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Real-World English— Editable Word Usage, Idioms, Spelling Etc. in Practice

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This product is suitable for use by a substitute teacher, and may be used as is or edited to suit your requirements and preferences.

It’s an online world, and much of our communication today has an informal tone. But there are times when it’s preferable to use more formal syntax.

Out in the real world, you must often be your own editor. Sometimes, an email should have a more formal tone, such as when you are writing to a supervisor, a customer or an admissions officer at a college. If you’re writing something for publication online and someone else is writing the title or headline for your article, it helps greatly if you both understand some basic usages and spellings.

Stylebooks are wonderful guides; but sometimes it’s difficult to recognize when you should consult a stylebook. This slideshow will help, with its numerous examples of headlines and texts from internet news, business and other websites. It also includes (editable) student notes and a review/quiz in Microsoft Word format (as well as printable, non-editable PDF format).

The editable PowerPoint and PDF slideshow included with this product covers the following topics:

1. Affect and Effect
2. Aisle and Isle
3. “Baited Breath” or “Bated Breath”?
4. “Begs the Question”
5. Farther, Further
6. It’s and Its; You’re and Your; 1900’s and1900s
7. Peaked, Piqued or Peeked?
8. Perspective and Prospective
9. Principal and Principle
10. Regimen, Regiment and Regime
11. Taut or Taunt
12. That or Which
13. “Try and” or “Try to”?
14. “Wreck Havoc, ” “Reek Havoc” or “Wreak Havoc” (what is “havoc,” anyway?)

This product doesn’t cover every possible situation of American English misuse and abuse (perhaps it will expand in the future), but it will get your students thinking about some usages they will see frequently.

Happy teaching,

Valerie Salven

This product is sold for use by a single user in a single classroom, home or office; reuse, sharing, repackaging, uploading or reposting online in any form is prohibited. You may purchase additional licenses of this product for friends and colleagues at half-price through your account. Thank you for respecting my copyright.

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