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Acu-Write is a valuable resource for business people, report writers, newsletter editors, copywriters, anyone wanting to use English correctly. It helps eliminate the errors that can be a source of miscommunication and embarrassment, and can sometimes even cost money. Each issue clarifies points of frequent confusion involving word use, punctuation, capitalization, or sentence structure. This sample shows the kind of information that you'll find in Acu-Write.

Although publication of Acu-Write has become sporadic, the first 92 issues -- which include a wealth of information -- are archived at Yahoo! Groups. The "search" feature will enable you to find information on a particular topic.


LinguaPhile is aimed at people who teach and/or enjoy English. It is particularly beneficial for teachers and parents, who bear the formidable responsibility of imparting communication skills to future generations. Regular features include teaching tips, book reviews, vocabulary enhancers, Q & A about English, inspiring quotes, puzzles, and more.

Publication of LinguaPhile is now in hiatus. However, the Archive is a treasure trove! Furthermore, an index of articles will help you find articles on specific topics. You're welcome to print the index for yourself or for others who might be interested. 


The author/editor of both newsletters is Fran Hamilton, author of Hands-On English. In addition to her work as writer and editor, Fran has twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher. She has taught students of all ages -- from kindergartners to adults. She has a B.A. in English from Lindenwood University and an M.A. in Education from Washington University in St. Louis. She holds lifetime teaching certificates in English, Reading, and Learning Disabilities.


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