The English Teacher Blog

Tips and mini lessons for English language learners

August 15, 2013

Bumbershoot? Codswallop? To gazump? The 100 funniest words in English!

Without a doubt, English has a lot of vocabulary. High frequency vocabulary includes words that are the most in use in speaking and writing. Low frequency […]
July 30, 2013

New language discovered in Australia

When I was in my graduate linguistics program, the days of linguists discovering new and rare languages were long over. That’s why I was particularly excited […]
May 30, 2013

What’s a spelling bee?

You may have heard of spelling bees, which are part of the fabric of American children’s educational experience. Did you know that spelling bees are thought […]
April 25, 2013

Is texting killing language?

Another great lecture from the TED series. Linguist John McWhorter argues that texting is not destroying writing skills, but rather is an evolving hybrid of written […]