How to Use a Semicolon

It may seem like the semicolon is struggling with an identity crisis. It looks like a comma crossed with a period. Maybe that’s why we toss these punctuation marks around like grammatical confetti; we’re confused about how to use them properly. Emma Bryce clarifies best practices for the semi-confusing semicolon. Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Karrot Entertainment.

Language vs. Dialect

Outside of China, Mandarin and Cantonese are often referred to as Chinese dialects, despite being even more dissimilar than Spanish and Italian. On the other hand, speakers of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, which are three distinct languages, can usually communicate with each other in their native tongues. So, when is speech considered a dialect versus a language?

Promoting Diversity and Inclusiveness in ELT

Education is the fundamental right of all human beings which can only be practiced in an accepting environment. In recent years, we have all become more aware of the need to recognize, listen to and respect all students, and many of us have taken steps to promote inclusive and respectful content, but may still be unsure when it comes to addressing and welcoming members of the LGBTQI community. Vital elements in achieving this include the correct and respectful use of terminology, awareness of the diversity in one’s environment and the integration of such content in ELT materials and teaching practice.

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