Showing posts from April, 2011

Back to basics

Today I was tutoring one of my Korean students. He wants to take the TOEFL exam and the SAT for admission to a US university,  which means he'll be writing timed essays.

We looked at some practice essay prompts, and he wrote his responses. They were imaginative and interesting, but had some grammar, spelling and syntax issues. I felt like an old fire-engine horse that hears the bells in the firehouse. I was energized! I don't know how much my student enjoyed my critique, but I surely enjoyed trying to help him raise his score on the writing section.