The schwa is standard English’s most common vowel sound, yet it’s also one of the most confusing and misunderstood concepts. This article outlines what schwa is, provides some examples, and discusses how to teach the schwa sound. What is schwa? A schwa is a vowel sound present in an unstressed syllable. It occurs when the […]
An often-used educational quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead: ‘Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.’ This pivots on helping them to develop a core ability that supports all subject engagement and recall – comprehension. Finding the best ways to stimulate comprehension in young children is not always straightforward. In older students, […]
Receptive language disorder occurs when someone doesn’t understand what another person is trying to say. It is a disorder that makes it difficult to communicate. Someone who has this will have trouble understanding the meaning of words and language, leading to responses that don’t entirely make sense. However, this is not due to a lack […]
When you are in academia, completing a research project is one of the most enticing things you can think about. It is your opportunity to tread new ground in your field and inform generations of academics to come with brand-new insight. However, before you start your research, you need funding and support from an institution. […]
A CV is an academic document that provides a snapshot of your academic and professional experience. It is often the first point of contact between you and an employer, so it’s essential to make sure that you have a clear and effective CV that highlights your skills, experience, and achievements. The good news is that […]
Whether you work in a school or an employer, you’re bound to encounter someone whose spelling is not up to scratch. If this is the case, you might have become frustrated with their performance, failing to understand how to support their needs and even forcing yourself to take measures that might not have been kind […]
A well-crafted syllabus is a crucial teaching aid that sets a course’s vision, intention, aims, tone, and expectations at the very beginning. In a practical sense, a syllabus will usually outline the vital elements of a course, including core topics, scheduling, and assignments. Yet it can also contain much more, which we will cover in […]
As a teacher, something you often use in the classroom is likely a context clue. Students will frequently encounter context clues in texts, and you may prompt them to use these to work out what a word or phrase means. Using context clues is an excellent way for learners to understand more complex and varied […]
Students of all ages can enjoy the freedom of writing fiction. They might even be interested in specific genres due to the easily identifiable patterns and tropes that make up most of their entertainment.  If you’re leading a class, you want to ensure they’re able to reach their full potential; this is sometimes possible with […]