are some major problems ESL learners have with grammar? This question is intended for teachers of ESL students...

While I agree the much depends upon the learners native language, there are some particular parts of English that are difficult for all ESL learners. One of the major snags can be irregularities...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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Banning Books!!! Hey guy i jut wanted to ask for your opinon on bannding books do you think bannding books is good or...

Nothing should be banned. Nothing ever is, since once something is forced underground it then allures the curious with the mystique bestowed upon it by its banishers, be it works of literature or...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 1:37 pm UTC

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Proper Grammar, Capitalization, and Punctuation How is that the youth of today are not using proper grammar,...

I concur with Post #7. The students in high school today are very much products of the whole language approach to writing instruction, and they suffer for it in the final products they produce for...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2011 3:50 am UTC

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Thesis statements I need to be prepared to write a thesis statement tomorrow....what do I do?

The key to a strong thesis statement is to know what you are going to write about. The best way to begin is by responding to the prompt in one sentence, if you have a specific prompt. Otherwise,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 12:44 pm UTC

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Help with paraphrasing could any one help me  in Paraphrasing this essay  > really i cant rewrite it on my own...

The person who started this thread sent me a link to the article she wants paraphrased. It is below:

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 12:14 am UTC

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subjects and predicates i need as much information as possible about subjects and predicates

The essential elements of thought, the subject and its predicate are all that is needed to compose a sentence; they initiator of the action and the action itself. Because of this very essential...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2011 7:14 am UTC

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native tongue vs English should native speaking students take classes in their native tongue other than english or...

I would say that both are important. I agree that it is often difficult to learn the content of the material when it is in a foreign language. However, immersion is often the most effective way...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 12:34 am UTC

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Can anyone please help make a sentence with: communion, delusion, infirmity and moping?  I need to frame a sentence.

Sentence frames refer to the structure of a sentence. Basically, you have a grammatically correct sentence and insert words where they properly fit. In order to use your three words, you have to...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

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Personal Writing The year 2050 evokes a futuristic world. What will life be like then and what will be your role in...

I would choose the "person from history conversation" topic and select a musician. The person I would choose would be either Billie Holiday or Janis Joplin. Both musicians struggled with life and...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 2:06 pm UTC

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Language Arts

Tablets in the Language Arts Classroom My district has been lucky enough to purchase Verizon tablets for our students...

Since Tablets are designed with the professional person in mind, one might take advantage of features that would allow for students to build PowerPoint presentations and/or work collaboratively at...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 10:50 am UTC

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How to get a good grade in English Writing and Reading Exams? I have an English Writing and Reading exam coming in...

The best way to do well on any test is to practice, and be sure to feel well-prepared. For example, if it is a standardized test and you can get practice tests it will help you to practice the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012 8:14 pm UTC

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should schools teach the students by giving them activities only besides making them learn i think teachers and the...

As others have said, your definition of "activities" greatly impacts this question. Also important are factors like the subject being considered, the age and ability level of the students involved,...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012 9:58 am UTC

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I need help on starting a short story for class!!! What are elements and resources to help me write a short story?

I often encouraged my students who were stuck on a writing assignment to just write. It sounds silly, but sometimes we get so hung up on where to start that we block ourselves. If you're stuck on...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 11:02 pm UTC

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