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Free Tech for Teachers

  • newSchedule Assignments in Google Classroom
    For quite a while now you have been able to save announcements and assignments as drafts in Google Classroom. But the problem was that you would then have to go back and post them when you wanted students to see the posts. Beginning today that is no…
    - 18 hours ago, 4 May 16, 5:12am -
  • newSoon You Will Be Able to Email Parents from Google Classroom
    One of the complaints that I often hear about Google Classroom is that there isn't a good way for parents to know what has been shared with students within the classroom. This afternoon Google announced that a solution to that problem is coming this…
    - 18 hours ago, 4 May 16, 5:10am -
  • BandLab - Collaboratively Create Music Online
    BandLab is a free service that enables you to create music in your web browser or through free Android and iOS apps. In BandLab's you can create soundtracks using any of the virtual instruments that are provided. You can also speak or sing to record…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 11:26pm -
  • AZ Screen Recorder - Create Screencasts on Your Android Device
    AZ Screen Recorder is a fantastic free app for creating screencasts on your Android phone or tablet. Unlike a lot of Android screencasting apps AZ Screen Recorder does not require you to have root access to your device nor does it require you to mirr…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:52pm -
  • How Much Energy is Consuming by Watching a Video?
    There are a lot of things that we do every day that consume more energy than we realize. One of those things is watching videos on the Internet. I did not know that until last week when I watched a Minute Earth video titled, This Video Has Consumed "…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:26pm -
  • Front Row - Adaptive Math & ELA Practice for K-8 Students
    Disclosure: Front Row is currently an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com.Front Row is a service that offers teachers a nice way to deliver practice math and ELA activities to their students. The central feature of Front Row is that students are give…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 12:59am -
  • Tony Vincent Teaches Us How to Make Great Illustrations
    Over the weekend my friend Tony Vincent sent me an email about a new video that he made about Adobe Illustrator Draw. Adobe Illustrator Draw is a free iPad app and Android app. It's the app that Tony uses to make the awesome illustrations that appear…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 11:36pm -
  • Live AP Exam Review Hangouts on Air
    The AP exams for US History, European History, and Government are coming up this month. Teachers and YouTube sensations Keith Hughes and Tom Richey are hosting a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air for students who would like some review help before th…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 10:59pm -
  • Annotating PDF Files on Chromebooks with Kami
    This is a guest post from Avra Robinson (@AvraRachel) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site.As a teacher, for years, I loathed the PDF file.  It was that file that I couldn’t edit or manage very easily.  I’d print off hard copies for my…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 8:30pm -
  • An Animated Tour of the Water Cycle and Water Treatment
    The US Environmental Protection Agency offers some nice resources for teaching about the water cycle and water treatment. Thirstin's Water Cycle takes students on an animated and narrated tour of the water cycle from water, to vapor, to clouds, to r…
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 11:42am -

BBC Learning English

News Review: Leicester City win the Premier League

- 4 hours ago, 4 May 16, 7:30pm -
Inversion: BBC English Class

- 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 6:33pm -
DRAMA: The White Elephant: 21 - Learn phrases about being clean

- 5 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 8:30pm -
A pound of flesh - Shakespeare Speaks

- 5 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 7:30pm -
Finn explains Shakespeare's "pound of flesh"

- 5 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 6:47pm -
Stop Saying: When you can use unfinished conditional sentences

- 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 8:30pm -

ESL About.com

  • new1000 Most Common Nouns in English A, B, and C
    Nouns that begin with A, B, and C taken from the 1,000 most often used words in English.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newTry English Dialogues for Anyone Learning the...
    Dialogues are used in ESL classes as role plays to help students learn new forms, practice different situations and gain confidence.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newReported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newUseful Vocabulary for the Resume and Interview
    Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - appropriate vocabulary
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newGuide to Reported Speech
    Guide to learning and teaching reported speech for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newFinding a Job for ESL Learners - Part 3:...
    Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - job interviewing skills
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newThe 50 Basic English Questions
    50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newVocabulary You Should Use for Writing Business...
    Useful vocabulary useful for writing business letters in English for Specific Purposes. These phrases are important for any English learner using English on a daily basis for work.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension -...
    Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on the present simple tense
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newBeginning English Multiple Choice Tests
    ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newPresent perfect worksheets in English
    Printable present perfect worksheets for online and in-class use. These present perfect worksheets begin with a quick review of the present perfect and common time expressions used with the present perfect.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newLearn to show your enthusiasm and joy about...
    What should you say when you're really enthusiastic or you want to express how happy you are? Use these expressions to express enthusiasm in English.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newDouble Comparatives
    Guide to the correct and incorrect use of double comparatives in English. The form double comparative is often used to describe the incorrect use of two comparative forms together. However, double comparatives is also used to refer to the use of two…
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newAre you interested in English idioms? These...
    Idiom learning and teaching resources including quizzes, reference sheets, idiom themes for the ESL classroom.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newLesson Plan - Future with Going to and Will
    Lesson plan and exercises for ESL classes focusing on the future with will and going to.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newLearn how to write a basic business letter
    Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newIntroducing Phrasal Verbs to ESL Students
    Lesson focusing on developing and solidifying phrasal verb vocabulary skills
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newPreposition Use - in / at / on - prepositions...
    in / at / on - prepositions of time and date - English prepositions of time and date usage for English Learners
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newBeginning English Multiple Choice Test
    Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newThe Necessity of Grammar
    Advanced level lesson plan for classroom debate including cue cards
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • new50 Basic English Questions Quiz
    Printable beginner English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newCommon Mistakes in English
    List of the most common mistakes in English for English as a Second language learners and classes.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newPrepositional Phrase Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newSimple Ways to Improve Your Reading Skills
    This short description of four basic reading skills are aimed at improving reading skills and include skimming, scanning, intensive and extensive reading.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newNumber Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
    Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newEnglish Listening Quizzes
    Listening Quiz Repository at esl.about.com covering a number of areas
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newConditional Sentences - Alternate Forms
    A guide to alternate forms for conditional sentences in the present and the past
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • new9 Tips to Help You Master English Conversation
    Mike Shelby offers sound advice on a number of techniques designed to help students master English conversation and vocabulary.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newGetting a Driver's License at the DMV
    Intermediate level dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on filling out forms for a driver's license at the DMV.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newDo You Know the Difference Between Voiced and...
    Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • new10 Tips to Speak English
    This step by step guide on how to speak English will help you perfect a study plan to help you speak English within a reasonably short amount of time. Strategies and objectives are provided to help you speak English with ease.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newPresent Simple Quiz
    This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newIs &quot;If I was&quot; wrong? An explanation of the debate
    A look into the correct usage of If I was and If I were for the unreal conditional or past situations for English language learners.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newLearn which words go together with 'fashion' to...
    A look at collocations with the word 'fashion' to learn important words that go together to talk in English about fashion.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newAdverbs of Frequency Quiz
    This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newTelephone English Practice Exercises
    Exercises to help students and teachers improve telephoning skills especially for Business English ESL EFL TESOL TOEFL students
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • newUnderstand the different roles verbs play in...
    This overview explains how verbs are used, how verbs combine with other verbs and the use of the active or passive voice for verb forms.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 May 16, 8:27pm -

BeeOasis.com

  • The Bird and the Golden Eggs
    BeeOasis Step 2 A man and his wife had the good fortune to find a special bird. This bird laid a golden egg every day. They were very lucky to have this bird. But they began to think that they were not getting rich fast enough. They imagined that the…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Burning Fields of Rice (Step 3)
    A Retelling of a Traditional Story BeeOasis Step 3 Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was fertile. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields of r…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Gilbert and the Wolf
    BeeOasis Step 3 Part 1 Gray clouds floated in the sky over a dark line of trees. Darkness was approaching, but from the forest, the lights of two hungry eyes looked over a nearby field. The eyes belonged to a great black wolf. The wolf spotted a smal…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • The Nature of Time
    BeeOasis Step 2 A man was trying to understand the nature of time. In prayer, he asked God, “How long is a million years to you?” God answered, “A million years is like a minute.” Then the man asked this. “God, how much is a million dollars…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Beauty and the Beast
    There once was a man who worked as a Merchant at sea. He had many ships, and he was rich. He had three daughters. The youngest was so beautiful that everyone called her Beauty. This made the two older sisters jealous. They were mean and rough by natu…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • The Story of Cincinnatus
    BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there was a man named Cincinnatus. He lived on a little farm not far from the city of Rome. For a time in his life, he was rich. He held the highest office in the land. And he was a skillful...
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Why Study History?
    By Cana Short BeeOasis Step 2 Why should we study history? Why should we learn about the past? What does history have to do with our lives today? These are questions that many people have about history. And it’s okay to ask them. Questions like the…
    - 9 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Adventures of Tom Thumb
    An English Fairy Tale BeeOasis Step 3 A long time ago, a woodcutter lived with his wife in a small cottage not far from a great forest. They had seven children — all boys, and the youngest was the smallest little fellow anyone had ever seen. He was…
    - 9 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Music as Medicine
    BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) You are watching TV. On the screen, you see the two strong hands of a man. In his left hand, he holds a book of matches. In his right hand, he holds a single match. With his right hand, he strikes the match on the...
    - 9 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • The Farmer’s Treasure
    BeeOasis Step 3 A Fable by Aesop, Retold by Cana Short There once was a farmer who became very ill. He visited the doctor, who told him that he would not live much longer. The farmer had a wife and two sons. He hoped to find a way to take...
    - 9 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 7:00am -
Get a feel for English

VOA Learning English

The Health Report: Rich Americans Will Live Up to 15 Years Longer

- 19 hours ago, 4 May 16, 4:02am -
The Science Report: Search for Life in the Universe

- 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 4:01am -
Everyday Grammar: Present Unreal Conditionals

- 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 2:04am -
English in a Minute: Moving Target

- 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 2:02am -
The Technology Report: Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against the U.S.

- 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 4:04am -
Let's Learn English Lesson 12: Meet My Family

- 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 2:07am -

ESL on the Web

Language Learning on the Web

Nat Geo Pics (Use in Class!)

Look Alive
Look Alive
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Retro Ride
Retro Ride
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Arctic Surf
Arctic Surf
- 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 1:00pm -
Bug's-Eye View
Bug's-Eye View
- 3 days ago, 1 May 16, 1:00pm -
High Sand and High Seas
High Sand and High Seas
- 4 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
Sylvan Serenity
Sylvan Serenity
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Oxford Learner's Dictionary

Word of the Day

  • newmusicology
    musicology: the study of the history and...
    - 14 hours ago, 4 May 16, 10:00am -
  • oath
    oath: a formal promise to do something...
    - 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 10:00am -
  • leverage
    leverage: the ability to influence what people do...
    - 4 days ago, 1 May 16, 10:00am -
  • inundate
    inundate: to give or send somebody so many things...
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:00am -
  • fruitful
    fruitful: producing many useful results...
    - 6 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 10:00am -
  • oust
    oust: to force somebody out of a job...
    - 7 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:00am -
  • fashionista
    fashionista: a fashion designer, or a person who...
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 10:00am -
  • obfuscate
    obfuscate: to make something less clear...
    - 9 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:00am -
  • flotation
    flotation: the process of selling shares...
    - 10 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 10:00am -
  • blurb
    blurb: a short description of a book...
    - 11 days ago, 24 Apr 16, 10:00am -

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
    - 29 Nov 12, 11:28pm -
  • Idioms- Body 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Idioms- Body 2Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/568.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/568.html
    - 7 Nov 12, 11:42pm -
  • Spelling- Language Words (10 questions)
    Title: Spelling- Language WordsTopic: Spelling and PunctuationLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/567.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/567.html
    - 15 Oct 12, 1:02am -

News English (Print Handouts)

  • Duchess of Cambridge on Vogue cover
    April 03, 2016. A British princess has made her debut as a model on the front cover of the famous fashion magazine Vogue.
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  • New gym opens to train robots
    May 01, 2016. A group of business people has opened a kind of gym for robots. The group is headed by Elon Musk, who is the boss of the electric car company Tesla Motors.
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  • Venezuela introduces 2-day working week
    April 29, 2016. The government in Venezuela has taken a drastic step to try and deal with the country's growing energy problems.
    - 6 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 9:30am -
  • Worries over eating disorders in Japan
    April 27, 2016. A health group in Japan is worried about people with eating disorders. The Japan Society for Eating Disorders said that most people...
    - 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 9:30am -
  • Massive coral reef found in Amazon River
    April 25, 2016. An international team of scientists has discovered a huge coral reef in the Amazon River.
    - 10 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 9:30am -
  • Rock superstar Prince dies at 57
    April 23, 2016. The rock superstar Prince has died at the age of 57. He passed away on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis.
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Clean Jokes

  • newWish To Santa
    One day, a little boy wrote to Santa Clause, "Please send me a sister." Santa Clause wrote him back, "Ok, send me your mother."...>Category: Occasions Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.98
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  • Monica's Fear
    A surgeon went to check on his very famous patient after an operation. She was awake , so he examined her. "You'll be fine," he said. She asked, "How ...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.00
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  • Any Grapes?
    A ducks walks into a bar and asks, "Got any grapes?" The bartender, confused, tells the ducks that no, his bar doesn't serve grapes. The duck thanks h...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.11
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  • Kids Operation
    Two little kids are in a hospital, lying on stretchers next to each other, outside the operating room. The first kid leans over and asks, "What are yo...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.38
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Cannibals Meal
    Two cannibals, a father and son, were elected by the tribe to go out and get something to eat. They walked deep into the jungle and waited by a path. ...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.16
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • The Stupid Cashier
    A man was a cashier and he was new working for the toy store. So one day, a man came in and bought a toy. When he went up to the cashier, he said,"How...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 3.46
    - 2 days ago, 2 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Hiding Well
    Thare was a red head,a blond,and a pink head.they were driving.They started to speed.The police chased them and they pulled over nexed to a barn.The r...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 2.83
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • The 11th Commandment
    During a recent staff meeting in Heaven, God, Moses, and Saint Peter concluded that the behavior of Ex-President Clinton and Representative Condit had...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 4.68
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Lame Pilot Joke
    what do you call a black pilot?a pilot you racist...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 3.51
    - 3 days ago, 1 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • The Bully
    The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special target of one of the ol...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.08
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Scary Mother
    After putting her children to bed, a mother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children gett...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.30
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Lying Politicians
    A bus of politicians is driving by a farm where a man lives alone. The bus driver, caught up in the beautiful scenery, loses control and crashes into ...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.83
    - 4 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Little Kids
    When Suzy got home, she told her dad that she got a 100 in school. Her dad told her to sit down and tell him all about it. She said, "Well, I got a 20...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.92
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Painter God
    Little Bobby was spending the weekend with his grandmother after a particularly trying week in kindergarten. His grandmother decided to take him to th...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.75
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Fetching Water
    One day Gramma sent her grandson Johnny down to the water hole to get some water to cook dinner. As he was dipping the bucket in, he saw two big eyes ...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.30
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Amazing Finding
    A little boy opened the big, old family Bible with fascination. He looked at the old pages as he turned them. The Bible had belonged to his grandmothe...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.06
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Complicated Toy
    The young mother skeptically examined a new educational toy. "Isn't it rather complicated for a small boy?" she asked the salesclerk. "It's designed t...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.06
    - 7 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Hamster
    A mangy looking guy who goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says: "No way. I don't think you can pay for it. The guy says, "You're right...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.49
    - 7 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • New Math
    The math teacher saw that little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, "Johnny! what are 4, 2, 28 and 44?" Little Johnn...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.16
    - 7 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Atheist
    The story is told of the Atheist who accosted a preacher. "Do you believe in eternal life?" The preacher has no time to reply. "Well its a load of rub...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.92
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Missing God
    God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God. "Where have you been?" Go...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.05
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Old West
    A bar owner in the Old West has just hired a timid new bartender. The owner of the establishment is giving his new hire some instructions on running t...>Category: Bar Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.31
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Chain Saw
    An Iowan walks into a hardware store and asks for a chain saw that will cut 6 trees in one hour. The salesman recommends the top of the line model. Th...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.10
    - 9 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Appearing Busy
    A young businessman had just started his own firm. He'd rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.51
    - 9 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Getting Overpaid
    An employee approached his boss regarding a dispute on his pay-check¡­Employee ¨C Sir, this is $100 less than my salary.Boss ¨C I know. But last month...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.40
    - 9 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Fathers
    If it's true that girls are inclined to marry men like their fathers, it is understandable why so many mothers cry so much at weddings. ...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.00
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  • Loyal Maid
    Man calls home. Maid answers phone. He says, "Can I speak to my wife?" She says, "No, she's upstairs in bed with her boyfriend." He's maid--says, "Ok,...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.26
    - 10 days ago, 24 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Smuggling
    While crossing the US-Mexican border on his bicycle, the man was stopped by a guard who pointed to two sacks the man had on his shoulders. "What's in ...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.90
    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Lonely Child
    Sandy began a job as an elementary school counselor and she was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one sid...>Category: Sports Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.29
    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Bad Day at Golf
    Fred got home from his Sunday round of golf later than normal and very tired. "Bad day at the course?" his wife asked. "Everything was going fine," he...>Category: Sports Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.60
    - 11 days ago, 23 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Construction Duck
    A duck walks into a bar and says, "I'll have a beer".The bartender says "Hey! where did you come from?"The duck says "I'm working the construction sit...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 3.77
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Golf Battle
    The Pope met with the College of Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Shimon Peres, the former leader of Israel. "Your holiness," said one of the Card...>Category: Sports Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.61
    - 12 days ago, 22 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Different Vacation
    Billy Bob and Luther were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob tells Luther, "Ya know, I reckon I'm 'bout ready for a vacation. Only this year I'm gon...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.46
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Game Warden
    A hillbilly went hunting one day in Oklahoma and bagged three ducks. He put them in the bed of his pickup truck and was about to drive home when he wa...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.14
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Friendship
    Friendship between Women: A woman didn't come home one night. The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a girlfriend's house. The m...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.92
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Waking Up Early
    Tom had this problem of getting up late in the morning and was always late for work. His boss was mad at him and threatened to fire him if he didn't d...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.92
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  • Honest Lawyer
    An investment counselor went out on her own. She was shrewd and diligent, so business kept coming in, and pretty soon she realized she needed an in-ho...>Category: Lawyer Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.97
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  • Baby Examination
    A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined ...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.60
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  • Famous Sex Quotes
    Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships." -- Sharon Stone "My girlfriend always laughs during sex---no matter what s...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 4.70
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  • Stop Your Blonde Jokes
    A young ventriloquist touring the clubs is doing a show in a small town in Arkansas. With his dummy on his knee, the goes through his usual dumb blond...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.96
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  • No Drunks Allowed
    A drunk walks into a bar, sits down and demands a drink. "Get out" says the bartender. "I don't serve drunks here". The drunk staggers out the front d...>Category: Bar Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.19
    - 15 days ago, 19 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Three Dogs
    Driving past the grounds of the university, a professor saw a student running hard. Snarling at his heels were three huge dogs. Intent on rescue, the ...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 3.78
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  • Side-Effects of Running
    Overweight American went to see his family doctor for some weight loss advice. The doctor advised that the best medicine was to run seven miles a day ...>Category: Sports Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.53
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  • Complaining
    A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First, he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it b...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.41
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  • Special Holiday Gifts
    After going to university, each of four sons left the house and started into their careers. The sons quickly became very successful business entrepren...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.64
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  • Dog Fight
    A man walks into a bar one day and asks, "Does anyone here own that rottweiler outside?" "Yeah, I do!" a biker says, standing up. "What about it?" "We...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.71
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  • Feeding Pigs
    There was once a man from the city who was visiting a small farm, and during this visit he saw a farmer feeding pigs in a most extraordinary manner. T...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.05
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  • Profile of Chief Executive Officer
    A man goes into a local pet shop to buy a cat. The shop owner points to three identical-looking cats in a basket and says, "The cat on the left costs ...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.22
    - 18 days ago, 16 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Goony Bird
    After many years of marriage, a husband has turned into a couch potato, became completely inattentive to his wife and sat guzzling beer and watching T...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.72
    - 18 days ago, 16 Apr 16, 1:00pm -
  • Tricky Students
    Two college seniors had a week of exams coming up. They decided to party instead. Their biggest exam was on Wednesday, and they showed up telling the ...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.69
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VOA Learning English

  • newTrump Is 'Presumptive' Republican Nominee as Cruz Exits
    Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee following the suspension of Ted Cruz’s campaign.The Texas senator was Trump’s closest competitor. He announced he was suspending his campaign after losing the Indiana primary…
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  • newMalia Obama's College Decision Brings Attention to 'Gap Year'
    Malia Obama’s decision to wait a year before going to college is bringing new attention to “Gap Years.”A gap year is when a student takes a year off after high school to do volunteer service, travel, or work before starting college.The Whit…
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  • newSoccer Fans Go Crazy When Leicester City Wins After 132 Years
    This is What’s Trending Today.The Leicester City soccer players gathered at a teammate’s home Monday evening. They were anticipating the result of another game in the English Premier League.For the first time in 132 seasons, Leicester City, a…
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  • newClimate Change Could Make Parts of Middle East Unlivable
    Climate change may make parts of the Middle East too hot for human beings, according to a new study.Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute studied weather conditions in the Middle East since 1970. The resea…
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  • newAnother Baby Found Alive in Building Ruins in Kenya
    Rescue crews in Nairobi have pulled a live baby from the wreckage of an apartment building that collapsed last Friday.Kenyan officials say the baby girl was found on Tuesday. She has no injuries, but needs food and water. Doctors are treating her f…
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  • new2000 UTC Hourly Newscast for May 3, 2016
    From Washington, this is VOA news…I'm Dave DeForest reportingRussia's foreign minister announces possible ceasefire in Syria:Sergei Lavrov says a renewed ceasefire could be announced in the near future, possibly within hours. The Russian dipl…
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  • newUS Tech Industry Blamed for High Cost of Housing
    Housing costs are rising in northern California because of a small supply of rental apartments and growing demand for them by technology workers.A strong economy and the technology industry have been blamed for a housing crisis in the San Francisco…
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  • newUS Cruise Ship Arrives in Havana
    It was the first time a cruise ship arrived in Cuba in nearly 40 years. Travel to Cuba has increased sharply. Now, environmentalists are concerned the island nation will not be able to deal with all the new visitors.
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  • newPiracy, Kidnapping Increase in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea
     Pirates have been active in the waters of West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea for many years. West Africa has some of the world’s most dangerous waterways. Navies in the area have improved their ability to answer robberies on the ocean. However,…
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  • newMay 3, 2016
    A look at the best news photos from around the world.
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  • 2100 UTC Hourly Newscast for May 2, 2016
    From Washington, this is VOA news…I'm Dave DeForest reportingU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wraps up a visit to Geneva.Kerry said the United States and its partners are discussing "several proposals" to stop the violence in Syria. He did…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 7:03am -
  • Teams That Overcame the Odds
    The Leicester City soccer team won England's top championship for the first time in 132 seasons. Leicester, known as the Foxes, started the season as 5000-to-1 underdogs. This gallery highlights some other unlikely sports victories. For example, t…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 6:35am -
  • Can You Name Four of the Healthiest, Tastiest Spices?
    From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.Here in the United States, there is a saying: “Diversity is the spice of life.”This means that having a nice, healthy mix of people, thoughts, and experiences can make your life…
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  • Democrats, Republicans Disagree on Supreme Court Nomination
    The Republican and Democratic U.S. senators who have served the longest in the current Senate disagree about whether they should take action on President Barack Obama’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.President Obama nominated Judge Merrick…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 6:00am -
  • Vietnamese Protest Mysterious Fish Kill
     Hundreds of people demonstrated in Vietnam on Sunday against a company they accuse of killing large numbers of fish along the country’s central coast.Some demonstrators criticized Vietnam’s government for reacting slowly to a major environm…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 6:00am -
  • Australian Revealed as Creator of Bitcoin?
    This is What’s Trending Today:Do you know who Craig Wright is? Have you ever heard of Satoshi Nakamoto?Well, if you are a Twitter user, you probably saw both of those names trending on Monday.But who are they?Craig Wright is a real person.…
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  • As Violence Increases in Syria, US Seeks to Restart Peace Talks
     U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wants Russia’s help to stop the violence in Syria.Government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have attacked the rebel-held city of Aleppo for more than a week. Over 250 people have been kille…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 4:00am -
  • Chinese Expand Global Real Estate Buying
    Chinese buyers are increasing their search for real estate around the world, although government restrictions limit the movement of money out of China.Some European countries have offered Chinese buyers visa programs linked to buying property. Gree…
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  • May 2, 2016
    A look at the best news photos from around the world.
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  • Arts Fuel Tech Creativity in Children
    An American library is giving children a new way to learn important life skills by combining art projects with traditional school subjects, like mathematics and science.The program is called STEAMtivity. It is offered at a public library in Alexand…
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    - 36 days ago, 29 Mar 16, 8:44pm -
  • IELTS Listening- Help and Hindrance
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  • Possessives- Drawing Game
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    - 42 days ago, 23 Mar 16, 9:24pm -
  • What is the correct punctuation?
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  • Body Idioms- Presentation And Speaking
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    - 44 days ago, 21 Mar 16, 8:49pm -
  • Making Self-Study Tips- Linking Words Practice
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    - 49 days ago, 16 Mar 16, 9:05pm -
  • If I were you, I would ____ them yesterday.
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  • Modals- Language Learning Advice
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    - 51 days ago, 14 Mar 16, 8:04pm -
  • Martin Kemp
    New Entry: 'Martin Kemp' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 51 days ago, 14 Mar 16, 7:32pm -
  • Tung Chee-hwa
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  • Spoon-fed
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  • The First Time/Last Time Past Tenses- Extended Speaking
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  • IELTS Academic Reading- Help & Hindrance
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BBC News in Pics (Use in Class!

The National Childbirth Trust's 60 years of advice
The National Childbirth Trust's 60 years of advice
- 2 hours ago, 4 May 16, 9:15pm -
We set the theme; you take the pictures
We set the theme; you take the pictures
- 5 hours ago, 4 May 16, 6:13pm -
Five young people describe their dream internet
Five young people describe their dream internet
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In pictures: Classic cars at Silverstone
In pictures: Classic cars at Silverstone
- 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 12:47am -
Food Photographer of the Year 2016
Food Photographer of the Year 2016
- 8 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 5:01am -
VIDEO: Living alongside dangerous animals
VIDEO: Living alongside dangerous animals
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Language Log

  • newPolitical epistemics
    Several people have asked me about how the various U.S. presidential candidates use various indicators of epistemic status. It's easy to calculate word frequencies as a proxy, so here are some numbers from this season's debates. I've tallied feel wor…
    - 4 hours ago, 4 May 16, 7:52pm -
  • newIndiana poll bears
    Reader K.N. comments on a WSJ headline "Indiana Poll Bears Good News for Trump": To my surprise, the article does concerns neither actual ursines nor pundits who feel Indiana polls will be worth less than they are now. It also fails to explain why…
    - 20 hours ago, 4 May 16, 3:20am -
  • new"Feel that" has been disappearing
    The recent flurry of posts on feel as a propositional attitude verb has, I now feel, buried the lede. Kids today may have started using "feel like S" with increasingly frequency in recent years. But their elders have apparently been abandoning "feel…
    - 23 hours ago, 4 May 16, 12:31am -
  • Feeling in the Supreme Court
    In a NYT Op-Ed a few days ago, Molly Worthen identified as "a broad cultural contagion" the "reflex to hedge every statement as a feeling or a hunch", and urged us instead to "think, believe or reckon". I countered that emotion has largely been…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 7:50pm -
  • Epistemological metaphors and meanings
    Following up on the issues raised yesterday in "Feelings, beliefs, and thoughts",  it might be helpful to explore the etymology of the various  verbs that people commonly use to express the epistemic status of their assertions. From their entries…
    - 2 days ago, 3 May 16, 2:43am -
  • Death to Chinese language teachers
    In "Character amnesia in 1793-1794" (4/24/14), I described the so-called Flint Affair, which refers to James Flint (?1720-?), one of the first English persons to learn Chinese.  For his audacity, Flint was imprisoned for three years by the imperial…
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Tech Savvy Educator

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 23 days ago, 11 Apr 16, 10:20pm -
  • Tech Director Chat #33 – Ben’s Emails Can’t Be Trusted
    And we’re back! Every podcast deserves an extended mid-Winter break of more than two months, right? I dusted off the microphone, put aside Spring Assessment preparations; because I honestly feel that despite some lingering anxiety, we’re actually…
    - 36 days ago, 30 Mar 16, 11:22am -
  • Give Your Students an Andrew Huang Challenge
    I drift in and out of my obsession with Youtube. I’m split between the middle-aged father of two reality that I grow more comfortable with each day, and the younger millennial-esque yearnings to lose countless hours within the digital chasm that i…
    - 84 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 11:48pm -
  • Your Favorite Educational Video Game was Programmed on a TypeWriter
    Alright, so the title is totally clickbait, but I couldn’t help share what I’ve found to be an enchantingly brief dramatization of the the origins of everyone’s favorite educational video game, Oregon Trail. Well, at least everyone of my genera…
    - 97 days ago, 29 Jan 16, 5:11am -

BusyTeacher.org

  • newTop 6 Absolutely Must Have Classroom Resources for ESL Teachers
    Everyone sets up their classroom a little different. Just like any other teacher, ESL teacher like to share a little bit of their personalities with what they keep in their classroom. For some, games are essential. For others, shelves of books line…
    - 16 hours ago, 4 May 16, 7:37am -
  • newNo, It's Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: How to Teach the English Punctuation System
    Did you know that you put in a comma in your writing whenever you take a breath? (I assume that means while reading aloud.) How about a period? Well, I guess that’s a deeper breath. You might also try putting a period at the end of a “thou ...
    - 16 hours ago, 4 May 16, 7:33am -
  • How to Talk about Routes
    This ppt is based on English Result textbook (pre-intermediate, student's book, Oxford University Press). The aim is to teach students how to describe routes, what words to use (prepositions of directions, words of sequences). The core of this lesso…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:33pm -
  • Song Worksheet: Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay
    This woksheet is a multiple task one. To make it easier you can put the words on the borad to help your students in the "fill in the missing words" part.This is a very dynamic song you can explore either vocabulary or verb tenses. I hope you enjoy i…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:30pm -
  • Animals
    Vocabulary worksheet for beginners. The topic is divided into 4 parts: wild animals, domestic animals, sea animals and irregular plural form of some nouns. This logical division will help the beginners to learn the words quicker. It will be useful f…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:28pm -
  • Making a Small Talk
    In this activity, students will practice 3 small talk dialogues. They will also do a fill-in the blanks exercise and talk about starting and ending a conversation and being polite. At the end of the activity, ss will also be able to write/practice t…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:27pm -
  • Second Conditional
    Second conditional exercises for beginners. I did them with my 13 year-old student and they were so much fun because they promote creativity. Students are able to apply their knowledge to the real world answers which only depend on them.
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:26pm -
  • Song Worksheet: How Deep Is Your Love?
    I used this song to introduce my teen students to questions like: How deep...? How tall...? How far...? It's a pair work or group activity where they have to come up with some words to describe the provided pictures. Afterwards they listen to the so…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:24pm -
  • Regular Verbs Exercises and Pronunciation
    It´s a sheet with the explanation on how to changeregular verbs into past simple, it includes a small exercise, and at the end it contains rules for pronunciation of regular verbs. It worked well with secondary school students in a rural town in ..…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:22pm -
  • Song Worksheet: We Used to Wait by Arcade Fire
    Practise the used to structure and verb tenses. Listen and fill in the blanks, choose the word or put sentences in the correct order. This worksheet is suitable for pre-ntermediate to advanced learners. For lower level learners teachers could write…
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:21pm -
  • My Breakfast
    This worksheet can be used for revising food related vocabulary and for teaching a dverbs sometimes, usually, often, never. The students are asked to write down what they like / don’t like for breakfast . They can work in pairs and ask each other.
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:19pm -
  • Weather and Seasons
    This worksheet can be used for revising weather related vocabulary and for teaching adverbs  sometimes, usually, often, never. The students are asked to decide what the weather is like in four seasons. They can work in pairs and ask each other.
    - 1 day ago, 3 May 16, 10:18pm -
  • How to Avoid Chaos and Manage Like a Boss: 6 Must-Know Tips for Making Sure Your Classroom Management Works
    Every teacher wants to have good classroom management. But while some aspects of being a great teacher come naturally, keeping a controlled and encouraging classroom may not be so instinctual. That’s why we succeed best when we learn from the ex .…
    - 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 4:04am -
  • Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid: 9 Conversation Patterns You Should Include in Your Classroom
    Not all conversation activities are created equal. That’s not to say they aren’t all valuable. They are. But different conversation activities follow different conversation patterns, and these patterns each have their own advantages and di ...
    - 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 4:04am -
  • Sounds Like a Plan: 7 Simple Steps to a Fantastic Lesson Plan
    If you are reading this article for the perfect formula for the perfect fill in the blanks lesson plan for you and your class, I’m not going to give it to you. Don’t get me wrong. I want lesson planning to be easy for you, to go smoothly, ...
    - 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 4:04am -
  • Eavesdropping Encouraged: 6 Methods of Monitoring Students
    When you hear the word monitoring, do you think of nerdy teenagers patrolling the halls of your high school? Or maybe you think of large television-like monstrosities that used to plug into your 64 bit computer. Or maybe, just maybe, you think of li…
    - 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 4:04am -
  • "I Wanna Know What They Really Know": 15 Easy Techniques to Elicit English from Your ESL Students
    What is Eliciting? Though the phrase eliciting techniques may be a little off putting, it’s really quite a simple thing. Eliciting means getting students to use specific language skills you are looking for. Teachers use elicitation to get inform .…
    - 3 days ago, 2 May 16, 4:04am -
  • The Hat, Penguin Active Reading
    This is a simple worksheet based on The Hat and it is designed for easy-starts levels. The language learners are asked to answer some easy questions related to the first part of the story book, pages 5-7. Hope it works well for you!
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:54am -
  • Food Card Game (Happy Families)
    This card game (for 3 or 4 players) can be used for revising food related vocabulary and quantities. The object of the game is to collect complete families.( Here quantities: a slice of, a bottle of, a bowl of, a glass of, a piece of, a pack of, a j…
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:52am -
  • Environmental Issues
    Reading comprehension worksheet that can be used to test vocabulary and for teaching or revising environment related vocabulary . Matching, gap filling and writing activities. It can also be used as assessment or to revise the environmental problems…
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:51am -
  • Song Worksheet: The Piano Man
    This is a useful exercise that was a big hit during one of my classes. I used Billy Joel's song as a listening podcast, gave my ss the sheet with the questions beforehand. They had to answer the questions whille listening to the song. I finally gave…
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:49am -
  • "Discover" Idioms with Conversation Questions
    In this worksheet, ss will match idioms with sentences having a similar meaning. They will then do a fill-in-the blanks exercise and make their own sentences. Finally, they will have to answer some conversation questions based on the idioms they hav…
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:45am -
  • Furniture Card Game (Happy Families)
    This card game (for 3 or 4 players) can be used for revising furniture related vocabulary. The object of the game is to collect complete families ( bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, office.) The rules of the game are included.
    - 5 days ago, 30 Apr 16, 10:43am -
  • Bingo - Health
    Print out different bingo cards for each child plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheet and put the squares into a hat or bowl. Hand out one bingo card to each child (each card should be different). The caller should pull out one image, describe it…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:31pm -
  • Discovery Related Idioms
    In this worksheet, ss are asked to match idioms to sentences with a similar meaning. They then must make their own sentences. Ss will work in pairs to complete both steps. It's a worksheet that can be used as part of a bigger lesson (like discoverie…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:24pm -
  • Before/After Worksheet
    By using this worksheet about before/after, you can make your students practise the topic more. It is suitable for elemantary and pre-intermediate. It has many visuals to make understading easier. That's why it is enjoyable and not boring. I hope it…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:22pm -
  • Comparing Nouns- Lesson Plan
    This is a lesson plan meant to help students compare nouns. It is grammar-based but I tried to make it as communicative as possible by including pair and group activities. Students will work on their listening and speaking skills. The plan has 2 act…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:20pm -
  • Guided Discovery- You Can Do More and More on the Internet
    This worksheet is about discovering the rules of the past simple tense by means of reading a text about Internet.  It is expected they have already been presented the form of the past simple tense. Students will also get the chance to clarify the .…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:15pm -
  • Movie Worksheet: Backpack 6
    I've designed this PDF for the video of Unit 1/ Backpack 6. The students are asked to watch the DVD and answer some questions. Hope it helps.
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:11pm -
  • Places in Town Board Game
    This board game can be used for revising places in town related vocabulary. The students have to roll dice and name the place shown on the square where they land or follow the instructions. If they are not able to do it, they have to stay on their s…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:07pm -
  • Why Do You Have Hobbies?
    This worksheet contains 8 flags with a list of reasons why people love doing something in their free time (hobbies). It will be useful for practicing subordinate sentences with "because", e.g. I love reading books because it helps me relax. I hope i…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:06pm -
  • Furniture Board Game
    This board game can be used for revising furniture related vocabulary. The students have to roll dice and name the item on the square where they land. Or they make sentences like: “The armchair is in the living room.” If they don’t k ...
    - 6 days ago, 28 Apr 16, 10:03pm -
  • Hobbies Cards
    Here you can find cards with different kinds of hobbies that can be used during the English lessons to practice speaking about this topic. Also these cards may be spread out to practice gerund. Students are supposed to work in pairs or groups to fin…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:32pm -
  • Confusing Words - House
    In this worksheet you can find pictures matched with the correct words that are often confused by students. The content is based on the student book of American English File 3B. The included words are: basement floor, first floor, rood, ceiling, .…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:31pm -
  • Is versus Has Got - Monsters Description
    Is-isn't-has got- hasn't got -  do your students have problems getting them right? Give them a chance to have fun learning through these activities. You can have your students complete the worksheets with different colour pens to raise awareness .…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:29pm -
  • Complex Sentences
    The worksheet consists of 2 exercises for lthe topic "complex sentences" (choosing the appropriate endings to the sentences and finding necessary pronouns). It will be very useful for the revision of conjunctions in complex sentences. You may use it…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:26pm -
  • Classroom English
    Match these useful classroom expressions with the adequate pictures. This activity can be used after having taught the basic structures to communicate in English in the classroom. The average level could be beginner and it could also be used as a wa…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:25pm -
  • Fruit - Name, Colours, Counting
    Presented as a powerpoint  it teaches a student to visuallise, pronounce and name colours and count a variety of fruits. Can be printed for students with 3 slides on a page worksheet with lines opposite each slide for the student to write on.
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:24pm -
  • The 'A' Sound
    The powerpoint is primarily introducing the varrious sounds of the vowel 'a'. It also revises colours and use of the pronoun 'this'. It develops visual, sounds, writing and reading. It can be printed as a worksheet with 3 slides on a sh ...
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:22pm -
  • The Most Beautiful Currencies in the World
    This is a reading activity. The worksheet contains the examples of some of the most beautiful banknotes of the world. They are described briefly and the students must match a picture with a correct description. Then they have to answer simple questi…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:20pm -
  • Clothes Bingo
    This game is about clothing related vocabulary items. It contains words such as: shirt, hat, cap, jeans, pants, sneakers, shoes, etc.. Hope you find it useful in your classes.
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:19pm -
  • Song Wotksheet: Imagine
    Imagine is a song by the Beatles. Students will love the song. The activity is a fill in the blanks activity. Students listen to the song and complete the gaps with the missing words. After listening, students can sing the song. Later, you can discu…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:18pm -
  • Family
    This is a very easy worksheet, especially for ESL young learners. Children will be asked to copy the family words and to match them with their corresponding picture. This attractive worksheet will catch kids attention and help them establish a link…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:17pm -
  • Food Quantities and Containers
    These flashcards can be used for teaching or revising the names of food containers and quantities. Each flashcard has an illustration with the corresponding expression of quantity. If they are cut out they can be used as a matching game as well as c…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:15pm -
  • Food Containers and Quantities (Pairwork)
    This is a matching activity for teaching or revising food quantities and containers. If the cards are cut out the students are asked to match the (red) quantity words with the (blue) food words. Example: a carton of milk, a bunch of grapes, a can of…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:14pm -
  • Prince Obituary
    I quickly put this together after hearing the sad news about Prince. The materials include an obituary from Rolling Stone (it is quite long but can easily be shortened depending on your students), comprehension questions, new vocab with definitions…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 10:12pm -
  • Just Say No to Yes and No: the Why's and How's of Avoiding Closed Questions
    Do you know the expression “closed question?” It refers to a question that only requires a yes or no answer. And closed questions can be the bane of an ESL teacher’s existence. That’s because when we ask our students questions, ...
    - 10 days ago, 25 Apr 16, 4:23am -
  • Would Rather Game
    This is a power point presentation used for elementary students, L2, to practice "would rather ". It can be used to practice reading and speaking skills, encouraging them to talk about things they'd rather do. It is a very funny way to practice expr…
    - 13 days ago, 22 Apr 16, 12:11am -
  • ESL Reading Comprehension - My Baby Brother
    This short story can be used in any English language lesson. A girl is talking about her baby brother. Students are asked to read through the short passage and then answer the multiple choice questions. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap.co.u…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:50pm -
  • Bingo - Weather
    Print out different bingo cards for each child plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheet and put the squares into a hat or bowl. Hand out one bingo card to each child (each card should be different). The caller should pull out one image, des ...
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:49pm -
  • Bingo - House
    Print out different bingo cards for each child plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheet and put the squares into a hat or bowl. Hand out one bingo card to each child (each card should be different). The caller should pull out one image, des ...
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:48pm -
  • Bingo - Food
    Print out different bingo cards for each child plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheet and put the squares into a hat or bowl. Hand out one bingo card to each child (each card should be different). The caller should pull out one image, describe .…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:47pm -
  • English Lesson - Getting Ready for School
    Created for primary/elementary level. Students are asked to read the short story about a girl's daily routine and how she gets ready for school. They are asked to put the sentences in order from 1 - 5 and then answer the three questions. This worksh…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:45pm -
  • Bingo - Animals
    Print out different bingo cards for each child plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheet and put the squares into a hat or bowl. Hand out one bingo card to each child (each card should be different). The caller should pull out one image, describe .…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:44pm -
  • ESL Reading Comprehension - Tigra the Tiger
    Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help in other subjects. Students read the text about a tiger called Tigra and answer the multiple choice questions. This worksheet can be used in any English language class. This worksheet was cre…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:42pm -
  • Modal Verbs
    Modal verbs and their usage cause lots of problems to our students. I hope that with this ppt they will be able to understand not only what modality is but also when they can use one or another verb. This ppt shows different meanings modal verbs can…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:41pm -
  • ESL Reading Comprehension - Oscar the Otter
    Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help in other subjects. Students read the text about an otter called Oscar and answer the multiple choice questions. This worksheet can be used in any English language class. This worksheet was cr…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:38pm -
  • ESL Reading Comprehension - Henry the Hedgehog
    Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help in other subjects. Students read the text about a hedgehog called Henry and answer the multiple choice questions. This worksheet can be used in any English language class. This worksheet was…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:33pm -
  • ESL Resource - Weather Booklet
    This English resource makes a great introductory booklet for young readers and is all about the weather. It includes 8 pages with sentences and pictures to colour and can be used in any English language class. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLe…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Apr 16, 11:33pm -

Simple English News

  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 10 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 .
    - 17 days ago, 18 Apr 16, 12:48am -
  • 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…
    - 24 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 38 days ago, 28 Mar 16, 12:45am -
  • Awaking from Winter Hibernation. Scarecrows Get Ready for Annual Competition in Haxby and Wigginton, England.
    Listen here > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below.   The 2016 Scarecrow Festival will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, from 30th April – 2nd May. Everyone is invited to make and display real sc…
    - 45 days ago, 21 Mar 16, 12:13am -
  • Norway, Australia and Switzerland Are the Best Countries to Reside in
    Listen here > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Norway has taken the top ranking, as the best country in the world to live in, for the 12th year in a row. The evaluation index includes categories, such…
    - 52 days ago, 14 Mar 16, 12:52am -
  • Vancouver Richpex, the Biggest Stamp Show in Western Canada, March 18-20
    Listen here > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Do you remember the fun and excitement of collecting stamps as a child? If you are in Vancouver from March 18-20, 2016, you can relive that feeling at Ric…
    - 55 days ago, 10 Mar 16, 5:54pm -
  • Do You Know Fatbikes?
    Listen here Fatbikes are off-road bicycles, with extremely wide low pressure tires. They are designed to be cycled over soft unstable surfaces, such as snow, sand and muddy terrain. The first modern Fatbike was developed in 1980 by Jean Naud, a Frenc…
    - 59 days ago, 7 Mar 16, 12:16am -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • newHow 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…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Apr 16, 5:44pm -
  • IELTS Speaking Practice Part 1: Grammatical range and Fluency
      Louis Rogers is a freelance author and senior academic tutor at the University of Reading.  He has worked in a number of countries and taught in various contexts ranging from young learners to Academic English. Louis is co-author of … Continue…
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  • Blending learning effectively – a balancing act
    Russell Stannard is the founder of www.teachertrainingvideos.com. He is also an associate trainer at NILE where he runs courses in the Flipped Classroom and tutors on the MA programme. Today, he joins us ahead of his webinar ‘How can we … Continu…
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  • A way to make demonstrative determiners teachable
    Ken Paterson is grateful for a piece of advice given to him soon after he started teaching English for Academic Purposes many years ago. This, these, that and those Over the years, I’ve had a complex relationship with the demonstrative … Continue…
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  • #IATEFL – The digital classroom: change of medium or change of methodology?
    Stacey Hughes, an Oxford teacher trainer with 20 years teaching experience, joins us to preview her upcoming talk at IATEFL, ‘The digital classroom: change in medium or change in methodology’, held on Friday 15th April at 3.30pm. Today’s e-cou…
    - 22 days ago, 12 Apr 16, 6:48pm -

ELTjam

  • 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.
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  • 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…
    - 33 days ago, 1 Apr 16, 5:34pm -
  • 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…
    - 43 days ago, 22 Mar 16, 7:02pm -
  • SOLE – does it work with adult language learners?
    When Sugatra Mitra introduced the ELT world to his concept of the SOLE (self-organised learning environment) at IATEFL 2014, half of the audience stood up and walked out while the other half were still in the auditorium giving him a standing ovation…
    - 54 days ago, 11 Mar 16, 11:02pm -
  • Survey of English language schools by Go Enrol
    Go Enrol have just completed their second annual survey of English language schools, and shared the highlights with us. They surveyed 46 school directors, principals and marketing managers in schools around the world. The results paint a mixed pictu…
    - 57 days ago, 8 Mar 16, 5:35pm -
  • Shaping targets in language learning
    Most teachers, linguists, and polyglots will have been asked the same question many times: “What’s the best way to learn a language?” Answers and debate often start flowing without a full understanding of the question, which is actually much mo…
    - 64 days ago, 1 Mar 16, 8:22pm -

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