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We are a dynamic group of advanced language pedagogy students with our fingers on the pulse of what language learners need for their university studies. We enjoy practicing technical and pedagogical progress as we create exciting multimedia content for this growing blog. The blog owner, Susannah Ewing Bölke, studied Comparative Literature at Smith College before discovering my love for linguistics during my Magister at the University of Hamburg. My Master’s thesis then combined both passions in a text-linguistic analysis of German folktales. Since then I have also attained qualifications and years of experience in teaching EFL, in particular English for Academic Purposes. For the Universitätskolleg Hamburg and in collaboration with the Faculty for Humanities, I offer courses and workshops on grammar, academic skills and learning strategies in English. While I am fascinated by technical advances and the possibilities of e-learning, I mostly love to meet and learn with and from young, enthusiastic people.
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We’ve already explained in this post how to implement quotes smoothly into your text. You can now have a look at this exercise and try…
Everyone loves a good story. A story entertains, inspires, and informs. From the beginning of humanity, stories have been a primary form of communication. Nowadays, we receive our stories from BBC, YouTube, UbiSoft or Bollywood as well as Paternoster Row, but it continues to be stories that excite our imaginations and sustain our memories. Thus more and more educators and researchers are calling for people in sciences and communications to employ storytelling techniques in their work.
But what does the kind of writing we do at and for university have in common with a story?
Trilled r’s, tapped r’s, labial r’s, or retroflex r’s: there is no consonant in the English language that has so many phonetic representations. Let’s explore…
As we have already explained in this other post, there are specific guidelines and conventions which clarify when to use direct quotes in your academic paper. In the following, we will specify how direct quotes should be implemented correctly. The following rules refer to MLA (Modern Language Association) writing conventions.