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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • May’s Updated “Best” Lists
    I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,500 categorized “Best Lists. I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task. So, I’ve started to go through them ……
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Free Tech for Teachers

  • What Connects These Things? - A Search Lesson
    Dan Russell has provided the inspiration for many of the web research lessons that I have conducted with students over the years. Every week he posts an interesting search challenge for readers then provides the answers a few days later. The challeng…
    - 1 day ago, 29 May 16, 12:21am -
  • How to Customize Background Scenes in Storyboard That Frames
    Earlier this week Storyboard That introduced customizable background scenes for all users. I've had a few emails this week about how to change the colors and other elements in Storyboard That scenes so this morning I created the following short demon…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 11:53pm -
  • Summer Online PD Opportunities With Me
    The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps have sold out, but there are other ways to learn with me this summer. This summer I'm offering three online PD courses for teachers. Two of those courses include a graduate credit option. You can bookmark the menu o…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 11:38pm -
  • The Week in Review - A Leisurely Breakfast at Home
    Good morning from the Byrne Instructional Media, LLC headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. As I sit on my deck I can tell that it is going to be a beautiful weekend to play and relax in the outdoors. In fact, my dogs and I are going to do just that by go…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 10:41pm -
  • 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice
    Last night I watched the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. A recap of the finals is available on the Associated Press YouTube channel. Like many others who watched the finals, I have to admit that there were some new-to-me words in th…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 11:48pm -
  • How to Use Flippity and Flickr to Create Sets of Image-based Writing Prompts
    Flippity is a great service that offers a handful of templates for creating flashcards, random name selectors, Jeopardy games, and progress trackers in Google Sheets. This morning I was thinking about ways to create writing prompt generators when I r…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 11:07pm -
  • The Origin and Meaning of Memorial Day
    Memorial Day is on Monday. Here are a couple of quick resources that you may want to include in a lesson about Memorial Day.The Meaning of Memorial Day is a two minute video covering the origins of the holiday in the United States. The video is embe…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 10:47pm -
  • Mentimeter Adds a Quiz Option to Their Polling Service
    Mentimeter is a nice service that allows you to pose a question to your audience and get instant feedback on that question through cell phones, tablets, and any other Internet-connected device. I reviewed the service a few years ago. Since then Ment…
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 4:14am -
  • Storyboard That Now Offers Customizable Scenes
    Storyboard That has become a popular digital storytelling tool over the last few years. That popularity is due in large part to their response to feature requests from teachers. One of the newest features added to Storyboard That is the option to cus…
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 4:00am -
  • Listening Effectively - Tips from a Student
    The head tilt says, "I'm listening."Last week I stumbled upon an older Life Hacker article about how to improve your listening skills. It's a good article that students should read. After reading the article I did a YouTube search for videos on the t…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 2:35am -

BBC Learning English

Wear my heart upon my sleeve

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DRAMA: The White Elephant: Learn phrases about being brave

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Helen explains how to pronounce the 'dark L' - Stop Saying

- 3 days ago, 26 May 16, 8:20pm -
Say ring, anger and thanks. Other Consonants. Programme 44. Pronunciation Tips.

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Learn words from the news: bailout funds, samples, collaborative

- 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 1:08am -
Say yet, use and beauty. Other Consonants. Programme 41. Pronunciation Tips.

- 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 9:43pm -

ESL About.com

  • newHow is teaching grammar in an ESL class...
    An overview to teaching grammar in an ESL / EFL setting. This article discusses the questions that need to be asked before beginning to teach the class as well as an explaination of the importance of a bottom up style of teaching.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newLearn the differences between the past perfect...
    Guide to learning past perfect and past perfect continuous for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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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  • newHow to Teach Pronouns
    This guide on how to teach pronouns provides a framework within which you can introduce subject, object, and possessive pronouns, as well as possessive adjectives to beginning level English learners. It includes lessons and activities to help English…
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newReported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newLearn to order the events in written story in...
    Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs for lower level English ESL EFL learners and classes
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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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  • newAdding Emphasis in English - Special Forms
    This article provides an explanation of a number of forms used to emphasize statements when expressing opinions, disagreeing, making strong suggestions, expressing annoyance, etc.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newThe 50 Basic English Questions
    50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newCommon Mistakes in English
    List of the most common mistakes in English for English as a Second language learners and classes.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newReduced Relative Clause Quiz
    Test you knowledge of reducing relative clauses to shorter phrases to modify a noun. This quiz provides the correct answer for each question.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newTeaching absolute beginners how to tell time
    Course Outline and Objectives for ESL Beginning Students to Establish Basic Communication Language Functions in English Telling Time
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newImprove Your Business Writing Abilities
    Business English writing resources for English learners include standard business letter formatting and examples, common business documents and essential job application cover letter and resume examples.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newLesson Plan - Future with Going to and Will
    Lesson plan and exercises for ESL classes focusing on the future with will and going to.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newLearn how to write a basic business letter
    Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newUse this ESL lesson to help students practice...
    Lesson focusing on helping students improve their English pronunciation skills by focusing on stress and intonation
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newEnglish for Medical Purposes - Feeling Queasy
    Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on Feeling Queasy.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newESL: Learn the Most Helpful Telephone Phrases
    Guide to the special language of telephoning in English including standard English phrases and idioms used on the telephone.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newSentence Changes Quiz
    Sentence transformation quizzes ask you to change a sentence with a few words to keep the meaning but change structure.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • new50 Basic English Questions Quiz
    Printable beginner English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newPlace and Movement - In At and To Quiz
    Quiz on the prepositions in, on, at and to with places and movement for English learners followed by the correct answer.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newBuilding Character Adjectives Vocabulary
    ESL Lesson aimed at widening students vocabulary in the area of character adjectives and descriptions of people
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newDid you know that &quot;receive a discount&quot; is a...
    Examples and worksheets focusing on key collocation for English learners in various TESOL settings, as well as for self-study. Each sheet includes a number of collocation examples.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newWriting English Drama Scripts in ESL Class
    ESL lesson plan encouraging students to create their own scripts based on romantic films they have seen to develop writing, collaborative, pronunciation and vocabulary skills in a unified activity.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newPrepositional Phrase Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newFinding a Job for ESL Learners - Part 3:...
    Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - job interviewing skills
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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…
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newTenses in English
    This quick overview of tenses in English provides a quick look at how many tenses there are in English including the basic function of each tense.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newPractice Reading and Speaking English with...
    Learn English by practicing dialogues that focus on a wide variety of topics listed by grammar point, class level or purpose.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newQuick Lessons - Short Speaking Activities
    Quick speaking exercises for the ESL EFL classroom to fill the gaps and help out when you don't know what to do or need a fun speaking activity.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newNumber Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
    Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newFinding a Job for ESL Learners - Part 2:...
    Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - resume writing.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newWhat's the difference between countable and...
    A guide to the basics of countable and uncountable nouns in English including a discussion of commonly confused uncountable nouns.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newPresent Simple
    Examples, grammar and usage of the present simple tense in English.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newHow to Ask Questions in English
    How to ask questions in English depends on the type of question you would like to ask, and the situation. Direct questions are the most common type of questions, but you can also learn how to ask indirect questions to be more polite, or how to ask qu…
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newBusiness Letter Writing: Claim Letters
    Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newHere's a business meeting role play to practice...
    This example business meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newTeaching Telephone English
    Business English lesson plan concerning telephone English including lesson outline, printable materials and suggestions for activities
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • 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=
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newEnglish Pronunciation Practice
    Pronunciation Practice focusing on improving your pronunciation through the use of correct intonation and recognizing the stress-timed nature of English.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • new15 + short stories to learn idioms and...
    Short stories using idioms and expressions in context for English learners followed by a quiz to improve your are your class' understanding of English idioms.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newThe Necessity of Grammar
    Advanced level lesson plan for classroom debate including cue cards
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -
  • newParts of Speech Quiz for Advanced Level English...
    Quiz focusing on the eight parts of speech for advanced English learners and classes. Students choose the appropriate part of speech for each vocabulary item in context.
    - 7 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:26pm -

BeeOasis.com

  • A Piece of Red Calico
    By Frank Stockton BeeOasis Step 3 I was going to town one morning when my wife gave me a little piece of red calico cloth. She asked me if I would have time during the day, to buy her two and a half meters of calico cloth like that. I...
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • Reading Should Be Fun!
    Interview with Dr. Charles Browne, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University. This is “Charles the Great,” from Meiji Gakuin University, and of course, English Central and many other places. And [he is] affectionately known as “Charlie.” We are goin…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • Bartleby
    By Herman Melville BeeOasis Step 1 I am an old lawyer. I have three men who work for me. My business grew, so I hired one more man to help write legal papers. I have met a great many people in my life. But the man who applied for the...
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • An Eyewitness
    By Jack London BeeOasis Step 2 On April 18th, 1906 the city of San Francisco California suffered a great earthquake. Over three thousand people died. The famous author Jack London was sent to report on the disaster. This is his story, “The Story of…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • The Boarded Window
    By Ambrose Bierce BeeOasis Step 3 Editor’s note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio, there lay a huge, almost endless, forest. The…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    BeeOasis Step 3 We are far into “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” when Albus Dumbledore says, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead.” But they lie behind us too. And these dark and difficult times have caught our imagination since the begin…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • The 5 Minute Drill
    BeeOasis Step 3 How can teachers help students read more and feel more like reading. Try the five minute drill! This activity helps readers avoid procrastination and kickstart their reading behavior. Readers act as if they are interested and motivate…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • Richard Wagner, Musician
    Richard Wagner was born on May 22, 1813. He was a famous German musician and writer. He wrote operas, or “music dramas.” Unlike many writers of opera, he wrote the words and music for all his works. Wagner’s music is known for being intense, co…
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 7:00am -
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear
    Book Trailer by David Bellos BeeOasis Step 5 Um, Well, different languages have words for mostly similar kinds of things. I mean, because we’re all human, you know, we have words for legs, and arms, and hands. And we have words for up and down. And…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 7:49am -
  • Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series)
    Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series) By Joseph Poulshock, PhD BeeOasis Step 2 It was a grey and cloudy day. But now, the setting sun shines kindly from below the clouds. For a few moments, the flowers and faces around you glow. The light is soft, warm, a…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 7:00am -
Get a feel for English

VOA Learning English

Let's Learn English Lesson 15 Pronunciation Practice

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The Economics Report: New Clothing Manufacturing Jobs Could Increase in South Asia

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News Words: Cronyism

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President Obama Vietnam Visit Highlights

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Lesson 14: How About This?

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Lesson 12: Meet My Family

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ESL on the Web

Language Learning on the Web

Nat Geo Pics (Use in Class!)

Desert Perch
Desert Perch
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A Striking View
A Striking View
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Summit Meeting
Summit Meeting
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Dream House
Dream House
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Dressed for the Weather
Dressed for the Weather
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A Colorful Past
A Colorful Past
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Oxford Learner's Dictionary

Word of the Day

  • newperspective
    perspective: a particular attitude towards something...
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  • indulge
    indulge: to allow yourself to have or do something that you like...
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  • gaze
    gaze: to look steadily at somebody/something...
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  • faux pas
    faux pas: an action or a remark that causes embarrassment...
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    husky: sounding deep, quiet and rough...
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  • realign
    realign: to change the position or direction of something...
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  • topple
    topple: to become unsteady and fall...
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  • prevailing
    prevailing: existing or most common at a particular time...
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  • abscond
    abscond: to escape from a place...
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  • legislate
    legislate: to make a law...
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  • ethos
    ethos: the moral ideas and attitudes...
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UsingEnglish.com (Handouts)

  • Phrasal Verbs - Roll (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs - RollTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/586.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/586.html
    - 8 Dec 15, 8:40pm -
  • Easily Confused Words (10 questions)
    Title: Easily Confused WordsTopic: VocabularyLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/585.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/585.html
    - 21 Sep 15, 10:19pm -
  • 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
    - 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
    - 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
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    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 -
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    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
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News English (Print Handouts)

  • newAnger over racist Chinese advert
    May 29, 2016. There is a lot of anger on social media because of an advertisement for a Chinese detergent. Some newspapers are saying it could be the most racist advert ever.
    - 18 hours ago, 29 May 16, 9:30am -
  • New product tests for spiked drinks
    May 27, 2016. A British businessman has developed a product that helps people test drinks they think might have been drugged, or 'spiked'.
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 9:30am -
  • President Obama to visit Hiroshima
    May 25, 2016. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama will become the first American president to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 9:30am -
  • Women wearing cosmetics are paid more
    May 23, 2016. Researchers have discovered there could be a good reason why women spend so long in the morning getting ready for work.
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 9:30am -
  • Get an electric shock to stop buying things
    May 21, 2016. A British firm has developed a new product to help us save money. The product is a wristband that gives us an electric shock if we spend too much money.
    - 9 days ago, 21 May 16, 9:30am -
  • Scientists make see-through wood
    May 19, 2016. Scientists have come up with a revolutionary new use for wood. They have devised a way to make it transparent.
    - 11 days ago, 19 May 16, 9:30am -

Clean Jokes

  • newGolf Handicap
    A golf pro dragged himself into the clubhouse looking as though he'd just escaped a tornado."What's wrong?" a woman asked."I just lost a game to Houli...>Category: Sports Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.75
    - 15 hours ago, 29 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • newOne Tracked Mind
    A drunk man was in front of a judge. The judge says, ¡® Sir you¡¯ve been brought here for drinking.¡¯The drunk says: ¡®Okay, let¡¯s get started.¡¯...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.38
    - 15 hours ago, 29 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • newPremature
    A young couple on the brink of divorce visit a marriage counsellor. The counsellor asks the wife what is the problem. She responds " My husband suffer...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.50
    - 15 hours ago, 29 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • New Born Baby
    There was a middle-aged couple who had two stunningly beautiful blonde teen-aged daughters. They decided to try one last time for the son they always ...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.91
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blonde In Trouble
    A blonde, brunette and a redhead run to the top of a burning building. Below, a few firefighters are holding a blanket telling the redhead to jump. Wh...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.96
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Womanizing
    One day a stammer saw a prostitute and asked f-i-n-e girl how much for a night? and the girl replied sayin $5000, it provoked the man and he asked for...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 3.09
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Turtles At A Picnic
    Three turtles, Joe, Steve, and Poncho, decide to go on a picnic. Joe packs the picnic basket with cookies, bottled sodas, and sandwiches. The trouble ...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.62
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Close all Windows?
    There are three engineers in a car; an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer and a Microsoft engineer. Suddenly the car just stops by the side of t...>Category: Computer Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.63
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Getting Fat
    When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower. She sai...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.49
    - 4 days ago, 26 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Weight Watching or ...
    A little boy wakes up 3 nights in a row when he hears a thumping sound coming from his parents bedroom.Finally one morning he goes to his mom and says...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.19
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • A Talking Pig!
    One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.25
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Legs up in the Air
    One day little Susie went into her back yard and found her dog Muffles lying dead with its legs up in the air. She asked, "Daddy, Daddy why is Muffles...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.08
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • I Know the Truth
    At school, Little Johnny was told by a classmate that most adults hide at least one dark secret and this makes it very easy to blackmail them merely b...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.43
    - 6 days ago, 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Making Ugly Faces
    Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith, the Sunday School teacher, smiling sweetly said, "Bobby, when I was a...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.82
    - 6 days ago, 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Mommy's Washcloth
    There was a little boy whose mother was about to have a baby. One day the little boy walked in and saw his mother naked, he asked his mother what was ...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.73
    - 6 days ago, 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Stupid? Please Stand
    Mrs. White asked her 4th grade class if they thought they were stupid and, if so, to please stand. Little Jimmy stood up, alone. Mrs. White said, "Jim...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.41
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Confused With Gender
    Little Johnny came home from school with a note from his teacher saying that Johnny was having trouble telling the difference between boys and girls, ...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.90
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Gifts for the Teacher
    On the last day of kindergarten, the children brought presents for their teacher. The florist's son gave her a box. She hook it, held it up, and said,...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.18
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Potato...
    A blonde, a redhead, and a brunette were running away from the cops. They ran into a barn, and each hid in a sack. The cops came and kicked the sack w...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.41
    - 8 days ago, 22 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Top Ten Blonde Inventions
    1. The water proof towel 2. Solar powered flash light 3. Sumberrine screen door 4. A book on how to read 5. Inflatable dart board 6. A dictionary inde...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.50
    - 8 days ago, 22 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Car Breakdown in Desert
    A blonde, a brunette, and a redhead are stranded in the desert because their car broke down. The redhead grabs some water, the brunette grabs some foo...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.59
    - 8 days ago, 22 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Sex Therapist
    Two best friends are having lunch one day and the 1st best friend says she is having trouble with her sex life with her husband. Her friend tells her ...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.68
    - 9 days ago, 21 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Little Timmy
    Little Timmy hears rustling in his parents' bedroom. So he pushes open the door to find his dad upon his mom going at it. They both look at Timmy but ...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.99
    - 9 days ago, 21 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blind People
    Why don't blind people sky dive?Because it would scare the hell out of their dog....>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.82
    - 10 days ago, 20 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Swimming to Mainland
    There were three people stranded on an island, a brunette, a redhead, and a blonde. The brunette looked over the water to the mainland and estimated a...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.23
    - 10 days ago, 20 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blonde Joke
    A blind man enters a Lesbian bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a drink. After sitting there for a while the blind guy yells t...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.70
    - 10 days ago, 20 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blonde Painter
    A blonde by the name of Julie was getting pretty desperate for money.So she decided to go to the richer part of town and try to get a job as a handywo...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.08
    - 11 days ago, 19 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • A Blonde's Suicide
    A blonde decided to commit suicide by hanging herself from a tree in the park. A few days later, a man was walking his dog and spotted her hanging fro...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.35
    - 11 days ago, 19 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Betting on Suicide
    A blonde and a brunette are sitting in a bar and watching the 11:00 P.M. news. A man is standing on the ledge of a high-rise building, contemplating s...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.10
    - 11 days ago, 19 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blonde Selling her Car
    A blonde tried to sell her old car. She was having a lot of problems selling it, because the car had 250,000 miles on it. One day, she told her proble...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.85
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blonde's Rooster Puzzle
    Biff gets a call from his blonde girlfriend, Buffy. "I've got a problem," says Buffy. "What's the matter?" asks Biff."Well, I've bought this jigsaw pu...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.69
    - 13 days ago, 17 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Blonde's Question & Answer
    Q: Why are dumb blonde jokes so short?A: So brunettes can remember them. Q: What do you do if a blonde throws a grenade at you?A: You pick it up pull ...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.11
    - 13 days ago, 17 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Finding Jesus
    A man is stumbling through the bush totally drunk and then he comes upon a Bishop baptizing people in the river. The drunk walks into the water and su...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 7.24
    - 14 days ago, 16 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • A Neighbour's Party
    Sam had been in the hectic newspaper business for twenty-five years when he decided that he was sick of the stress and quit his job. He bought 50 acre...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.71
    - 14 days ago, 16 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Shouting Embarrassment
    A very shy guy goes into a pub on Valentine's Day night and sees a beautiful woman sitting alone at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his courage...>Category: Bar Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.25
    - 14 days ago, 16 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Source of Intelligence
    A little boy went up to his father and asked, "Dad, where did my intelligence come from?" The father replied, "Well, son, you must have got it from yo...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.92
    - 15 days ago, 15 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Good Money for Empty Cans
    When Bill and Hillary first got married, Bill said, "I am putting a box under our bed. You must promise never to look in it." In all their 30 years of...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.24
    - 15 days ago, 15 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Mistaken Pig?
    Bill Clinton and his driver were cruising along a country road one night when all of a sudden they hit a pig, killing it instantly. Bill told his driv...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.06
    - 15 days ago, 15 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • New Blonde Stewardess
    An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain ...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.45
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Frog Hotlines
    Recently, the Psychic Hotline and Psychic Friends Network have launched hotlines for frogs. Here is the story of one frog and his discussing with his ...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.24
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • The President's New House
    A Marine colonel on his way home from work at the Pentagon came to a dead halt in traffic and thought to himself. "Wow, this traffic seems worse than ...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.77
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • 6 Weeks to Live
    An elderly man goes into his doctors office for an annual physical. After a while, the doctor comes out and says, "I'm sorry Bill, but we have discove...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.00
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Just Married
    A young couple got married and went on their honeymoon.When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother."Well," said her mother, "how was t...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.86
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Catholic Children
    Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee.The first Catholic man tells his friends, "My son is a priest, when he walks into a room, ev...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.67
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Biting Breasts
    An old man is walking down the street one afternoon when he sees a woman with perfect breasts.He says to her, "Hey miss, would you let me BITE your br...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.17
    - 18 days ago, 12 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Learning Golf
    A woman is learning how to golf. She has been teaching herself to play for more than three months and she is really bad. She decides to consult a golf...>Category: Sports Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.74
    - 18 days ago, 12 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Man of The House
    Tony had just finished reading a new book entitled, 'You Can Be The Man of Your House.'He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and announced, 'From now ...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.59
    - 18 days ago, 12 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Road Accident
    A farmhand is driving around the farm, checking the fences. After a few minutes he radios his boss and says, "Boss, I've got a problem. I hit a pig on...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.69
    - 19 days ago, 11 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Three Kings
    Teacher: "Johnny, can you tell me the name of 3 great kings who have brought happiness and peace into people's lives?"Little Johnny: Drin-king, smo-ki...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.45
    - 19 days ago, 11 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Just a Birthday
    A man named Bill woke up on his birthday. His wife and kids didn't even say good morning to him. So, he left for work in a huff. His receptionist, Joa...>Category: Occasions Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.30
    - 20 days ago, 10 May 16, 1:00pm -

VOA Learning English

  • newLesson 15: I Love People-Watching!
    SummaryAnna and her friends are eating lunch outside on a beautiful day in Washington, DC. They are people-watching. They like seeing the many different people walking by.SpeakingIn this video, you can learn to say the new words. Learn about th…
    - 8 hours ago, 29 May 16, 8:00pm -
  • newLess Financial Aid Going to Students Who Need It
    Financial aid is an important resource for students who want to attend college in the U.S. but don’t have enough money.Financial aid is offered by banks, the government, and the school a student plans to attend.But research shows the amount of…
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  • newHow Can Golf Appeal to More People?
    Golf is big business in America, with a total economy estimated at nearly 70 billion dollars.The U.S. is also the world’s biggest market for golf equipment, according to a report from Golf Datatech. The other top countries are Japan, South Korea,…
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  • newApproval of TPP in US Congress Seen as Difficult
    In Vietnam this week, President Barack Obama spoke in support of the free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The free-trade deal is among the United States and 11 other nations around the Pacific Ocean.On Monday, he said he was…
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  • newConfronting the Enemy After Wartime Can Help, and Hurt
    A new study finds public discussion of a violent civil conflict can harm some victims who have tried to forget the pain they experienced.In a civil war, a man may sometimes fight against his brother. Civilians might find themselves living in a buil…
    - 22 hours ago, 29 May 16, 6:00am -
  • newHealth Workers Advised on Care of FGM Victims
     The World Health Organization has released guidance to help health workers care for girls and women living with female genital mutilation.About 3 million girls are at risk for female genital mutilation, or FGM, every year, the WHO reports. Many…
    - 22 hours ago, 29 May 16, 6:00am -
  • newFor All Book Lovers: Chapter 1
    Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories.When you learn a foreign language, it can be very difficult to know the best word to use in a situation. This show can help you learn how and when to use American expressions.Today, we…
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  • newEnglish in a Minute: Baggage
    When you travel, you take things with you in bags. This is called "baggage." But, Anna and Jonathan are not actually talking about travel. Find out another definition of "baggage" means in this episode of English in a Minute!
    - 23 hours ago, 29 May 16, 4:09am -
  • A Visit with History: Gettysburg National Military Park
    This week, we visit a national park that marks one of the most important events in American history.We are exploring the Gettysburg National Military Park in the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.Much of the area around Gettysburg still look…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:09am -
  • Flying This Summer Means Longer Security Lines
    Thousands of travelers have missed their flights due to long security lines.The lines are likely to get worse at U.S. airports with 231 million travelers expected to fly this summer.This weekend, also known as Memorial Day weekend, is the start o…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:01am -
  • Children of Indian Immigrants Win Spelling Bee
    This is What’s Trending Today:For the third time in three years, two students shared the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship Thursday night.It was an exciting finish to the three-day event. The hashtag #spellingbee was one of the top tre…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:00am -
  • Best US Beach? 'Dr. Beach' Says Hawaii's Got It
    The best beach in the United States is Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, says Dr. Beach’s "top 10" list of beaches for 2016.Dr. Beach is coastal scientist Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University. He has been reviewing beaches since 1991. He…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:00am -
  • Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg
    Editor's Note: On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in the state of Pennsylvania. The brief address, known as the Gettysburg Address, would be remembered as one of th…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:00am -
  • 'Hearts and Crosses,' by O. Henry, Part One
    We present part one of the short story "Hearts and Crosses," by O. Henry. The story was originally adapted and recorded by the U.S. Department of State. Baldy woods reached for a drink and got it. When Baldy wanted something, he usually got it.…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:00am -
  • English @ the Movies: 'Justice is About to be Served'
    Our English @ the Movies phrase is from the movie "Kung Fu Panda 3." This cartoon comedy is about a Panda named Po. He becomes a kung fu teacher. The phrase is "justice is about to be served." Are they talking about dinner? Listen and find out.
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 6:00am -
  • India Seeks to Limit Use of Maps and Satellite Images
     Indians are discussing a plan to ban use of maps or satellite images of the country without approval from the government.The plan’s critics have launched an online campaign called “Save The Map.” They say the proposed ban could affect man…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 4:42am -
  • May 27, 2016
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  • An Excerpt of Obama's Remarks at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    Obama laid a wreath and made an address in Hiroshima, the site of the world's first use of the atomic bomb in August 1945.
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 16, 6:25pm -

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    - 30 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 1:18am -
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) - Comparing Writing Tasks
    New Entry: 'Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) - Comparing Writing Tasks' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 33 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 12:02am -
  • They were unfairly ____ for the accident.
    New Entry: 'They were unfairly ____ for the accident.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Good & Bad Travel English Responses
    New Entry: 'Good & Bad Travel English Responses' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Check up on
    New Entry: 'Check up on ' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Talking about future desires with 'want to'
    New Entry: 'Talking about future desires with 'want to'' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 39 days ago, 20 Apr 16, 6:16pm -
  • Pearly queen
    New Entry: 'Pearly queen' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 42 days ago, 17 Apr 16, 11:25pm -
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Sentence Transformations
    New Entry: 'Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Sentence Transformations' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 42 days ago, 17 Apr 16, 9:13pm -
  • I tried to ____ to them.
    New Entry: 'I tried to ____ to them.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English Part Four Idioms Reversi Game
    New Entry: 'Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English Part Four Idioms Reversi Game' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Order about
    New Entry: 'Order about' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Order in
    New Entry: 'Order in' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Order up
    New Entry: 'Order up' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Order around
    New Entry: 'Order around' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 47 days ago, 13 Apr 16, 1:23am -
  • Order out for
    New Entry: 'Order out for' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Order out
    New Entry: 'Order out' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 47 days ago, 13 Apr 16, 1:20am -
  • A barking dog seldom bites
    New Entry: 'A barking dog seldom bites' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Body Language and Phrases for Managing Classes
    New Entry: 'Body Language and Phrases for Managing Classes' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • I love it and ____ care less what you think of it.
    New Entry: 'I love it and ____ care less what you think of it.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English Transformation Mistakes
    New Entry: 'Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English Transformation Mistakes' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Guess the Country from the Weather
    New Entry: 'Guess the Country from the Weather' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Radgie
    New Entry: 'Radgie' has just been added to the Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 58 days ago, 1 Apr 16, 7:53pm -
  • Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE) Use of English Part Four Sentence Transformations
    New Entry: 'Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE) Use of English Part Four Sentence Transformations' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
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  • Never ____ seen such a terrible mess.
    New Entry: 'Never ____ seen such a terrible mess.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of UsingEnglish.com.
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BBC News in Pics (Use in Class!

In pictures: The barbers of Freetown
In pictures: The barbers of Freetown
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M&S fashion: From Twiggy to Alexa Chung
M&S fashion: From Twiggy to Alexa Chung
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We set the theme; you take the pictures
We set the theme; you take the pictures
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VIDEO: Living alongside dangerous animals
VIDEO: Living alongside dangerous animals
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VIDEO: The evolution of surfing in pictures
VIDEO: The evolution of surfing in pictures
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VIDEO: New York from the very top
VIDEO: New York from the very top
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Language Log

  • newTriple topolectal reprimand
    One of the most annoying things about being in China is that people will cut in front of you in lines when you're waiting for a bus, to buy a train ticket, or whatever. If you wish to achieve your aim, sooner or later you learn that you have to take…
    - 4 hours ago, 29 May 16, 11:12pm -
  • newDo humans actually understand speech?
    Or are they just programmed to act like they do? Today's SMBC asks (and answers) the analogous question about emotions: The clinching argument:
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  • "Chinese helicopter" under attack
    Just a couple of weeks ago, we learned about 19 Singaporean expressions that had been newly added to the OED: "New Singaporean and Hong Kong terms in the OED" (5/12/16) Among these expressions was "Chinese helicopter", which was characterized as "der…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 10:42pm -
  • Ask Language Log: why is "whether or not" more frequent?
    Ton van der Wouden asks: The Google Ngram viewer shows a tenfold increase in the frequency of the string "whether or not". Can the readers of language log think of any explanation for this growth? Can it perhaps be traced back to some prescriptive so…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 1:48am -
  • Once more on the mystery of the national spelling bee
    Looks like this year's winners are again co-champions and of Indian (South Asian) origin. Guessing from their names, one of them has a Karnataka heritage and the other an Andhra background. Quoting from "National spelling bee ends in a tie for third…
    - 2 days ago, 28 May 16, 12:32am -
  • Any sufficiently antique technology…
    Maybe staged, but still amusing: Update — I should add that the dining room at the restaurant last night was decorated with shelves full of antique devices, including telegraph units, sewing machines, typewriters, and a transistor radio.
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Tech Savvy Educator

  • Help Me #ds106, You’re My Only Hope
    This coming Tuesday, May 31st, I’ll be working with some English 11 students about turning written memoirs into digital stories. The teacher has given me carte blanche to introduce students to a wide range of media and forms for turning a written w…
    - 1 day ago, 28 May 16, 10:18pm -
  • How the Sun Sees You
    Just a quick post, to share a small “a-ha” moment that I hope means I’ve successfully solidified my understanding of the Next Generation Science Standard’s “3D” learning. As a Science minor, and former middle school science teacher, I’v…
    - 3 days ago, 27 May 16, 3:41am -
  • Tech Director Chat #35 – Pedagogy vs Technology
    I always try to title each of these episodes with something that captures the majority of the conversation between Pete and myself. It doesn’t always work, as well tend to bounce around a number of topics. And it means that often I have to provide…
    - 19 days ago, 10 May 16, 9:34pm -
  • Video Story Problem – The Last Bookstore
    If you ever find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to visit The Last Bookstore. It’s an amazing space filled with a labyrinth of books housed in an old bank building; the kind with the big metal vault doors, high ceilings, an…
    - 27 days ago, 3 May 16, 1:55am -
  • Tech Director Chat #34 – Wifi & Stuffed Animals
    Have you ever found yourself curious about how basic wifi networks work? No? Well then, that’s too bad, because Pete and I took far too much time to explain how they work using our own homegrown metaphor with highways, maps, traffic cops, and even…
    - 40 days ago, 20 Apr 16, 10:15am -
  • Giant Twix – A Video Story Problem
    After an almost two-year hiatus, I actually set aside some time to edit together a new video story problem. It’s not a particularly difficult video, nor is it highly polished…but it does involve candy, so that’s a plus, right? Truth be told, to…
    - 48 days ago, 11 Apr 16, 10:20pm -

BusyTeacher.org

  • Worksheets Wanted: 6 Great Ways Worksheets can Get Your Students Talking
    Worksheets have gotten a bum rap in the classroom these days. They have a reputation for being busy work, pointless activities to keep students hands moving even if their brains are a million miles away. But worksheets don’t have to be mindless. .…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 11:23am -
  • Instant Classroom Fun: 4 Games with a Timer that can Transform Your Class from Good to Great (in No Time)
    Three…two…one…is your blood pumping yet? There’s just something about a countdown, about knowing the buzzer can crack the silence at any second. If you don’t believe me, think about the television show Twenty-Four. You ...
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 11:18am -
  • Animals, Taboo
    Students need to guess the top word without using any of the 'taboo' words underneath it. I find this activity very useful in vocabulary and self-confidence building. Divide your class into two teams or small groups and encourage your students to ch…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:56am -
  • Revision Test 1 (Hemisphere 2, Units 1&2)
    I have create it for my own class in Cambodia. I think it will help some teachers. It's a revision exercise for Hemisphere 2 , units 1 & 2. Enjoy it!
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:55am -
  • Adverbs Worksheet
    This worksheet is recommended after we introduce adverbs. It is really easy and simple. The worksheet contains a small paragraph were students identify the adverbs, and another section to connect the adverbs with adjectives, hope it works for you an…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:53am -
  • Which Homonym? (4)
    Homonyms are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. This English resource was created for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to read the sentences and choose the correct spelling to complete each sentence. This w…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:52am -
  • Which Homonym? (3)
    Homonyms are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. This English resource was created for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to read the sentences and choose the correct spelling to complete each sentence. This w…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:51am -
  • Which Homonym? (2)
    Homonyms are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. This English resource was created for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to read the sentences and choose the correct spelling to complete each sentence. This w…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:50am -
  • Which Homonym?
    Homonyms are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. This English resource was created for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to read the sentences and choose the correct spelling to complete each sentence. This w…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:48am -
  • Present Simple Review Presentation
    This presentation was made to review the present simple tense and its basic rules. There are 16 slides, odd ones (1,3,5 etc) are a bit more difficult than even ones. The students have to correct a mistake in each sentence. You can make it more compe…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:46am -
  • Frequency and Routine Vocabulary
    A word search activity with frequency adverbs and days of the week. I made it and used to recycle days of the week and introduce frequency vocabulary. Worked very well after introducing everyday activities with flashcards and contextualizing ...
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:44am -
  • Present Progressive Test
    This is an English test where teachers can asses the present continuous tense with vocabulary related to places and activities in town. Firstly, the students have to do a matching activity. Then, they have to look at the pictures and answer three qu…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:43am -
  • Song Worksheet: Lost Stars (from the Movie Begin Again)
    This song belongs to the soundtrack of the movie "Begin Again" starred by Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightly and Adam Levine. The song is sang by Adam and it's got a nice message. I did it for my FCE students, mainly to practise listening exercises for th…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:42am -
  • Celebrations
    This power-point presentation is related to wedding celebration and different kinds of celebrations and how people celebrate them. It's appropriate for young learners.
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:40am -
  • Actions
    This power-point presentation is suitable for young learners. It's appropriate for teaching and practicing present continuous and action verbs.
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:38am -
  • Alphabet, A-U
    Here is a worksheet for practicing picture dictation for letters a-u. Hope it helps.
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:32am -
  • Song Worksheet: Young At Heart by Frank Sinatra
    I teach different categories of idioms every month in our center's English Corner. This month I chose the topic 'Age'. I thought this would be a fun song to discuss and listen to. I started the hour by having the students, first define what an idiom…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:31am -
  • Ordinal Numbers Cars
    Primary 1 / kindergarten level use of ordinal numbers to describe vehicles in a row. Students use the picture of a variety of cars to describe the ordinal position or practice vocabulary to describe the types of vehicles. Vehicles include ambulance,…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:29am -
  • Song Worksheet: Prepositions
    This is a song that I found on youtube about prepositions, apropriate for young students. They have to listen and circle the words. You can use it as complement for practicing this subject at elementary level and  with beginners. I hope you like .…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:25am -
  • Movie Worksheet: The Teacher
    This is the story of the first Afro-American teacher who was appointed principal at a school. There are many things to learn from her testimony including good values. Good for looking for details and general comprehension, and do some feedback about…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:24am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Mind Your Language. Season 1 Episode 12
    Here is a listening worksheet for one episode of a popular TV-series "Mind your language". Suitable for pre-intermediate and intermediate students. You can find the episode here: . The worksheet was designed to help students develop their listening…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:19am -
  • Movie Worksheet: The Dog and the Hummingbird
    This is a worksheet based on the trailer of the film American History X. It could be used as a lead-in activity before watching the full movie in class.There is a gap-fill exercise and a set of comprehension questions for class discussion. Answer ke…
    - 5 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:18am -
  • There Are No Timid Students: 18 Questions to Open up Even Reluctant Talkers
    How much do your students have to say? Are they easy talkers, or do they need a little more coaxing? Is it hard to get them started or are they always ready to chatter up a storm? If you have a class with reluctant speakers , it could be you are sim…
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 5:05am -
  • Don’t Ditch Dictation: 4 Fabulous Ways You Can Use Dictations to Help ESL Students
    For many years, I shied away from dictation. It seemed boring and often pointless, and I figured there were better activities for my limited class time. But when I decided to give dictation a chance, I found out there are lots of ways to make it fun…
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 12:11am -
  • Having the Relatives Over: 7 Awesome Activities for Teaching Relative Clauses
    Are you looking for some interesting and out of the ordinary ways to practice relative clauses with your students? Here are some fun and creative activities you can do with your students today. Try These 7 Fun and Creative Activities for Teaching Re…
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 12:00am -
  • My Autobiography
    This worksheet is ideal to help students write about themselves using the present simple tense. Usually students struggle to brainstorm ideas what to write when asked to write about themselves. This workshop will eliminate this problem and give stud…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:48am -
  • Cut and Paste Activity Worksheets
    Hi! I am introducing worksheets for kindergarten. These activity worksheets are fun. With the help of them kids will cut the different shapes and paste them in  a proper way. Format of book is PDF printable on A4 size paper.
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:46am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Braveheart, Vocabulary Matching Activity
    After watching Braveheart movie and teaching vocabulary used in it, use this exercise to practise the students' knowledge. The exercise contains some words I've chosen, but you can add more or change some of them. You can also give students an empty…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:44am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Braveheart, General Comprehension Test
    I suggest doing this exercise after watching Braveheart movie - it can help to summarize the film as a whole including history facts, symbols and vocabulary practice. It's fun and can be used as a kind of competition or a starting point for discussi…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:42am -
  • Guess the Fruits! Juices Game
    This is a game thought for elementary/beginner students who already know some fruit & vegetable vocabulary. They are warned that the loser of this game (or the winner, depends on their interest and motivation) will have to prepare a juice at home, .…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:41am -
  • Christmas Lesson Booklet
    This is a booklet with varying activities - such as singing a Christmas carol, listening to a Christmas story, doing fun exercises about Christmas. It is meant for all levels, the Christmas story is more advanced (intermediate) so you can put anothe…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:39am -
  • Song Worksheet: The Way by Fastball
    This is a nice and meaninful song by Fastball. I find it very useful for my students. I use it to improve both spelling and pronunciation of past simple verbs. My students do not only  complete the excersises but they also enjoy the music and lyr .…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:38am -
  • Talking Cards
    Using one or two decks of cards and the questions sheet ss pick a card and answer the corresponding questions. Ss are awarded points for their answers. Good for fluency warmers, fillers etc. Adapted from a worksheet by Michael J. Brown.
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:37am -
  • One World Quiz
    This PDF is the one world quiz which both tests the general knowledge of your students, provoking conversations leading to the right answer. It has  been adapted to test your students' knowledge about articles as well. They are to read the n ...
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:35am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Jungle Book 1967 - Question Sheet
    A Question sheet for level A1.5 - A2 (intermediate). I made this to practice listening skills for the impending exams: it features questions in easy English about the movie. They focus mostly on the conversation in the movie, rather than what the .…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:33am -
  • Restaurant Menu and Order Pad
    The worksheet I used for a restaurant role-play. It includes an empty menu and order pads. The main target is vocabulary but you can use it in any way you wish. My suggestion would be to get the students to write their own menus, then invite their c…
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:31am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Maze Runner, Quiz
    I showed the movie Maze Runner to the students and after it finished with this quiz.  Students respod to questions on paper and whoever answers more questions correctly wins some candies or a chocolate box. Students love this activity.
    - 12 days ago, 18 May 16, 12:29am -
  • Family Speaking Cards
    I have designed this PDF for the elementary level. It includes some questions about the family. Put the students into pairs or small groups and have them talk. Hope it helps.
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:31am -
  • Captain America: Civil War - 3rd Conditional, Reported Speech, Degrees of Comparison
    I created this worksheet to have a little grammar revision with my students. It is dedicated to a new Marvel film "Captain America: Civil War". I like it a lot and learners enjoy discussing superheroes too. You will find the following tasks: 1. D .…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:30am -
  • Present Continuous
    This is a useful lesson plan about the present continuous tense. It also has worksheets and games,  and a  nice warm up. Make sure students are using the correct form of present continuous, be at hand to correct mistakes or provide help with ...
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:27am -
  • Movie Worksheet: The One - Everybody Loves Raymond, Season 7, Episode 9
    This discussion sheet for ESL students is from Season 7, Episode 9 of Everybody Loves Raymond - She's the One! It includes vocabulary, idiom phrases, and discussion questions. A segment of the show (enough to cover the worksheet) can be found on You…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:24am -
  • Time Game
    Cut the cards and write numbers 1-18 on the other side of each card. Place them on the board and put your students into two teams. They take turns to choose a number and say the time. If they say the time right, they'll get the point. And if they an…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:22am -
  • Articles - Overview with Questions
    This gives an overview of the use of articles, but not the myriad exceptions. It pretty much covers the presentation and gives a brief practice with some questions at the end. Add a w/sheet for production; busyteacher.com has excellent ones. This is…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:19am -
  • Classroom - English Vocabulary
    This English printable worksheet can be used to widen your students' vocabulary about objects in the classroom! They are asked to write the letters on the lines to match the columns correctly. There are twelve words to match. This worksheet was crea…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:17am -
  • Family Members - English Vocabulary
    This English printable worksheet can be used to widen your students' vocabulary about their family! They are asked to write the letters on the lines to match the columns correctly. There are twelve words to match. This worksheet was created by Prima…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:15am -
  • Had Better Practice
    This worksheet was created to help students practice the use of had better. There are six situations which should be solved by the students. You can edit the worksheet so you can use it with other modals such as should or ought to. Hope you enjoy .…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:09am -
  • Song Worksheet: Common People by Pulp
    This is a very simple gap fill for the song Common People by Pulp, I used it to introduce a lesson on Britpop and found that the song produced some good new vocabulary and an enjoyable listening task for my students. I linked it with my other worksh…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:05am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Britpop Documentary
    This task involves students watching a short BBC documentary and answering some true or false questions. My students loved this task as they enjoy learning about British culture and watching interesting videos. I introduced this lesson theme with a…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:04am -
  • Stative Verbs for Teenagers (with Memes)
    This worksheet is about stative verbs. There are rules, a table of verbs, exceptions and examples. I created some memes to make it look more teenage-friendly and help the kids to remember it better. My students went crazy about it and we had a few l…
    - 16 days ago, 14 May 16, 2:03am -
  • Would You Mind Speaking Up?: 5 Must Have Tools for Improving Spoken English
    Who wants to talk about things they know nothing about? Unfortunately, that is frequently how your ESL students feel about speaking in English. They feel out of their league. They may think they don’t have the skills or experience to use spoken .…
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 7:44am -
  • Coping With the Unforeseen: Crisis Management for ESL Business Students
    After teaching ESL for twelve years, I felt like a new challenge. My school was struggling to hire ESL Business teachers, so I volunteered. I’m not trained in business or economics, but I found that a few hours’ research equipped me suffic ...
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 7:10am -
  • Game On: How to Design Realistic ESL Business Scenarios
    After teaching ESL for twelve years, I felt like a new challenge. My school was struggling to hire ESL Business teachers, so I volunteered. I’m not trained in business or economics, but I found that a few hours’ research equipped me suffic ...
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 7:05am -
  • Culture Clash: Preparing ESL Business Students for the Cross-Cultural World
    After teaching ESL for twelve years, I felt like a new challenge. My school was struggling to hire ESL Business teachers, so I volunteered. I’m not trained in business or economics, but I found that a few hours’ research equipped me suffic ...
    - 17 days ago, 13 May 16, 6:56am -
  • Song Worksheet: Sun Goes Down - Relative Pronouns
    The idea of this worksheet is to learn through a song that students surely might have heard on the radio, therefore to make beginners or elementary students realize they already know a lot of English. They have to find the relative pronouns and fill…
    - 19 days ago, 11 May 16, 12:05am -
  • Egypt - The Land of Mystery
    A PowerPoint presentation for younger learners that make statements about Egypt. The students must then come up with the right answer (true or no way!) and then it is checked. Each slide can provide additional discussion. Also there are questions th…
    - 19 days ago, 11 May 16, 12:03am -
  • Names
    I have designed this PDF for reviewing full name and initials. I assign it as homework and have my students to google the names of these people and complete each information card. It is designed for elementary levels. Hope it helps.
    - 19 days ago, 11 May 16, 12:01am -
  • Survival Discussion Activity (Plane Crash in Canada)
    A small group discussion activity that I found on the internet, used in army training for teaching survival. Contains a scenario (plane crash in Canada) and a list of 12 items. The job is to rank the items in order of importance for your survival. T…
    - 19 days ago, 11 May 16, 12:00am -
  • Past Simple- Find Someone Who ( Was/Were)
    It's a nice speaking activity. Students are asked to mingle and ask as many students as possible. Tell students to write questions they will ask the rest of the students in advance to make sure they are practising asking them accurately.
    - 19 days ago, 10 May 16, 11:58pm -
  • Adjectives
    Adjectives make stories more exciting. Students are asked to add adjectives and some more interesting information to make the story more exciting. At the same time students are introduced to adjective noun collocations. Not all the adjectives studen…
    - 19 days ago, 10 May 16, 11:56pm -

Simple English News

  • newA Short Story Competition
    A pilot project focused on writing skills of non-native English students from Neveronys Gymnasium (a grammar school) has been finished. Students were asked to write a short and interesting story on any topic they wish. You can find and read the selec…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 May 16, 12:49am -
  • Trains for Free in Slovakia
    Listen here (Level 1 – Basic) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below.   If you are a child, student (under 26) or a pensioner and live in the EU then Slovakia is the right place for you. The previous gov…
    - 7 days ago, 23 May 16, 12:46am -
  • Top NHL Player Helps Syrian Relatives
    Listen here (Level 1 – Basic) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Brandon Saad, twice a Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks, has not forgotten his family roots. He is actively supporting hi…
    - 14 days ago, 16 May 16, 12:48am -
  • Do You Know Europe?
    The post Do You Know Europe? appeared first on .
    - 21 days ago, 9 May 16, 12:42am -
  • Smell Dating
    Listen here (Level 2 – Advanced) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below.   You still have not found the right partner you are looking for. Then the new online dating service, called Smell Dating, might b…
    - 28 days ago, 2 May 16, 12:34am -
  • Giovanca: On My Way
    We introduce non-native English  singers and bands. Giovanca is a Dutch singer of Curaçao origin. She started her career as a background singer. Later in 2008, her first solo debut album „Subway Silence“ was released. She has also devoted herse…
    - 35 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 12:34am -
  • The Most Popular School Subject in the World
     Decide the  most popular school subject by voting for your most favourite one.The post The Most Popular School Subject in the World appeared first on .
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  • Yuri Gagarin – the First Human in Space
    Listen here (Level 1 – Basic) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Gagarin, a Soviet military pilot, was the first man in human history to fly in space. The spacecraft Vostok1, with Gagarin aboard, was…
    - 49 days ago, 11 Apr 16, 12:27am -
  • Will The European Union Fall Apart?
    Listen here ( Level 2 – Advanced) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Currently the EU appears to be in a state of flux, tension and constant crisis. Thousands of migrants from Syria, made homeless by…
    - 56 days ago, 4 Apr 16, 12:47am -
  • Easter Monday
    Listen here > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. The Monday after Easter is a special day in the countries of Central Europe. In Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, it is traditional for a…
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Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • Four Secrets for Reading in the ELT classroom 
    Andrea Sarto is the author of Football Forever, a NEW Dominoes graded reader available now. He was born in the UK but has lived and worked in several different countries as an English-language teacher, trainer and editor. By his own … Continue read…
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  • A Framework for Communicative Speaking
    Tony Prince is a NILE trainer and has been Programme Manager for Presessional and Insessional courses at the University of East Anglia. Today he joins us to preview his upcoming webinar, A Framework for Communicative Speaking, and discuss clear com…
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  • Re-purposing the writing process for beginner ELLs
    Trio Writing authors Alice Savage and Colin Ward offer 6 practical activities to help your beginner level students write successfully in English. For native speakers, a writing process that starts with a plan and ends with sentence-level editing make…
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  • 25 ideas for using WhatsApp with English language students
    Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico. As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP.  Today he joins us to provide 25 engaging…
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  • How to enhance reading comprehension of non-fiction academic texts
    Esther Geva and Gloria Ramírez will be presenting webinars on 11th and 12th May where they will be discussing how to enhance reading comprehension of non-fiction academic texts.  You can find out more and sign up here. In today’s Information Age…
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  • Using Corpora for EAP Writing Development
    Maggie Charles has taught English for Academic Purposes for more than thirty years and was consultant and contributor to the Writing Tutor in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English and the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.  Do y…
    - 30 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 5:44pm -

ELTjam

  • ELTjam LXD Session: Ceri Jones on why we need a ‘CoachBot’
    Ceri Jones spoke at the ELTjam LXD Session in Birmingham recently, with the backdrop of the IATEFL Conference. Ceri gave us her take on Learner Experience design and what it might mean for language learning content.'I think we need some kin…
    - 4 days ago, 25 May 16, 8:06pm -
  • What could ELT publishers learn from startups about product/market fit?
    How many of your customers would be very disappointed if one of your products ceased to exist tomorrow? How many would register it only momentarily before replacing it with something that, as far as they’re concerned, is more or less interchangeabl…
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  • ELTjam LXD Session: Nick Robinson
    On the evening of the 13th April, amidst the noise and tomfoolery of the IATEFL Conference in Birmingham, we hosted a small, underground ELTjam Session. The topic of the evening was Learner Experience Design (LXD), and we invited four speakers to ta…
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  • Looking back at IATEFL and forward to Innovate ELT
    In this post we look back over IATEFL and some of our highlights and then take a look forward at what to expect from the up-coming Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona on the 6th and 7th May.
    - 33 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 11:25pm -
  • The ELTjam Rebrand Story: PT. 1
    At ELTjam we take our brand seriously. Extremely seriously, in fact. We take it so seriously that whenever a conversation opens up pertaining to our brand, all those present are required to sit cross-legged on the floor until the discussion has ended…
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  • Building an ELT ‘Bot’
    As the sun set over Hackney  on Friday, the week was winding down as usual for the ELTjam London team. In-boxes were being zeroed; our weekly newsletter was being compiled; tasks were being moved to ‘done’ on the company Kanban board.The tea…
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