Resources and posts for international writers

Rules with Academic Degrees

2018-10-31T15:46:47+00:00

WEX has had a few questions in the past couple of months regarding ways of acknowledging academic degrees in our writing, and we hope this posting would help clarify the rules.   Capitalization: In the academy we might feel compelled to capitalize all our degrees as well as subject areas.  We’ve worked hard and our [...]

Homophones Explained

2018-10-31T15:46:47+00:00

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently. For many writers, homophones are the number one reason for misspelled words. It’s not necessarily that we don’t know how to spell a certain word, it’s that we fell into the auditory trap of using another word that sounds identical. When we write, we [...]

The Tension with Tenses

2018-10-31T15:46:48+00:00Tags: , , |

I’ve found that when working with ESL students, the most challenging thing for me has been explaining verb tenses. Now, as a bilingual person, I completely understand how confusing English is. That doesn’t mean I have a clue of how to explain the use of the correct tense though even if I used to be [...]

A Recipe for Semi-accuracy

2018-09-24T21:37:45+00:00Tags: , |

I like to think of punctuation as spice for words—sprinkle in a pinch of commas, add a dash of dashes, and drop in a semicolon or two for flavor. Semicolons, though, can be like the little jars of marjoram or fennel in the back of the spice rack. I’m still not really sure what marjoram [...]

Email Etiquette

2018-10-31T15:46:51+00:00Tags: , , , |

What would we do without email? These days we rely heavily on email as one of our primary modes of communication, and while email is generally more informal than the formal letter, emailing a colleague or professional associate is best regarded in a more formal light. Reason? We’re usually emailing this person with a request, [...]

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

2018-10-31T15:46:51+00:00Tags: , , , , |

The Annotated Bibliography is a standard academic writing exercise that stimulates critical thinking through researching, analyzing, and evaluating those resources to compose effective annotations. The Annotated Bibliography reflects the researcher's understanding and evaluation of sources, and thus it is an excellent vehicle for increasing expertise in a topic. Annotated bibliographies are wonderful resources for other [...]