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  • Hilarious Short Video For English Language Learners (& Everybody Else)
    My wife shared this hilarious video with me – it’s perfect to show to English Language Learners and have them write and verbally describe what they see. You might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos For English Language … Continue reading…
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Free Tech for Teachers

  • newHabitats - An Educational Game from the Smithsonian
    Habitats is a fun little game from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The online game challenges elementary school to match animals to their habitats. The game shows students images representative of four habitats; desert, coral reef, jungle,…
    - 13 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 10:30am -
  • newOnline Course - Blogs & Social Media for Teachers Begins Tomorrow Night
    All summer long I am offering online professional development courses. Tomorrow night I'll be starting a new section of Blogs & Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders. Graduate credit is available for completing the course. Click here to learn…
    - 14 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 9:40am -
  • newThe Physical Effects of Heat Stroke - A TED-Ed Lesson
    As I was doing some landscape work in my yard today there was n doubt that summer is here. The sun felt hot and even a breeze didn't cool me down much as I moved piles of dirt in my yard. (If you're curious, I am building terraces for planting). I wa…
    - 14 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 9:05am -
  • The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    Good evening from Woodstock, Maine where the fireworks are popping all over town. Even though my dogs aren't happy about the fireworks I'm happy to be home with them after a busy week at the ISTE conference. The conference was a great opportunity to…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:36am -
  • The Science of Fireworks
    Fireworks are popping around my little town this evening. Of course, my dogs are not happy about that. The upside of hearing the amateur fireworks displays is that it reminded me of a couple of videos about the science of fireworks.If you or your chi…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:06am -
  • 5 Videos About Classroom Backchannel Tools
    Earlier today I shared a video about using 81Dash as a moderated backchannel tool. In the past I've published videos about using TodaysMeet and Tozzl for the same purposes. All of those videos are included in the playlist embedded below (there are tw…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:53am -
  • How to Create a Moderated Classroom Backchannel
    Earlier this week I shared some news about updates to 81Dash. 81Dash is a free service for creating moderated classroom backchannels as well as shared task lists. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to use the features of 81Dash.…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 12:00am -
  • A Few Educational Resources Related to the Tour de France
    My local bike club jersey.The Tour de France begins on Saturday. Check out this animated video to learn all about the tactics of the race, the logistics of the race, the physiology of riding in the race, and many other interesting facts about the wor…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 11:25am -
  • Survey - What Makes for Good Professional Development?
    After my panel presentation on Monday at the ISTE conference I was approached by Janet Liao from the School of Education at Indiana State University, Bloomington. She is conducting a national research study into teachers' professional development pre…
    - 4 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 9:27am -
  • My Maps - Create and Edit Maps in Google Drive
    Last fall Google renamed their Maps Engine Lite tool to My Maps. My Maps makes it easy to create simple custom maps with up to three layers on them. For example, check out this post to see how I made a biking route map in My Maps.Today, Google announ…
    - 4 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 7:44am -

BBC Learning English

The secret of giraffes' long legs. Learn: spindly, hindrance, evolutionary, modestly proportioned

- 5 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 8:46pm -
Ivory protest. Learn: ornaments, confiscated, illegal, slaughtered, crushed

- 12 days ago, 24 Jun 15, 6:59pm -
Monuments in Nepal reopen. Learn: devastation, heritage, precarious, cash-strapped, kick-start

- 19 days ago, 17 Jun 15, 10:55pm -
Oil painting copy shop. Learn: masterpieces, mass-produced, replicas, revenue, original

- 26 days ago, 10 Jun 15, 9:53pm -
Paris 'love locks' removed. Learn: tradition, eyesore, hazard, weighed down, gave way

- 33 days ago, 3 Jun 15, 9:36pm -
New York's view from the top. Learn: hemisphere, flashes by, inevitably, trauma, landmark

- 40 days ago, 27 May 15, 7:44pm -

ESL About.com

  • Comparative Quiz
    Test your knowledge of how to use the comparative form in English by selecting the correct ending. Each question is followed by a correction.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • Beginning Guide to Teaching ESL
    An advice guide to non-English ESL EFL teachers who volunteer to teach English for charity, to friends, on a part time basis or as a hobby
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Advanced 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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  • Lesson plan encouraging students to come up...
    Lesson plan for ESL / EFL classes focusing on creating travel plans for different types of vacations based on group preferences.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • TOEFL 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • English Listening Quizzes
    Listening Quiz Repository at esl.about.com covering a number of areas
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Intermediate 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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  • Review terms used to speak about language...
    Language terminology for learning the English language with definitions, examples and links to more in-depth content for terms A - E.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Business English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Future Forms Quiz
    This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • TOEFL 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Tenses Chart
    Tenses chart for English language learners and classes. Each picture provides visual clues for all major tenses in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and grammar explanation is also provided.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Beginning English Quiz
    Beginning level English quiz tests basic English tenses, conditional and superlatives, and simple conversational English with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • Present Simple
    Present simple chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the present simple in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and grammar explanation is also provided.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Definite and Indefinite Article Quiz
    Definite and Indefinite articles use quiz which provides a short explanation and the correct answer for each question.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • ESL: How to Use Expressions of Time
    Guide to the use of time expressions with various tenses in English.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Basic 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=
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  • Modal Form Basics
    30 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on modal forms and includes a short quiz to test your understanding. Page 10.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Number Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
    Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Explanation of Subject and Object Quest...
    Learn the difference between subject and object questions with this chart and examples for English language learners
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Expressing Quantity - Much, Many, Little, Few,...
    beginning, level, quiz, expressing quantity, much, many, some, a lot of, few, little
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Using types of words to help you pronounce...
    English words confer meaning depending on whether they are content or function words. This guide will help English learners to understand which words play a key role in both understanding and pronunciation.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • The 50 Basic English Questions
    50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Visual Dictionary - Professionals
    Visual dictionary for ESL learners and classes displaying images and vocabulary related to different types of professions and the work involved with example sentences.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Prepositional Phrase Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Idiom and Phrase Quiz - 1
    Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • A 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • 8 Common Word Syllable Stress Patterns in English
    This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • 1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
    Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Personal Descriptions
    This lesson focuses on learning how to write personal descriptions about yourself and others. The exercise provides tips to remember when writing personal descriptions.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Simple 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=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Find 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Beginning 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=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Beginner Dialogues - Giving and Requesting...
    Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Telling the Time
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Confusing 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=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Use the trick of finding a focus word to help...
    Learn how to find a focus word to help you with your pronunciation in English. Using a focus word helps guide us through our conversations.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Beginner Verb Tense Quiz
    Beginner verb tense quiz checks your understanding of basic tenses including the present simple, continuous, future and past simple including answers.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • ESL: A Guide to Using Inverted Sentences
    Guide to inversion and the various forms used for inverted sentences such as the negatives never, scarcely, only after, little, etc.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Reported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Conversation Helpers for English Learners
    These speaking strategies will help English learners improve their conversational skills.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Social Networking Sites Reading Quiz
    Social Networking Sites is an English reading comprehension quiz about a social networking sites for English learners and including answers.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Capitalization Rules
    Here is a detailed guide to capitalization rules especially created for ESL students. Each rule contains a number of examples.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • How 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Here are some phrases that help you when...
    This example business meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Gerund 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=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Speaking Practice Online for English Learners
    Short listening exercises for beginning and intermediate level ESL learners to help them practice speaking.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Prepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
    Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Essential ESL: Practice Writing in English with...
    Beginning level dictations for English learners focusing on introductions, instructions, present simple habits, past events, comparisons and questions.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Basic English - Essential Lessons for Beginning...
    Essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. Each lesson includes a short quiz to test your understanding of these basic English concepts.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • both ... and, neither ... nor, either ... or
    Both ... and and neither ... nor are paired conjunctions. As such, they take two different subjects which can change the conjugation of the verb. Learn the correct usage of these two constructions to avoid one of the most common mistakes in English.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Learn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
    Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Reduced 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Beginning English Multiple Choice Tests
    ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Quiz - for / while / during
    Take this quiz on the use of the prepositions for while and during including a follow-up correct answer for each question.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • What's the Difference Between American and...
    A discussion of the differences between standard American and British English in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar with examples.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Asking for Things
    Guide to common phrases used for asking and requesting things in English for English learners and classes.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • TOEFL Grammar Practice 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.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Social Networking Sites - Reading Comprehension
    This is a reading comprehension exercise for ESL learners that focuses on the growth of social networking sites. Key vocabulary list provided.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -
  • Past Tenses Quiz
    Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 9:05pm -

BeeOasis.com

  • new21 Tips for a Lifestyle of Reading
    Even if we (or our students) know the benefits of reading, we may still have trouble developing a lifestyle of reading. One way we can solve this problem is to see how avid readers keep a lifestyle of reading. With this in mind, here are 21 Tips for…
    - 32789 days ago, 14 Apr 05, 4:23pm -
  • Sincerely, Thomas Edison (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.By Cana Short BeeOasis Step 2 An amazing thing happened this morning! I was walking down the street when I noticed a crowd gathered outside a local brokerage firm. People nearby told me…
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  • Hawaiian Treasure
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Far into the middle of the Pacific Ocean rest the Hawaiian Islands. They are a paradise of nature and human civilization. They stand like green gardens in the center of the deep blue se…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • Luck (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.By Mark Twain BeeOasis Step 2 I was at a dinner in London given in honor of one of the most celebrated English military men of his time. I do not want to tell you his real name and...
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • Reading and Brain Power (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 2 This is a dramatization and simple summary of a famous paper by Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich. “Thank you everyone for coming to tonight’s lecture. We ar…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • The Treasure of the Blues
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.The blues is a great treasure of American musical culture. It stands as the foundation for practically every form of American music in the 20th century, including gospel, jazz, rhythm a…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • Word Painter: Ernest Hemingway (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 2 By VOA Special English “A writer is always alone, always an outsider,” Ernest Hemingway said. Hemingway created many characters in his books. Some people said that H…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 2 Leonardo da Vinci began working on the Mona Lisa in 1503. But he didn’t finish it for many years. In 1516, he took the painting from Italy to France. And he probably f…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • The Blind Poet Homer (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 3 Retold by James Baldwin and BeeOasis A long time ago, there was a certain man who wrote poems. Today his poems are among the greatest treasures of the world. The man’s…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
  • A Giant of Business
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Black liquid exploded out of the ground and towards the sky. It was oil—black gold—and it had the power to light up homes. It had the power to run the engine of the American economy…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 10:00am -
Get a feel for English

VOA Learning English

TALK2US: Confusing Words in English

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To Build A Fire by Jack London

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News Words: Unleashed

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English in a Minute: Out of the Woods

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News Words: Crippling

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Most African Children with AIDS Have No Access to Medical Care

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ESL on the Web

Language Learning on the Web

Nat Geo Pics (Use in Class!)

A Sister’s Care
A Sister’s Care
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Between Land and Sea
Between Land and Sea
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Brick World
Brick World
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Fox Spring
Fox Spring
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Ballerina Rainbow
Ballerina Rainbow
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The Best Seat in Yosemite
The Best Seat in Yosemite
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Oxford Learner's Dictionary

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    UsingEnglish.com (Handouts)

    • 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
      - 6 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 5:52pm -
    • Phrasal Verbs - Back (10 questions)
      Title: Phrasal Verbs - BackTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/582.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/582.html
      - 73 days ago, 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
      - 81 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 8:13pm -
    • Phrasal Verbs- Finish (10 questions)
      Title: Phrasal Verbs- FinishTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/580.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/580.html
      - 16 Jan 15, 6:28pm -
    • Over (10 questions)
      Title: OverTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/579.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/579.html
      - 19 Dec 14, 7:35pm -
    • Phrasal Verbs- In (10 questions)
      Title: Phrasal Verbs- InTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/578.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/578.html
      - 25 Aug 14, 6:22pm -
    • Test Your Spelling 3 (10 questions)
      Title: Test Your Spelling 3Topic: GeneralLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/577.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/577.html
      - 16 Jun 14, 11:10pm -
    • Idioms- Furniture and Household Fittings (10 questions)
      Title: Idioms- Furniture and Household FittingsTopic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/576.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/576.html
      - 24 Mar 14, 1:35pm -
    • Parts of Speech 2 (10 questions)
      Title: Parts of Speech 2Topic: Parts of SpeechLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/575.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/575.html
      - 24 Nov 13, 11:44pm -
    • Parts of Speech (10 questions)
      Title: Parts of SpeechTopic: Parts of SpeechLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/574.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/574.html
      - 14 Oct 13, 10:04pm -
    • Idioms- Animals 2 (10 questions)
      Title: Idioms- Animals 2Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/573.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/573.html
      - 24 Jun 13, 1:38am -
    • Lend & Borrow (9 questions)
      Title: Lend & BorrowTopic: VocabularyLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/572.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/572.html
      - 18 Apr 13, 10:39pm -
    • Which or Where? (10 questions)
      Title: Which or Where?Topic: Relative PronounsLevel: IntermediateInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/571.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/571.html
      - 16 Mar 13, 8:22pm -
    • Australian Rhyming Slang 2 (10 questions)
      Title: Australian Rhyming Slang 2Topic: Cockney Rhyming SlangLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/570.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/570.html
      - 11 Jan 13, 12:12am -
    • Idioms- Body 3 (10 questions)
      Title: Idioms- Body 3Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/569.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/569.html
      - 29 Nov 12, 11:28pm -
    • Idioms- Body 2 (10 questions)
      Title: Idioms- Body 2Topic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/568.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/568.html
      - 7 Nov 12, 11:42pm -
    • Spelling- Language Words (10 questions)
      Title: Spelling- Language WordsTopic: Spelling and PunctuationLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/567.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/567.html
      - 15 Oct 12, 1:02am -
    • Enough & Too 2 (11 questions)
      Title: Enough & Too 2Topic: Adjectives and AdverbsLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/566.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/566.html
      - 18 Sep 12, 4:23am -
    • Idioms- Body (10 questions)
      Title: Idioms- BodyTopic: IdiomsLevel: AdvancedInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/565.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/565.html
      - 15 Sep 12, 10:47pm -
    • Relative pronouns- Which & Where (10 questions)
      Title: Relative pronouns- Which & WhereTopic: Relative PronounsLevel: BeginnerInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/564.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/564.html
      - 14 Aug 12, 7:02pm -

    News English (Print Handouts)

    • newSolar-powered plane makes history
      July 06, 2015. 150706-solar-impulseA solar-powered plane has made history by flying from Japan to Hawaii, a journey of almost 6,500 kilometres. The plane is called Solar Impulse 2.
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    • Students sell bodies and gamble to survive
      July 03, 2015. University students in the U.K. are having such a hard time making ends meet that they are resorting to desperate measures. Many have turned to gambling.
      - 4 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 9:30am -
    • Disney bans selfie sticks at theme parks
      June 30, 2015. Disney will ban selfie sticks at all of its theme parks around the world from July the 1st. The entertainment giant has become the latest company to ban the sticks.
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 9:30am -
    • Holland ordered to cut greenhouse gases
      June 27, 2015. A court in Holland has ordered the Dutch government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least a quarter by 2020.
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    • Taylor Swift pulls album from Apple Music
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      Interviewer to Millionaire: To whom do you owe your success as a millionaire?” Millionaire: “I owe everything to my wife.” Interviewer: “Wow, she must...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.96
      - 7 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • newPut To Sleep
      Three dogs were sitting in the waiting room at the veterinarian's. One of the dogs was looking glum, and the second dog turned to him and asked, ''Wha...>Category: Animal Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.36
      - 7 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Peace
      A Jewish man is walking on the beach when he discovers a bottle containing genie. He rubs it and a genie comes out, promises to grant him one wish. He...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 4.88
      - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Evil Brothers
      There were two evil brothers. They were rich, and used their money to keep their ways from the public eye. They even attended the same church, and loo...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.35
      - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Genie's Wish
      A couple was golfing one day on a very, very exclusive golf course, lined with million dollar houses. On the third tee the husband said, "Honey, be ve...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.04
      - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Customs
      A distinguished young woman on a flight from Ireland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course child. What may I do for you...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.41
      - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Bowling Tournament
      Two bowling teams, one all blondes, one all bruneettes, charter a double-decker bus for a weekend bowling tournament in Atlantic City.The brunette tea...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.84
      - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Good Sale
      When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk's hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk said he had...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.82
      - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Euro English
      The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.75
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    • 50 Cents
      After many months of trying to make ends meet, a couple decided that the only way they were going to get any extra cash was to have the old lady start...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.22
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    • Translation Troubles
      A Mexican bandit made a specialty of crossing the Rio Grande from time to time and robbing banks in Texas. Finally, a reward was offered for his captu...>Category: Lawyer Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.60
      - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Late for Work
      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 5.33
      - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • The Peeing Accident
      A man on a construction site 30 floors up had to go to the bathroom. He approached his foreman and told him that he was going down to use the faciliti...>Category: Workplace Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.09
      - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 15, 4:00pm -
    • Harry's Exam
      A first-grade teacher, Ms Brooks was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, "Harry what is your problem?" Harry answered, "I'm to...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 7.01
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    • Blind Bunny
      One morning a blind bunny was hopping down the bunny trail, and he tripped over a large snake and fell, KerPlop!, right on his twitchy little nose. "O...>Category: Lawyer Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.33
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    • Viagra Side Effects
      A woman asks her husband if he'd like some breakfast. "Bacon and eggs, perhaps a slice of toast? Maybe a nice sectioned grapefruit, and a cup of fresh...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.39
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    • Adam's Mate
      One day while walking through the Garden of Eden, Adam looked up to the Heavens and spoke to God. "Father this place is great, but there is one thing ...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.14
      - 6 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
    • Good Reason
      At 7 AM, a lone wife hears a key in the front door. She wanders down, bleary eyed, to find her husband in the kitchen – drunk, with ruffled hair and l...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 3.93
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    • Golden Saloon
      A guy comes home completely drunk one night. He lurches through the door and is met by his scowling wife, who is most definitely not happy. "Where the...>Category: Bar Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.19
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    • Human Race
      A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race come about?" The Mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve; they had children and, so all mankin...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.55
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    • Obsessions
      A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children. "You all have obsessions," he observed. To the...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.13
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    • $500
      Two couples were playing cards one evening. One of the husbands, Jerry, accidentally dropped some cards on the floor. When he bent down under the tabl...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.02
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    • Salesman's Nightmare
      A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner. "Good morning," s...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.93
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    • Reincarnation
      Bryan came home from the pub late one Friday evening stinking drunk, as he often did, and crept into bed beside his wife who was already asleep.He gav...>Category: Bar Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.83
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    • A Mormon
      A Mormon was seated next to an Irishman on a flight from London. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. The Irishman asked for a whisk...>Category: Religious Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.44
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    • Keeping A Secret
      At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy. No woman, said one man, scornfully, can keep a secre...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.73
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    • Baby Belly
      A three year old walked over to a pregnant lady while waiting with his mother in the doctors office. He inquisitively ask the lady, "Why is your stoma...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.70
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    • Tampons Wonder
      Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter. The man at the counter asked the old...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.44
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    • Lost Wife
      A geezer walks up to a beautiful woman in a shopping mall. "Excuse me" he says "But I've lost my wife here somewhere and I can't find her. Could you p...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.63
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    • Improvement
      "Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She ...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.17
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    • Black Powder
      A guy enters a bank to see about getting a business loan. "What kind of business do you want to start?" asks the bank manager. "I have some black powd...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 5.46
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    • Wandering Dog
      An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, d...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.24
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    • Sleeping Pills
      An exhausted looking blonde dragged himself in to the doctor's office. "Doctor, there are dogs all over my neighborhood. They bark all day and all nig...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.65
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    • From Alabama
      It was the first day of Third Grade in a new town for Little Johnny. As a test, his teacher went around the room and asked each of the students to cou...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.17
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    • Poor Pirate
      One day a Pirate and a bartender were talking to each other in a bar. The Bartender asked the pirate "Where did ya get that peg leg from?" The Pirate ...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.14
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    • Starting Salary
      Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young Engineer fresh out of MIT, "And what starting salary were you looking fo...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.60
      - 14 days ago, 22 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
    • Radio Show
      Just keep in mind this was on live radio.... On the morning show at WBAM FM in Chicago, IL, they call someone at work and ask if they're married or in...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 7.29
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    • Official Visits
      An african ambassador visited Russia and was entertained by his opposite number, the Russian ambassador. For three days, the African ambassador was wi...>Category: Political Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.82
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    • 16 Years Of Meat
      It was many years ago since the embarrassing day when a young woman, with a baby in her arms, entered his butcher shop and confronted him with the new...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.10
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    • Whose Egg Is It?
      A Scotsman and an Englishman lived next door to each other. The Scotsman owned a hen and each morning he would look in his garden and pick up one of h...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 6.06
      - 16 days ago, 20 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
    • Anxious Cab Driver
      A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on t...>Category: Occupation Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 7.15
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    • Interesting Point Of View
      A woman's husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to, he motio...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.52
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    • Burglar
      "Get this." said the English bloke to his mates, "Last night while I was down the pub with you guys, a burglar broke into my house. "Did he get anythi...>Category: Gender Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 6.51
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    • Where Do Babies Come From?
      A mother is in the kitchen making dinner for her family when her daughter walks in. “Mother, where do babies come from?” The mother thinks for a few s...>Category: Children Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.61
      - 17 days ago, 19 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
    • Southern Piece
      After having been served in a Las Vegas cocktail lounge, a real southern gentleman beckoned the waitress back and said quietly, "Miss, y'all sure are ...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: General     >Rating 5.41
      - 18 days ago, 18 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
    • Blonde in The Mirror
      Two blondes are walking down the street when one of them looks down and finds a mirror.She picks it up, looks into it, and says, “WOW! I know this per...>Category: Blonde Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.61
      - 18 days ago, 18 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
    • Buying Curtains
      A woman walks into a store that makes curtains.She says to the clerk,“I would like curtains the size of my computer screen.”The clerk says,“Why the si...>Category: Computer Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 4.24
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    • Nursing Home
      Two old ladies, Sunny and Tina, were outside their nursing home having a smoke, when it started to rain. Tina pulled out a condom, cut off the end, pu...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.56
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    • Where do you live?
      Ida Mae passed away and Bubba called 911. The 911 operator told Bubba that she would send someone out right away. “Where do you live?” asked the opera...>Category: Miscellaneous Jokes     >Explicitness: Clean     >Rating 5.80
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    • Caught In The Act
      A wife comes home after a shopping trip, and she's horrified to see her husband in bed with a young woman. She's about to storm out of the house, and ...>Category: Dirty Jokes     >Explicitness: Adult     >Rating 6.16
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    • newAverage Americans Gave Away Billions in 2014
       Last year, Americans again showed they are generous people.  A majority of Americans, two-thirds, gave money to charity in 2014. And they gave away more money than ever before. They gave away an estimated total of $358 billion. It is a seven per…
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      Many visitors to New York City have used the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The MTA is New York’s public transportation system and one of the largest in the world.Two young Muslim comedians have brought a case against the transit system to feder…
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       While flying high above Earth’s surface, jet fighter pilots may suffer loss of eyesight for brief periods. Some pilots may even lose consciousness -- not being able to recognize what is happening around them. These experiences, commonly called…
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       The car-sharing service Uber reported in June it is receiving one million requests for rides every day in China. The American-based company is taking steps to win over Chinese consumers and compete with local businesses.Uber entered the Chines…
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      Springfield, a community in the state of Virginia, is about 24 kilometers down the road from the U.S. Capitol building. There you will find what could be the face of the next generation in America. In a word, this is the face of diversity, the face o…
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       The United States and Cuba will reestablish diplomatic relations and later this month will reopen embassies in Washington and Havana. President Barack Obama made the announcement on Wednesday.The decision is part of efforts to end years of conf…
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    • Present Simple and Continuous- Guess the Person Game
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    • Scale back
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    • Present Simple and Continuous- Discuss and Agree
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    • Business English- Present Perfect and Simple Past- Meetings Roleplays
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    • IELTS Speaking Part One- Rephrasing
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    BBC News in Pics (Use in Class!

    In pictures: Unesco World Heritage sites 2015
    In pictures: Unesco World Heritage sites 2015
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    In pictures: Lightning illuminates UK
    In pictures: Lightning illuminates UK
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    In Pictures: A modern biplane factory
    In Pictures: A modern biplane factory
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    Language Log

    • new"Salacious but iffy?"
      In the Washington Post recently, Michael Miller covered the life and death of James Jeffrey Bradstreet, a doctor with controversial ideas about causes and treatments of autism ("Anti-vaccine doctor behind ‘dangerous’ autism therapy found dead. F…
      - 3 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 8:28pm -
    • Way more ways
      Patricia Cohen and Ron Lieber, "It's summer, but Where Are the Teen Workers?", NYT 7/3/2015: Ice cream still needs scooping, beaches still need guarding and campers still need counseling. But now, there are way fewer teenagers doing it all this summe…
      - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 15, 8:32pm -
    • Outsiders and hard drives
      It's a bit of a mystery how and why "outsiders" (wàidìrén 外地人) are referred to by Shanghainese as "hard disks / drives" (yìngpán 硬盘). Intrigued, I asked around, and here are some of the replies I received. The term YP (yìngpán 硬盘…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 5:17am -
    • Using Sinitic characters in Korea
      S. Robert Ramsey is professor of East Asian linguistics at the University of Maryland and author of the excellent book titled The Languages of China.  I often consult with Bob on matters pertaining to Korean and Japanese; he is a reliable source of…
      - 3 days ago, 4 Jul 15, 8:07am -
    • Ask Language Log: pronouncing apoptosis
      From AB, MD (CPT, MC, USA): I have an odd inquiry that I'm hoping you'll oblige. My question is about the preferred pronunciation of apoptosis. I believe the scientist who originally described this phenomenon asked a linguist to invoke an image of an…
      - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 7:32pm -
    • Ancestors
      The most recent xkcd: The business about eventually being either "an ancestor to all living humans, or none of them" might have been brought to mind by Adam Rutherford, "So you're related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European…", The…
      - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 6:55pm -

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    BusyTeacher.org

    • newThe Online Student Lifestyle: How to Practice L1 in an L2 Environment
      What do our students need in order to be successful language learners? Good language acquisition begins and ends with practice, but how can a student make progress if nobody else around them speaks English? Learning online might seem like a lonely t…
      - 16 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 7:19am -
    • newGrammar Quiz
      This is a vocabulary and gramar quiz. This exercise is divided into two activities. The first one, it is a personality vocabulary exercise. It has also a box with the words students have to use. The second part is a grammar activity about used to. T…
      - 18 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 5:24am -
    • newUsed To
      The following exercise contains different correct and incorrect sentences. Students will check the correct sentences and change the incorrect ones. The grammar topic for this activity is used to. You can find used to in affirmative, negative, and qu…
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    • newVerb Tense Table
      It helped my students to organise their knowledge about tenses. This can be done at the beginning of the school year to foresee what the students are going to study throughout the year, and then at the end of the school year, by the students themsel…
      - 18 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 4:59am -
    • newDefining Idioms (2)
      Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning than that found in a dictionary.Students are asked to use each idiom in a sentence and then write its meaning. There are 7 idioms included in this worksheet. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap.…
      - 18 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 4:56am -
    • newDefining Idioms (1)
      Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning than that found in a dictionary. Students are asked to use each idiom in a sentence and then write its meaning. There are 7 idioms included in this worksheet. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap…
      - 19 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 4:36am -
    • newSong Worksheet: All That We Have Is Now
      It is a listening activity based on Jesse Winchester's song. I happened to listen to it on the radio and I thought it was great for revising verbs in the present simple tense form. I used it with both adults and teenagers,as the lyrics are meaningfu…
      - 19 hours ago, 6 Jul 15, 4:22am -
    • Any Thoughts on This, Elizabeth? Teaching Students to Encourage Peers to Speak
      Students bring varying experiences to topics as well as varying personalities and predispositions toward extroversion or introversion. This can be seen in class discussion, where typically there is at least one very outspoken student who dominates t…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 5:06am -
    • The More The Merrier: 8 Reasons Big Classes Are A Blessing
      Are you feeling down because you have a larger class and that means more work? Are you trembling at the thought that you might get the biggest class this semester? Large ESL classes have a lot to offer if you just look past the numbers. Here are som…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 5:05am -
    • “Shut Up” Isn’t Allowed: Teaching Discussion Etiquette
      Discussion groups are an integral part of most classes that are above the basic level in middle school and beyond. Students are expected to discuss the course material, wrestle with it, and bring different opinions to it, arriving at some shared con…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 5:05am -
    • 5 Reasons to Incorporate Drama in Your ESL Classroom
      Drama is the most under rated genre in today's English curriculum. With so much time and effort spent on critical analysis and evaluations of selections, drama has been put in the back burner. Drama however has much more to offer, so why should dram…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 5:05am -
    • What Should We Talk About, Anyway? Picking the Right Topics
      Class discussion can often evoke groans from students. It is often rife with pitfalls: difficulties getting along with peers, students feeling they have little in common with their classmates, is one. Not knowing how to engage with and respond to on…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 5:05am -
    • Song Worksheet: Black or White by Michael Jackson
      This is a simple worksheet based on Michael Jackson's Black or White song with two exercises: one to put in order of appearance the different nationalities, and another one to match the different faces showing at the end of the song (in order of app…
      - 4 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 5:42am -
    • Movie Worksheet: The Simpsons
      it's a trivia about the most famous family in the world. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by th…
      - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 11:42pm -
    • The Turtle and the Hare (Script)
      This is a script based on the famous fable "The Turtle and the Hare". It's fun to make your students perform a play. Also it gives them a morale for life: work hard for our goals. You can ask your students to make masks and costumes in order to perf…
      - 6 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 6:45am -
    • Present Simple and Present Continuous
      This is a four-page worksheet for present simple and present continuous. It includes different activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it helps!
      - 6 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 1:55am -
    • Prepositions of Location
      This is a worksheet for practicing prepositions of place ( in, on, under, behind, in front of and between). This worksheet is appropriate for young learners and elementary students. They're going to look at the picture and write the best answer for…
      - 6 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 1:52am -
    • Movie Worksheet: Lazy Town - First Day of Summer
      A worksheet which is based on one of the episodes of Lazy Town- First Day of Summer. There are also some summer words that were mentioned in the film + answers at the end. I hope it will be useful for you and your students. https://www. ...
      - 6 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 4:10pm -
    • Present Perfect vs Past Simple
      This power-point presentation is helpful to teach present perfect vs past simple and also present perfect with for and since and make questions with how long. It's appropriate for pre-intermediate students. Hope you find it useful in your classes.
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:38am -
    • Present Perfect with For and Since
      In this worksheet you'll find a present perfect (with for and since) activity. Print the worksheet and give them 10 minutes to choose the best answer, then give them some time to check the answers with their partners. It's appropriate for pre-interm…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:34am -
    • In Shape/ Past Simple
      This is a worksheet for practicing past simple. The students are asked to read a text and answer or write the questions. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:33am -
    • Prepositions of Location
      This power-point presentation is helpful for teaching and reviewing prepositions of location such as: behind, in front of, next to, between, under, on. It's appropriate for young learners and elementary students. Hope you find it useful in your clas…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:31am -
    • Jobs, Bingo
      Bingo is an exciting game. This file contains some cards for playing bingo about different jobs. The instruction of the game is included. Hope it helps!
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:20am -
    • Jobs
      This is a worksheet about jobs. It includes two activities about what different people do in our society. It contains different jobs such as a mail carrier, waiter, plumber, TV reporter, carpenter, etc. It is designed for elementary level. Hope i .…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:19am -
    • Healthy Food and Junk Food
      This worksheet includes different junk and healthy foods. Cut the cards and put them on your desk. Divide the board into 2 parts, healthy foods and junk foods. Divide your class into two teams. Team A should place healthy foods and team B should pla…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:18am -
    • Speaking Card
      This worksheet includes different questions about Language. You can put your students into pairs or small groups and encourage them to talk. Hope it works!
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:16am -
    • Correction Symbols
      This PowerPoint includes different correction symbols. You can teach these symbols to your students and then correct your students' writings in this way. So, they can rewrite their writing and correct their own mistakes. This is a technique to raise…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:15am -
    • Documents
      This PowerPoint includes different documents, such as ID card, driving licence, credit card, letter, etc. You may find it useful at the engagement part of your teaching. Hope it works!
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:14am -
    • Pantomime, Jobs
      Pantomime is an exciting game. This is a game for practicing jobs. Cut the cards. Each student is asked to mime the statement and the others have to say. Hope it works!
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:12am -
    • Song Worksheet: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
      Listening activity for the song I don't wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith. Choose the correct word in bold and in capital letters from the lyrics already provided. There are some words to choose from, so that students practice  listening skill ...
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:11am -
    • Days of the Week
      My senior students like all sorts of puzzles very much. These worksheets are suitable to practise vocabulary easily in different ways and having fun. With crosswords, scrambled words and "snake-words" they can revise the days of the week and the ord…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:08am -
    • Personal Nouns
      Exercises about personal pronouns, to be used to replace a noun or nouns and to rewrite sentences using pronouns. To be used for elementary level, maybe begginers with outstanding comprehension about the language in use and with a previous knowledge…
      - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:04am -
    • Movie Worksheet: Pocahontas (Nature Vocabulary)
      This worksheet aims at teaching young learners specific nature related lexical items. Students are asked to place the given words in the correct group. Small pictures are also included to provide ss with visual aid and before categorizing words they…
      - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 11:03pm -
    • Song Worksheet: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      I devised this for some students who are rock musicians. It can facilitate some interesting discussion as the meaning is not entirely clear and the fact that the singer apparently committed suicide though the appropriateness of this subject would ha…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:31am -
    • Summer Holidays
      An activity for September for year 9/8th grade/4ème. Students learn how to speak about their summer holidays. They have to find the missing words, and then they can interview a classmate, talk about their holidays or write a few line about what ...
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:29am -
    • Conversational Questions- Jobs and Occupations Ppt
      Nice activity for your conversational class. I sometimes use it as a filler for an ordinary class. Here you will find different questions to discuss, e.g. about working hours, motivation, men and women at work, promotions,retirement, conditions and…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:28am -
    • Adding Adjectives (2)
      This English resource was made for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to add a descriptive adjective to each underlined noun. This will make the sentences more interesting and is good practice for story writing. This worksheet was creat…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:25am -
    • Focus Meter
      This is for children who are having behavior issues in the classroom. The teacher fills in the circles at the end of each day and at the end of the week, depending on their behavior, the child can either choose their activity for a certain length of…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:23am -
    • Present Simple Questions
      In this worksheet you'll find 5 activities to learn and practice present simple questions. At the beginning there are examples of yes/no questions and wh questions. Then, students identify different pharses and write them in the correct column (what…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:21am -
    • The Oxford English Dictionary - New Words for 2015
      The Oxford English Dictionary have just announced their latest additions - this time it's more than 500 words, phrases and meanings that have entered into common use over the last 10 years. I have picked out some of my favourites to discuss with my…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:20am -
    • Story Book Worksheet : A Visit to the City (Listening)
      This worksheet is helpful for improving your students listening skills. It is appropriate for elementary students esp. young learners. It's based on a story book called A Visit to the City (Dolphin Readers, level 2) and by the way here is a link to…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:17am -
    • The Worldwide Quiz
      This vocabulary revision game can be done as an individual task or as a whole class competition when the teacher reads individual lines and students call out the suitable answer. There are often more than one correct answer, of course. The fastest s…
      - 10 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 5:17am -
    • Adding Adjectives
      This English resource was made for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to add a descriptive adjective to each underlined noun. This will make the sentences more interesting and is good practice for story writing. This worksheet was creat…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:36am -
    • Summer Puzzle
      The worksheet has been designed for young learners to revise vocabulary related to "summer" The puzzle is provided with illustrations in order for the learners to both be motivated and aided to circle the target vocabulary. I believe it could be use…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:35am -
    • Countries and Nationalities
      This worksheet helps students create questions with the verb to be. They can interview 5 of their classmates, they will pretend they are from another country. This encourage students to create questions and use countries and nationalitites in Englis…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:30am -
    • Expressions of Frequency
      This power-point presentation is appropriate as an engagement for teaching and practicing expressions of frequency such as : everyday, once a week, twice a week, three times a week and etc. It's suitable for young learners. Hope you and your stud .…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:27am -
    • Movie Worksheet: How to Make Tea the British Way - Anglophenia Ep 31
      Another Anglophenia episode is here. Watch the video and learn how to make the best cuppa the British way. This is a mostly speaking activity which includes some questions on the video. Also, it has some information on tea in general. Hope you find…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:26am -
    • Daily Routines
      This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching daily routines and weekdays to young and elementary language learners. It contains activities such as: sweeping, washing the dishes, taking out the garbage, making the bed and etc. Hope it .…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:25am -
    • Song Worksheet: We Are the Champions by Queen Bingo
      The teacher will ask students to read the words, and then, choose 9 to put into the bingo card. While listening to the song, check if it was chosen the right ones. If the student chose 3 words in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, it's b…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:22am -
    • Song Worksheet: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 (Bingo)
      The teacher will ask students to read the words, and then, choose 9 to put into the bingo card. While listening to the song, check if it was chosen the right ones. If the student choses 3 words in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally it's b…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:17am -
    • Animals Puzzle Search
      It's a word document with a word puzzle search about animals, it's really easy to do. 
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:14am -
    • Song Worksheet: Baby Love by Petite Meller
      A listening set of exercises based on the Song "Baby Love" (2015). This activity includes ordering sentences, discriminating words, correcting spelling and reviewing some gerunds. [youtube=http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDBJVgIVPcs&index=1 .…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:12am -
    • Daily Activities, Game
      This board game is really useful for reviewing daily activities. It is appropriate for young learners. You copy and cut the cards, write numbers 1-8 on the other side of each card. Pin/ stick them on the board and divide your students into two group…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:11am -
    • Prepositions of Time
      This worsheet helps students who will be learning the prepositions of time.  There are  exercises where they can use in, on, at.  They are simple but very useful for learning. 
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:09am -
    • Disasters Vocabulary
      Simple worksheet to train spelling of the words on the topic "Disasters", includes 4 tasks: match two halves of the words, find the words in the wordsnake, put letters in the correct order, label the pictures. I used it as a homework after the class…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:05am -
    • 12 Months Of The Year
      My senior students like all sorts of puzzles very much. These worksheets are suitable to practise vocabulary easily in different ways and having fun. With crosswords, scrambled words and "snake-words" they can revise the months and the ordinal numbe…
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 4:56am -
    • Mechanical Lab
      This worksheet is for the people  who are  learning mechanical vocabulary, in this activity students write different words of the technical vocabulary in English and Spanish. 
      - 12 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 4:47am -
    • Story Book Worksheet : City Girl, country Boy (Listening)
      This worksheet is helpful for improving your students listening skills. It is appropriate for elementary students esp. young learners. It's based on a story book called City Girl, Country Boy (Dolphin Readers, level 4) and by the way here is a link…
      - 12 days ago, 24 Jun 15, 12:14pm -
    • Navigating Difficult Issues: Avoiding Pitfalls While Moving Forward
      Some topics invite more discussion than others and even conflict. This is actually good for discussion, that students have strong opinions on the topic and that they are willing to engage in defending their ideas. However, just because an issue is c…
      - 14 days ago, 23 Jun 15, 5:32am -

    Simple English News

    • newContemporary English Acronyms – Part 1. Do You Usem Them?

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    • Langauge Tip: Miscellaneous
      Miscellaneous • Have (get) + something + past participle (the third form of a verb) means that we use someone else services to do, repair, etc. something for us. I must have my shoes repaired. We had our house painted last year. • Be + said + to…
      - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 9:02pm -
    • The World’s Smallest Opera House
      Listen here Tony Amato, a butcher’s son, decided to change his life in New York and make his dream come true. With his wife Sally standing firmly beside him, he founded the Amato Opera in 1948. The auditorium had around 100 seats. At first, perfor…
      - 13 days ago, 23 Jun 15, 9:41pm -
    • A Bank Robber Who Helped People
      Listen here Pretty Boy Floyd was not just an ordinary American bank robber. Unlike other bank robbers, Floyd, while robbing a bank, would destroy property mortgage documents, thus releasing many citizens from their debt burden. The people of Oklahoma…
      - 25 days ago, 12 Jun 15, 12:39am -
    • Smoothie
      Listen here A smoothie, also known as smoothy or smoothee, is a chilled beverage made from fresh fruit and vegetables using a powerful electric blender with blunt blades. Sometimes smoothies include added sugar and crushed ice. The drink dates back…
      - 32 days ago, 4 Jun 15, 3:58pm -
    • Don’t We Need English Anymore?
      Listen here Skype, a computer communications application, introduces a new interpreting service Skype – Translator. Currently up to 50 languages can be automatically translated as chat messages are typed. Additionally Skype can, in almost real time…
      - 41 days ago, 26 May 15, 3:42pm -
    • Language Tip: Who, Whom, What, Which, Whose, How Much, How Many, That
      QUESTION – WORD who – only with humans whom – only with humans what (which) – only with things which of – with both humans and things whose how much how many Who can come? Everybody can come. Whom (who) did you meet there? I met Peter there…
      - 48 days ago, 19 May 15, 3:49pm -
    • A Man With a Big Heart – Christiano Ronaldo
      Listen here The famous Portuguese football megastar has donated 7 million Euros to help Nepal in an emergency relief operation. This relatively poor Himalayan country was struck by a devastating earthquake last month. The epicentre was located at the…
      - 54 days ago, 13 May 15, 7:22pm -
    • Can an Economic Crisis Make Us Fatter?
      Listen here Would you expect people to become overweight when, in difficult economic times, they have to struggle hard? Under such dire economic circumstances people purchase cheaper, lower quality food, often containing unhealthy additives. This may…
      - 67 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 5:12pm -

    Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

    • 21st Century Skills in ELT Part 1: The rise of 21st Century Skills
      Shaun Crowley has worked as an EFL teacher and a marketing manager for an international ELT publisher. He is the founder of www.linguavote.com, an e-learning platform for learners of English that features social learning and gamification. Follow Shau…
      - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 15, 6:22pm -
    • Preparing to teach EFL for the first time – what should you consider?
      Emily McLaren is an English language teacher and travel blogger who is currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. She has taught English in Thailand and continues to travel and use her TEFL qualification and skills wherever possible. In this post, Emily…
      - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 5:40pm -
    • Peer Interaction in Foreign Language Settings
      Dr Jenefer Philp is a senior lecturer at Lancaster University, and Director of Studies of the MA  in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching. She is interested in what research on second language acquisition has to say for the classroom. She … C…
      - 17 days ago, 19 Jun 15, 6:01pm -
    • Let’s celebrate 70 years of ELT Journal
      This year Oxford University Press is excited to join IATEFL in the effort to bring more teachers to the 50th annual IATEFL conference in Birmingham through the Scholarship scheme. Sponsoring a scholarship seemed to be the most natural way to … Cont…
      - 19 days ago, 17 Jun 15, 5:56pm -
    • 10,000 hours of English – how do you teach yours?
      Today, we feature a post from a guest blogger. Irina Lutsenko is a teacher of English from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Over her 10 years in the profession, Irina has taught teenagers, university students and adults. The courses she has taught include…
      - 26 days ago, 10 Jun 15, 7:25pm -
    • World Environment Day: Going paper-free in your EFL Classroom
      This Friday, June 5th, marks UN World Environment Day, a day recognised to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment. With the theme this year being: ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One planet. Consume with care’, it’s worth looking…
      - 33 days ago, 3 Jun 15, 5:45pm -

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    • What we’re reading
      Racing towards summer now, ELTjam's hot reads of the week are also pretty cool.
      - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 7:05pm -
    • Designing learning spaces for a mobile era
      The shift from the immobility of PCs to the mobility of tablets and smartphones allows digital space to interact with material space, both in and out of the classroom, in entirely new ways. At British Study Centres in Oxford, where Paul Driver work…
      - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 15, 7:14pm -
    • The ELTjam Lexicon of ELT in the Digital Age: ‘aha moment’ to ‘authoring tool’
      Welcome to the second installment of The ELTjam Lexicon of ELT in the Digital Age. You can read more about the series here and see the full list of terms we plan to cover here. This week, we're finishing off the 'A's.
      - 8 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 2:18am -
    • 5 useful online journals for ELT professionals
      Having been invited to recommend ‘the best ELT journals…, maybe a top 5 list’, Florentina Taylor explains why the following are, in her opinion, great resources for ELT professionals. Such a list will always be a subjective compilation depende…
      - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 11:04pm -
    • What we’re reading
      We're gearing up for summer reads by listening to audio books, but you can't share those as easily, so here's what's been on our screens this week.
      - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 9:00pm -
    • The ELTjam Lexicon of ELT in the Digital Age: ‘A/B testing’ to ‘agile’
      Compare these two definitions from Merriam Webster: lex […]
      - 12 days ago, 24 Jun 15, 9:49pm -

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