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Hello! I'm Tara Benwell. I love working with English learners and teachers from all over the world. I also love developing materials for learning and teaching English.
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Have you heard about Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year? This year it's not a word at all! It's the Tears of Joy Emoji. According to Oxford, this emoji best represents the moods and preoccupations of 2015.
This year is coming to a close, and it's time to starting thinking about 2016. Instead of writing New Year's resolutions, one entrepreneur recommends thinking…Continue
Have you ever tried to think of a word for something, and then realized no perfect word existed? This happened to me today! I realized that I am not currently reading a book that I am really into. When I am reading a book that I am really excited about, I have a special feeling or glow, even when I'm not reading it.…Continue
There is a fun story-writing challenge that many fiction writers participate in at this time of year – the very short, very creepy story challenge. By very short, I mean only two sentences long! Will you accept this month's writing challenge?
1. Add a new blog post. Use the title "Writing Challenge: My Terrifying Two-Line Tale(s)".
2. Write a scary/creepy story that has a beginning, middle, and end, but only uses two sentences. Give…Continue
Today is National Black Cat Day. Black cats need a bit of TLC at this time of year, because they are traditionally associated with witchcraft and evil. Some people think it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. Of course, black cats are just beautiful animals and deserve to be loved and adopted just like other cats.
I've written and recorded a Halloween story this year about a black cat that is afraid of Halloween. You can listen to it here. If you want to read along or if you…Continue
This month, we are going to work on writing a page from our biography. A biography is a book or article about a person's life. What is the most interesting part in a biography? Some people think the…Continue