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I have some exciting news! I’ve just completed my first month writing for Global Vision International (GVI). I’m participating in their writing academy which spans four months, covering brand, SEO insight, travel writing and freelance work. GVI is an organisation whose values chime with my own. Their projects centre around sustainable development and they offer…

8 More Common Mistakes by Asian Learners

After teaching in Singapore for almost two years, I wanted to highlight the common errors that my students make in order to help other teachers. This is a follow-up to my 5 Common Mistakes post which features different problems to tackle. I suspect some of these errors are reinforced outside our classroom since these are…

The Art of Writing Reports

I’ve just written over a hundred reports and it struck me that it requires a degree of diplomatic phrasing. To help other teachers out there, here are some tried and tested lines (with their true meanings underneath)*: Alex is practicing his fine motor skills and improving his pencil grip. His colouring is really messy. He…

Classroom Curiosities XXV

It’s been a fortnight full of birthdays, sniffles and report-writing. Here is the latest from the classroom: Does that make sense? My primary classes were grappling with the homophones who’s and whose. The first is the contraction of who is, whereas the second is about who the object belongs to. The students had to complete…

Teaching Creative Writing

This week I taught a two day workshop for students aged nine years old who ranged from pre-intermediate to post-intermediate in ability. Although I often teach different writing styles to my regular classes, this was the first intensive course (15 hours) I had taught. I was given some materials by the centre, but I also…

Classroom Curiosities XXIV

This edition features a dictionary challenge gone wrong, some suspect answers and a priceless view on friendship. This week, I ran a Creative Writing Workshop during the holidays. It was fun teaching the students how to show and not tell, avoid boring adjectives and build their characters using dialogue. I’ll share more ideas on teaching…