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The Present Perfect, and Present Perfect Continuous

This is my attempt to explain the present perfect tense, and the present perfect continuous tense (a.k.a. the progressive tense), without causing your head to explode. Wish me luck. The present perfect uses this structure: You have grown since the…

March 22, 2010, by

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Education: A Key, Not A Cage

I believe that language is a key to knowledge, not a cage within which to confine the learner’s mind. This essay is dedicated to exploring the issue of education in modern America. A new book by education historian Diane Ravitch…

March 17, 2010, by


Media Literacy Awareness [VIDEO]

A big part of being a teacher today (whether online or offline) involves being “fluent” in contemporary media and adapting to its quick-paced development; Whereas a century ago teachers had to deal with mostly written media, nowadays this is not…

March 16, 2010, by

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Helping “With Your English” Vs. “With A Test”

As an English tutor, I like to present contrasts. By using “Vs.” (versus), I define a word or phrase not by what it is, but what it is not. This is often the easier and better method by far. In…

March 9, 2010, by

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A Brief Introduction to the Nuts & Bolts of Reaching Excellence in the English Language

1. What Is Excellence? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle What is excellence? Excellence is the habit of doing things in a superior manner. This means to produce results…

February 26, 2010, by


The Net Generation’s Needs & Habits in the Focus of Media Literacy

Where last time I shared insights with you about the psychology of social media (yes, it was that post with the awfully long title), today I want to take a broader look at behavioral patterns and salient features of a…

February 21, 2010, by


Japanese for Beginners – Tomodachi

This episode explains the two components forming “tomodachi,” the basic Japanese words for “friend.” [audio:|autostart=no]

February 10, 2010, by


Context Must Be Shown [PODCAST]

Today, I talk about how I have developed an overview of Japanese verb conjugation, and am developing manga and anime case studies to demonstrate informal Japanese, which is vital for a holistic grasp of the language. [audio: Must Be Shown.mp3|autostart=no]

January 31, 2010, by

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Teaching Principles

A short presentation by our English teacher Jeremiah Bourque.

January 20, 2010, by