Writing: Liberation or Revelation of our Innermost, Deepest Fears?

My relationship with writing has mostly been a positive one. Throughout my K-12 education, I was frequently praised for my wordsmithing capabilities, flowery prose, and succinct summarization skills. But as far as my creative writing went, I only wrote random diary entries regarding any interactions with my crushes and drama between my best friends. I rarely used writing as a means to truly connect with … Continue reading Writing: Liberation or Revelation of our Innermost, Deepest Fears?

The Chicken and the Egg: Reading and Writing

More often than not, students believe that the only way to improve their writing is to use fancy vocabulary words and to memorize arbitrary grammar rules. However, they’ll quickly find that blindly focusing on technical skills is not the answer. Rather, the answer may not even lie in the act of writing itself. Studies show that reading and writing go hand-in-hand: the more you read, … Continue reading The Chicken and the Egg: Reading and Writing

The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Crazy to imagine that two years ago, my former boss Dennis Santiago, office manager and internship director, was trying to convince me to apply to WSP. I felt very doubtful because I really did not know much about academic writing. I was a creative writer but even then I had a hard time claiming that title. Fortunately I received the job and joined the team … Continue reading The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Introduction to Introductions

Writing the introduction paragraph is always my favorite part of any essay. A good introduction sets the tone and structure of the entire paper. Writing a strong, solid introduction sets your paper up for success. Different styles of papers (i.e., analysis, narrative, research) call for different kinds of introductions. In general, the “funnel” introduction is the most common for papers involving literary analysis. As the … Continue reading Introduction to Introductions

Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Pearl milk tea, or 珍珠奶茶 (zhen’zhu nai cha), is the staple, most iconic dessert drink of the Bay and Taiwan. Often abbreviated in English to PMT, the delicious concoction is never referred to as ZZNC in Chinese. Rather, its name is shortened from four characters to two: 珍奶 (zhen nai). So what are the differences in abbreviating English words versus Chinese words? In English, phrases … Continue reading Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Prompt 16: Self- Reflection Piece

Self-Reflection often leads to self-discovery. What this means is that when one reflects on who they are or what is important to them he or she discovers something new about themselves. I think about this in relation to journaling. This week take a few minutes to write down ten things that make you smile, five people you can not live without, and one thing you … Continue reading Prompt 16: Self- Reflection Piece

Long Term English Language Learners

Long term English Language Learners are students that are often times in grades 6-12. These are students that have attended U.S. schools for seven years or more.These are students that often times do not get the necessary resources or attention needed to improve their English in comparison to students that are in elementary school. These students may also have a grasp of English orally and … Continue reading Long Term English Language Learners

Grammar: Contractions

Contractions could be complicated for students to understand, especially when they sound the same. A contraction is when you make two words shorter by placing an apostrophe between them. Contractions seem to be a popular grammar mistakes that people like to refer or talk about on social media. People often write posts about knowing the difference between “their, they’re, and there.” It’s understandable why people … Continue reading Grammar: Contractions

Prompt 14: In Trying to be Concise

Write a story in six words. Yeah. That’s right. This week, I challenge you to tell an entire story using only six words. Though it may seem impossible, six-word stories have grown in popularity over the past few years, particularly on Twitter. The website’s 140 character limit for tweets is the perfect platform for writers in the process of answering a prompt like this. To … Continue reading Prompt 14: In Trying to be Concise

Hangul: The Democratic Alphabet

We see writing everywhere in our daily lives, but we rarely stop to think about where these squiggly lines came from and how they came to represent words. Some written languages came about thousands of years ago when they were developed from simplified drawings. Others combined writing systems that existed before them in a mix-and-match style to create their own unique writing. Still others sprung … Continue reading Hangul: The Democratic Alphabet

Prompt 13: How do You Feel Love?

Everyone feels love but how do you experience it? What feelings images come to mind? Express how you feel love through a poem, list, song, drawing, collection of words, short narrative. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in … Continue reading Prompt 13: How do You Feel Love?

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

Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

“Can’t stay long, Mother,” he said. “I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-“ “Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?” said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. “You should have said something, we had no idea.” “Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,” said the other twin. “Once-“ “Or twice-“ “A minute-“ “All summer-“ … Continue reading Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

A Cello for Your Thoughts

Writing doesn’t come easily to me. Thinking about writing is a piece of pie, but when it comes to sitting down in front of the computer and trying to hash out my thoughts, I have a hard time. I get distracted first, and then I have trouble staying focus, and then I lose my direction and drive. My writing gets interrupted time and time again by sporadic thoughts, passing … Continue reading A Cello for Your Thoughts

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