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! … Continue reading Editing: long sentences

Argument analysis, 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:  'Whenever there’s something unhappy, or evil, or messy out… 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?    ~Shirlaine  

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English vocab: invade/evade

The words 'invade' and 'evade' can be confusing for some students. Today, we will look at their definitions.  INVADE To 'invade' means to go inside something or somewhere without permission. 'Invading' is usually done so something or someone can take over the thing or place they have 'invaded'. For this reason, 'invade' never means anything… Continue reading English vocab: invade/evade

VCE EAL, VCE English

My #1 English vocabulary rule

As students move up the years in high school, they are expected to use more and more complex vocabulary, but this leads to a pet peeve of mine: inappropriate/incorrect vocabulary.  Essays that use incorrect or inappropriate language frustrate me because:  you're using the wrong word, I don't understand what you're trying to say, I think you can write… Continue reading My #1 English vocabulary rule

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English grammar: simple vs. perfect past tense

Today, I'll explain when to use SIMPLE PAST TENSE and PERFECT PAST TENSE. First of all, what are they?  We use past tenses to talk about things that have happened in the past, so we can only change the tense of a verb. Below are some examples: Root verb - simple past - perfect past run  … Continue reading English grammar: simple vs. perfect past tense