Melinda is a career-changer who stumbled upon Teaching English to Speaker’s of Other Language’s as a mere bucket-list quest, she soon discovered her true purpose and passion. She started the MAT-TESOL program in May 2013 to help her become a competitive and knowledgeable candidate in the TESOL field. Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine is her home and she teaches business professionals and university …
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In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we had a brief writing tip hiatus last week (I hope everyone had a delicious & temperate Thanksgiving). Now we’re back for dessert: subject-verb agreement part 2.
One rule that sometimes causes writers problems is “either/or” and “neither/nor.” In the patterns “Either A or B” and “Neither A nor B,” the verb of a sentence must agree with B. In other words, if B (the word following “or”) is singular, the verb must reflect that.Read more about Weekly Writing Tip #13
Three weeks after I ended my undergraduate program, my USC Rossier Online classes began. I started the program while working at a local nonprofit, helping transition homeless families to stable housing; however, I would not call myself a career-changer. I still feel that I am working to improve people’s lives. When someone receives an education and uses it to better …Read more about Student Spotlight: Michelle Curtis | Sacramento, CA
Based on feedback from some readers, we is starting a new, short series on grammar. Did you catch the mistake in that first sentence? Good. The error you likely saw is a problem in “subject-verb agreement,” (SVA) our first topic in this series.
A subject-verb agreement problem occurs when the verb (or action) of a sentence doesn’t match the subject (the person or thing performing the action). Sometimes, as in the example above, the problem is easily recognizable. “We” is a plural subject, but “is starting” is singular. Of course, the correct version would read “We are starting a new, short series.”Read more about Weekly Writing Tip #12
My name is Stefany Olmos and I am a current student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at USC. Getting to the place where I am right now hasn’t been as easy as some people may think. Being an immigrant from Mexico has set up many roadblocks for my family and I as I was growing up. I …Read more about Student Spotlight: Stefany Olmos | Corona, CA
It’s always Teacher Appreciation Day here on Thursdays and today we’ve decided to feature a group of teachers and educators who we’ve seen grow their PLN via multiple forms of social media, including Twitter’s #edchat, their dynamic blogs, and their ability to interact with educators for PD! We’ll continue to spotlight a handful of individuals for Thank a Teacher Thursdays …Read more about Thank a Teacher Thursday
Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” We cannot underestimate the importance and power of being able to read and appreciate books. Teaching children to read and getting them to appreciate it can be an arduous task, but can be made easier with the right books. The following …Read more about 50 Books for Young Readers
Dear Master’s Programs student,
With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, it’s time to start getting serious about food (at least for those who aren’t serious about it year-round). And since many of us are in the mood for food these days, last week we examined three ways writing is like baking a pie. This week, we’ll examine steps four through …
I always knew I had a passion for teaching, and during my senior year of college, I realized that I could not see myself doing anything else. So in the summer of 2011, I started to search for education programs that best suited my needs and my dreams. When I came across the USC Rossier Online website, I decided to …Read more about Student Spotlight: Amber Choe | North Hollywood, CA
No one would try to bake a cake with steps in the wrong order (e.g. icing before baking), or skipping steps altogether (e.g. not mixing the batter). So why do we try to write a paper in this same haphazard manner? Probably because many of us don’t see writing as a process, but as one act: sitting at the keyboard to plan, write, and edit simultaneously. Taking the time to move through the process of writing will yield better papers—and better grades.
Below you’ll find steps one through three to a better paper.Read more about Weekly Writing Tip #10
This post was written by James Hayashi. James is the writing advisor for USC Rossier Online and Rossier’s Masters Programs office. He earned his Master of Professional Writing from USC, and enjoys writing in the field of creative non-fiction in his (limited) free time.
It’s been a while since we looked at punctuation on the MAT blog, and I know this is …Read more about Weekly Writing Tip #9