5 Reasons to Self-Publish Online

Self-publish English-language Teaching Materials Online If you are like me, you probably have a creative drive to self-publish your own language teaching materials online. Plus, you probably want to make a little extra income. For over 30 years, I’ve been an English-language educational writer and classroom teacher.  I written nine commercial textbooks with major publishers. I’ve…

Use Critical Thinking Skills

Open your eyes to critical thinking skills In the present business and political context, critical thinking skills are more important than ever.  We are figuratively drowning in fake news and  false information, thanks to the new powers that be. What can you do to be aware of and fight against misinformation? And practice your English writing…

Common Writing Mistakes

Learners’ Common Writing Mistakes It’s no fun making mistakes, especially in important situations. It’s one thing dropping your ice cream. It’s much more serious writing poorly when your reputation is at stake. Let’s revisit writing mistakes that non-native English speaking language learners often make. In a previous post, I looked at the misuse of the…

Topic Sentence: Key to Effective Paragraphs

Introduction Good paragraph organization is a key part of an outstanding text in a business or academic context. Well-crafted paragraphs include a topic sentence. What is an effective paragraph? Good paragraphs usually have three parts: a topic sentence with a controlling idea supporting details a concluding sentence Let’s look briefly at these three parts of…

Why Quote Reliable Sources

 Quote reliable sources Whether you are writing a business report or an academic paper, you should quote reliable sources properly. Why quote reliable sources?  You could get kicked out of your school or you could damage your professional reputation if you don’t. Here are are five good reasons to use quotations when you are writing. 1. Protects…

How to Revise Documents

  Revise documents:  A step not to miss One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac An important document, such as a business report, must be unified in all its aspects. When you revise documents, you look at paragraph unity, development, and coherence. You need to review the…

Critical Thinking Skills

Use critical thinking skills in report writing According to the American Management Association, critical thinking skills are an essential part of business success. Other important critical skills are effective communication, collaboration, and creativity. Critical thinking and problem solving—the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and take action as appropriate Effective communication—the ability to synthesize and…