Category Archives: Grammar

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book? (📘🖋️)

I recently published a book series on English “Grammar Essentials” for Internationally Educated Health Professionals. There are four volumes, three are available internationally from Amazon:

  1. CELBAN Grammar Essentials: Nouns & Articles 
  2. CELBAN Grammar Essentials: Verbs & Verbals 
  3. CELBAN Grammar Essentials: Punctuation

The idea for the books came from my work with these professionals. Through my experience, I noticed that errors in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure can cause confusion and misunderstandings in the medical field, which can have serious consequences for patient outcomes. I realized that there was a need for a comprehensive resource that could help these professionals improve their English language skills and effectively communicate in the medical setting.

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What is the best way to increase my GRAMMAR and sentence structure for the CELBAN?

Here are some effective ways to improve your grammar and sentence structure for the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN):

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CT4 THE DISILLUSIONED DREAMER – ♥ i was so frustrated … after i received my evaluation report.

Updated this week

 

Hi kim! i am pleased to hear how you value us your students. I have been learning a lot from the lessons 1-5 which i did not used last celban exam. Unfortunately, i was so frustrated with myself after i received my evaluation report…. It was hard for me to accept because i did got high marks with the other three areas tested, except for my writing which is only 6. It was a friend that i met in the bus told me about your site, to be honest as a new resident here in canada i felt helpless. I dont have any background and idea about celban , and also i have been discouraged with ielts after many attempts. I am just so glad and inspired from the stories of your students on how you touched their lives.  Im excited for the up coming lessons that i will be learning from you and at the same time feeling nervous for the exam this october. Hoping that  this time il be much ready to face the battle.   hoping for your  guidance and help kim for me to achieve my goal. G.

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§ Why collocations matter ~ spotting the errors ~ CELBANPrep Writing Level One

Dear Friend,

With the assistance of a writing coach, IENs work on writing assignments on a weekly basis. This personalized writing tutoring allows a person to develop test taking strategies that increase their score on the CELBAN. See if you can spot some of the errors in the phrases below:

  • A patient complained about why should the nurse must asks so many questions..
  • and not to right away help the patient.
  • Little that the patient knew that the nurse was already helping the patient.
  • The nurse  focused her full attention to the patient.

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500 Should joint pain be singular or plural when writing a report for CELBAN Writing Task 2?

Updates 2021

Corticosteroids and antibiotics are prescribed to treat joint pain and sore throats.

Hi Kim,

I have a question again!! Do I need to change joint pain? It affects multiple joints.

This question was asked by an IEN during her CELBANPrep Writing Level Two.

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600 Should headache, earache or sore throat be singular or plural when writing a report for CELBAN Writing Task 2?

Updated 2021

Dear Friend,

In writing about Henoch Schonlein Purpura, an IEN with a family history with this disease wrote:

Symptomes of this disease are purpuric rashes all over the body, joint pain and cold like symptoms like headache, sorethroat and earache.

Noticing that headache, sore throat and earache were singular I asked, ” Do you understand why earaches and sore throats are plural?”

She replied, “I did research on, why do we use earaches or sore throats?  But I could not find the reason. So, can you please explain that to me? Thank you.

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§ Why do we need to add temperature unit [when writing a medical report for the CELBAN?]

Kim,

Why do we need to add temperature unit must and other units not? For example:

  • Vitals: PR 88, RR 20, BP 110/70, T 36.7 C.

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Which should I take first: CELBANPrep Writing or Speaking?

Updated 2021

Dear Kim,
 What can you suggest for me to avail first?
I’d like to avail the Course Bundle for speaking
and writing.
 
Thanks! 🙂
R

Do I capitalize diseases? CELBAN Writing

Update 2021

Dear Friend,

Alzheimer and stroke are the names of diseases, why I can use the capital letter for the former, but for the latter I can not use it?

What do you think?

Kim

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§ Finally I have received a source for help!

Dear kim,

Delightfully i have spent more than an hour to satisfy myself by reviewing the above posted comments and i must say “finally” i have recieved a source for help:)
I’m recent graduate IEN residing in toronto, waiting for my evaluation from CNO. According to recent changes in language fluency requirement i have set up my mind to take either IELTS or CELBAN exam, what would you suggest me the easiest option to achieve the required score.
looking forward to recieve guidance from you.

Thank You.

Mrs. Ali

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