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Writing

Basic Writing Tips

British writer CS Lewis was an Oxford Don, Cambridge Professor, and best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction. He faithfully answered every letter sent to him, and many of his letters have been published. The following was a reply to a school-girl in America in 1959, who had asked for advice on writing. Basic English Writing Tips from […]

Basic English-learner Terms

Here is a list of some of the most common vocabulary terms used at EFLsuccess.com (and elsewhere in the English-speaking world). If you don’t already know these, it is a good idea to learn them, as well as the abbreviations and punctuation terms listed on another page. Basic English-learner terms: (things your teacher expects you […]

Narnia–News Sample

Narnia: Sample News Articles The following articles about the first Narnia film are from my book: Successful Writing for the Real World. They served as examples in my chapters about news writing. I’ve posted them here to supplement my Movie Study Guide for the Narnia films. In my book, these articles also have related vocabulary lists and exercises. Line numbers were added […]

Poem: Reminiscence

I have not written many poems like this one. (Most of my poetry ends up as songs!) This exception was inspired by a “memory flash” triggered on a bus in Beijing, when I was teaching English there in 1987. My dad and I didn’t become “close knit” until after I was away from home at college. I […]

Punctuation–rules for when you type

“When do I add a space?” “How do I break a line of type; what can start or end that line?” “What are the rules for naming files?” Most of my EFL students have never been taught the simple (?) rules for typing or using a word-processor (PC): where to put spaces, when to break […]

Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • Sep 19

    “No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.” —Althea Gibson (1927-2003; female athlete, and first black person to win a Grand Slam tennis event, 1956 French Open)


    Note: A quote’s original source is not always known, and authenticity has not been verified. To find out about an author, type the name into a search engine (like Google or Baidu). One of my favorite quotations websites is: www.quotationspage.com. 5

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