Creative writing, English Vocabulary, Essay Writing

Replacing ‘very’ with other words

While ‘very’ has its place in the English language, try this handy list of words and see if you can use a more descriptive alternative.

 

English Vocabulary, Grammar

Envy vs Jealous

I was asked to clarify this a week or two ago, so I thought I’d make a video.

 

Grammar, School, Tutor

Some advice about dictionaries

I actually have to explain how to use a paper dictionary to about half of my students, so why not put it in a video?

I hope that was helpful!

~Shirlaine

English Language, English Vocabulary, Essay Writing, Tutor, VCE EAL, VCE English

Word of the week: fanatic

From Oxford Dictionaries:

A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause:

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English Language, English Vocabulary, Idioms, Tutor

Idiom: Necessity, mother of invention

Necessity is the mother of invention

This idiom* is used to express the idea that a creative solution was reached because there were no alternatives. This is usually used in situations where there was a desperate need for a solution and there were none to be found, so people had to get creative.

Below is a clear illustration of this idea: Continue reading “Idiom: Necessity, mother of invention”

English Vocabulary, Essay Writing, Tutor, VCE, VCE EAL, VCE English

Word of the week: Ponder

From Oxford Dictionaries:

Think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion

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Essay Writing, Language Analysis

Analysing a Visual

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

Many students don’t feel confident in analysing the visual in the text they get. Below is some general advice for students who struggle with knowing how to write about them:  Continue reading “Analysing a Visual”

Essay Writing

Editing: long sentences

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away for a few weeks.

In this video, I edit a super duper long sentence. Please note that the use of low camera angle is wrong, but I’m just editing for length so I left that alone. 

I hope that was helpful! 

~Shirlaine

Language Analysis, School, VCE EAL, VCE English

When authors use multiple persuasive techniques at once

Note: This post is one of a series of scheduled posts while I’m away for a few weeks.

Some students get a little confused when authors use multiple persuasive techniques/devices at once. Where do you start? Which one do you talk about first? Below is an example:  Continue reading “When authors use multiple persuasive techniques at once”

Essay Writing, VCE EAL, VCE English

Video: The ‘Bang for Buck’ writing principle

When writing under timed conditions, it’s important to understand time as a limited resource. Are you using your x number of minutes to write stuff that going to get you the highest mark?  Continue reading “Video: The ‘Bang for Buck’ writing principle”