The English Teacher Blog

Tips and mini lessons for English language learners

February 7, 2017

We recommend you master the subjunctive

Whenever we administer a grammar pretest, almost everyone misses the question designed to test knowledge of the subjunctive in English. That’s OK – many native speakers […]
January 22, 2016

Why did public schools stop teaching grammar?

I attended public school growing up. When I was in 5th grade, my English teacher taught us how to break down sentences and use the diagramming […]
October 28, 2015

Will English remain the world’s dominant language in the future?

Here at English With Purpose we are obviously in business because people need to learn English. But is studying English as a second or third language […]
December 28, 2012

How the structure of your native language influences your view of the world

We think this is an excellent speech about how native language structure affects one’s interpretation of the world. The TED series is also a wonderful tool […]
December 10, 2013

What is considered ‘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

Are you the same person when you write in English, or do you become someone else?

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 […]