Rethinking College Writing Instruction

Monthly archive for March 2018

Sarah Perry defends the plain style in the Times of London

Read this essay by Sarah Perry. author of The Essex Serpent, in the Times Literary Supplement. It’s the most eloquent defense of the plain English style in years: lovely, clear, concrete and impassioned.

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Hunter College ESOL instructor: “They understood concreteness more clearly because they were practicing on a smaller scale.”

3/10/2018   Dear Mr. Maguire, I used your College Writing Guide with my Advanced Grammar for ESL students, and my TOEFL preparation class last semester and saw great improvements in their writing.  More importantly, they saw their writing improve.   All students agreed that eliminating “be” verbs and using concrete nouns […]

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John G. Maguire
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