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Punctuation matters

August 29, 2006

Slow children crossing, or slow, children crossing.


I know punctuation can seem like a luxury when you can’t even get your students to remember the –s on the third-person singular, present simple tense, but it is important. The good news is ...

...that help is at hand with an illustrated edition of Lynne Truss’s improbable best-seller, Eats, Shoots and Leaves. I thought the original was useful for native speaker student needing to improve their writing skills but I couldn’t see it being accessible to second language learners.

However, a children’s version is to be published shortly (September 14th, illustrated by Bonnie Timmons, and published by Profile: http://www.profilebooks.co.uk/title.php?titleissue_id=385). This reminds me of a wonderful book of cartoons illustrating English idioms that I used to hilarious effect many years ago. In the previews of the book, I loved the cartoon illustrating the difference between a large, hot dog and a large hot dog. I think these visual aids really help students understand how a comma alters meaning and what better way of learning than making students laugh.

I'd love to know if you have come across other examples of illustrated language points.

Bye for now.

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