Julie Sevastopoulos earned a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from San Francisco State University. She has taught at English Language Services, UC Berkeley Extension and the San Mateo Community College District. She is a strong advocate for computer assisted learning and life-long learning. She currently resides in Palo Alto, California, USA with her husband, a native of Greece.
The practices in Grammar-Quizzes have been under development continuously from 1998 to the present. The intended users are native and non-native high school and college students studying the structure and usage of English (Eng-US). Some materials may also be appropriate for primary and secondary schools. The goal is to provide instructors with a resource to which they can refer students to discrete grammar points and to provide students with a resource in which they can self-test and study specific grammar points.
The contrastive analysis approach presents one grammatical point in contrast to another already-known point. Usage of the grammar point can be deduced from paired examples, contextual examples and paired practices. Formality levels mark usage that is preferred in business and academic environments (formal) versus everyday speech (informal, slang). Grammar terms and explanations are phrased in plain English so that they are accessible to a larger number of users. Academic resources are included in "Grammar Notes" sections for those who in need of expert resources (citations) on descriptions of the English language.
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Note: Previously, this web site was named "Grammar Check" when it resided on the San Mateo Community College District server from November 1998 - April 2008. In May of 2008, it was renamed "Grammar-Quizzes" (an available domain name) and moved to its current host server May 2008 – present. Please do not reproduce the content of these pages for personal profit. You are welcome to link to any page.
Website assistance includes C.G. Sevastopoulos (web articles), Jasmine Robinson (coding assistance), Elena Remus (developmental feedback and SEO advice) and Shannah Pittman (organizational and developmental advice). Additional thanks to Helen Kalkstein (ESL) and Ellen Rosenfield (ESL and Linguistics) and website readers/users for their questions and comments.
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