My best friend teaches high school English in Germany. She tends to turn to me when she has English questions, sometimes usage, sometimes grammar, etc. (She knows language is one of my obsessions…) I can give her a general reality check and tell her what I’m hearing/saying in Ohio, but I’m sure there are lots of resources that she could go to for a more accurate overall picture. She focuses on American English, but she also needs to know British usage. Wouldn’t hurt her to know about Aussie/NZ variations too.
So, Doper English teachers anywhere: where do you go for definitive answers to your questions?
Things she’s asked me in the past:
Do you capitalize school subjects? In other words, is it: “I teach math” or “I teach Math”?
How do you say <insert unusual German word here>?
How do you pronounce <unusual name>?
Her biggest issues seem to be around current usage and accepted grammar and style. She’s afraid she’s lived in Germany too long and is starting to speak English using German rules.
She teaches college prep courses (Gymnasium), generally 9th grade and up, so having a respected source for her information would be a plus. Also, are there any helpful message boards that she could go to? (I ran across one in my Googling and it was decidedly unhelpful looking.)
Thanks for any ideas/resources you can share!