Reading & Writing

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Essential English Idioms

Oftentimes, older students feel like a writing assignment is “thrown at them” perhaps unexpectedly, with seemingly unreasonable expectations of essay

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Why is Learning English So Hard?

Many people believe that English is one of the hardest languages to learn. 

But its difficulty really depends on the language you already speak. For example, learning English as a native speaker of another Indo-European language (like Italian) may be easier than learning English as a native speaker of a tonal language (like Vietnamese).

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How to Become Fluent in English (Without Memorization)

Language fluency is defined in many different ways, but at its most basic, fluency requires the mastery of both the spoken and written word.

Memorization Required?

Some memorization is always required when learning a new language. You have to know the grammar rules and learn the vocabulary, but there comes a point when flashcards just don’t cut it.

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Close Reading Skills: Annotating Strategies for Improving Your Child’s Comprehension

In our modern world of education, we often hear words and phrases like “annotate” and “close reading” that are unfamiliar to us. What does it mean to annotate? What does it mean to master close reading? When students are reading challenging texts, haven’t they always just scribbled random notes in their notebooks about words, phrases, and sentences that they hope to understand later?

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Critical Reading Strategies: What is Phonics Instruction?

According to Oxford Dictionaries, phonics is a method of teaching people to read by correlating sounds with letters or groups of letters in an alphabetic writing system. This sounds like a complicated task, but it really is a simple but methodical one. As a parent, you can encourage your child’s phonics mastery right at home.

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