• I've started putting some of the notes and questions from my conversation classes online. You can find the first set of these right here. You'll find an interesting video, discussion questions and related resources. Enjoy!... more

  • These days I see a lot of sentence fragments starting with "while." Check out this pair of sentences I found recently in an essay about the best place to raise children: "While children who live in cities can access a great number of museums, libraries and other academic facilities. Children in the countryside cannot easily visit places like these." The part in... more

  • A common mistake I see in TOEFL essays is the comparison of a gerund to an infinitive. This happens because questions often ask students to choose between two ways of acting. The error usually appears in the introduction (specifically the thesis statement). What are Gerunds and Infinitives? Before I describe the error, I want to define a few terms. Note that a... more

  • Hey guys, if you are interested in seeing what the essay evaluations look like, stop by the evaluation sign up page. I just updated the screenshots in the gallery to reflect my current method of checking essays. Previously they showed my old method, which wasn't so easy to follow.... more

  • The Deadly Subject-Verb Agreement Error When I check a student's writing for the first time, I am almost guaranteed to spot a few errors related to subject-verb agreement. Most of these errors are fairly easy for students to identify when proofreading their work, but one type of subject-verb agreement error is difficult for even advanced students to grasp. That type of error... more

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