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How do I know which sources to cite for a book I'm writing?

I’m in the process of writing an English education book, and I’m going to be using a lot of information: maps, lists, etc. I need to know how I should cite my sources. [more inside]
posted by eggrollover on Feb 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Comma usage in a subject/verb/object sentence.

Why is the sentence "Let's read, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen." incorrectly punctuated? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Feb 9, 2011 - 35 answers

Give me apps for AP.

What can a high school AP English teacher use an iPad for in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Feb 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Asked by a fellow teacher, hasn't got a clue.

In need of help with grammar, again. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Feb 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Do things get spoilt?

Is "gets spoilt" proper English? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers on Feb 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for a traditional canon-focused English MA-- does it exist?

What is the best English MA grad school that focuses on literary forms and content, and literary canon? Secondarily, a PhD program that has a 'hidden' MA possible in this area? [more inside]
posted by reenka on Jan 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Are there more people who speak or understand English or Chinese?

How many people on the planet speak or understand English? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Jan 20, 2011 - 5 answers

What is the most effective technique for making oneself understood by non-native English speakers?

I only speak English and I live in a country where much of the English spoken is devoid of plurals and tenses and has a very limited vocabulary. In order to communicate most effectively, would I be better off speaking in technically correct sentences or simplifying my speech similarly? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer on Jan 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Help a novice English professor effectively teach essay writing and analysis!

Looking for group exercises, videos, exciting material to teach easily-distracted college students the building blocks of essay-writing and analysis. [more inside]
posted by ilana on Jan 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Poetry inquiry

Can't remember a poem about drowning, and I think it has a mention of a "piston". Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Jan 12, 2011 - 6 answers

No, commas are not added like salt and pepper (to taste)

I'm teaching a humanities course at an open-admission college. The students are extremely poor writers, and have almost zero knowledge of English grammar. This semester, I want to help them avoid comma splices, since that's one of the top three issues I see in their papers (spelling errors and sentence fragments being the other two). Can you help me design a lesson/activity to help them? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jan 11, 2011 - 16 answers

What are objective pronouns used with - direct or indirect objects?

When a sentence uses more than one object, how are objective pronouns used with them? Common sense would say that they are only relevant to the direct object, but what if I want to refer to the indirect object? Hardcore grammar-mining ahead! [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jan 8, 2011 - 21 answers

Do any graduate programs emphasize writing while teaching English grammar, literature, and Latin?

Is there any graduate program that emphasizes writing skills (in English) while providing a rigorous education in grammar, literature, and related languages (i.e. Latin), without focusing on literary criticism, but rather on writing itself? More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nebula on Jan 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me find this word!

A friend is searching for "a word that describes the state of knowing something but being unable to express it". Not by physical defect or injury, but like being tongue-tied. He's looking for one word only.
posted by jeffrygardner on Jan 2, 2011 - 26 answers

Translation party!

I need help translating an email from German to English. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Dec 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Do all nouns have a plural form?

English language filter: Do all nouns have a plural form? If not what is an example of a noun with no plural form?
posted by West of House on Dec 16, 2010 - 46 answers

What are the rules governing English word-substitution into South Asian news broadcasts?

What are the rules governing English word-substitution into South Asian news broadcasts (ex: this S. Tendulkar interview)? Why is it done, when is it done, and what does it connote? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 13, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the plural of "Batman"?

What is the plural of "Batman"? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 9, 2010 - 60 answers

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it?

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Nov 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Suggest a good TV series for learning English

Can you suggest a good television series (preferably with available English subtitles) for people learning English? [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Nov 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Need help translating a letter from French to English.

Need help translating a letter from French to English. [more inside]
posted by chos on Nov 20, 2010 - 6 answers

How do you write an argument for AP English Literature?

How do you go about the thought process to make an argument (as opposed to a theme, statement, or observation) about a work of literature for AP English Literature? [more inside]
posted by elaine on Nov 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Similarities between two different things?

Give me an idea of two very different things, that I could show similarities between -- that relate to me. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Nov 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Being better in teaching

I want to make this short and excuse my uneasy temperment. I'm in Korea teaching English. Teaching for almost a month to be exact. No background in teaching nor attending a seminar for ESL teaching. It's very hard since I'm doing this in the middle of the last school semester. I don't know what to do to be honest. I speak Korean and this is a menace. They have huge expectations about me as I can speak both languages. I need to improve my teaching skills overall ASAP. But what to do?
posted by sanskrtam on Nov 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Does anybody say "palaver"?

Have you ever heard the word "palaver" in actual use in English to describe a group discussion? What other English synonyms are there for a workplace group discussion? [more inside]
posted by keijo on Nov 13, 2010 - 40 answers

How do I find a personal Spanish tutor in Tegucigalpa?

Looking for a Spanish tutor to help me polish my skills while I'm in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for a month (Feb-Mar '11) - do you know such a person? Do you know a better way? [more inside]
posted by stuboo on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Los Animaniacs?

Help me refresh my Spanish at the same time that my 8 month old acquires it. Where can we watch Spanish-language cartoons online? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I find English as a Second Language Funding for an African University?

I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
posted by wires on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me identify this website

I'm trying to remember the name/address of a funny website I used to visit perhaps 8-10 years ago or so. It was a humor site from out of England I think, presented in kind of a newspaper 'broadsheet' format, and had a distinctly anachronistic writing style, which I remembering being kind of Edwardian/P.G. Wodehouse-ish. [more inside]
posted by pziemba on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Pierogi and custard?

I am toying with starting Polish/English conversation group in London and I want it to be a success. What can I do to make it work? [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on Oct 28, 2010 - 3 answers

A word for someone who is influenced

Word Choice Filter: Is there a word that describes someone who is influenced by an influencer? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Oct 14, 2010 - 30 answers

How to be a better teacher

How can I become an awesome English teacher to a foreign child? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Oct 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Rush Push Lush Bush Hush

Other than, "It just is!", how do you explain to someone the pronunciation rule for: bush/push versus hush/lush/rush where the ush is pronounced differently.
posted by querty on Oct 6, 2010 - 35 answers

Can you help my mother-in-law learn English (but not too much)?

Do you know of any programs to help an elderly Chinese and Vietnamese speaker learn English? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Oct 3, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school?

How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Sep 22, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me get up to speed with current educational trends.

Teachers and other folks who work in the field of education: Where can I find out what’s currently popular/important in middle-school and high-school education? I’m looking for professional resources, trends, current education gurus—the kinds of things I’d find at Heinemann or at conventions like NCTE or IRA, but I’ve already been on the Heinemann site, and I can’t make it to conventions this year. [more inside]
posted by TEA on Sep 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Free online EFL resources?

Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
posted by people? I ain't people! on Sep 19, 2010 - 6 answers

That's a funny accent you have there...

Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Sep 17, 2010 - 11 answers

English words and terms that have changed meaning?

What are some English words and terms that have changed meaning significantly in the last century or so? [more inside]
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y on Sep 8, 2010 - 69 answers

English teaching pre-made curriculum

Curriculum recommendations for teaching English (ESL kids, ages 3-5, 6-7, and 10-11) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 7, 2010 - 4 answers

This is why we need to know this

Can you recommend an essay that defends a liberal education? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Sep 4, 2010 - 14 answers

All day long he tucks and fits, and fits and tucks, and tucks and fits....

Please help me find similar pronunciations of profanity and non-profanity for my Korean class e.g., "beach" and "NSFW" [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Aug 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Creative or English Literature masters?

I'm currently finishing my last English Literature Honors paper and aim to continue academic study. My dilemma is that I am unsure of whether to apply for an English Literature MA or a Creative Writing MA. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Aug 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Why is my English boyfriend so reserved?

Are British people kind of socially retarded or is it normal for them to not be chatty and friendly with people they don't know well? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Aug 5, 2010 - 57 answers

Help me create a list of epics that either destroy - or transform - students in college Lit classes...

I'm trying to make a list of epics that kill most people in college Lit - the really great ones that for many people are impossible to get through, but can be so worthwhile if they do. Here's a rough list so far: [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 28, 2010 - 65 answers

Expressing percentage reductions in the english language

Best way to express a percentange reduction in the english language. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Jul 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Don't be such a Gloomy Gus

Is there a word for "Debbie Downer", "Nervous Nelson", and similar labels? [more inside]
posted by fleeba on Jul 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Another where-do-I-go-from-here thread

UK English graduate can't find proper job. Keep searching, take time out, or get more qualifications? (Also regrets degree, wishes he'd gone science or IT. Would not be amiss to getting-a-second-degree-without-funding advice.) [more inside]
posted by Fen on Jul 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Can Anyone Translate This Swedish Word?

My husband's grandmother is Swedish (born in the US; her parents emigrated). She uses the Swedish word "guba" (sounds like 'gouda') when talking about any nice-looking man ("Oh, he's a guba."). Is this an accurate translation? I've tried Google and haven't gotten a definitive answer, possibly because I may be spelling it wrong.
posted by miltoncat on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Tips for a first-time translator

Tips on translating a bunch of documents quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jun 24, 2010 - 6 answers

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