Grammar gripes

A comprehensive list of amusing memes for all the grammar grouches out there like me.

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…

Things to Know Before Teaching Young Learners

Here is a list of things I wish I knew before teaching 3-12 year old students: 1. Patience You have not known time to slow down until you have watched a young child slowly erasing an errant letter, only to misspell the word again. You will wait for aeons while beseeching the class to stay…

Classroom Curiosities XIX

This week, I bring you some dental advice, dance moves and a spot of jaundice. Zombie I taught possessives to my primary students and explained that we use ‘of the’ instead of an apostrophe for non-living things or non-humans. I wrote some examples on the board, using the nouns ‘teacher’ and ‘door’ to test these…