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A Technique For Remembering New Words

“Ointment? Ointment? What does ointment mean?” It’s 8:30 in the morning, and my students and I are working our way through a section of the TOEIC test, trying to understand some of the questions they got wrong. From time to time we will come across a word which my students have never seen—I let them […]

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What is the Difference Between a Gerund and a Present Participle

What is the difference between a gerund and a present participle? Both a gerund and a present participle come from a verb, and both end in –ing. However, each has a different function.  A gerund acts like a noun while a present participle acts like a verb or adjective. Example: snowboarding Snowboarding can be a […]

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A Very PELA Christmas Poem

This week our super fun and creative students here at the Portland English Language Academy got together to read the classic holiday poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.  This might be the most famous holiday poem out there.  It is more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas.  Our students did a great job getting […]

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