Posts Tagged ‘good grammar’

Tips in Feature Writing

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009:

Here are some simple tips in enhancing your feature writing. 1. Use alliterations. Example: “We happily hopped out the truck…” “[The rain] waltzed with the wind!” “Nothing super specific. Nothing deadly demanding. Nothing surprisingly strange.” “The only things duplicated close to reality were our smiles exuding excitement.” “…it could mean a warm welcome, a bubbly birthday greeting, a great gratitude, a crowning congratulations, a friendly farewell…” 2. Use rhymes. The tone of your piece is vital. Sprinkling some rhymes will make the feature more readable. But be aware not to overdo it, or your write-up will end up as a […] Read More →

April Beauty

Monday, July 20th, 2009:

This poem was written by our Mother when April, our youngest was eight years old. April Beauty By: Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (Jan. 30, 1994) One April 13 proves to be lucky; As a beautiful baby came to be. My 3rd treasured gift divine; I labored for hours in pain. You made your first cry then. In this world, just in time, for That was almost my last breath. God had it His way that I would be able to see, My own “April Beauty,” Yes, I named you April, Maria April Sunday to be complete. But as you showed […] Read More →

Guidelines in Feature Writing

Monday, July 20th, 2009:

Excerpts from a lecture by Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (Lecture delivered during the Division Journalism Workshop held at Pangasinan National High School, Lingayen, Pangasinan, Oct. 8-10, 2008) 1.    Use the “You” approach or the 3rd person. Ex: Are you health-conscious? Beware of milk and milk products with melamine. 2.    Use the feature leads, NOT dull beginnings or “kitchen sink.” Ex:  “The façade still stands. Newly-painted concrete walls are still seen erected. But all wooden structures from the roofs to the ceilings and dividers are totally charred and pulverized into black and grey ashes and soot.” OR “The majestic municipal hall […] Read More →


Friday, July 17th, 2009:

This is a poem my Mommy composed when I was a baby. By: Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (1983) You’re never expected yet never unwanted, Just in time you desired to be apart from me, Not to be away but in my arms you’d stay. For the past 270 days, your presence within, Conditioned most of my activities. At time you were a hindrance; Yet at times you were a relief. You’re absolutely a part of me when more And more challenging tasks were on. We tackled journalistic works, thick and thin. Together we did work in between multifarious pains… Pains that […] Read More →

Tips for a Good Grammar

Thursday, July 16th, 2009:

As second speakers of the English language, attaining the level of proficiency is indeed challenging; taking another consideration the natural complexity of the language. One of the secrets on gaining a good command of the language is sufficient and deep immersion in its usage – years of training, hard work, and practice. Studying English at an early age is the best way. Children trained to speak the language as a medium for casual conversation at home are the ones closest to English expertise as they grow up. For those who started studying the English grammar at their adult years, the […] Read More →

Keys to Achieving Academic Excellence

Thursday, July 9th, 2009:

Excerpts from a lecture by Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (Resource speaker during the Multi-stake Youth Conference at Villa Jireh, Labrador, Pangasinan, May 14, 2008) Knowledge is Power “Katarungan Laban sa Kahirapan” –war against poverty Attitude determines Altitude “How high you can reach depends upon your attitude.” Skills for Success in Studies • Study Skills: Organizing notes, note taking, note making, library skills • Communication Skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening • Lifelong Skills: livelihood, stress management, problem solving, decision-making, communicating orally or in writing, getting help and assistance. Habits are what we repeatedly do. “We are what we repeatedly do.” EXCELLENCE, […] Read More →

The Bus

Thursday, July 9th, 2009:

(This is one of the articles I wrote for my writing class at BYUH back in 2005, it’s a commentary) I don’t want to ride on The Bus; but living here in Laie, and especially being an I.W.E.S student, I don’t have a choice. It’s the only public transportation on the island. I won’t forget my first ride with The Bus. The smell was haunting. Initially, I covered my mouth and nose with my sweater. I tried to endure the stink smell by attempting to sit back, relax and uncover my nose and mouth. To my realization, as I inhale, […] Read More →

Ironically Ironic: On Communication

Thursday, July 9th, 2009:

It’s pretty ironic how easier and more frequent for people to utter words of gratitude, extend compliments, appreciation, and express love or apologies to each other through a medium like short message system (SMS or texting), electronic mail, online chatting, or through snail mailed letters, than in a face-to-face communication. In my Critical Thinking Class back in college at BYUH, I was very reserved, refusing to participate in class discussion. I barely even talked to my professor; Bro. Compton, who was at the same time my dean. One time I needed to take a make-up exam from his class so […] Read More →

Enhancement of Oral Communication Skills

Thursday, July 9th, 2009:

Excerpts from a lecture by Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (Resource speaker during the faculty development workshop at Mother Lourdes Learning School, Calasiao, Pangasinan last June 4, 2009) WHY SPEAK GOOD ENGLISH?  Why is there a need for teachers to speak good English?  Global language; language of the elite  Legal language; language of literature, art, philosophy, ICT, world history, etc.  Official language; language of instruction for most subjects  English as a useful tool  FIRST IMPRESSIONS NEVER LAST  THE WAY WE SPEAK IS PART OF OUR PERSONALITY  GOOD SPEECH EXUDES CONFIDENCE  TEACHERS SPEAK […] Read More →

Reading-Writing Connection

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009:

An Excerpts from a lecture by  Dr. Lourdes D. Servito Lord Acton says: “Learn as much writing as by reading.” “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chose ignorance.” –Atwood Townsend “Reading furnishes the mind only with the materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” —   John Locke In 1909, Ellen Thompson said, “My home is where my books are.” This was affirmed by Marcus Cicero who says: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Henri David Thoreau counsels, […] Read More →

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