School is starting today and your attention to using English correctly is, once again, being put to the test.
To encourage your students to speak and write properly at all times, have them access Michael’s English Usage every day.
The format for Michael’s English Usage is simple; five days a week an English usage problem is presented in a Socratic format: it might be a grammatical construction; it could revolve around sentence structure; it could centre on misuse of similar words or correct punctuation; or it could offer examples of poor English construction by professional writers. Each day, a challenging “Word of the Day” is offered and, on Wednesdays, a saying or quotation meant to provoke some thought is offered.
What makes Michael’s English Usage different is that no answers are offered during the week so that each day’s exercise can be answered or used as a classroom challenge. On the Sunday following each week’s posts, the answers, corrections and explanations are published; these, in themselves, could also be used as a lesson.
Everyone is encouraged to send feedback to Michael’s English Usage and, once vetted, will be posted on the blog.
I encourage you and your students to try using Michael’s English Usage on a daily basis; it is easily accessible through Facebook and Twitter; become friends; “Like” it; or subscribe to it.
Have a great year and make Michael’s English Usage a part of that year.
Define and explain the difference between the words “economic” and “economical”.
What part of speech is each word?
Create sentences that demonstrate the correct use of the words “economic” and “economical”.
The word for today is “inculcate”.
What part of speech is “inculcate”?
Define “inculcate” and use it in a sentence.