Everyday Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives
Cameroon has launched an $8 million emergency program to help students displaced by Boko Haram militants. The government last month announced plans to build classrooms and housing for 70,000 students. The children cannot attend their own schools because of attacks along the border with Nigeria.
America continues to lead the world as a destination for international students. Last year about 900,000 foreign students were studying in the United States, about half of them from Asia. But a growing number of Asian students are looking closer to home to study English - the Philippines.
English learners tell us that the toughest thing to learn in English is how to use prepositions. This week, we look at the prepositions that go with the verb, "provide."
The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, wants international support for his Safe Schools initiative. The campaign is aimed at finding ways to help children return to school in conflict and crisis areas such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria.
The official language in Uganda is English. But visitors to this African country soon recognize that the English spoken here is different from British or American English. Researcher Bernard Sabiiti published a small dictionary of Ugandan English also known as "Unglish.'
There are an estimated 70,000 blind children in Indonesia. Iyehezkiel Parudani lost his eyesight at age six from chicken pox. He now teaches English to blind and visually impaired students at the Pajajaran Special School in the city of Bandung.
Editor's Note: "Everyday Grammar" is a new series of articles to address common mistakes in grammar; to explain complex sentence structure; to answer your questions about grammar; and to discuss phrases you might have heard in the news. Is it a good lesson for "you and I" or "you and me?"
Charles LeBeau shares more tips for improving academic presentations in English. They include cultural knowledge about how to organize a speech as well as how to use images. Other tips include an understanding of your audience, topics and rehearsing your presentation.
Public speaking is difficult even for native speakers of English. Learners find it even more difficult. A big part of giving presentations is body language. Charles LeBeau, professor of public speaking, shares some advice on the speaker’s ‘physical message.’
A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Virginia debated but did not pass a similar bill. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
Public speaking is difficult, even frightening, for many. Some even fear public speaking more than death itself. It is a skill that most English learners want to improve. One method is to look at the activity as three separate messages. Here are three tips to improve your public speaking skills.
See how well you understand the Presidents' Day article by taking a short quiz.
Some teachers and editors say they do not trust the information on the website Wikipedia. They say some of the people who provide the pieces for the website may not be qualified to write them. But an American medical school is now offering a course meant to aid doctors and other Wikipedia users.
Students are taking their university entrance exams in Taiwan this week. The ministry of education wants to change the process in future years. The goal is to encourage students to take risks and become successful innovators.
Over 75% of students failed their Grade 12 final examinations in August 2014. Why did so many students have trouble passing? A recently established government policy had prevented cheating. Hang Chuon Naron, the new Education Minister, wants to end corruption in the schools.
The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The challenge is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.
English learners often think that academic writing is all about spelling, grammar, and organization. Author Cathy Birkenstein says almost anyone can put a sentence together. The difficult part is learning to read and think critically. Listen to these tips from Birkenstein and Gerald Graff.
Every year, South African 12th grade students take a test to decide their next steps following the completion of high school. Many students were unhappy with the results of their 2014 exam. The scores were released January 5. Universities use the scores to make admissions decisions.
Women in their late teens and twenties have a lot to offer younger women. The older students are already successful, said one high school principal. They can teach younger women to find their paths, too. The name of the mentoring program is Imara Roose. Imara is Swahili for strong.
Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More
Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More
Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans. The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet. There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified. More
This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More
Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More
English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In this sentence, “running” is the gerund. It acts just like a noun. More
‘If You Were Me’ tells the story of 18-year-old Burnie Rollinson’s story. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at age three. He has few friends but he enjoys a full and productive life. He and his mother, Anita Rollinson, created their book together. She wrote the words and Burnie drew the pictures. More
Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three part More
Devices that help people walk were once thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to design. Until recently, such a device required electricity from an external power supply. Now, American scientists have built a small, wearable addition to normal shoes. More