The English Teacher Blog

Tips and mini lessons for English language learners

October 8, 2014

‘Word Crimes’ parody music video

“Weird Al” Yankovic has been making parodies of popular songs since the 1980s, and this particular one is a commentary on the general decline of writing […]
May 16, 2014

Third language map of the US by state

Most people know that Spanish is the second most common language in the US, but what is the third? This map shows the breakdown by state […]
December 10, 2013

What is ‘good writing’ in English?

William Zinsser is a prolific writer, a professor, and author of the classic writing text On Writing Well. In this speech to the incoming international students […]
October 21, 2013

On the psychological and spiritual impact of writing in a second language

In this op-ed (opinion-editorial) piece from the New York Times, author Costica Bradatan explores the idea of writing in a second language leading to a re-birth […]