Grammar: Verb Tenses

Verbs can be simple to understand sometimes. Verbs are action words. What complicates the understanding of verbs are the tenses. Understanding when to use which tense and in which situations is what makes it complex. Down below are some general rules that can be helpful in understanding the tenses and when to use them. Simple Present (Basic Form or S- form): Shows general facts, constant … Continue reading Grammar: Verb Tenses

International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

I tend to gravitate to stories about immigration or stories about people in different countries outside of the United States. After reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (which I absolutely loved), I needed to pick up another of her books. I found The Thing Around Your Neck at a local library. A collection of short stories that ties characters to Nigeria and the U.S. The first … Continue reading International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Telling the difference between ESL and ELL could be difficult for some people. ESL was most commonly used in the past (especially when I was growing up), and ELL has become the term to use in recent times. ESL is the acronym for English as a Second Language. This was what I commonly knew as I was placed in ESL classes during my first three … Continue reading Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Error Free: The Mechanics of Grammar Workshop

The Writing Success Program will be hosting their first ESL/ELL workshop this Thursday (March 16) from 6-8 pm in collaboration with Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars. We will be addressing issues of grammar that many ESL/ELL students struggle with such as verb tenses (one of the many things we’ll cover). We want to ensure that students feel confident in understanding grammar and being … Continue reading Error Free: The Mechanics of Grammar Workshop

Books on Immigrant Experiences

Drown by Junot Diaz Junot Diaz’s debut short story collection follows snippets of the main character, Yunior. Set in the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, these stories show the coming of age of a young Dominican immigrant. Snippets of his family life that have formed who he becomes, shows the complexities of being human. After reading Drown, make sure to follow up with The Brief … Continue reading Books on Immigrant Experiences

U.S. Classroom Culture

U.S. classroom culture could be difficult to get used to. There may be some differences between the classroom settings and expectations compared to many other countries. One of the common expectations is student participation. Being able to discuss and critically think with other students and the professor is essential. The dynamic in where the teacher teaches the student and the students just listens has expanded. … Continue reading U.S. Classroom Culture

Adjusting to English, Oakland, and America

English could be a quite complicated language. As an English language learner myself, I don’t remember much of my experience learning the language as I was fortunate enough to have started my education at a very young age. Learning at a younger age gave me the ability to adjust and adapt at a rapid pace as studies often show that the younger you are when … Continue reading Adjusting to English, Oakland, and America

What’s Happening: 43 Missing Students’ Parents Chain In Demonstration

  It’s been more than a year and a half ago since the disappearance of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. The disappearance has received worldwide attention and brought to light the disappearance of many Mexican citizens. The handling of the case has put the Mexican government into more scrutiny with the heightened drug war and corrupt officials. Although the students have been missing for … Continue reading What’s Happening: 43 Missing Students’ Parents Chain In Demonstration

Suggested Reading: I Be, But I Ain’t

After attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP; You can also find out more about it clicking here), I have found myself inspired by poetry once again. As many readers of this blog and personal aquaintances know, poetry is something I enjoy but of course it gets difficult to keep up with poetry when I have academics to worry about. It has … Continue reading Suggested Reading: I Be, But I Ain’t