An Introduction to Punctuation

Watch this humorous introduction to English punctuation. Learn the most important punctuation marks, and see how they can help improve your writing. Make sure you have your speakers turned on so you can hear the audio!

Download the PDF: Simple Rules for Effective Punctuation

Key Points

  • Punctuation marks give rhythm and meaning to text
  • Do you know the names of all the punctuation marks? Learn them in this video
  • Just a couple of punctuation differences can change the entire meaning of a text
  • Look at a passage and decide how to punctuate it effectively
  • What if punctuation marks had sounds? Watch James Bond save the day…with the help of punctuation!

What Do You Think?
Do you know how to use punctuation correctly? Do you have any advice to add, or questions you’d like to ask? Let us know in the comments section below!

Current Events

The International Foundation Year Programme at Language Link VietnamI spend most of my work days helping students try to get abroad to university though the International Foundation Year (IFY) Programme at Language Link. Something I’ve noticed from the students I encounter is their lack of awareness of world news.

To help them with this, I implemented a current events summary assignment.  Each week students have to do the following:

  • Find an article that interests them (politics, sports, fashion)
  • Condense (summarise) the article into 150-200 words
  • Submit it to me for lexical and grammatical feedback

The real purpose of the assignment was to create general awareness in this ever-expanding global world.  If you’re going to study abroad, you need to understand the world you live in.

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Writing Is A Process

Improve your English writing skills at Language Link Vietnam!Writing is not easy. It takes study and practice to develop the skill. For both native and non-native English speakers, writing is a process. A piece of writing is never “complete.” It is always possible to improve it.

Whether you are writing an academic paper, business letter, or blog post, it may help you to break the writing process into five steps:

  1. Prewriting
  2. Writing
  3. Revising
  4. Editing
  5. Publishing

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