Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

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Euphemistic Language. Lulu is a lemon.

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I was just perusing jobs on Linkedin, and found the most amusing one yet. In an attempt to make themselves look smart, Lululemon is advertising for ” seasonal educators” in its stores, aka sales clerks. Let me ” educate you ” about that expensive pair of pants that really does nothing for you. Try this colour. Perhaps you need a larger size? I find this extremely offensive to those of us who actually impart knowledge to others. Sales clerks are selling. There is nothing educational about sales. In fact, this is an even...

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Cambridge Admission

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This week, one of my students was accepted into the Cambridge School of Architecture in the U.K. How did I get her in? To differentiate one person from another is the key. I use personal branding to highlight her unique gifts and insights. She’s a brilliant artist and academic student, but she didn’t know how to interview or sell herself. I introduced her to Neri Oxman’s work, as my student needs to be a step ahead of other candidates and think of the future of architecture, the unique new building materials the world will...

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Learning languages: Immersion works

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Do you think that you can’t learn a language, or that some people are naturally gifted at languages? Really it’s just hard work. I can pretty well guarantee that if you put in the time as I did, more than 1200 hours, you can attain some level of fluency. 1200 hours you ask. How can I do that. I got up at 6 a.m and watched old Italian movies and videos for two hours prior to starting my day. Or, on the weekend, I watched Italian movies non stop. I went to Italy for a month and just got back a week ago. The goal of my trip was...

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Teaching children with ADD and disabilities.

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Many students today seem to suffer from A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. I currently teach a student with three learning challenges. How can parents help their children when assisting with their homework? First, break information into small segments and concept check by making sure the child has understood the concept. For example, begin with concrete ideas such as identifying subjects and verbs in sentences. Students can’t punctuate correctly if they cannot find the beginning and end of a sentence. Begin with identification, and then switch to...

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Al Jazeera’s tribute to the many blacks who have been killed: Know their names.

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https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/know-their-names/index.html  

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Italian language. Che bello! | Italian language, word origins, studying Italian, learning other languages

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I love studying Italian. I see so many interesting connections in the words. English of course originated in Latin and Greek, dilly dallied through French, which was the language of the elite , and then moved through the Anglo Saxon roots. This is why English is sometimes called a bastard language- really not quite nice. Let’s say it’s rich. I keep finding interesting connections as I learn Italian. I was wondering about the word angry , arrabiata/ arrabiato and its possible connection to rabies- Look at the root. Another fun one...

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School Rules and the Me Too # Movement

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As an educator with 27 years of teaching experience, and a mentor, I take great interest in my students. I have known one student since he was 4, and he’s now 15. He attends GNS, a private school in Victoria, and told me that the principal of the Middle School has created a “No Contact” rule. What exactly is the nature of this rule, and why was it created? He stated that the school is concerned about being sued for “inappropriate touching”, so students mustn’t touch each other. He believes that it was...

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Beating the Odds.

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Beating the Odds                                                                               by Lindsay Lewis   He thought they had covered eventualities the small assurances of life years of counting carbs and slathering sunscreem petunias, seeding in spring He thought he knew the texture of his life wife at his fingertips filling cups with coffee: Black, rich, dark. He always dealt in answers, measured happiness with yardstick precision Now he shuffles questions on unfamiliar ground: This why is not his At night only the tick tick of...

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The hostage taking: Words

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Hostage taking                                                                                                                                       By Lindsay Lewis   Enclosed in the pale envelope of sleep the words invade, with tiny timbers in their hand, battering my brain Any poet knows, you cannot bargain with a word. They must have their say, adamant on winning. Words are worthless alone, they travel in groups, sibilants, consonants charging around the room pecking like absent minded birds perching on the roof of my mouth....

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My first poem: How to write a metaphor.

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How does one craft a poem? Students are baffled by poetry, for it breaks all the conventions. I often refer to poems as orange concentrate. Take out all of the water, and just keep the oranges, full and bursting with flavour. Take out small words- prepositions and articles, and let the nouns and verbs sing. This is the first poem I wrote when I was seventeen, and it was published in Grain Magazine. Tree                                                                                                                                             ...

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