Posts Tagged ‘English’

Debunking Classic English Major Stereotypes

Every major in college has a few stereotypes attached to it. These are the things — positive and negative — that everyone who is not in that major associate with it. These things are also things that grind your gears because half of the time, you don’t find them to be true. English majors are ...

7 Tips for Becoming an ESL Teacher

Teaching English as a second language (or foreign language) is a great career path for many majors, including English, communications, global relations, foreign languages, sociology, and journalism, but also a fun short-term job for anybody with the travel bug. Whether you’re doing it as a long-term career or as a way to fund your travels, ...

9 Idioms and Phrases You Might Be Saying Wrong

As idioms and phrases begin to fade, each next generation tends to butcher them just a little bit so that they no longer make any sense. I say let’s all get together and memorize the true idioms so we can use them correctly for the rest of our lives! Or, we should at least try ...

Clearing Up These Commonly Confused Words

There are a lot of confusing grammar and spelling rules out there. When you’re writing papers for hours and hours, it’s easy to confuse affect and effect, i.e., and e.g. This article is here to help set the record straight on a few commonly confused words that will slip past your typical spell checker. Related: 5 ...

4 Helpful Tips for English Majors

As an English major, I will be the first to tell you that my life doesn’t consist simply of books and writing. There’s much more than that, but I know others won’t see that. And every time that someone asks me what I want to do with my degree once I graduate, I tell them ...

7 Job Opportunities for English Majors

As an English major, I know how annoying the topic of what you’re going to do after graduation can be. “Oh, so you’re going to be a high school teacher?” is the typical suggestion. While it would be so much easier to say, “I’m pre-med,” don’t worry; there are plenty of jobs for English majors, ...

Expanding Your Vocabulary

As children, we went through grade school with reading and writing classes that taught us the same words that we now use today in everyday language. We were always emphasized how important it was to learn how to spell words, to learn how to read effectively, and to learn how to write efficiently. Today, we ...

Understanding Your Poetry Literature Class

Whether you’re an English major who loves poetry (like me) or you’re someone who takes a low-level literature class as a general education requirement, sooner or later, you’re going to have to figure it out. I always tell people to take poetry early on in their course load so that they can get it out ...

4 Tips For Acing Your Literature Courses

We all want college to be relatively straightforward, and incredibly fair. Unfortunately, combining complicated literature and professors’ intense egos, it’s hard to know what you’re getting when you sign up for Nineteenth Century Literature. If your teacher expects more from you than the standard read, write, and listen, here are a few tips for catching ...