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The Language Department

Stanley Ely | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Stanley Ely

It's gotten hard to keep up with what's going on in the language department. Not Arabic or Mandarin. I'm talking about our own native English. Some...

Make Spelling Fun With Post-It Notes

Julee Morrison | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Julee Morrison

Post-It Note Spelling has helped my children improve their spelling test scores and it's a great break from the kitchen table for homework.

The Dictionary Just Trolled Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics

Even the dictionary is ganging up on Republican hopeful Donald Trump. Following his poor performance in Thursday's GOP debate, the business mogul sen...

Our Individual Quirks of Mind

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 10.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

With each year we can gain a deeper understanding of how our minds work, what our strengths are, and what is challenging for us. This is true for everyone. With the knowledge that "we are enough," we can then contribute in a way that nurtures our hearts and souls.

What Happens When Parents Go Too Far With Spelling Words Instead of Saying Them

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents

Inevitably at some point in most parents' lives, they take to verbally spelling out certain words they don't want their young children to hear -- whet...

Totally Loving This Game of Words With Enemies

James Napoli | Posted 05.31.2016 | Comedy
James Napoli

It's real fun and everything, coming up with crazy, half-baked words that you don't even know, but then you run it by the Words with Friends database and hey, presto, they accept it.

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Send a Kid to a Dictionary to Look Up the Spelling of a Word

Matthew Dicks | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

As an elementary school teacher for 17 years, I have been asked for the spelling of a word hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Every time I have been asked -- without exception -- I have given my student the spelling of the word. Happily.

Holiday Card Grammar: Getting It Right While Reinforcing That Subtle 'Perfect Family' Message

Stacy Crinks | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Stacy Crinks

This year, you're just going to spell everything right on your family holiday card, which subtly conveys that nonchalant "perfect family" vibe that will keep you in the right social circles all year long. And here's how to do that.

Why Parents Shouldn't Be Concerned About Their Children's Texting

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

My assumption had been that when children use incorrectly spelled words, poor grammar, change the way words look in print, and substitute symbols and images (e.g. emoticons) to communicate, it will have a negative effect on their spelling, grammar, and reading and writing skills. Logical, don't you think?

The Curse of Perfect Spelling

Beth Winegarner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Beth Winegarner

I aced every one of those 10-word spelling quizzes teachers like to spring on their students. Little did I know they were secretly trying to identify the best candidates for the school spelling bee. Had I realized their plot, I might have flubbed my answers.

What Is Happening to Language?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media
SidneyAnne Stone

I have been trying to avoid writing this piece for fear that I will sound like a grumpy old lady which, by the way, I am not. Even as I hear myself discuss this issue I remind myself of my high school English teacher, who was a miserable little thing in case you were wondering, yet I still feel compelled to introduce the topic.

Reading Needs Writing! A Vital, But Neglected, Message

Dr. Marion Blank | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Marion Blank

The simple fact is that writing is harder. Even the physical skills required to produce writing are far more demanding than those required for reading -- particularly for young children.

Its Not Grammar... It's Grammar

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Tarun Sakhrani

How often does your phone automatically correct your words? How often has a coherent sentence become one of absolute gibberish or at least one that ...

'The Great Gypsy'?!

Posted 07.11.2013 | Books

Summer reading lists are a common thing for schools - but usually the books on the list actually exist. A list produced by a Long Island school di...

Wearing My Misspellings

Anya Kramer | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Anya Kramer

At eight I did not know the word for it like I did at eighteen but I knew the feeling: isolation. Called out, called upon, called to speak I could not. Words eluded me. Often the thought was there but I did not -- could not -- voice it.

4 Common Mispronunciations That Drive Me Crazy

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.03.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

There's no shortage of words in the English language that are consistently mispronounced. Here are just three of them.

The Age of Impoliteness

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Style
Imogen Lloyd Webber

Perhaps I am just getting old. Maybe it's the new normal to arrive twenty minutes late, to arrange a meeting so you can spend its duration broadcasting to the world where your physical but not mental presence is and to never snail mail.

Finally, The Right Way To Spell The December Jewish Holiday

Paul Golin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Paul Golin

There has long been a war brewing in America over a December religious holiday and no, I don't mean the silly non-issue "War on Christmas." I'm talking about the hubbub over how to spell the Jewish Festival of Lights.

The Most Common Spelling Errors in College

Uloop | Posted 01.09.2012 | College

By Sarah Fudin Lehigh University Most college students rely on the blessing of spell-check to prevent embarrassing misspellings on papers or in email...

Paging the 'On-Buzz Man': Students' Creative Spelling Screw-Ups

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 11.27.2011 | College
The Chronicle of Higher Education

I will always treasure a student's article about a Board of Education meeting that referred to "the Super Attendant of Schools"--an oddly apt designation.

WATCH: Your Grammar Sucks

Posted 09.10.2011 | Comedy

Jack is taking a stand against the horrible spelling and grammar displayed by most YouTube commenters by doing a dramatic reading of some of his favor...

Fun, Easy Ways to Keep Kids' School Skills Fresh This Summer

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted 09.06.2011 | Education
Sharon Duke Estroff

During the school-year, critical academic skills are regularly reinforced. Summer is a completely different story, as most kids hardly pick up a pencil in June, July and August.

Matt Sledge

Subletting On Craigslist? Try Grammar | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.08.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The desperate, last-minute hustle to rent a room in New York City often ends, for both landlords and tenants, on Craigslist. The site stre...

WATCH: Teacher Allegedly Flips Out After Child Misspells Word

Posted 07.29.2011 | Education

In Cumberland County, N.C., a father is ready to press charges after a substitute teacher allegedly mistreated his son Alonzo for misspelling a word o...

Use It or Lose It -- The Departure of Vocabulary From American Culture

Diana Bianchini | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Diana Bianchini

It is vital that teachers and parents engage students meaningfully with the words on which they are being tested every Friday. Words should be read aloud, written, and used in conversations.