Tag: words

Making Words Dance

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Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley explain why we need to read and write more poetry in (and outside of) the classroomI tried to do the same thing for her when I was twelve.I hadn’t saved my allowance so I couldn’t purchase a Mother’s Day card, let alone a gift. I decided to write a poem instead. It wasn’t great....

French to Stop Fight Against Foreign Words

Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture, reversed four centuries of French linguistic policy by declaring that France’s resistance to the incursion of English words was harming — rather than preserving — the language. “French is not in danger, and my responsibility as minister is not to erect ineffective barriers against languages but to give all our citizens the means...

Words of 2014 Expose Vapid Culture

Merriam-Webster named culture in all of its definitions as its word of the year for 2014, saying that culture was a "big word at back-to-school time each year, but last year lookups extended well beyond the academic calendar." The company chooses its word of the year based on a set of criteria that includes the number of online searches...

Babies Learning Words on the Edge

A new study shows babies memorize first and last syllables.New research from the journal, Child Development, offers insight into how babies acquire language. The article, “Verbal Positioning Memory in 7-Month-Olds,” posits that word “edges” are the most important word parts for language acquisition.More...

Dictionary Adds 150 Words to 2014 Edition

‘Selfie’ ‘crowdfunding’ and turducken’ are among 150 new words added to the 2014 updated version of the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary; the company have announced this week.The new additions to the U.S. English dictionary reflect numerous changes in technology, social media and popular culture.The process of holding a smart-phone camera at arm’s length and snapping a quick shot for...

Way with Words

Way with Words Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction by Joe Barcroft TESOL International Association 123 pages ISBN 193-1185752 Joe Barcroft premises his new book, Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction, by pointing out that while the subject of grammar acquisition has been the centerpiece of second-language acquisition research, newer studies suggest that vocabulary has a central role in language acquisition. Therefore, Barcroft posits that vocabulary...

Renovating Your Writing

Carving Words Renovating Your Writing: Shaping Ideas into Clear, Concise, and Compelling Messages Richard Kallan ISBN-10: 020525439X • ISBN-13: 9780205254392 (c)2013 • Pearson, White Plains, NYWriting successfully is often a challenging task, one that many people struggle with throughout their careers and lives. In school, students are taught a specific format for writing and revising papers. Out of school, writers are faced with...