Can A Schwa Be Stressed?
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Can A Schwa Be Stressed?

A schwa is a mid-central vowel sound, characteristic of a very relaxed vowel sound. You pronounce it like the first vowel sound in the English word /about/. How a schwa is produced, stressed or unstressed, depends on the language and the specific definition of the sound. A schwa is pronounced as a neutral, relaxed, and…

The Orton-Gillingham Order To Teach Letters
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The Orton-Gillingham Order To Teach Letters

As a speech therapist and teacher myself, I understand entirely and advocate the importance of teaching and facilitating reading skills. This skill paves the way for other literacy and learning abilities later in life.  The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading describes a specific order for teaching letters and reading in general. The Orton-Gillingham order to…

Where Are ESL Teachers In Demand In The USA?
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Where Are ESL Teachers In Demand In The USA?

Globally there is a shortage of ESL teachers, but even closer to home, in the USA, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and recruit good, well qualified English as a Second Language teachers. As immigration continues to increase, and populations expand this is becoming more of an issue for many states in the USA….

At What Age Should Children Write Paragraphs?
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At What Age Should Children Write Paragraphs?

It is very cute when children first begin to write. Their sloping one to three sentences are adorably messy but easy on the eye. But by around ten, they might be turning in pages of dense sentences with no rest for the eye. This makes parents and teachers long for the young writers to start…

FREE Grade 5 Reading and Writing Worksheets
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FREE Grade 5 Reading and Writing Worksheets

We have 5 sets of free grade five reading and writing worksheets for free download below. These are full sets of resources to help grade 5 students (or other grades depending on reading levels) to practice some of the common core literacy skills needed at this grade. They come with tasks and activities included. These…

The World Is Your Oyster
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The World Is Your Oyster

Have you ever come across this phrase, maybe you are studying English literature and this has been in one of the texts you are reading. The world is your oyster certainly makes an appearance in Shakespeare’s works. Maybe you have been set the question in school to define what “the world is your oyster” means,…

The Most Difficult Poem in English in the World
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The Most Difficult Poem in English in the World

This poem, and i give it to both English teachers and students (who ask for it!) to see if they can perform or read it, is the most difficult poem ( in english) in the world. In my opinion it has never been beaten for difficulty. It is incredibly hard, and was written by a…

How to Write Wedding Congratulations Messages in English
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How to Write Wedding Congratulations Messages in English

Weddings are a time of Joy. it is always lovely to be be able to write a beautiful message to the bride and groom. This can be difficult if you are a native speaker of English, and really difficult if you are not. We have listed some beautiful, and some funny, wedding congratulations messages in…

 How to Write Condolence Messages in English.
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 How to Write Condolence Messages in English.

We are a site that tries to bring fun into learning English. However, as with all languages, there are times when it is not used to express joy, but used to express sorrow. Writing condolence messages in English is also a difficult situation for a second language learner as although they share the feelings of…