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  • New Resources On Race & Racism
    Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More: Americans say racism is a bigger problem today than at any point in the past 20 years is … Continue reading →
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Free Tech for Teachers

  • newThe Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    Good evening from Woodstock, Maine where the leaves on some trees are already starting to change colors. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but it still feels like summer is ending too soon. By now school is back in session almost everywhere aro…
    - 3 hours ago, 1 Sep 15, 6:39am -
  • newMy Two Ground Rules for Collaboratively Taking Notes
    Earlier today I pushed a post about using MeetingWords as a collaborative note-taking tool. In that post I mentioned the need for setting some rules for students to follow during a collaborative note-taking session. Through trial and error over the y…
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Sep 15, 2:24am -
  • newTry Meeting Words for Collaboratively Taking Notes
    MeetingWords is a free and registration-free service for creating an online notepad and chat room. Through MeetingWords you can quickly create an online place to collaboratively create documents with one or more partners. You can chat in real-time w…
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 11:56pm -
  • newAbout Downloading YouTube Videos...
    These kittens don't violate YouTube'sTOS and we shouldn't either :)This morning I received a Facebook message from someone looking for a recommendation for a tool to use to download videos from YouTube. I get that question fairly often. Usually it is…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 11:03pm -
  • The Week in Review - 3300 Downloads
    Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where it shaping up to be a perfect late summer day. It's not too hot, it's not too cold, and the sun is shining. In other words, it's a great morning for sitting on my deck and drinking coffee while I write. I hope…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 11:34pm -
  • 5 Things I Learned While Re-reading Invent to Learn
    While book publishers send me many books to read throughout the year, very few ever get mentioned on this blog because I am not in the business of writing book reviews. That said, when I do find a book that I think many of you will enjoy, I'll share…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 3:22am -
  • Six Tools for Creating Online Timelines - A Comparison Chart
    Last winter I published a comparison of five tools for creating timelines. This week I updated that chart to include a timeline creation tool that I've come to love over the last seven months, HSTRY. You can read more about HSTRY and learn how to use…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 2:03am -
  • Take a Virtual Tour of Mount Vernon
    Around this time last year I shared an interactive map of George Washington's life. That map was produced by MountVernon.org. From the same organization comes a virtual tour of Mount Vernon.The virtual tour of Mount Vernon features 54 parts of George…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 1:25am -
  • Formative - Quickly Gather Responses Sketched by Students
    A few weeks ago I published a review of a new assessment tool called Formative. One of the best features of Formative is the option to have students sketch responses to questions. They can sketch on their tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops and submit t…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 11:45pm -
  • How to Quickly Create an Audio Slideshow
    Summarizing the highlights of an event, summarizing the key points in a story, and summarizing the results of research project are all common purposes for creating audio slideshows. Sharalike makes it quick and easy to create a video for any of those…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 3:03am -

BBC Learning English

VOCABULARY: Dealing with false friends

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DRAMA: The Race: Episode 8 - Aye aye Captain Phil!

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Talking about cats - do you like cats?

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How to give instructions

- 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 5:35pm -
Plastic art. Learn: melted, canvas, afford, unique recycling

- 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 12:16am -
Talking about the future - holiday plans

- 6 days ago, 25 Aug 15, 9:39pm -

ESL About.com

  • newShould You Take the TOEFL or IELTS Exam?
    Choosing which English test to take can be confusing. Often the choice comes does to either the TOEFL or IELTS. This guide will lead you through the main differences between the IELTS and TOEFL, as well as important points to take into consideration.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newLearn how to express numbers such as decimals...
    Guide to expressing numbers in English for ESL classes giving detailed explanation about vocabulary use with numbers in both British and American English.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newAdvanced English Grammar Review Quiz
    Advanced level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • newAppropriate Classroom Materials
    A discussion of appropriate teaching materials for the ESL classroom
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  • newGet daily or weekly English lessons delivered...
    Free English courses through email provided by Kenneth Beare guide to English at About.com. Courses for beginners, grammar, vocabulary and teaching.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newHow to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
    Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newWhen to Use Any or Some
    This basic English lesson focuses on the use of any and some to speak about a non-specific amount and for compound words.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newTOEFL Grammar Quiz
    This TOEFL grammar quiz focuses on the type of English grammar at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newESL: How to Use Expressions of Time
    Guide to the use of time expressions with various tenses in English.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newIntermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
    Intermediate level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newA, An, The
    Explanation and guide to the usage of A, An and The indefinite and definite articles including exceptions and multiple examples for each rule.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newTOEFL Vocabulary Quiz
    This TOEFL vocabulary quiz focuses on the type of English vocabulary at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBase your sales letter on this example if you...
    Sales letters for business English learners including essential points, useful phrases and example letter.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newWhat's the Difference Between American and...
    A discussion of the differences between standard American and British English in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar with examples.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newTim's Day Reading Quiz
    Tim's day is an English reading comprehension quiz about a typical day in Tim's life using the present simple and including answers.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBeginning English Quiz
    Beginning level English quiz tests basic English tenses, conditional and superlatives, and simple conversational English with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newPresent Simple
    Examples, grammar and usage of the present simple tense in English.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newA Simple Way to Write an Essay
    How to write a standard essay in English following a common essay outline structure also known as the hamburger essay.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newActive Voice to Passive Voice Quiz
    Practice changing active voice sentences into the passive voice for with this English learning quiz for intermediate level learners.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newThe 50 Basic English Questions
    50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newHow to Use Adjectives
    Grammar guide to using Adjectives in English for ESL EFL TEFL or ESOL learners
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newReported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newComparative Quiz
    Test your knowledge of how to use the comparative form in English by selecting the correct ending. Each question is followed by a correction.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newLearn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
    Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newIdiom and Phrase Quiz - 1
    Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newNumber Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
    Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newNoun Preposition Combinations Quiz
    Noun and preposition combinations quiz to test your knowledge of prepositions for in of to with and between with corrected answers.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBasic English Conversations
    Basic English conversations help beginning learners build basic English skills. Each conversation group includes a few short conversations introducing basic English phrases.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newESL: Essential Phrases You Need to Run a...
    Phrase Reference Sheet for Participating in a Meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newHow to plan ESL lesson plans
    Guide to standard lesson plan format for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newCommon Mistakes in English - Has gone to vs....
    The present perfect forms have gone to and have been to are often interchanged in English. However, there are clear differences between the two forms. Have gone to indicates that someone is still not here, whereas have been to indicates a person has…
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newConfusing Words Quiz
    Test your knowledge of confusing words in English such as accept and except. This quiz provides the correct word for each sentence. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newStrategies for Teaching Writing
    A focus on strategies for teaching writing to ESL and EFL students that are level and objective appropriate and ensure student involvement.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newSimple Past or Present Perfect Quiz
    Choose between the simple past or present perfect tense in this quiz which includes a short guide to usage. Each question is followed by the correct answer.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newUse the trick of finding a focus word to help...
    Learn how to find a focus word to help you with your pronunciation in English. Using a focus word helps guide us through our conversations.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newDefinite and Indefinite Article Quiz
    Definite and Indefinite articles use quiz which provides a short explanation and the correct answer for each question.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBusiness Letter Writing: Account Terms and...
    Example business letter for opening an account at a company for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newPrepositional Phrase Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBefore You Decide to Become an ESL Teacher
    Things to know before you decide to on a career as an English as a Second Language teacher.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newHow to Speak English
    This step by step guide on how to speak English will help you perfect a study plan to help you speak English within a reasonably short amount of time. Strategies and objectives are provided to help you speak English with ease.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newFind out which type of business letter you need...
    This guide to different types of business letters provides a short introduction to some of the most important types of business letters in English for English learners who are interested in English for business purposes.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBeginning English Multiple Choice Tests
    ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newFirst Name, Last Name or Title?
    Discussion of the correct use of informal and formal forms when speaking about and to people including when to use last names, titles and first name only.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBeginner Verb Tense Quiz
    Beginner verb tense quiz checks your understanding of basic tenses including the present simple, continuous, future and past simple including answers.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newNon-Continuous Verbs
    A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newThis - That - These - Those - Here - There
    Use these rules and examples of this, that, these, and those - important English words that you can learn to point out things that are here or there.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newVerb Formation Chart
    Grammar guide to verb formation and conjugations in English for English learners and classes.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newPreposition Quiz In On At
    Test you knowledge of the prepositions in, on and at when used with dates and times. This quiz provides the correct answer for each question.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newLearn how to use complex subjects both and,...
    Both ... and and neither ... nor are paired conjunctions. As such, they take two different subjects which can change the conjugation of the verb.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newBasic English Questions Quiz
    This English questions quiz tests basic English questions used in beginning conversations in English. Each question provides the correction.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newHow To Improve Your Pronunciation
    How to improve your English pronunciation. Whether you prefer US or British pronunciation, follow this guide to help you improve English pronunciation skills fast!
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • new1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
    Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newMaking Suggestions
    How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newLower Intermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
    This lower intermediate English grammar quiz focuses on the present, past and future simple tenses, as well as other appropriate grammar.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newConditional Forms Quiz
    Conditional forms quiz tests your knowledge of the first, second and third conditional forms for real, unreal and imagined past situations. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newPrepositions of Place Quiz - In At and On
    Test you knowledge of the prepositions in, on and at when used with places and positions. This quiz provides the correct answer for each question.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newTips and Strategies for Teaching English...
    Tips and strategies concerning the teaching of English conversational skills
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -
  • newPrepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
    Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 8:32pm -

BeeOasis.com

  • The Stolen Plow
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt BeeOasis Step 2 At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town near…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 8:25am -
  • Newton’s Apple
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.A light wind blew through the garden and shook the trees. From one tree, an apple fell and hit the ground. Isaac heard the sound, and it disturbed his thoughts. At the time, he was walk…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 8:03am -
  • A Definition of Health
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 4 Read the Step 1 and Step 2 versions of this story. A medical doctor was examining a patient. He summarized his diagnosis in the following way. “You’re in superb heal…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 7:40am -
  • The Dead Wife
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.By Andrew Lang BeeOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of their tribe. They often spent the day hunting together.…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 7:29am -
  • Rappaccini’s Daughter (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.By Nathaniel Hawthorne BeeOasis Step 3 Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy. He rented a small room on the top floor o…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 7:15am -
  • The Future of Water (Step 4)
    Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar, near the border of India. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a tranquil place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this remote village, but it is not always easy. Eve…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 7:00am -
  • Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.By Max L. Knowles BeeOasis Step 2 A great tree comes from a small seed, and from small beginnings come great things. Gregor wanted to solve a problem. It was a big and important problem…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 10:00am -
  • Hide and Seek
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Mr. and Mrs. Smith had two sons, but they gave them strange names. Their first son was named, “Mind Your Own Business.” Now that was strange enough, but they named their second son,…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 9:10am -
  • Experience Flow
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Shaun White is a world famous snowboarder. Watch him slide down the pipe in slow motion. He goes up one side and flies into the air at an extreme height. Time stands still. Coming down,…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 9:00am -
  • The Most Famous Not a Protest Song
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Protest songs speak out against problems in society. We can hear protest songs at pivotal moments of activism in western history, during the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, labor, and…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 9:00am -
Get a feel for English

VOA Learning English

Economic Growth in Asia Threatens Environment

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Idaho's "Garbologist" Turns Trash into Treasure

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Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economy

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News Words: Chaos

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A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

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English in a Minute: Nail-biter

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ESL on the Web

Language Learning on the Web

Nat Geo Pics (Use in Class!)

Peeking Kirkjufell
Peeking Kirkjufell
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Tide Is High
Tide Is High
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Painted Pink
Painted Pink
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Skin and Bones
Skin and Bones
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Rising Up
Rising Up
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The Pinch of Salt
The Pinch of Salt
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Oxford Learner's Dictionary

Word of the Day

  • newswift
    swift: happening or done quickly and immediately...
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    awning: a sheet of strong cloth...
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  • temptation
    temptation: the desire to do or have something...
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    babble: to talk quickly in a way that is difficult to understand�
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  • fastidious
    fastidious: being careful that every detail of something...
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    luminous: shining in the dark...
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    egocentric: thinking only about yourself...
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  • scintillating
    scintillating: very clever, amusing and interesting...
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  • respite
    respite: a short break...
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  • manifestation
    manifestation: an event, action or thing that is a sign...
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  • agog
    agog: excited and very interested...
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UsingEnglish.com (Handouts)

  • Idioms- Work (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- WorkTopic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/584.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/584.html
    - 27 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 4:04pm -
  • Idioms- Sport 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- Sport 2Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/583.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/583.html
    - 63 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 5:52pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs - Back (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs - BackTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/582.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/582.html
    - 24 Apr 15, 6:33pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs - Take 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs - Take 2Topic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/581.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/581.html
    - 16 Apr 15, 8:13pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs- Finish (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs- FinishTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/580.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/580.html
    - 16 Jan 15, 6:28pm -
  • Over (10 questions)
    Title: OverTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/579.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/579.html
    - 19 Dec 14, 7:35pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs- In (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs- InTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/578.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/578.html
    - 25 Aug 14, 6:22pm -
  • Test Your Spelling 3 (10 questions)
    Title: Test Your Spelling 3Topic: GeneralLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/577.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/577.html
    - 16 Jun 14, 11:10pm -
  • Idioms- Furniture and Household Fittings (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- Furniture and Household FittingsTopic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/576.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/576.html
    - 24 Mar 14, 1:35pm -
  • Parts of Speech 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Parts of Speech 2Topic: Parts of SpeechLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/575.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/575.html
    - 24 Nov 13, 11:44pm -
  • Parts of Speech (10 questions)
    Title: Parts of SpeechTopic: Parts of SpeechLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/574.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/574.html
    - 14 Oct 13, 10:04pm -
  • Idioms- Animals 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- Animals 2Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/573.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/573.html
    - 24 Jun 13, 1:38am -
  • Lend & Borrow (9 questions)
    Title: Lend & BorrowTopic: VocabularyLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/572.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/572.html
    - 18 Apr 13, 10:39pm -
  • Which or Where? (10 questions)
    Title: Which or Where?Topic: Relative PronounsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/571.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/571.html
    - 16 Mar 13, 8:22pm -
  • Australian Rhyming Slang 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Australian Rhyming Slang 2Topic: Cockney Rhyming SlangLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/570.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/570.html
    - 11 Jan 13, 12:12am -
  • Idioms- Body 3 (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- Body 3Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/569.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/569.html
    - 29 Nov 12, 11:28pm -
  • Idioms- Body 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- Body 2Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/568.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/568.html
    - 7 Nov 12, 11:42pm -
  • Spelling- Language Words (10 questions)
    Title: Spelling- Language WordsTopic: Spelling and PunctuationLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/567.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/567.html
    - 15 Oct 12, 1:02am -
  • Enough & Too 2 (11 questions)
    Title: Enough & Too 2Topic: Adjectives and AdverbsLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/566.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/566.html
    - 18 Sep 12, 4:23am -
  • Idioms- Body (10 questions)
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News English (Print Handouts)

  • A billion people on Facebook in one day
    August 30, 2015. Over one billion people used Facebook last Monday. This is the first time the site has had this many visitors in one day.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Scientists close to influenza vaccine
    August 27, 2015. Scientists in the USA say they are getting closer to developing a vaccine that will provide life-long protection against any type of influenza.
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Saudi women to vote for first time
    August 24, 2015. Saudi Arabian women have been registering to vote for the first time in their history. Women will be able to vote in the city council elections later this year.
    - 8 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Research shows dogs used to be more like cats
    August 21, 2015. New research suggests that climate change helped dogs develop from creatures resembling cats to the way they are today.
    - 11 days ago, 21 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Reports of doping cover-up in athletics
    August 18, 2015. An article in the British newspaper The Sunday Times claims that around a third of the world's top athletes at a major event cheated by using drugs.
    - 14 days ago, 18 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Twitter ends 140-character Direct Message limit
    August 15, 2015. For the first time on Twitter, people will be able to send messages that are longer than 140 characters. While tweets will still be restricted to the 140-character limit, Direct Messages will be capped at 10,000 characters.
    - 17 days ago, 15 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence
    August 12, 2015. Singapore celebrated its fiftieth birthday on Saturday. The tiny nation became an independent country on August 8th, 1965.
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Egypt opens extension of Suez Canal
    August 09, 2015. Egypt's President Abdelfattah el-Sisi attended a ceremony yesterday to unveil a major extension of the Suez Canal. The original canal was completed in 1869.
    - 23 days ago, 9 Aug 15, 9:30am -
  • Obama announces new Clean Power Plan
    August 06, 2015. The U.S. president Barack Obama has announced a new plan to combat climate change. It is called the Clean Power Plan.
    - 26 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 9:30am -
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  • newStop That
    A very attractive young lady was sitting in a fine restaurant one night. Waiting for her date as she was, she wanted to make sure everything was perfe...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.99
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • newWrong Hole
    An American businessman was in Japan. He hired a local hooker and was going at it all night with her. She kept screaming "Fujifoo, Fugifoo!!!", which ...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.96
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • newEngineering Students
    Two engineering students meet on campus one day. The first engineer calls out to the other, "Hey Nice bike! Where did you get it?" "Well," replies the...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.31
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Living Statues
    Two beautiful statues in a park, facing each other across the grass, one of a young girl and the other of a young man, looking towards each other like...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.59
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Where's God?
    there two boys and they live in a small little town in virginia. These two boys are especially bad and are always in trouble. after the two boys got c...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.53
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Baked Beans
    Once upon a time there lived a woman who had a maddening passion for baked beans. She loved them but unfortunately they had always had a very embarras...>Category: Occasions Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.98
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
    Father Christmas was not in a very good frame of mind - in fact he was very depressed. That morning after breakfast, Mrs Santa had told him that her M...>Category: Occasions Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 4.90
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Question Of Height
    A man walks up to a woman in his office each day, stands very close to her, draws in a large breath of air and tells her that her hair smells nice. Af...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.37
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Dog Track
    A woman came up behind her husband while he was enjoying his morning coffee and slapped him on the back of the head. "I found a piece of paper in your...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.57
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Porcupine Injury
    Dr. Cutter is the local Veterinarian, known for his wry humor. He surpassed himself one summer day when a city dog was brought to him after an encount...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.92
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Eat And Drink
    A) The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans. (B) On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat a...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.42
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Bank Robbery
    A blonde and a brunette decided to rob a bank. They quickly devised a good plan and they put their plan to action. The brunette drove up to the front ...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.80
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Divorce
    A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 7.28
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Katie And Johnny
    Joey and Katie are sitting in school. Katie is sleeping and the teacher asks her a question. "Katie, who created Heaven and Earth?" Joey sees Katie sl...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.54
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • The Spoon
    A man and his wife were in a fancy resturant. While ordering, they noticed that the waiter had a spoon in his shirt pocket, and after looking around, ...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.80
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Old Hits Re-Released
    Great news! Some of the old favorite singers and bands have re-released their great hits with new titles and lyrics to accommodate their aging audienc...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.78
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • New ATM Procedures
    A local bank is very pleased to announce that they are installing new Drive-thru ATMs where their customers will be able withdraw cash withoutleaving ...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.78
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Virgin's Confession
    A sixteen year-old virgin girl has a bad day, so she goes to visit her priest after hours in his office. Late that evening, she goes to his office for...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.56
    - 8 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Head Notice
    A Bible study group was discussing the unforeseen possibility of their sudden death. The leader of the discussion said, " We will all die some day, an...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.10
    - 8 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Shit in Bar
    One guy walks in a bar and slips on a piece of shit, slids across the floor and bangs his head on the bar. 10 minutes later a guy walks in and does th...>Category: Bar Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 2.41
    - 8 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Annual Physical
    70-year-old George went for his annual physical. All of his tests came back with normal results. Dr. Smith said, "George, everything looks great physi...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.60
    - 9 days ago, 23 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Telling The Truth
    A lady tells her husband to go to the store to buy some cigarettes. He walks down to the store only to find it closed. So he goes into a nearby bar to...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.30
    - 9 days ago, 23 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • If you love something, set it free.
    If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was and always will be yours. If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with. If, howe...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.00
    - 10 days ago, 22 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Sounds Of Silence
    This little fella joins the lazaratian Monks order and takes a vow of silence. However, he's promised by the head Monk that he can speak two words per...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.19
    - 10 days ago, 22 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Helicopter Lessons
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    - 10 days ago, 22 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Back to the Honeymoon
    A couple married thirty years were revisiting the same places they went to on their honeymoon. Driving through the secluded countryside, they passed a...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.35
    - 11 days ago, 21 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Little Johnny and Jenny
    Little Johnny and Jenny are only 10 years old, but they just know that they are in love. One day they decide that they want to get married, so Johnny ...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.32
    - 11 days ago, 21 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Genie In A Bottle
    A blonde, a brunette and a redhead are walking along their island beach when one sees a bottle lying on the ground. It turns out there's a genie in it...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 3.76
    - 11 days ago, 21 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Pinochio
    Q:Why did Minie Mouse get kicked out of the sand box? A:Becase she sat on Pinochio's face and said "Lie to me Pinochio lie!"...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 3.72
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Political Trial
    At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. "Isn't it true," he bellowed, "that you accepted five thou...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.10
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Customs
    A distinguished young woman on a flight from Ireland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course child. What may I do for you...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.47
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • US Navy
    This is a transcript of an ACTUAL radio communication between a U.S. NAVY ship and Canadian authorities off the cost of Newfoundland, October 1995. Ra...>Category: Military Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.18
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Skin Tranplant Surgery
    A married couple was in a terrible accident where the woman's face was severely burned. The doctor told the husband that they couldn't graft any skin...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.76
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • English, French and Irish
    There were three men who had to jump out of an airaplane one was english,french and irish and to land safley they had to say god save me so the engli...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 3.16
    - 14 days ago, 18 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Learn The Alphabet Boy
    A boy goes to school one day and his teacher says to him by tommorow i would like you to learn the first three letters of the alphabet.So he goes home...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.68
    - 14 days ago, 18 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Mailman's Last Day
    It was George the Mailman's last day on the job after 35 years of carrying the mail through all kinds of weather to the same neighborhood. When he arr...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.25
    - 15 days ago, 17 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • The Falling Air Plane!
    There was a black man,a white man,and an asian guy.The white guy said"Hurry we need to throw out some stuff."The mexican guy throws out some beans and...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.32
    - 15 days ago, 17 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Closet Secrets
    Little Johnny greeted his mother at the door after she had been out of town all week. Johnny said, "Mommy, guess what? Yesterday, I was playing in the...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.02
    - 16 days ago, 16 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Ready For Work
    A husband and wife were in bathroom getting ready for work when husband looked at his wife and said, i gotta have you!, he backed her up against the b...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.31
    - 16 days ago, 16 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Two Blondes Eat Out
    Two blondes go eat out and want a whopper so they go in the place. they ask and the dud for one the dud says no we don't sell them hear to blonds. so ...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 2.19
    - 17 days ago, 15 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Yo Mamma
    yo mamma so stupid when her t.v got stolen she ran after the robber to give him the remote....>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.72
    - 17 days ago, 15 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Hot and Cold
    An elderly married couple scheduled their annual medical examination the same day so they could travel together. After the examination, the doctor the...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.18
    - 18 days ago, 14 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • The Puzzle
    There is a rooster and its on a peak and it lays an egg and the wind is blowing which way does the egg fall?(Scroll down for answer)Answer: Roosters d...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 2.74
    - 18 days ago, 14 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Social Security
    A retired gentleman went into the social security office to apply for Social Security. After waiting in line a long time he got to the counter. The wo...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.25
    - 18 days ago, 14 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Reluctant Cow
    The only cow in a small town in Poland stops giving milk, so the villagers buy one from Minsk for only 1,000 rubles. Because the cow is so wonderful, ...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.83
    - 19 days ago, 13 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • New Kilt
    In Scotland, the most important time for a young lad is when he "comes of age" and is allowed to purchase and wear his first kilt. A couple of weeks b...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 4.55
    - 19 days ago, 13 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Urgent Message
    This blonde goes to the Western Union office and says, "I just have to get an urgent message to my mother in Europe." The clerk says it will be $100, ...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.36
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Fish Heads
    A customer at Green's Gourmet Grocery marveled at the proprietor's quick wit and intelligence. "Tell me, Green, what makes you so smart?" "I wouldn't ...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.39
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Festive Tatoos
    A woman goes into a tattoo parlor and tells the tattoo artist that she wants a tattoo of a turkey on her right thigh, right up just below her bikini l...>Category: Occasions Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.28
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Playing Roulette
    An african ambassador visited Russia and was entertained by his opposite number, the Russian ambassador. For three days, the African ambassador was wi...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.81
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 12:00pm -

VOA Learning English

  • newUS Preparing Sanctions Against China
    The Washington Post reports that the United States is preparing to act against Chinese who steal trade secrets using the Internet.The actions could freeze accounts and block the transfer of money. They would target thieves who use the Internet to s…
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  • newEU Officials to Hold Talks on Migrant Crisis
    After the deaths of 71 migrants in a truck last week, the European Union will meet to discuss what is being called Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II.Hundreds of thousands of non-Europeans are taking huge risks to reach the continen…
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  • newLos Angeles' Silicon Beach Becoming Like Silicon Valley
     America's high technology industry is centered in northern California. The area, known as Silicon Valley, is a short drive from San Francisco Bay. Silicon Valley is home to Google, Apple and other industry leaders. But smaller tech start-ups can…
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  • newAndean Glaciers Reveal Secrets of Climate Change
     Ice caps, very large sheets of ice, do not only exist at the earth’s poles. There are tropical ice caps in mountain ranges, too. The largest is the Quelccaya Ice Cap, on top of the Andes Mountains in Peru.But the Quelccaya Ice Cap is melting…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Sep 15, 5:00am -
  • newThai Officials Announce More Arrest Orders for Bombing Suspects
    Thai officials are seeking two additional people in connection with their investigation of a deadly bombing in Bangkok. Officials released a picture of a woman and a drawing of a man suspected of involvement in the bombing earlier this month. The new…
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  • What Does the US Constitution Say?
    What does it say?PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IVArticle VArticle VIArticle VIIWhat does it mean?PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IV…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 15, 5:03am -
  • Serena Williams Chasing History at US Open
     The U.S. Open tennis tournament begins Monday in New York City. It is the last opportunity for 127 women to win a ‘Grand Slam’ title this year. And it is a chance for one player to win a place in history.American player Serena Williams is t…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 15, 5:02am -
  • Explosions Change Soldiers’ Brains, Study Says
     Scientists have been studying the effect of explosions on soldiers’ brains since World War I. Some military veterans who survived powerful explosions may become violent or experience depression. It may be difficult for the former soldiers to co…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 15, 5:00am -
  • More Kenyans Exploring Agricultural Businesses
     Each year, many Kenyans graduate from a college or university. Yet many graduates are unable find a job in the country after finishing their studies. The reason: large numbers of young Kenyans are already unemployed.Now, some university graduat…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 15, 5:00am -
  • 'Arrogant' Donald Trump Leads Republican Pack
     Billionaire businessman Donald Trump increased his lead last week ahead of the crowded Republican field for president.A new national poll, taken by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and released Thursday, shows Mr. Trump leading the Republi…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 5:04am -
  • Student Develops Gun Unlocked by Fingerprint
     A gunman killed two members of a television news crew in the United States earlier this week. Their TV station broadcast the shooting “live,” in real time. The shooting shocked many Americans and people around the world. The United States…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 5:02am -
  • Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure
    There is an expression is English that says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It means that what is garbage for one person can be useful to someone else.This proverb has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or w…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 5:02am -
  • Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?
    Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories.Today we take a look at the word “smart.”If someone says you are smart, what do you they mean? Is it a good thing or something bad? The answer is not as easy as you might think.T…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 5:00am -
  • Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses
     For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar.This week, we are going to talk about the future tenses. There are several ways to talk about future events in English. Compared to the past and present, future tenses are usually more flexible…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 5:03am -
  • Is China’s Economic Information Correct?
     For over a week, investors have been closely watching sharp changes in share prices on China’s stock market. Some investors say the wild movements have intensified because of concerns about the truthfulness of that nation’s economic reports.…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 5:01am -
  • Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City
     Ten years ago, a very powerful storm struck the southeastern United States. Hurricane Katrina brought destruction and flooding to states bordering the Gulf of Mexico.Flood waters covered large parts of New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, much of the…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 5:00am -
  • Volunteers Change Lives, Build Community
     In the United States, a group called “Thread” has been helping young people meet their goals for more than 10 years. The non-profit organization is based in the eastern city of Baltimore, Maryland. Its volunteers help high school students wit…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 5:00am -
  • Idaho's "Garbologist" Turns Trash into Treasure

    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 10:55am -
  • A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce
     Our story today is called, "A Horseman in the Sky."  It was written by Ambrose Bierce. Carter Druse was born in Virginia. He loved his parents, his home and the south. But he loved his country, too. And in the autumn of eighteen sixty-one, whe…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 5:03am -
  • China's Slowing Economy Affects Stock Markets Worldwide
     China’s economy again has made news as the country works to deal with a volatile stock market and slowing exports. Those issues have influenced markets around the world.China’s benchmark stock index, the Shanghai Composite Index has been de…
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  • Small Talk in Business- Present Simple Questions
    New Entry: 'Small Talk in Business- Present Simple Questions' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 19 days ago, 13 Aug 15, 9:31pm -
  • She came ____ of the class in the exam.
    New Entry: 'She came ____ of the class in the exam.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:11am -
  • Guests and Hosts- Restaurant Vocabulary
    New Entry: 'Guests and Hosts- Restaurant Vocabulary' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 22 days ago, 10 Aug 15, 2:31am -
  • WADI
    New Entry: 'WADI' has just been added to the Chatlish area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 24 days ago, 7 Aug 15, 9:59pm -
  • Favourites in ESL classes
    New Entry: 'Favourites in ESL classes' has just been added to the Articles area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 25 days ago, 7 Aug 15, 6:41am -
  • Tie that binds
    New Entry: 'Tie that binds' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 27 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 6:03pm -
  • Fair suck of the sauce bottle
    New Entry: 'Fair suck of the sauce bottle' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 27 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 6:00pm -
  • Idioms- Work
    New Entry: 'Idioms- Work' has just been added to the Quizzes & Handouts area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 27 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 5:03pm -
  • Bottle of porter
    New Entry: 'Bottle of porter' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 27 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 4:31pm -
  • Do you have + May I have Games
    New Entry: 'Do you have + May I have Games' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 27 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 4:25pm -
  • Under the knife
    New Entry: 'Under the knife' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 29 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:07pm -
  • Seal of approval
    New Entry: 'Seal of approval' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 29 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:06pm -
  • Laugh like a drain
    New Entry: 'Laugh like a drain' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 29 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:02pm -
  • I saw her ___ Tuesday.
    New Entry: 'I saw her ___ Tuesday.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 29 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:00pm -
  • Business English- Using Trends to Justify your Ideas
    New Entry: 'Business English- Using Trends to Justify your Ideas' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 7:38pm -
  • Juck
    New Entry: 'Juck' has just been added to the Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 6:57pm -
  • Make a hames of something
    New Entry: 'Make a hames of something' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 6:56pm -
  • Comparative Adjectives- Requests
    New Entry: 'Comparative Adjectives- Requests' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 35 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 11:00pm -
  • FCE (Cambridge First Certificate) Listening Part Two- Gap Guessing
    New Entry: 'FCE (Cambridge First Certificate) Listening Part Two- Gap Guessing' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 36 days ago, 26 Jul 15, 11:50pm -
  • Which do you use most?
    New Entry: 'Which do you use most?' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 39 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 2:30pm -
  • MFRC
    New Entry: 'MFRC' has just been added to the Chatlish area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 41 days ago, 22 Jul 15, 7:45pm -
  • Past Simple- Small Talk Questions
    New Entry: 'Past Simple- Small Talk Questions' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 41 days ago, 22 Jul 15, 7:35pm -
  • Financial Vocabulary Trends- Mini-Presentations
    New Entry: 'Financial Vocabulary Trends- Mini-Presentations' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 44 days ago, 19 Jul 15, 7:45pm -
  • Jelly Roll Blues
    New Entry: 'Jelly Roll Blues' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 46 days ago, 17 Jul 15, 2:57pm -
  • Boil the ocean
    New Entry: 'Boil the ocean' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 46 days ago, 17 Jul 15, 2:52pm -
  • IELTS Academic Writing- Verbs for Describing Processes
    New Entry: 'IELTS Academic Writing- Verbs for Describing Processes' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 46 days ago, 17 Jul 15, 2:50pm -

BBC News in Pics (Use in Class!

In pictures: Notting Hill Carnival
In pictures: Notting Hill Carnival
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In pictures: An emotional arrival in Europe
In pictures: An emotional arrival in Europe
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Week in pictures: 22-28 August 2015
Week in pictures: 22-28 August 2015
- 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 8:26am -
Usain Bolt knocked down in Beijing - in pictures
Usain Bolt knocked down in Beijing - in pictures
- 3 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 11:15pm -
The changing face of Britain's canals
The changing face of Britain's canals
- 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 11:30am -
Are these England's most beautiful pubs?
Are these England's most beautiful pubs?
- 4 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 10:16am -

Language Log

  • newFinger drumming
    I don't have much time this morning, so I'll just point you toward a fun post by Joe Pater on finger drumming. He focuses on iOS apps, and writes that I worry that Android users may be out of luck – I’ve tried a few apps on a couple different ph…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Aug 15, 10:55pm -
  • American politics: The pending expletive shortage
    Charles Pierce, "Hillary Clinton Has Run Out of F*cks to Give", Esquire 8/28/2015: My goodness, the special snowflakes of the elite political media are all a'quiver because Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is running for president of the United States, ha…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 15, 1:11am -
  • Trump on China
    Great material for a unit on prosody, from Ben Craw:
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 15, 8:47am -
  • More on various types of whatever(s)
    Yesterday, we saw that in the publications indexed by Google Scholar, phrases like "two types of hypothesis|hypotheses" and "three kinds of question|questions" run about 75% plural; and a search in the Google ngram viewer supports the opinion of some…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 9:55pm -
  • Mind your head
    For some reason, the expression xiǎoxīn 小心 (lit., "little heart" –> "[be] careful") often throws Chinese translators into a tailspin. "Crimes against English " (4/25/15) "Free souvenirs " (8/15/15) "Sandwiched in an escalator " (2/9/15) "Sign…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 10:23am -
  • Behind "The Humble Petition of WHO and WHICH"
    A few days ago, I reprinted Richard Steele's "The Humble Petition of WHO and WHICH", where he voices their complaint that "We are descended of ancient families, and kept up our dignity and honour many years, till the jack-sprat THAT supplanted us". T…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 11:06pm -

Tech Savvy Educator

  • Tricia Fuglestad’s Vine Art is Beautiful
    Tricia Fugelstad is more than just an elementary art teacher and technology enthusiast. She’s a digital artist savant, elevating even the simplest of 6-second videos to a level I will probably never equal; I’m both impressed and slightly jealous…
    - 50 days ago, 13 Jul 15, 5:43am -
  • My #ISTE2015 Animated GIF Day
    For many years I protested that I had no clear need to attend the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. From the social media streams and vendor receptions, it has the appearance of an ostentatious event focused…
    - 64 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 6:32pm -
  • Tech Director Chat #025 – Putting Learning First
    It’s late, I know, I know! Insert “end of the year, far too busy excuse” here. Thankfully, it’s only a week off, and with the final podcast being recorded later this week, that will make 26 conversations revolving around technology and educat…
    - 96 days ago, 27 May 15, 10:28pm -
  • The Mystery of Prince Rupert’s Drop
    If you’re a science teacher that values inquiry, harbors feelings of nostalgia for Mr. Wizard, or just likes to provide your students with curiosity-filled discrepant events like the one below, then you owe it to yourself to subscribe to the Smarte…
    - 13 May 15, 2:29am -
  • 10 Simple Ideas for Minecraft in the Classroom @ #EdCampDetroit
    If you’re a parent with children of gaming age, or a teacher that hasn’t been hiding in a bubble of luddite ideals, Minecraft is huge! So much so that LEGO has gone on record as wishing they had built it and Microsoft bought it for a cool 2.5 b…
    - 10 May 15, 12:18am -
  • Tech Director Chat #024 – Who Controls the Web Filter?
    This week’s episode gave Pete and I a chance to delve into a topic that was mentioned in last week’s podcast, and it’s one that certainly deserves not just one good conversation, but many. Web filters can be both a teacher’s bane and blessing…
    - 6 May 15, 11:07pm -

BusyTeacher.org

  • Word Unscramble - Dinosaurs
    This resource can be used when teaching kids about dinosaurs! Students are asked to unscramble the letters and write the words correctly on the lines. There are fifteen words to unscramble from extinct to eggs. This worksheet was created by PrimaryL…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:09am -
  • Past Simple Presentaton
    A Power Point Presentation of the structure of simple past. It can be used to present the spellng rules of simple past. Key words are also presented as well as the difference between the regular and irregular verbs.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:09am -
  • Make or Do
    Make or do lesson for pre-intermediate or intermediate students. The first page: talk about the photos and try to make the students discover the rule. Page two - the students look for the right collocations and discover that the rule does not always…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:07am -
  • Song Worksheet: All You Need Is Love
    This worksheet is about the song "All you need is love" by The Beatles. It is a presentation with images and a link to the original video on YouTube. It tells you information about a program being broadcasted around the world, with more than 400 mil…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:05am -
  • Small Pasties Recipe
    This is a worksheet I have used with kids of different ages as a very simple cooking recipe. There are two exercises: in the first one they have to write each ingredient under its picture. In the second one, they have all the steps and have to ma .…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:04am -
  • Personal Description (for Law Enforcement Purposes)
    In this worksheet, students are given mugshots (and one page useful phrases) of infamous US-based serial killers. Their task is to compose personal descriptions. It is also possible to teach personal description in class, and their can be a written…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:03am -
  • Weather and Months
    This worksheet is aimed at elementary and beginner students. It can help students to learn English months and how to describe the weather. Here you can find some activities, such as: match the Russian words with the English ones, describe the weathe…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:01am -
  • Food (Much, Many, Not Much, Not Many, a Lot)
    This worksheet is aimed at elementary and beginner students. It can help students to learn some new words about the topic food. Here you can find some activities, such as: match the Russian words with the English ones and fill in the gaps with much…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:01am -
  • Shapes
    This is a very simple worksheet for beginners, here you can practise colors and shapes vocabulary. Enjoy with your students and you can use it as a cut-out resource to glue to their notebooks as a meaningful list of words. Eight words that are easy…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 1:59am -
  • How Old Is She/He? What's His/Her Name? For Kids
    This is a worksheet for kids to practice his/her and the question How old is she / he? There are at least 3 activities to use with it: the teacher can use it only as a speaking activity and a memory game, or even as a writing extension to check stud…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 1:58am -
  • A, An & Lots of/a Lot Of
    This worksheet contains a short explanation when to use the indefinite article a & an as well as a lot of/lots of. The explanations is followed by exercises to practice the use of the articles. It's an exercise for beginners (year 1) with simple w .…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:43am -
  • Prices - Pairwork for Beginners
    This exercise is for beginners (year 1) to learn how to talk about prices. Students have to work in pairs. Each one gets a price list with some prices missing (worksheet A and B). By asking the other student about the missing prices for the product…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:41am -
  • Song Worksheet: My Favorite Things by The Golden Filter
    This is a very easy song for beginners and elementary students. It is also a very catchy song. Could be used as a warm up before the rest of the class as it might make your students want to dance, very helpful in case they are tired or bored. The na…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:36am -
  • Research Activity - Krakatoa
    This research activity can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about volcanoes. This worksheet asks students to write a short report about Krakatoa. They must include the answers to the questions in their report. This worksheet was c…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:34am -
  • Research Activity - Mount St. Helens
    This research activity can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about volcanoes. This worksheet asks students to write a short report about Mount St. Helens. They must include the answers to the questions in their report. This workshe…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:33am -
  • Research Activity - Mount Fuji
    This research activity can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about volcanoes. This worksheet asks students to write a short report about Mount Fuji. They must include the answers to the questions in their report. This worksheet was…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:33am -
  • Research Activity - Mount Etna
    This research activity can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about volcanoes. This worksheet asks students to write a short report about Mount Etna. They must include the answers to the questions in their report. This worksheet was…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:32am -
  • Reading and Comprehension: Hijack on the Plane
    This worksheet is aimed at pre-intermediate and above students. This worksheet is based on a story about a hostage on the plane. It can help students to learn some new useful expressions and to share their opinion about life-or-death situations. Her…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:31am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Homes in Britain (Types of Houses)
    This worksheet can help your students to learn more about types of houses in Britain and improve their listening and comprehension skills. There is filling in the gaps with suitable words, guessing the house according to its picture, true or false s…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:30am -
  • Case Study: Victoria López
    This case was designed for A2-B1 students, with basic understanding and usage of English. The main student group is Law Enforcement students, but learners of General English can also enjoy this tried and tested case. It involves a murder of a fictio…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:28am -
  • True - False Chairs
    This team activity can be space demanding especially if you teach a large class. But it is very easy to arrange the classroom for it. You just need to divide students into two groups and place two chairs in front of them. One is marked true and the…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:25am -
  • Jobs
    It will help you to improve students' speaking skills. You will know how to prepare for a job interview, what job you want to do, how to find a job, what your dream job is, what different types of companies you can work for, a part -time job. You ca…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:23am -
  • Song Worksheet: Cheerleader by Omi
    My kids are obsessed with this song so I thought I'd finally make it into a worksheet for them. For higher levels of primary and lower levels of secondary. Just a simple fill-in-the-blank, but good for practicing simple vocabulary. Includes a word b…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:19am -
  • Movie Worksheet: The Great Gatsby. Trailer Activity. Sentences with I Wish
    This is the worksheet based on The Great Gatsby trailer. The grammar focuses on the sentences with I wish/if only. It also contains listening practice with fill in the gaps activity and synonym match. Hope, you'll like it. [youtube=http://https:/ .…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:18am -
  • English History Mind Maps - The Celts
    The Celts, a quick mind map. The map shows only "headlines", so students are reminded of the main topics but must provide details themselves. It proves very useful and handy in revising before tests, drills or exams. Printed copies can be handed out…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:16am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Children's Leisure Time Viewing
    This is a listening and viewing activity where students fill in the chart with the activities they hear. It suits elementary students. Play the video twice. Children give a lot of interesting details to note down. After the listening activity the st…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:15am -
  • We Should Talk: More Difficult Conversations with Students and Strategies to Address Them
    Most of us hate the phrase “We should talk,” both saying and hearing it, as it signals the opening of a difficult conversation. Most of us would do anything to avoid the conversation, on other side. When we are the ones who need to initiat ...
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:30am -
  • She Was Succeeded? She Was Successful? Teaching Self-Editing for Word Form
    One of the most troublesome issues I’ve found in teaching English as a Second Language is addressing mistakes in word form. By “word form,” as I’m using it here, I mean mistakes in choosing the correct “part of speech&rdq ...
    - 20 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:22am -
  • Song Worksheet: Like a Stone
    This worksheet is aimed at intermediate and above students. It includes number the verses in correct order, fill in the blanks with the missing words, unscramble the words activities. There is also a small reading about the song history. It can also…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:57am -
  • My Town
    This is a worksheet about giving the addresses of the shops in the town which contains some clip art. It  also has several wh questions. You can use it with your lovely young learners of English as a second language. Hope you enjoy it and find it .…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:54am -
  • At a Party
    At a party vocabulary. Some useful vocabulary to help your students talk about organizing a party. It is a matching exercise. Later on it can be used as a memory test activity- students work in pairs, one person has the answers, the other one is giv…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:52am -
  • Song Worksheet: Friday I'm in Love (Days of the Week)
    The worksheet, as its title says, is about the days of the week. I thought of a good and amusing way of learning them (to pronounce them and be able to write them), and the song by The Cure came to my mind. I guess it's a beautiful song and an enter…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:51am -
  • Words of Praise
    Praising our pupils and students is very important, but sometimes we are stuck for words or use the same ones over and over again. Here is an inspirational list. Just download this page, print and use it. You will see that it can be really very help…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:50am -
  • Poetry - My Sheep Is Being Sheepish
    This is a funny wordplay poem that was created for primary/elementary school students. They are asked to read through the poem and then answer the accompanying questions. There are seven questions to answer. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:49am -
  • Food Cartoon Jokes
    This worksheet can be used as a warmer at the beginning of a lesson focusing on food (and/or un/countable nouns). In pairs or individually, students match the six sentences with the six pictures to make up six jokes. Later in the lesson the students…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:48am -
  • Describing a Company: Information Gap Activity
    Business English Pairwork information gap activity to review present simple with lots of speaking. Use this worksheet to reinforce the concept of asking questions with do/does - is/are. Have students work in pairs and ask each other questions to .…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:48am -
  • Song Worksheet: Like I'm Gonna Lose You
    Listening activity with missing words, order the sentences and choose the right word. I used i to practice listening with my students.I first play the song so they can listen, after that I hand over the sheet and the activity begins. Hope you find i…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:46am -
  • Song Worksheet: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
    This is a song activity with different types of exercises. It can be used to reinforce vocabulary as well as practicing rhyming words. You can do a warm-up activity asking abour jealousy and how it can drive people crazy, show the first part of t .…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Aug 15, 3:44am -
  • 100 Conversation Questions for ESL Classes
    All too often, teachers start off the lesson by saying, ‘Turn to page 65…’ It’s important to get the students warmed up and in the mood for English with a short activity, and what better way than giving them a discussion quest ...
    - 23 days ago, 9 Aug 15, 5:30pm -
  • Being the Best You: 4 Tips for Harnessing Your True Teacher Potential
    Let’s face it. None of us become a teacher because we have nothing better to do. We become teachers because we love working with students, because we get a thrill from seeing people learn and succeed, because we love language and we want to shar .…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 11:46pm -
  • Keeping It Real: 7 Places to Start in Choosing the Right Realia for Your Students
    There is no doubt that every ESL class is different. Different students. Different skills. Different backgrounds. Different interests. But there is also no doubt that all ESL classes have one thing in common – a need to use real language in the .…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 11:46pm -
  • Sustainability in the ESL Classroom: The Antarctic Development Debate
    Are your students as environmentally aware as mine? Media attention and formal education has ensured that the groups I work with are, at the very least, fairly well aware of the world’s key environmental issues. By the time they move into upper- .…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 11:46pm -
  • How Do I Grade “Attendance and Participation”? Assessing Classroom Behavior
    A part of the assessment of almost any class is “attendance and participation,” or similar wording, referring, in general, to how often the student attended class and how he or she behaved while in class. The relative importance of attenda ...
    - 25 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 11:46pm -
  • Beyond “I Went to the Store. I Bought Bread”: Teaching Writing and Self-editing for Advanced Sentence Structure
    There are a number of issues in teaching academic writing and how it differs from the conversational register, or variety, of English which students are more used to. Academic writing has different word choices related to more complex, academic, and…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 11:46pm -
  • We Changed the Name, Didn’t We? That’s Progress! Education and Bureaucracy
    Over the past decade or so, corporations or corporate cultures have become increasingly involved in nonprofit entities, such as public education. There is a belief corporations must know something—they make money, while nonprofits, by definition .…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Aug 15, 11:25pm -
  • At the Seaside
    At the seaside-vocabulary. Some useful vocabulary to help your students talk about a day at the seaside. It is a matching exercise. Later on it can be used as a memory test activity-students work in pairs, one person has the answers, the other one i…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:26pm -
  • Outdoor Activities PowerPoint (Pictures, Cards)
    PowerPoint (pictures, cards). You can use it in vocabulary games. Before the presentation ask students what kinds of activities and sports they know. After showing the pictures you can play a ball-game. Use different questions during the presenta .…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:16pm -
  • Have to or Has To
    This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of have to and has to. It contains two activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it helps.
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:05pm -
  • Comparison of Adjectives
    This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of comparison of adjectives, comparatives and superlatives. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:04pm -
  • Past Simple
    This is a two-page worksheet for reviewing Past Simple. It includes four activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it works well!
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:03pm -
  • Quiz, Numbers 1-20
    This attractive worksheet will make your students practise the spelling of numbers 1-20, sometimes tricky at elementary levels. By listening and writing, matching and completing the gaps with the missing letters, your students will improve their spe…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:02pm -
  • Verb to Be
    This lovely worksheet has been designed to be used as a quiz, but it can easily work as a practice handout. By including pictures of the characters of the film 'Shrek' it reduces children's stress and anxiety and increases their involvement and enth…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:01pm -
  • Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns
    This appealing worksheet is designed for very young students with demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, a grammar point that some students may find difficult. It allows students to revise simple vocabulary about food, and to complete questions and…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 7:58pm -
  • Systematisation and Exercises to Practise Whose, Interrogative Pronouns
    A practical and attractive worksheet to make your students understand and practise the structure 'whose... is (this)?', so useful in our everyday language. This piece of work has had a positive response from students who had found the structure diff…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 7:57pm -
  • Responding to Good News
    Useful expressions guide for your students when they are experiencing or are hearing good news. Powerpoint presentation containing examples of typical situations to help your students. Expressions like "good job, good for you, congratulations, well…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 7:54pm -
  • Simple Present for Every Day Routine
    This worksheet contains simple exercises to work with simple present for complete beginner students. There are six routine activities listed and a few exercises with them and the structure of simple present. In the end, the students should fill a ch…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Aug 15, 7:49pm -
  • Reading Worksheet
    This simple worksheet, created to be used with the amazing (and free!) pickmyya.com, will revolutionize the way you approach Free Reading assignments. Students will take a quick interactive survey at pickmyya.com and be matched with one of over sixt…
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 3:55am -
  • Leaning English - 15 Minutes a Day
    This worksheet contains a weekly study plan for your students. It covers all the essential skills they need to practice. There are QR code with links for websites they can use in their studies. It's a good idea to remember your students that they're…
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 3:55am -
  • Dating Slang & Idioms
    This worksheet is free and "open source" on my website and it's been pretty popular, so I thought it'd be nice to share it with people here since it's free anyway :). It can be used in a 1 on 1 lesson or in a group, and contains a glossary, synonym…
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 3:53am -

Simple English News

  • Shooting on a High Speed Train
    Listen here A young man, possibly Moroccan, rampaged firing indiscriminately a Kalashnikov and knifing passengers on a Amsterdam to Paris high speed train. Two train passengers, in the aisle of a carriage, were faced with an armed maniac on the Thaly…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 15, 12:10am -
  • Human Rights for Animals?
    Listen here In July, the Spanish municipality of Trigueros del Valle voted to give the same rights to animals as citizens of their town. So, human and ‘non-human’ citizens are on an equal footing in law. Although, this town by-law has been great…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 12:33am -
  • A MIG 21 Right in the Square, SIAF, Slovak International Air Fest 2015
    Listen here   At one end of the largest city square in Europe is a medieval castle, a shopping centre at the other end and a classic military plane in the middle. You can see all this now in the Slovak city of Zvolen. Why not come and take a leisure…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Aug 15, 12:15am -
  • Facekini – a New Fashion Trend
    Listen here There is a growing number of swimmers and beach-goers who want their skin to remain pale, not tanned. A former accountant, Shifan Zhang, has invented a mask that protects the face from both sunlight and jellyfish. This new fashion trend i…
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  • Kayla Montgomery – an Extraordinary Athlete
    Listen here Kayla was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 14. Nevertheless, she has never used the disease as an excuse to hold herself back. Instead, she trains six times a week, by running up to 40 miles and takes part in long distance r…
    - 29 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 12:18am -
  • Recycling or Upcycling?
    Listen here We all know what recycling means. For example scrap paper can be recycled and then re-used for the production of new paper, thereby saving trees. But have you heard about upcycling? Upcycling is the creative re-working of used waste or un…
    - 36 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 12:14am -
  • Soul Sensation
    Listen here John Newman, a 25 years old successful English singer and musician, from the Yorkshire Dales town of Settle, stated that he was working on his second album in 2014. He started playing the guitar and writing his own songs when he was 14. H…
    - 43 days ago, 20 Jul 15, 12:12am -
  • Idioms: Beyond One’s Means
    FREQUENTLY USED ENGLISH IDIOMS Peter: Hi John, what about that house for sale I showed you last week? John: It is too big and certainly beyond my means. We simply can’t afford it now in these harsh economic times. Peter: Unfortunatelly, house price…
    - 46 days ago, 17 Jul 15, 5:50pm -
  • Are There School Summer Holidays In Your Country?
    Listen here In many European countries, during July and August, schools are closed for these two months. Traditionally just called Summer Holidays. Children usually return back to school on September the 1st each year. When are School Summer Holidays…
    - 50 days ago, 13 Jul 15, 2:27pm -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

ELTjam

  • The EFL teachers’ collection
    ELTjam mostly writes about the intersection between tech and education, which means we've got plenty of posts of interest for teachers. Here's a collection.
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  • The ELT materials writing collection
    Over the last couple of years, the blog has covered a lot of topics of interest to ELT authors so we thought it might be useful to look back at them and collect them all in one place.
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  • 10 hacks for Word – revisited
    Here's an old and very useful post, reformatted for summer. If you're not on holiday yet, try these tips for editors and writers and anyone who uses Microsoft Word on a PC.
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  • What we’re reading this summer
    As the blog takes it easy for a few weeks, it means we can read actual books (those things everyone read before there was internet) and not only work-friendly ones. Here's what ELTjam are going to be reading over the summer.
    - 40 days ago, 23 Jul 15, 9:21pm -
  • What we’re reading
    As we’re winding down for summer, along with everyone in ELT (it seems) except those doing summer school, we’re finding more material for What We’re Reading than ever! Bespoke course books? This article is about the trade in authoring private…
    - 46 days ago, 17 Jul 15, 9:09pm -
  • The ELTjam Lexicon of ELT in the Digital Age: ‘backlog’ to ‘beta’
    Here's the third installment of The ELTjam Lexicon of ELT in the Digital Age. This week, we begin the ‘B’s.
    - 47 days ago, 16 Jul 15, 6:26pm -

Teach English Online

  • Independent Teachers: Why You Need to Learn How to Sell
    My thoughts on selling have changed dramatically over the past 2-3 years. At first, I held back. I didn’t feel comfortable selling what I offered. I guess this is because most people think about the worst type of used car salesmen when they see th…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 10:48pm -
  • Creating Your First Website: The Tools to Use and What to Include
    The first website I put up there for English learners was ugly. The colors didn’t work. The icons were generic. And the copy didn’t excite. But it worked. And over time, my website evolved into what it is now. I’ve made lots of small and big ch…
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  • How to Transition into Online Teaching while Working a Full-Time Job
    Each month, I speak to dozens of teachers about making the transition into online teaching. While some are able to work full-time on their new business, others have other things – jobs, young children, university, travel etc. – that get in the w…
    - 24 days ago, 7 Aug 15, 11:43pm -
  • How to Teach Phrasal Verbs by James Heywood
    This is a guest post from James Heywood at Off2Class. Take it away James… Teaching phrasal verbs is an inevitable step as students gain proficiency and aim for a more natural speaking style. Native speakers use phrasal verbs frequently and it is li…
    - 32 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 8:49pm -
  • Batching Tasks when Teaching Online
    There is so much to do as an online teacher. This includes the teaching, planning, admin, responding to emails, creating content, website setup etc. And with all this comes a lot of distractions. In this video, I talk about how batching tasks will he…
    - 34 days ago, 29 Jul 15, 1:49am -
  • Three Useful WordPress Plugins for Your Teaching Website
    It’s easy to go plugin-crazy after installing WordPress. Plugins add functionality to your site and a lot of them do really cool things. But my criteria for a plugin is that it has to be useful and it has to be secure. If it doesn’t help your si…
    - 39 days ago, 23 Jul 15, 9:45pm -

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