Education in the Future

homeschoolThe world of education has changed a lot in recent years. It is becoming increasingly difficult for teachers to cope with growing classroom sizes and the ever-higher demands that education officers are placing on them. Mixed-ability classrooms are taxing the time and mental energy of teachers, holding back the more advanced students and depriving the students with learning difficulties the opportunity to learn.

For some people, the future of education is now homeschooling. Thanks to the Internet, it is possible for parents to access a huge amount of information about any subject, and access support and assistance in their homeschooling endeavors.

Children can lead their own learning, researching subjects that interest them in-depth, and working on highly creative projects. This empowers them in a way that they would not otherwise be able to enjoy if they were studying in a mainstream classroom environment.

The danger with this sort of thing, however, is over-specialisation. When children are allowed to guide their own learning there is the risk that they will ignore subjects that do not interest them, or shy away from difficult subjects because of a fear of failure.

home_schoolAlso, without the socialisation of a classroom, the students are more likely to end up feeling isolated. There is a lot to be said for classroom environments, and the teamwork and social skills that come from mixing with children of their own age.

Traditional methods of teaching have been used for so long because they work. That’s not to say that technology cannot improve upon or augment them, and an attentive parent homeschooling and nurturing their child can certainly offer a lot, but there are benefits and downsides to every method, and the future of education will likely see techniques go in and out of fashion over the years.

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Manual Proofreading Vs Ginger Grammar Checker Review

Finding the Best Grammar and Spell Checker Tools

As an article writer, I’ve used various grammar checkers to ensure that my articles are written with little to no grammar errors. Although I proofread all of my works before I submit them, grammar checkers have saved me from thousands of typographical errors and grammar mistakes that I’ve made.

Even my daughter who’s in her early teens is using grammar checkers to help her proofread her assignments and help her learn english grammar step by step. I’ve relied heavily on these types of software. I even consult my grammar checking software when I write e-mails and send chats to my colleagues.

I found a great article on a site called edumuch.com that really drove me into trying Ginger specifically.

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Ginger Grammar Check Tool

After trying loads of grammar checking software, my kids and I have agreed that Ginger grammar checker is one of the most accurate grammar and spell checkers.  We’re now using it solely, and we’re very satisfied with the results it’s providing.

Like the other software that we’ve tried, Ginger is somewhat a do-it-all type of grammar and spellchecker. What separates it from the other software is that it works with almost all the popular applications on our computer – MS Word, MS Outlook, Powerpoint and even on browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Using it is fairly easy as well. Whenever you’re working on something and you have Ginger running, you just have to hit the F2 button on your keyboard and it would start checking for errors as long as the application you’re using is compatible with Ginger. If your keyboard doesn’t have an F2 key, you can alternatively click on the control bar that appears whenever you’re using a Ginger-compatible application.

What we’re using is the premium version of Ginger which features a text-to-speech function that my wife truly enjoys. It allows her to listen to her typed texts that are read by a crisp and decent digital voice. It also boasts a ‘Learning’ feature that my kids use which acts as their virtual tutor. The ‘Learning’ feature helps them determine the grammatical gaffes, and it provides tips on how to fix them.

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If you’re looking for a grammar and spell checking software, I highly recommend giving Ginger a try. You’d be amazed on how a software understands and corrects grammatical errors that are sometimes hard to pinpoint when proofreading manually.

You Can Write An Essay Without It Taking All Day?

Do you have an essay that you need to write and you’re running out of time?

We asked entrepreneur Motti Eisenbach, for his opinion.

Here’s what he had to say.

Many people struggle writing a good piece, despite the fact that most of the time, they already have the idea, yet they can’t put it into words. I used to stare at my blank screen just wishing that the words would come out – but because I have a lot of ideas in mind, I don’t know where to begin!

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There are some people, on the other hand, that just don’t know what to write and how to even get their essay started. Regardless if it’s for your personal blog, assignment, project or for whatever purpose it may serve, writing an essay doesn’t have to be that difficult, not to mention time-consuming.   You just need to know how to structure these ideas into paragraphs. Here are some ways to help you write your research paper easily and quickly.

Research

Gather those ideas.   Research and look for as many sources as you can. Don’t worry about which ones should be included in your essay. Just do your research, find snippets or paragraphs that you think can help you with your research and look for specific points.   Once you’re done with your research, choose which points you’d like to expand and include in your essay. Trash those ones that you don’t find helpful and continue eliminating until you have 5 – 10 pointers.   Note: These points may vary, depending on the length of your essay. Just make sure that you gather as many resources as you can so choose which ones to include will be easier.

Outline Those Ideas

  As soon as you have those points, start by outlining those points. These will be your subtopics. Writing down these points will also make it easier for you to remember important things that you wanted to include in your essay.

Remember, not to plagiarize. You can rewrite ideas from your resources and references, just make sure that you cite them properly at the end of your paper.   Expound those ideas and start talking specifically about these subtopics. This way, you won’t have to deal with flight of ideas. Just stick with the points / subtopics. Once you’re done, you can then turn them into more paragraphs. You’ll find out that connecting your outlines and converting them into paragraphs is a lot easier now that everything is organized.   If you get stuck in a topic, just skip and go back to it once you’re done with the rest of your outline.

Write Your Introduction And Conclusion

  Some people write the introduction first, but I prefer doing it the other way around. Once I’m done with my essay’s main body, I start writing an introduction and conclusion, since it’s easier to do so, considering I already have my body as my basis.

Alternatively, you can take the shortcut…

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If you’re running out of time, or really not in the mood for writing, you look for someone who can do this on your behalf. Just make sure that you’ll entrust this to someone with a good reputation in the field, and, of course, a service that has the experience to do it.

Grammar Correction Software – Best Program For Less

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A problem that most people have when they are writing any type of paper is that they will end up making grammatical errors. They may also make spelling errors if they are typing everything out themselves, which is why most people use speech to text software programs. However, if you prefer typing, which most people do, you might want to consider doing something that is a little different than relying upon your word processor to help you make sure that grammatical and spelling mistakes are not made. You can choose programs that you can purchase, or even used for free, that are available on the web. Let’s look at some of the best grammar checker software that is available, leading you to the one that does the most for the least amount of money.

What Is Grammar Correction Software?

This is software that does exactly as the name states, checks your papers for grammatical errors. They have the added benefit of checking for mistakes made with your spelling, something that most word processors tend to do as well. There are quite a few that you can simply paste in your information on the web on their website, and click the button for it to do the work for you. The ones that are free usually limit the amount of information that you can check to about a paragraph or maybe to. The ones that have the highest ratings include Grammarly, Ginger and After The Deadline, all of which come highly recommended by different people. The reasons that they are recommended have to do with different aspects which include functionality, usability and price.

Grammarly

Grammarly is a favorite with most people because they can use it online or download it to their computer. It is very inexpensive, costing less than $100 a year for an annual subscription, and is very flexible and innovative. The main benefits is how easy the interface is to use so that you can quickly find and correct misspellings. The same is true for grammatical errors, with a clever pop up that allows you to choose what should be there instead.

Ginger

Ginger is also a very good program, one that can be used online or downloaded to your computer. People prefer the functionality of this because it works on any PC with Microsoft office programs and with Internet browsers. It is also more cost-effective than Grammarly if you are willing to spend about $200 for a one-off fee. That means you will have access to this program without any type of fee from that point on which makes this very attractive.

After The Deadline

This has different functionality than the previous two programs. It works as a plug-in for WordPress, can be used on Firefox and Chrome, and also with open office. It does not work with Microsoft office, and the main problem is that the proofreading that it does is not that great. The best benefit of this program is that it can be downloaded for free personal use which makes it more affordable than the others. The drawback is that it is not as accurate, which is the whole point, when you are using a program to find grammar and spelling errors.

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Choosing The Right One

The best one to choose, if you have the money to do so, is Ginger because of the one time fee. If you would prefer paying half of that annually, then Grammarly is the best choice. Both of those programs have exceptional grammar and spelling checkers, especially in comparison to After The Deadline. Therefore, for those that can spend $200 one time, Ginger is the best one for all of your grammar and spelling correction needs.

General Information About Quantifiers and Grammar

Throughout the educational process, students are taught about various grammar rules, methods and strategies.

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Using proper grammar is part of using the English language effectively. Understanding different grammatical terms and their uses contributes to the success of using proper grammar. This article will discuss the use of quantifiers in grammar and the benefits they present.

The general dictionary definition of quantifiers states that a quantifier is pronoun or determiner. The pronoun or determiner is used to indicate quantity. While this definition may seem rather technical, it is very simple when put into use. People use quantifiers in every day language as part of basic conversations, writing and so on.

The most commonly used quantifiers in regard to the English language are: some, any, many, few, much, lots, enough and several. Variations of these words are also used as quantifiers. For example “a few” may take the place of “few”, or “a lot” may take the place of lots. These are the most basic examples of quantifiers, and they are used daily.

There are also quantifiers that are used to describe items or things on a large scale. These words may be referred to as large quantity quantifiers. Some examples of large quantity quantifiers are: much, plenty, numerous and tons. Like the other quantifiers, these may be used with other words. For example, “plenty of” may replace “plenty” or “numerous” may be replaced with “a large number of”.

It is important to understand why quantifiers are used. These words are used to tell readers and listeners if the text or words are referring to something general or specific. They say how much or how many of a noun is present. Some examples include “lots of horses” or “many trees” and so on.

Using quantifiers is fairly easy for both native and non-native English speakers and writers. This is largely due to the flexible way in which these words can be used. Quantifiers are often interchangeable. For example, “a lot of candy” and “tons of candy” can be used to express the same amount of candy. The word changes in these examples, but the meaning and tone are identical. Some people do not believe in the importance of certain aspects of quantifiers, as noted in this article.

Variations of the English language can determine which quantifiers are most commonly used. British English and other European English speaking countries tend to use different modifiers than Americans do. The words “much” and “many” are prime examples of this. Some English speakers heavily use “much” to describe the same thing that American English speakers use the word “many” for.

In any sense, the use of quantifiers is fairly the same in every English speaking country. These minor differences are not often noticeable. They do not have a large impact on grammar or the way a reader perceives text.

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This is basic yet useful information regarding the use of quantifiers. Some rules and guidelines are bent in terms of grammar and the English language. Overall, the information presented above is an accurate depiction of how quantifiers are generally used in an effective way.

Overview Of Nouns

 Grammar is a very important aspect in modern communication and living. Grammar may seem simple from the way we normally communicate on a daily basis but it is made up of distinct components that need to be combined with respect to each other in a bid to get the best out of them and still be reasonable in what one is communicating.

One part of speech is nouns. Nouns are words that work as the name of some distinct thing or group of things for instance objects, places, or ideas. Grammatically, nouns are components of an extended part of speech that function as the main word in the subject of a clause. Parts of speech are generally explained in terms of how their components combine with the other parts of a sentence.

The combination rules for nouns differ greatly from language to language. Nouns also tend to have different categories in different languages. In fact some languages categorize nouns with respect to gender, they can either be male or female.

To understand nouns better, it is important to know their history. We can trace this aspect of english grammar back to the fifth century when parts of speech were first described and nouns were one of four main parts of speech. During those ancient times word classes were generally defined by the forms they took. For instance, in Greek and Latin, nouns were categorized by gender case and number. However due to the fact that adjectives also could be classified under these categories this led to adjectives being classified under the same category as nouns.

Since then several analyses have been done to grammar and nouns were eventually distinguished from adjectives. However this distinction largely varies with how these words are used in phrases with respect to other parts of speech. They however, are frequently explained mostly in formal situations in terms of their meanings.

The common definition of nouns, simply as words that are used to name things has been largely criticized as being very shallow due to its lack of sufficient information. Experts prefer instead to define nouns with respect to their formal characteristics such as their information content which may involve things like what prefixes and suffixes the nouns take and how they combine with other parts of speech. However such definitions may turn out to vary from language to language since the manipulation of nouns varies from language to language.

The word noun is a very general word due to the fact that there exists several nouns with different characteristics and properties. This led to the need for classification of these nouns according to similarities in what they represent and how they can be manipulated when interacting with other parts of speech when forming the final sentence or phrase.

The first category of nouns that comes under discussion is the proper nouns. These nouns can also be referred to as unique nouns. As their name suggests these nouns represent very unique individuals compared to all the other classes of nouns. Examples are Mercedes, Neptune, Kenya and Jack, among others. In general they stand for words that define names of individuals, names of brands of products, names of distinct things such as planets, names of countries, states, counties and other geographical locations, names of animals and many others.

The category that is directly related to proper nouns is common nouns. This category of nouns represents a class of individuals compared to the unique representation of proper nouns. These are generally the common things that we encounter with in our day-to-day activities. Examples are nouns such as car, city, man, woman and planet. These nouns are related to proper nouns in the sense that they represent the classes to which the proper nouns fall under. For instance car is a common noun while a Mercedes is a unique brand of car that falls under the class of cars, the same way Neptune is a unique planet that fall under the class of planets. This explains the relation between these nouns in the sense that common nouns like in the case of a planet refers to any planet, while Neptune narrows it down to a specific planet called Neptune.

The other class of nouns that comes under discussion is countable nouns. These nouns as their name suggests stand for nouns that can simply take a plural form or be combined with numerical quantifiers effectively. Examples of numerical quantifiers include several, many and most among others. Countable nouns also possess the ability to combine with indefinite articles such as a, an and in languages that possess such articles. Examples of countable nouns are bottle, boy, and car among others. These nouns can take plural form for example bottles, boys, cars comfortably and also can blend well with numeric quantifiers for instance several bottles, many boys or every car among others. Staples High School

The category within english grammar that is antagonistic to countable nouns is uncountable nouns. These nouns are also referred to as mass nouns or non count nouns. They differ from countable nouns in the sense that they can neither take plural form nor effectively combine with counting quantifiers. Examples are furniture, water, milk, and blood to name a few. Most nouns that stand for substances that take a fluid form can be deemed as uncountable nouns. This category of nouns may be tricky because some of the nouns in this category can’t be quantified even if the individuals being represented by the noun can be counted. It is therefore advisable that one be keen since the distinction between mass and countable nouns should be analyzed with what things the nouns point to rather than how the nouns represent these entities. Many nouns have also turned out to possess both countable and uncountable forms, for instance the noun beer. Beer can be deemed countable in the phrase “I took five beers” and at the same time be uncountable in the phrase “she hates beer”. It is therefore important that one be careful when categorizing these nouns, as they can be mind-boggling at times.

Collective nouns are also another category of nouns that needs to be put under discussion. As the name suggests these are nouns that refer to groups that consist of more than one individual under them. It is worth noting that these nouns still represent individuals that are in plural form even if the noun is in singular form itself. Some examples are nouns like fleet, herd, and crowd.. These nouns are kind of unique from other nouns since they can serve as the subject of a collective element in the noun phrases they head, even when they are inflected.

Concrete nouns are another category of nouns and as the name suggests they represent nouns that are physical and can be tangible. The nouns under this category should be able to be noticed by at least one of the five senses of a human being. Examples are common things we interact with on daily basis like food, hair, and chair among others.

The english grammar category that is the direct opposite of the concrete nouns is abstract nouns. As their name points out these nouns are abstract and only stand for feelings, concepts, notions, ideas or imaginations. Examples are nouns like hatred, innocence, love, and justice. The distinction of these two categories of nouns may turn out to be tricky at times due to the fact that some nouns may be able to fit in both categories that may turn out to be both abstract and concrete at the same time. A good example is the noun art. Art may be concrete in the sense that a specific piece of artwork may be tangible and may also be abstract in the sense that art is a concept that cannot be touched. It is also worth noting that in English many abstract nouns may be formed from adding certain suffixes to adjectives and verbs. For instance adding the suffix –ness to the adjective greedy, forms the noun greediness.

Noun phrases are based on nouns, often, but not compulsory to be accompanied by modifiers. A noun phrase may serve as a subject, object or complement depending on how it has been used in a sentence. For example, The white dove landed on a dear friend of mine, the noun phrase ‘the white dove’ serves as the subject while the noun phrase ‘a dear friend of mine’ serves as the object of the sentence. Hi Res Book Types of words known as pronouns can effectively replace nouns. This helps avoid repetition of nouns when there is a need to use them multiple times. Examples of pronouns are he, it, she, and they. In some cases the word one can also serve as the function and stand for a noun when there is a need to avoid repetition.

From the above overview of nouns it is obvious that one should know how to manipulate them in one’s modern day-to-day activities. English grammar and modern speech largely relies on how we manipulate this part of speech.

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The Differences Between English Grammar And French Grammar

Language and cultural differences of course translate to grammatical differences even when two people from different parts of the world are learning the same language. For example, French people do not use the very tip of their tongue, which makes for different sounding vowels.

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Also, when an “h” is used near the beginning of a word, French speakers often omit in when speaking English words. Examples of words include “have” and “heard.” It is also quite common for French people learning English when it comes to forming questions. The questions can easily be turned into statements on accident.

Of course, English speakers that are learning French also have their own share of issues. The languages are of course related in a variety of ways, but they do have their unique differences. True, French is a Latin language while English is a Germanic language. But, they each are influenced by the other’s counterpart.

One thing that people encounter between the two languages English and French is that words sometimes look alike but actually mean two completely different things. There are also differences in spacing as well as varied uses of words. There are of course noticeable spelling pattern differences, and pronouns often give people issues.

Anyone learning a new language will tell you that conjugation is key; however, conjugation means quite different things among the various languages. This of course leads to many confusing times when sorting out word conjugations to make the right complete sentences.

Most people learning a new language are also going to say that it is much harder than when they learned their original language. This is of course due to language having everything to do with culture. Language is also constantly changing, and there are different dialects in certain locations as well as popular slang.

When it comes to English speakers learning French, one of the things they must know is that the French language is moderately inflected. Also, when it comes to plural and singular nouns, they are often pronounced in the same manner.

Subject verb agreement is important to both languages. Even English speakers themselves mess up subject verb agreement within the English language, especially when writing. When it comes to the nouns in the French language, they are all gender oriented, just like with the Spanish language.

Both languages have noun inflections when it comes to number. There are many other differences between English grammar and French. While this can make things a little difficult, the many similarities between the two languages do help bring things together.

While English has indefinite and definite articles, the French languages has three types of these articles. The first two are the same, and the third is partitive. It is a good idea to think of the partitive articles as similar to the English indefinite articles.

Another thing to consider is that there are four individual forms to French adjectives. Studying the differences between the two languages can help you better master both of them proficiently.