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My name is not teacher, and neither is yours.

Learning English is a difficult endeavor.  It is more so when English is a foreign language and real world exposure is limited.  Exposure to a single English speaker or small group in a classroom setting makes learning effective English even more difficult.  This blog examines some of the aspects of The Prussian Schooling System (Cubberley, 1920 pp. 455-89) prevalent in…

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The History of English Podcast: Episode 101

The History of English Podcast: Episode 101: The Birth of English Song http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/10/11/episode-101-the-birth-of-english-song/ The best points here for EFL teachers are the Middle English grammar constructions with ‘what’ that mirror Spanish speakers’ errors with What/How. ”What do you say __x__?’ is unlike modern Spanish and Modern English; however it would be correct M.E.!

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Course Review: English Grammar and Style | edX

https://www.edx.org/course/english-grammar-style-uqx-write101x-6 The University of Queensland’s Grammar and Style course is a deep dive into applying complex grammar in writing. There’s a heavy focus on grammar meaning and the connotations that grammar holds at the sentence level. I felt that the rubrics and the peer editing were the highlights. I definitely gained insights into editing my learners’ writing. By using some…

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Prefixes and Prepositions

The History of English Podcast: Episode 104: Prefix Preferences http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/12/18/episode-104-prefix-preferences/ Episode 104 tracks the development of prefixes and preposirions. This is great information on in/on and for vs. por.

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The History of Books and Why Copyright fosters Ignorance

The History of English Podcast: Episode 106: An Illuminating Development http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/12/31/episode-106-an-illuminating-discovery/ This episode makes a great indirect case against copyright and similar ideas. If copyright had been invented in 1200, you wouldn’t be able to read this because the book market would never have developed.

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Middle English and Modern High Frequency Collocations

The History of English Podcast: Episode 107: Parlez-Vous Anglais? http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2018/01/15/episode-107-parlez-vous-anglais/ The highlight in this episode is the translation between Middle English and Modern English. The notable high frequency Germanic words are non cognate with Spanish. Those words are especially important for Spanish Speakers learning English to know and collocate well.

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The History and Evolution of English Verbs

The History of English Podcast: Episode 108: On the Move http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2018/02/09/episode-108-on-the-move/ Episode 108 walks us through the history of several English verbs and  their cognates. This is one of those superlative episodes that flows from one word family to another in support of the narrative.

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Read A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, a Hilarious & Informative Collection of Early Modern English Slang (1785)

Read a classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue. This dictionary gives great insight not just of vulgarities, but helps track culture and the way English lexis and register change. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/dRcgP65A8SY/read-a-classical-dictionary-of-the-vulgar-tongue-a-hilarious-informative-compilation-of-early-modern-english-slang-1785.html

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The History of English Podcast

The History of English Podcast: Episode 100: Decoding English This episode has great background on /ts/ /j/ /y/. Great for Latina and Greek cognates is Spanish and English. http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/09/25/episode-100-decoding-english/