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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • new“Edueto” Has Got To Be One Of The Best Teacher & Web 2.0 Sites Of The Year
    Thanks to Ana Cristina’s post, which I learned about through TEFLgeek, I discovered the new site Edueto. It’s got to be one of the best Web 2.0 sites of the year, and perhaps the most useful one for teachers and … Continue reading →
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  • newAround The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL
    Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention: Philip Pound has just begun the free online … Continue reading →
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  • newUseful Free Resources From ASCD
    As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of ASCD, the teacher professional development organization, and regularly post about their resources. Here are some new ones that I think readers might find particularly useful: * Wednesday, May 6th is ASCD’…
    - 8 hours ago, 4 May 15, 1:21am -
  • newQuote Of The Day: “How Not to Drown in Numbers”
    You’ll want to read today’s New York Times article, How Not To Drown In Numbers. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.” Here’s an excerpt:
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  • newClassroom Instruction Resources Of The Week
    Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources … C…
    - 10 hours ago, 3 May 15, 11:02pm -
  • newUseful Tweets On Ed Research From #rEDNY
    I’ve previously posted about the great organization researchED, and here are some useful tweets from their New York conference this weekend. I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research. [View the st…
    - 11 hours ago, 3 May 15, 10:26pm -
  • newResources From All My Blogs
    In addition to this blog, I regularly post at several other sites: Engaging Parents In School: Weekly Posts At Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo: Monthly Posts At The New York Times Learning Network on Teaching English Language Learners: … Contin…
    - 22 hours ago, 3 May 15, 11:39am -
  • The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More
    We’ve begun implementing some restorative practices at our school, and I’ll be posting about the topic on a future Education Week Teacher column. Here are a few resources that seem helpful, and I hope that readers will share more in … Continue…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 3:17am -
  • This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues
    Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two): School reform in post-Katrina New Orleans harmful to … Continu…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 1:22am -
  • Great Video: Hip Hop In Fourteen Languages To Benefit UNICEF
    This is a great video that I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures. Here’s how it’s described: #HIPHOPISHIPHOP is a Hip Hop version of “We Are The World” charity single. 14 rappers from 14 … Contin…
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Free Tech for Teachers

  • newA Short Summary of Best Practices for Using Images in Blog Posts
    Freeport, Maine - July 2014In Wednesday's post, What Is Hotlinking? I gave an overview of the potential problems associated with linking to images on the web. At the end of that post I included a short summary of best practices for using images i…
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  • newThe Week In Review - Time to Start Planting
    Good evening from the FreeTech4Teachers.com world headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. May has arrived and so has some warm weather. It was so warm today that as I was impulsively motivated to plant some new shrubs in my yard. I now have pink lemonade…
    - 23 hours ago, 3 May 15, 10:03am -
  • Leave Audio Comments for Students In Their Digital Portfolios on SeeSaw
    Disclosure: SeeSaw's parent company is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com.Seesaw is a free iPad app through which students can create a portfolio to document the things they have learned. Students can add artifacts to their portfolios by takin…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:39pm -
  • Edmodo for Parents - An App Just for Parents
    Edmodo provides a good platform for sharing resources with students, hosting conversations, sending reminders, and creating content through third-party apps. The Edmodo mobile apps enable teachers to manage content on the go and allow students to q…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 4:38am -
  • Is Your Blog Mobile-Friendly? Here's How to Check - And Why It Matters
    Last month Google announced that they were going to start favoring mobile-friendly blogs and sites in search rankings. This makes sense when you consider how much web traffic flows through mobile devices today. For example, 23% of traffic to FreeTec…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 4:00am -
  • Pros & Cons of Using Blog Posts for School Announcements
    On Tuesday I assessed the pros and cons of using social media for school announcements. The next day I did the same for text messaging. Yesterday, I broke-down the pros and cons of emailing school announcements. To wrap-up the series let's take a l…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:14am -
  • The Month In Review - The Most Popular Posts
    Last sunset of April, 2015Good evening from Woodstock, Maine where the sun has just set on the last day of April. I hope that the month was a good one for you. And as we gear up for the end of the school year, I hope that May treats you well too.…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 9:32am -
  • ContextU Provides Good Review Material for AP US History Exam
    Earlier this week Ken Halla who runs the US History Teachers Blog sent me a note to remind me about ContextU as a source of review materials for students taking the AP US History exam. ContextU provides students with overviews of six eras in US hist…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 9:04am -
  • Pros and Cons of Emailing School Announcements
    On Tuesday I evaluated the pros and cons of using social media for school announcements. Yesterday, I did the same for text messaging school announcements. Today, let's take a look at the pros and cons of using good old fashioned email for distribut…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 8:44am -

BBC Learning English

Return of the lynx. Learn: elusive, predator, ecosystem, pose a threat, livestock
Return of the lynx. Learn: elusive, predator, ecosystem, pose a threat, livestockWords in the News (29th April 2015): Return of the lynxFor vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150429Tra…
- 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 6:23pm -
Ivory smuggling. Learn: haul, market value, seizure, tusks, transported
Ivory smuggling. Learn: haul, market value, seizure, tusks, transportedWords in the News (22nd April 2015): Ivory smugglingFor vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150422TranscriptIt's…
- 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 7:47pm -
https://youtube.com/devicesupport
https://youtube.com/devicesupportFrom:YouTube HelpViews:38978480ratingsTime:03:56More inHowto & Style
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Playing 'Harry Potter'. Learn: wizardry, role play, makeshift, cast a spell, investors
Playing 'Harry Potter'. Learn: wizardry, role play, makeshift, cast a spell, investorsWords in the News (15th April 2015): Playing 'Harry Potter'For vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-15…
- 19 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:15pm -
Learning Circles - Ambulance
Learning Circles - AmbulanceFor more on this ESOL lesson: http://bbc.in/1FNOXyfHas anyone in your Learning Circle ever phoned for an ambulance? This time, Deeqa’s brother suddenly becomes sick. She has to get an ambulance, but she is not…
- 21 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 9:10pm -
3D paintings. Learn: encourages, exhibits, artwork, optical illusions, brainchild
3D paintings. Learn: encourages, exhibits, artwork, optical illusions, brainchildWords in the News (8th April 2015): 3D paintingsFor vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150408Transc…
- 25 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 9:33pm -

ESL About.com

  • newBusiness Letter Writing: Claim Letters
    Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.
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  • newConversation Helpers for English Learners
    These speaking strategies will help English learners improve their conversational skills.
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  • newBeginning English Grammar Quiz
    Take the beginning English grammar quiz to test your knowledge of English. Each question is followed by an answer, as well as information to study.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • newArticles - The / A / An
    30 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on articles - the, an, a - and includes a short quiz to test your understanding of these basic English concepts. Page 3.
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  • 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=
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  • newPersonal Descriptions
    This lesson focuses on learning how to write personal descriptions about yourself and others. The exercise provides tips to remember when writing personal descriptions.
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  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newVocabulary about Crime Justice and Criminals
    Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to the crime criminals and the justice system
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  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
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  • newHow to Use Sentence Connectors
    Ideas can be expressed in a number of ways using sentence connectors, the following charts show a number of different possibilities to connect sentences to improve your writing skills - for ESL EFL Advanced level English learners and classes.
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  • newReported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
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  • newIrregular Verbs - Example Sentences in All Tenses
    English learning resource providing example sentences of irregular verbs in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.
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  • 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=
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  • new8 Common Word Syllable Stress Patterns in English
    This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.
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  • newBeginning English Grammar Review Quiz - 4
    Beginning English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • newPresent Continuous for Action at the Moment
    Present Continuous tense chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the present continuous tense for action happening at the present moment in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A…
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newBasic English Modals Quiz
    This quiz focuses on basic modals used in English.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • 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=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newTop ESL Conversation Lessons Plans
    Top ESL conversation free lesson plans for use in class with beginner to advanced level classes. Each lesson includes a short overview, lesson objectives and outline and copyable materials for in-class use.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newBeginning English Grammar Review Quiz - 3
    Beginner English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • newNon-Continuous Verbs
    A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newParagraph Writing
    A guide to basic paragraph construction for use in English as a second language classes focusing on the main components of standard paragraphs.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newReporting Verbs for Advanced Level ESL Learners...
    A reference guide to various reporting verb forms: infinitive verb esl learners presentation examples preposition verbs
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newGerund or Infinitive Quiz
    Choose between the gerund or the infinitive form for the second verb in this quiz. Each question is followed by the correct answer.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newHow to Write a Business Letter That Will Make a...
    A guide to the basics of writing letters to respond to inquiries especially written for English learners and business classes.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newPast Tenses Quiz
    Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newPrepositional Phrase Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newAdjective Preposition Combinations - of on to...
    Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions with follow up quiz to test your knowledge for ESL EFL English students
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newBeginning English Multiple Choice Tests
    ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
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  • newESL: 8 Ways to Improve Your English Vocabulary
    A guide to a number of methods to help you improve your vocabulary.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newCountable and Uncountable Quantifier Quiz
    Grammar Quiz focusing on countable and uncountable nouns and their quantifiers including, few, little, some, any, much and many with answers.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newI Wish I Had
    This guide to expressing wishes explains the common phrase I wish I had and similar expressions used to express wishes in the present and the past.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newThe 50 Basic English Questions
    50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newHow To Tell Time in English
    Telling the time in English for beginner level students and teachers
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newNumber Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
    Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newAction Idioms Quiz
    Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newReal and Unreal Conditional Form Worksheets
    Printable conditional form worksheets for online and in-class use. These conditional worksheets begin with a quick review of real and unreal conditional statements and progress to exercises to practice usage.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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=
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  • newDialogue: Interview with a Famous Actor
    Beginner level dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on speaking about daily routines with the simple present
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  • newLearn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
    Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newPrepositional Phrases Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 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.
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  • newAsking for a Favor in English
    Learn how to ask for a favor in English, as well as granting and denying a favor request with these common phrases and role play examples.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • new1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
    Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
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  • newIrregular Past Verbs Quiz
    This quiz focuses irregular verb past forms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • 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.
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • newWord Form Quiz - Economic Situation in the US
    This word form quiz concentrates on the noun, verb, adjective and adverb forms of content words in English with corrected answers.
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  • 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=
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  • newTips and Strategies for Teaching English...
    Tips and strategies concerning the teaching of English conversational skills
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  • 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=
    - 12 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:20pm -

Struggling Readers

  • Should We Teach Spelling?
    I often hear concerns about our students' poor spelling abilities, and have been thinking about practical ways to address this issue. Although we want to continue to steer away from memorized lists that are often not retained, I want to get your feed…
    - 2 days ago, 1 May 15, 11:15pm -
  • Books make a big difference
    Working with children means that you work with the significant adults in their lives. I’ve often found — both personally and professionally — that parents are flummoxed by the huge number of messages about raising children; all too often parent…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 4:30am -
  • Round Robin by Any Other Name ... Oral Reading for Older Readers
    I am seeking your advice based on the email correspondence below that I have had with my principal. She noted that I was practicing "round robin reading" on a classroom observation. Upon asking her to remove it (since it was not what I was doing), I…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:45pm -
  • 5 Reasons Why Dyslexic, Other Young Readers Need Accessible Books to Grow Emotionally
    Young people with dyslexia and other print disabilities need the same opportunities for social-emotional learning as their peers. Some of this growth occurs as they read books. A student with a print disability needs the same benefit from literature;…
    - 9 days ago, 25 Apr 15, 4:00am -
  • Free Interactive Books Help Teachers Deliver Content, Vocab for Readers Struggling with Print
    Interactive books and e-books in digital formats move readers who struggle with print beyond their decoding difficulties and their slow reading rates into a new world of learning.
    - 10 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 1:15am -
  • Is Rhyming Ability Important in Reading?
    Our district is wrestling with how much emphasis to give rhyming as an early literacy skill. We had previously downplayed rhyming as a necessary focus but the new CA ELA/ELD Framework and CCSS where rhyming is specifically called out has resurfaced o…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 11:45pm -
  • Connecticut Early Literacy Presentation
    The Connecticut Council for School Reform asked me to speak in Hartford, on April 9, 2015. My presentation reviewed and responded to some of the complaints or concerns about teaching young children to read, and considered several issues in expanding…
    - 20 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:00pm -
  • Six Engaging Poetry Alternatives When Print Alone Is a Challenge: Sources for Learning Differently
     In April the nation focuses on artistic expression during National Poetry Month. Listening to poetry is a welcome change of pace when reading print presents barriers to learning. There are many sources of poems available in multiple formats to he…
    - 25 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 12:45am -
  • Response to Complaint About What Works Clearinghouse
    I have recently encountered some severe criticism leveled at reviews and reviewers from What Works Clearinghouse (for example, this from the National Institute for Direct Instruction). I am concerned about recommending this site to teachers as a reso…
    - 27 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 12:30am -
  • Middle School Interventions
    We are a K-12 district and are revamping our grade 6 through grade 8 instructional supports, which include a 40 minute additional session of reading and/or math instruction anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. This extra instruction is provided to any…
    - 34 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 12:15am -
Get a feel for English

VOA Learning English

News Words: Looting

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English in a Minute: Bend the Rules

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Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English

- 2 days ago, 1 May 15, 11:18pm -
Cameroon Builds Classrooms for Students Fleeing Boko Haram

- 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 5:46am -
Cambodia Plans to Expand Healthcare for Expecting Mothers

- 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 9:44am -
Gene in Plant Could Increase Crop Production

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ESL on the Web

  • newTaylor wins FJ Lee award on April 21
    While at Lee, Taylor served as a volunteer English as a second language (ESL) tutor with Bridge Refugee Services, as well as the coordinator of ...
    - 22 hours ago, 3 May 15, 11:03am -
  • newA renewed partnership
    “This is to improve the quality of Malaysian teachers in delivering English as a second language, improving the quality of the curriculum, and quality of ...
    - 24 hours ago, 3 May 15, 9:22am -
  • Immigration get in touch with-in ends, but News delivers much more help
    If you don't qualify for an exemption, you can uncover a totally free or low-expense English-as-a-Second- Language program close to you by calling ...
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 5:19am -

Language Learning on the Web

Nat Geo Pics (Use in Class!)

Temple Dance
Temple Dance
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Yellow Jellies
Yellow Jellies
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In the Hole
In the Hole
- 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 1:00pm -
Fireside Chat
Fireside Chat
- 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 1:00pm -
Going Electric
Going Electric
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Sparks Fly
Sparks Fly
- 6 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 1:00pm -
Oxford Learner's Dictionary

Word of the Day

  • oath
    oath: a formal promise to do something...
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  • leverage
    leverage: the ability to influence what people do...
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  • inundate
    inundate: to give or send somebody so many things...
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • fruitful
    fruitful: producing many useful results...
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • oust
    oust: to force somebody out of a job...
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • fashionista
    fashionista: a fashion designer, or a person who...
    - 7 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • obfuscate
    obfuscate: to make something less clear...
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • flotation
    flotation: the process of selling shares...
    - 9 days ago, 25 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • blurb
    blurb: a short description of a book...
    - 10 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 10:00am -

UsingEnglish.com (Handouts)

  • Phrasal Verbs - Back (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs - BackTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/582.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/582.html
    - 10 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 6:33pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs - Take 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs - Take 2Topic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/581.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/581.html
    - 18 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 8:13pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs- Finish (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs- FinishTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: 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: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: 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: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: 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)
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News English (Print Handouts)

  • Bullied kids at higher risk of mental health problems
    May 01, 2015. A new study says that children who are bullied by other kids could have mental health problems when they are adults.
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 9:30am -
  • We need to prepare for the Internet of Things
    April 28, 2015. A top technology analyst has warned that the world might not yet be ready for what is called the Internet of Things.
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • NZ PM in ponytail pulling problem
    April 25, 2015. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key could be in trouble after he pulled the ponytail of a waitress in a cafe.
    - 9 days ago, 25 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • Europe under fire for refugee policy
    April 22, 2015. The organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the European Union (EU) to act immediately on the refugee situation in the Mediterranean Sea.
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • 60 is the new middle age, not 50
    April 19, 2015. For the past 100 years, people believed middle age to be around 50 years old. This is when we start to grow 'old'.
    - 15 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • High heels cause arthritis and damaged knees
    April 16, 2015. Shoes with high heels are the fashion choice for many women around the world. However, a new study proves that wearing high heels...
    - 18 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • Castro and Obama in historic handshake
    April 13, 2015. Relations between the USA and Cuba took a step towards becoming more normal on Friday when the leaders of the two countries shook hands.
    - 21 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • U.N. calls for help for Yarmouk
    April 10, 2015. he United Nations has made a plea for humanitarian access to the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the suburbs of Damascus.
    - 24 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • More British people fixing their own teeth
    April 07, 2015. People in Britain can now repair their own teeth. They can buy special dental kits in supermarkets to fix fillings and repair caps and crowns.
    - 27 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 9:30am -
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  • newBody Cameras Seen as Good and Bad for US Police Officers
    The recent violence in Baltimore, Maryland follows incidents around the United States in which police officers have been accused of wrongdoing. As a result, police departments and civil rights groups have called for officers to wear cameras to record…
    - 4 hours ago, 4 May 15, 5:02am -
  • newCongress Debates US Export-Import Bank
    From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report.A policy dispute is taking shape in Washington over a government agency that helps exporters. On one side is the American business community. On the other side are conservative Republican Part…
    - 4 hours ago, 4 May 15, 5:01am -
  • new3-D Printed Device Helps Children with Rare Breathing Disorder
    You may have heard about a process called 3-D printing. It is where a machine creates a three-dimensional object -- one with height, width and depth. The machine uses plastic or a similar material to produce the object. Usually, the material is added…
    - 4 hours ago, 4 May 15, 5:00am -
  • newAfrican Powers Argue After Attacks on Immigrants in S. Africa
     Nigeria and South Africa are no strangers to diplomatic disputes. Recently, the Nigerian government told its top diplomats in the South African capital to return home after a series of attacks on foreigners in South Africa. The South African gove…
    - 4 hours ago, 4 May 15, 5:00am -
  • The 25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in America
    Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in the United States, according to the travel site,TripAdvisor. Millions of TripAdvisor users voted New York, Chicago and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three t…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 5:03am -
  • Bad News for Press Freedom Around the World
    You can buy a newspaper nearly everywhere, or read news stories on your phone. Getting news is easy; however, journalists are finding it harder and harder to report it.An independent organization called Freedom House has issued a new report about j…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 5:01am -
  • S.O.S. – In Other Words, Help!
    Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories.Different people have different ways of saying things – their own special expressions. Each week we tell about some popular American...
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 5:00am -
  • Hippos: The Life Force of African Rivers
    The hippopotamus is an animal very important to the health of Africa's rivers and lakes. Their dung, or solid waste, helps Africa’s aquatic ecosystem. But researchers warn that hippo populations are decreasing. They say that could damage ecosystems…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 15, 5:00am -
  • Everyday Grammar: Double Negatives - Can’t Get None?
    In this week’s episode of Everyday Grammar, we’re going to talk about two common types of double negatives. A double negative is when you use two negative words in the same clause of a sentence.Let’s take a real-world example. In 2012, Presid…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 5:03am -
  • Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English
    Ghana’s official national language is English. But for most citizens English is also a second language.Until recently, children in the country had to learn English as soon as they entered school. But, many had little contact with English, especia…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 5:02am -
  • Experts See Closer Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling
     Since 2009, earthquake activity has greatly increased in the central and eastern United States. A new report from U.S. earthquake experts links drilling for oil and gas with the rise in the number of earthquakes in those areas. It is widely kn…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 5:00am -
  • Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Black Man
     The chief prosecutor in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland has announced charges against six police officers in the case of the death of a 25-year-old black man. Freddie Gray died in the hospital April 19th, a week after he was arrested…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 5:00am -
  • Baltimore State's Attorney: Gray's Death Was Homicide
    Update: State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced there is probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. The state medical examiner has determined his death in police c…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 7:20am -
  • Athenaise by Kate Chopin
    Our story today is called "Athenaise." It was written by Kate Chopin. Here is Barbara Klein with the story.Athenaise went away one morning to visit her parents, ten miles back on the Bon Dieu River in Louisiana. She did not return in the evening,…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 5:02am -
  • Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao in 'The Fight of the Century'
    Editor's Note: American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. won his 48th fight tonight against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. All three fight judges named Mayweather the winners, in two scores of 116-112 and one score of 118-110. The match leaves Floyd M…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 5:01am -
  • Change in Work Schedule Could Cure 'Social Jet Lag'
    From VOA Learning English this is the Health & Lifestyle report.Do you often start your day feeling tired? Do you ever fall asleep at work? Do you sometimes just feel out of it -- as if your brain is still asleep, even though your body is awake?I…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 5:00am -
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  • Parade Marks 40th Anniversary of Vietnam War's End
     Vietnam has held a parade to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The victory of North Vietnamese forces brought the whole country under communist rule.Thousands of flag-waving soldiers, former armed forces members and…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 11:34pm -
  • Shinzo Abe Joins List of Leaders Addressing US Congress
    Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to receive the rare honor of addressing a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress. Mr. Abe expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in World War II and said that Japan will play a larger role in t…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 6:22am -
  • Aid Now Reaching Victims at Center of Nepal Earthquake
     The United Nations said Wednesday that it was beginning to provide food and medicine around the town of Ghorkha, Nepal. That area was the epicenter of the powerful earthquake that shook the country Saturday.  Rescue workers continue to search…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 5:46am -

UsingEnglish.com

  • Travel Vocabulary & Roleplays
    New Entry: 'Travel Vocabulary & Roleplays' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Lord Mayor
    New Entry: 'Lord Mayor' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 7:56am -
  • That's not how ____ do it.
    New Entry: 'That's not how ____ do it.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Travel Situations Email and Telephone Roleplays
    New Entry: 'Travel Situations Email and Telephone Roleplays' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • This & That Slapping Game
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  • Bugle
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  • Rock up
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  • Language Learning Ideas- Adverbs of Frequency Discussion
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  • Like + Gerund Dice Game
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    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 8:08pm -
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    New Entry: '14AA41' has just been added to the Chatlish area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:50pm -
  • Sit up
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    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:42pm -
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    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:40pm -
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  • I saw her ____ it.
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  • Present Simple- Time Expressions
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    - 11 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 11:23pm -
  • Social butterfly
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  • Toblerone
    New Entry: 'Toblerone' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
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  • Business English- Negotiating phrases error correction pairwork
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  • Wh- Questions for Making Small Talk
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  • Telephoning- Brainstorming Dialogues
    New Entry: 'Telephoning- Brainstorming Dialogues' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 19 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 9:11pm -
  • Reach out
    New Entry: 'Reach out' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 19 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 6:25pm -
  • Meat wagon
    New Entry: 'Meat wagon' has just been added to the Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 19 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 4:52pm -
  • Scrutter
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    - 19 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 4:48pm -
  • Rush in
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  • They were unfair and took me ____ granted.
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  • Subject and Object Questions- Speaking Games
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    New Entry: '143' has just been added to the Chatlish area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 24 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 3:47pm -
  • Top off
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  • How to teach frequency expressions (adverbs of frequency etc)
    New Entry: 'How to teach frequency expressions (adverbs of frequency etc)' has just been added to the Articles area of UsingEnglish.com.
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    - 24 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 11:30pm -
  • Band-Aid on a bullet wound
    New Entry: 'Band-Aid on a bullet wound' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Telephoning Problems- Vocabulary, Roleplays and Phrases
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    - 40 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 9:58pm -

BBC News in Pics (Use in Class!

Week in pictures: 25 April-1 May 2015
Week in pictures: 25 April-1 May 2015
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Election 2015 in pictures: 1 May
Election 2015 in pictures: 1 May
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In pictures: The Sim Project
In pictures: The Sim Project
- 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 11:37am -
In pictures: Clandon Park House fire
In pictures: Clandon Park House fire
- 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 12:35am -
Election 2015 in pictures: 30 April
Election 2015 in pictures: 30 April
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Vietnam War by Associated Press photographers
Vietnam War by Associated Press photographers
- 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 6:22am -

Language Log

  • newLinguistic terminology or band name?
    This quiz is unfairly difficult: "Linguistics or band name?", lingBuzzFeed 4/20/2015. Any quiz of the form "X or band name?" is going to be hard, because there are at least tens of thousands of band names, so that even if you know that "Semantic Sat…
    - 6 hours ago, 4 May 15, 3:27am -
  • newEggcorn of the month
    James Fallows discusses his experience as a juror — "Build Your Vocabulary, 'Ass Baton' Edition", The Atlantic 5/2/2015: Through the examination and cross-exams in this case, attorneys for both sides were careful to make sure that even very familia…
    - 11 hours ago, 3 May 15, 10:34pm -
  • new"Brain fade" in Britain
    Ian Preston sent a link to a recent article about slips of the tongue by David Cameron in the current election campaign in the UK (Matt Dathan, "David Cameron makes another gaffe: 'This election is all about my career… sorry, I mean country'", Th…
    - 18 hours ago, 3 May 15, 3:10pm -
  • OMG! American English

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  • Maps and charts of the world's languages
    A week ago on Thursday (4/23/15), the following article appeared in the Washington Post:  "The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts". These maps in the WP are thought-provoking and informative, but it is unfortunate that, like many other misgui…
    - 2 days ago, 1 May 15, 10:56pm -
  • Cantonese intonation
    On a recent flight across the Atlantic, I watched a Hong Kong movie called Gangster Payday in English, 大茶飯 ("Big Tea Rice"?) in Chinese, directed by Lee Po-Cheung. One of the things that struck me was a particular pattern of pitch and time at t…
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 15, 7:56am -

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BusyTeacher.org

  • Mother's Day - Similes (2)
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things that are alike in some way. This worksheet was created for primary/elementary children and asks students to complete the similes describing their mother. This resource was created by PrimaryLe…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:55am -
  • Mother's Day - Similes (1)
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things that are alike in some way. This worksheet was created for primary/elementary children and asks students to complete the similes describing their mother. This resource was created by PrimaryLe…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:54am -
  • Living Room
    This worksheet includes some questions about the living room. The students are asked to talk with a partner and answer some questions. It is appropriate for elementary and pre-intermediate levels. Hope it helps.
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:54am -
  • Mother's Day - Similes
    A simile is the comparison of two different things using the word 'like' or 'as' e.g. as brave as a lion. This worksheet for primary/elementary children, asks students to write down ten similes about their mother. This resource was created by Prima…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:52am -
  • Mother's Day - Correct Sentences (5)
    This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and can be used as an English resource for Mother's Day. Children are asked to look at each picture and put a circle around the letter in front of the correct sentence. This workshee…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:51am -
  • Mother's Day - Correct Sentences (4)
    This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and can be used as an English resource for Mother's Day. Children are asked to look at each picture and put a circle around the letter in front of the correct sentence. This workshee…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:51am -
  • Mother's Day - Correct Sentences (3)
    This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and can be used as an English resource for Mother's Day. Children are asked to look at each picture and put a circle around the letter in front of the correct sentence. This workshee…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:51am -
  • Mother's Day - Correct Sentences (2)
    This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and can be used as an English resource for Mother's Day. Children are asked to look at each picture and put a circle around the letter in front of the correct sentence. This workshee…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:51am -
  • War Posters Lesson Plan/Worksheet
    This lesson plan is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in World War II. It contains information and a comprehension test about American and British war posters. All the war posters are grouped by themes:1) Recruiting, 2) Women at war, 3)…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:51am -
  • Movie Worksheet: The Short Life of Anne Frank
    This worksheet contains comprehension questions which students answer while watching the movie. The movie (which is about 27 minutes long) tells about the events of World War II through the life of a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, whose dream has a…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:50am -
  • Mother's Day - Correct Sentences (1)
    This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and can be used as an English resource for Mother's Day. Children are asked to look at each picture and put a circle around the letter in front of the correct sentence. This workshee…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:48am -
  • Mother's Day - Acrostic Poem
    An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word. Students are asked to write an acrostic poem about their mother. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap.…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:48am -
  • Mother's Day - Alphabetical Order
    This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and can be used as an extra resource for Mother's Day. Students are asked to put all of the words in alphabetical order and write them on the lines. This worksheet was created by Pri…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:48am -
  • Writing an Email about Healthy Lifestyle
    This worksheet has information adapted from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. It requires students to fill up the parts of the food pyramid and extract information from the pictures to write a 50 word email about good nutrition and living a healthy li…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:48am -
  • Animated Characters Description Flashcards
    The file contains a set of 12 flashcards featuring pictures of contemporary disney/pixar animated characters such as Shrek, Elsa, Snow White, Gru etc. They can be used for vocabulary practice (describing appearance, adjectives, colours) or for clas…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:46am -
  • Pronunciation Game - Matching Homophones
    Entertaining game with matching words with different spelling but same sound. Can be used as a game or a pronunciation lesson. Plus you can create a vocabulary lesson with the new words in the list and a speaking prompt for the creation of sentence…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:45am -
  • Mother's Day - Word Scramble
    Mother's Day is a time to honour mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers for all that they do for their family and society. This worksheet can be used for Mother's Day. Students are asked to unscramble all of the words associated with mothers…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:42am -
  • Animals Past and Present Grammar Worksheet
    This worksheet is about animals. It contains two activities for grammar: present simple andpast simple. The students are asked to make questions and write answers. It is appropriate for elementary level and you may find it useful at the study part.…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 15, 12:40am -
  • Top 10 Times to Award Points in Your ESL Class (and What to Do with Them)
    Everybody likes to have a high score when it comes to playing games (except, perhaps, golfers). Maybe that’s why this simple motivator works so well with most ESL classes. Points. Something as easy as keeping a personal tally can make a big diff…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:39am -
  • Say It Loud and Say It Proud: 8 Fun Games for Teaching English Pronunciation
    If you are looking for a way to shake things up a bit in pronunciation class, try one of these simple games that focus on accurate pronunciation and listening closely. 8 Fun Games for Teaching English Pronunciation 1 Odd Word Out How well do your s…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:39am -
  • 17 Great Ways to Use Pelmanism in Your ESL Class
    Memory, also called pelmanism, is a versatile and useful tool for ESL teachers. In this simple game, players lay cards face down in a grid and take turns flipping over two cards at a time looking for a match. If they find a match, they go again. If…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:39am -
  • Party Time: How to Hold an ESL Presidential Election
    Few things are as illustrative of life in the modern US and UK than the way we handle our elections. Idolized by some, demonized by others, mystifying to many, they embody our most lofty principles while exposing the limitations and vagaries of our…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:39am -
  • “So, I’m Like, What?”: ‘Like’ in the ESL Classroom
    I invite you to try something the next time you’re in a classroom full of ESL students, especially those of intermediate level or higher.: count and note down how many times your students say ‘like’ (outside of similes, and verbs) an ...
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:39am -
  • Much Obliged: Going Beyond ‘Thank you’ with ESL Students
    I’m a great believer in teaching our ESL students to speak politely. This might be a result of having my roots in Britain, where we thank and apologize for everything, but it’s a great habit to have, and will pay dividends as our students ...
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:38am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Window in Britain, Holidays (Progress Check, 6th Grade)
    It is a typical way to test the students in the end of the year. The school year is over, the course book is closed. The students can easy understand the film "Window in Britain 2, Holidays". This task combines some skills in reading, understanding…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 11:03pm -
  • Movie Worksheet: The Big Bang Theory
    Questions to check understanding. Two YouTube short videos from the show "The Big Bang Theory" are listed. Students should watch once to understand the main idea and the second/third time answer the questions.
    - 5 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 11:01pm -
  • 3 Developmental Stages: Get to Know Your Students
    Kids are simply incredible. Each age offers an incredible variety of surprises. As children grow, what they are able to do increases and becomes more and more sophisticated. That's why, as a teacher, you need to know what kids can do at certain age…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 4:03am -
  • Graded Readers: Why They Are Useful and How to Use Them in Class
    I'm sure most would agree that where language learning is concerned, exposure is vital. However, what happens very often is that our students are only able to dedicate 2 – 3 hours a week to taking lessons, some a bit more, others a bit less. So,…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 4:03am -
  • Anatomy of an Advertisement
    This worksheet teaches students how to use descriptive and persuasive language to make a compelling advertisement. This was originally designed for Chinese University students and so the examples given are for Tsingtao Beer - a popular brand, this…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:42pm -
  • Countries and Nationalities
    This is an information-gap activity. Students work in pairs. They are given 2 different worksheets with pictures of famous people. Each student tries to guess these people's nationalities and countries. Then, they ask their partners to check inform…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:40pm -
  • First Lesson for a Complete Beginner
    I don't like first lessons in student's books because they seem to me either too difficult for beginners or too easy. That's why I tried (and successfully!) my own version. After several minutes of talk (it's usually about learning goals etc.) I…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:32pm -
  • Prepositions of Location
    This power-point presentation is used for teaching prepositions of location such as: behind, in front of, under, in, on, next to. It's appropriate for young learners. It contains concept checking questions to check students comprehension. Hope you…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:30pm -
  • Months and Numbers - Matching Exercise
    You can use this worksheet in two ways. For a speaking-exercise you laminate the page and cut out the pieces. Students have to combine the pieces and say the whole sentence. They can do it in pairs. For a writing-exercise they match the months with…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:28pm -
  • Modal Verbs Review Quiz Game
    This is the first time to upload my file here. This is a PPT for modal verbs review quiz game. Each row in the second page means the level of the question and you get different points for correct answers. Students will have fun choosing the level o…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:26pm -
  • Extinct and Endangered Animals
    This PowerPoint contains the information of some endangered and extinct animals; dinosaurs, Pyrenean ibex, giant panda, and Komodo dragon. It is designed for elementary and pre-intermediate levels. Hope it works well!
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:23pm -
  • Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous
    This is a PowerPoint Presentation, which tells the difference between the usage of present perfect and present perfect continuous. The rules are stated clearly with examples and illustrations. Study English grammar easily and in an interesting way.…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:22pm -
  • Describe: Bedroom and Bathroom
    This worksheet deals with some vocabulary items related to bedroom and bathroom. It is designed for both elementary and pre-intermediate levels. You may find it useful at the study part. Hope it works.
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:21pm -
  • My Clothes, PowerPoint
    This PowerPoint includes some vocabulary items for clothing, such as belt, tie, sunglasses, etc. It contains an activity to check the young learners' understanding. The students are asked to guess the pictures behind the rectangles. It is really co…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:20pm -
  • Grammar: Comparatives
    This PowerPoint includes a gap-filling activity to check the students' understanding after teaching comparatives. It is appropriate for elementary levels and you may find it useful at the study part of your teaching. Hope it works well.
    - 6 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 11:19pm -
  • Clothes - What's Missing?
    This Powerpoint Presentation is useful for memorising clothes-vocabulary. The students have to keep the pictures and the names of the clothes in mind, because they have to decide which one is missing in the next slide. They should already know the…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:07pm -
  • Song Worksheet: Mobile Phone
    Song "Mobile phone" by İrish singer Richie Kavanagh is an amusing way to speak about mobile phones, practise new vocabulary and have fun. Students will have to listen to the song and fill in the missing words. Also they have to discuss the meanin…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:05pm -
  • Movie Workshet: Jane Austin
    This worksheet is appropriate for pre-intermediate and intermediate students. This worksheet is related to one of the greatest English writer "Jane Austen". This is going to improve the students' listening skill. New Headway pre-intermediate , unit…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:04pm -
  • Battleship- Places
    Two-player battleship game to practice a few place names and questions regarding them. A teacher might first want to explain each of the questions and places to the students if they're not familiar with them. The students can draw three ships on…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:01pm -
  • Balloon Volleyball
    Balloon volleyball game for elementary students. Consists of a basic description of the game plus some variations and suggestions. The basic game is just to play volleyball with a balloon, and say a sentence each time the balloon is hit. Nice and e…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:00pm -
  • Clothes - Missing Vowels
    This worksheet is another vocabulary-trainer like the scrambled words or the word search puzzles. The students have to fill in the missing vowels. It's not difficult, because they can already guess the names of the clothes. This exercise goes well…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:59pm -
  • Clothes - Scrambled Words
    My senior students like puzzles very much. These worksheets are suitable to practise vocabulary easily in different ways and having fun. The students have to fold the sheets, so that the solution is overleaf. When they are ready with their task, th…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:59pm -
  • Comparison
    This power-point presentation is used for teaching comparison between two things, people and places in order to show that they are equal (as + adjective +as ). This power-point simply helps you to teach the grammar through some examples. It's appro…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:57pm -
  • Simple Past Passive
    This power-point presentation is related to teaching and reviewing simple past passive. It also includes some worksheet and some examples to help you more. It is appropriate for pre-intermediate and intermediate students. Hope you find it useful in…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:56pm -
  • Which Continuous Is It? Top 5 Exercises for Practicing Past, Present, and Future Continuous Tenses
    Any grammar teacher knows that continuous tenses, also known as progressive tenses, describe an action in progress at a certain point in time. If the point in time in question is in the past, then the past progressive tense is used. If the point in…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:14am -
  • Station Break: How to Put Your Whole Classroom to Use in Your English Lessons
    If you have four walls, you have what you need to play this game that gets your students up and moving and also gets them listening for whatever language aspect you are targeting. How to Play In this game, students listen to you for target words an…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:08am -
  • Loaded Learning: 8 Ways Smart Phones Can Help You and Your Students in the Classroom
    Maybe everyone doesn’t have a smart phone these days, but more do than don’t. You’ll find that true in your ESL class, too, if you teach internationals in the U.S. And even if you don’t, your students might still be wired in. I ...
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:05am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Modern Family Trailer Season 1
    A simple listening with some comprehension questions. The questions only check for the content of the video and its comprehension. There aren't grammar/vocabulary exercises here. The scene was taken from Modern Family Trailer (season 1). You can fi…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:05am -
  • Movie Worksheet: British Animals You Won't Find in America - Anglophenia Ep 27
    There are some adorable British creatures that are never seen in the States outside of zoos and exotic pet owners. (Note: some of these animals can be found in other countries, but not natively in America.) In the latest episode of our Anglophenia…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:04am -
  • Reading for Business English: The City of London
    I work in the secondary school of economics so these are great texts for reading and vocabulary, you can use it for reading or introduction activity for further vocabulary work: accounting, economics in general, business plans etc. The texts can be…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:03am -
  • The Tough Task/ Dolphin Readers, Level 4
    This PowerPoint is based on the story book, The Tough Task, Dolphin Readers, Level 4. It includes some questions to create interest in the language learners and some CCQs to check their understanding. Hope it works well!
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:02am -
  • Weather In London
    This Power Point Presentation could be used for introduction of the 4 seasons (autumn, winter, spring, summer), including weather vocabulary and weather peculiarities in London. Vocabulary represented in presentation is useful for talking about wea…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:02am -
  • Phrasal Verbs With GET
    This presentation is a colourful exercise, with which your students will be able to practice phrasal verbs and expressins with the verb get. It consists of slides with fill-in-the-gaps sentences and pictures and a speaking part, where students are…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:01am -
  • Changing Tenses
    Students will rewrite each sentence using a different verb tense. A past, present, and future worksheet. Research tells us that studying verb tenses is a great way to learn the fundamental aspects of language. The worksheet gives a broad overview o…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:01am -
  • What Is This In English?
    This is a worksheet for revising clothes related vocabulary. It can be used in connection with the Clothes PowerPoint Presentation. The students have to build questions and give short answers It is recommended for elementary and pre-intermediate st…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:00am -

Simple English News

  • Can an Economic Crisis Make Us Fatter?
    Listen here Would you expect people to become overweight when, in difficult economic times, they have to struggle hard? Under such dire economic circumstances people purchase cheaper, lower quality food, often containing unhealthy additives. This may…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 5:12pm -
  • Do You Know New English Words? – Part 3

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  • Essential Tips on How to Lose Your Facebook Friends
    Liste here Don’t forget – change your cover image regularly, just like clockwork. Don’t stop adding your selfies. The best option is to do it everyday. Keep all your friends informed about every single triviality, the ordinary boring things fro…
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  • Steam Locomotive Competition in Zvolen
    Listen here Every year locomotives steam in to the city of Zvolen to compete in this very popular event. The engines come to this central Slovakian railway marshalling yard from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland and Great Britain. The c…
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  • Language Tip: Prepositions, Conjunctions
    PREPOSITIONS - always “on” with days and dates They will come on Monday. The English exams will be held on January 15. - always “at” with time reference I will be there at 5 o’clock. They brought it at 6 a.m. – “in” when we wish to sa…
    - 49 days ago, 16 Mar 15, 6:21pm -
  • Adidas and Puma Were Founded By Two Brothers
    Listen here – Intermediate level Adidas and Puma are synonymous as manufacturers of sports footwear, apparel and equipment. These trademarks are recognised worldwide as the leading innovative sports brands. Adolf Dresler started a successful compan…
    - 63 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:46pm -
  • Video: Differences in British and American Vocabulary

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  • Bryndza – „White Gold“?
    Listen here – Intermediate level Bryndza, a smooth very creamy cheese, is made from fresh sheep milk. It has a very characteristic zingy taste and unique odour. Many people recognise that Bryndza may have remedial effects, even to help prevent canc…
    - 76 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 4:33pm -
  • Eastern Ukraine – The Civil War Continues
    Listen here For more almost a year turmoil, riots, military ground and air battles have been rife in Eastern Ukraine, after the Ukrainian Revolution in February 2014. Both antagonists, the Ukrainian army and pro- Russian separatists, are using heavy…
    - 82 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 8:17pm -
  • Qataris Are Celebrating Their Handball Team
    Listen here Qatar, a small Arabian country in the Gulf region, accomplished tremendous, unexpected success at the Handball World Championship 2015. Qatar finished in second place gaining the silver medal. France, on Sunday 1st February, beat them in…
    - 90 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 6:54pm -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • Children’s Day: Motivating Students through Games
    Lysette Taplin, an ELT Editor for Oxford University Press, Mexico and experienced English language teacher, discusses the educational value of games in the English language classroom in celebration of Children’s Day in Mexico. Kids have amazing ima…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 6:46pm -
  • Get your students writing: Tips and ideas
    In January we asked over 450 teachers from around the world to vote for the biggest writing challenge they face in their classroom. Since then we’ve dedicated a month to each of the top three challenges with a series of … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 11:18pm -
  • Integrating video content into the EFL classroom – Part 3
    Fancy livening up your classroom with some ready-made video activities? This is the third in a series of four articles in which Keith Harding and Rachel Appleby share ideas for using the stunning new International Express video material. Each unit o…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 7:33pm -
  • Inductive and deductive grammar teaching: what is it, and does it work?

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  • Using video content effectively in your EFL classroom
    Ten years ago today, the first YouTube upload was made live on the platform. Entitled ‘Me at the zoo’, it was uploaded by one of the platform’s co-founders, Jared Karim, and can still be seen on the site today. With … Continue reading →
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  • The Solutions Writing Challenge: Using Time Effectively
    In this blog Elna Coetzer continues to talk about ways we can use our time more effectively (inside and outside the class) when doing writing tasks. How does one become a successful cook? The answer really is very obvious – … Continue reading →…
    - 18 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:31pm -

ELTjam

  • What we’re reading
    All this waiting for the royal baby has given us plenty […]
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  • ELT Entrepreneur – Mark Holmwood
    ELT Entrepreneur Mark Holmwood of Holmwood Online got in touch with us to tell us about his transition from the classroom to the cutting room, making videos for his online publishing site which produces courses for schools and individuals in English…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 5:29pm -
  • 13 ways to navigate the Innovate ELT conference
    With over 30 speakers lined up, we figured you might want some tips on navigating the programme for the Innovate ELT conference, which takes place on the 8th and 9th May in Barcelona. Here are 13 ways to figure out what to see.
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  • Cambridge English’s free teacher training resource
    We're all familiar with Cambridge English from their CELTA and Delta course and you might know that they have recently developed the Cambridge English Teaching Framework. But did you know you can access a lot of their CPD resources for free? This mo…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:39pm -
  • App Design: Green Owls and Pots of Gold
    ELTjam blog reader and app-developer-in-training, Damien Herlihy, tells us about how he approached his app as a learning experience rather than a business and his attempts at crowdsourcing input and feedback from teachers.
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  • What we’re reading
    We’re not sure how we had time to read anything d […]
    - 17 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 6:23pm -

Teach English Online

  • Why Email Marketing Is so Powerful (and How You Can Get Started)
      Over the past two years, email has been at the center of my online marketing efforts for my different brands. But just like designing my site with WordPress, it took me a while to take the plunge and start building an email list. I’m not sure w…
    - 16 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:37pm -
  • How to Create Videos: The Equipment and Tools You Need
      With my YouTube Channels, social media profiles, and online courses, I’ve made around 200 videos over the last 12 months. And in this post, I’m going to talk about the equipment and tools I use, along with alternatives to suit every budget. A…
    - 24 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 11:56pm -
  • Why You Should Put Yourself Out There as an Online Teacher (And How to Overcome this Fear)
      Are you nervous about putting yourself out there as an online teacher? If so, you’re not alone. I speak to a lot of English teachers who want to move online, but fear is holding them back. I know how inhibiting this can be: it affected me for…
    - 30 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 10:26pm -
  • Create Personalized Audio for Your English Learners
    Do you have English learners that keep making the same mistakes week after week? If so, then sending personalized audio can help your students overcome these mistakes and internalize correct English. This works for pronunciation and grammar errors,…
    - 46 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 11:12pm -
  • Justin Murray on Connecting English Learners, Building an Audience, and Solving Problems
    What would you do if Facebook deleted your group with over 120,000 English learners? That happened to Real Life English (RLE), and one of the co-founders, Justin, joins Teaching ESL Online to share this story, and to give us an insight into how the…
    - 52 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 10:30pm -
  • Four Ways to Get Your English Learners to Do More
    One of the biggest frustrations of teaching English is when your learners don’t do anything outside of class. When a learner starts taking lessons, they say the right things and seem motivated. But this initial enthusiasm usually disappears after…
    - 59 days ago, 5 Mar 15, 11:36pm -

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