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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newQuote Of The Day: “Poorer children ‘have smaller brains’, researchers say”
    There has been a lot of media attention over the past few days about a new study suggesting that the brains of low-income children are smaller than those of more affluent kids. Here’s an excerpt from one report about the … Continue reading →
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 4:35am -
  • newVery Good Associated Press Video Series On Natural Disasters
    The Associated Press has a series of twenty-six short videos describing the forces behind multiple natural disasters. I’m adding this resource to The Best Websites For Learning About Natural Disasters. I’ve embedded two of them below.
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 3:33am -
  • newFive Most Popular Posts Of The Week
    Here’s the latest edition of this every-weekend feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they have originally been published on an earlier date). You might also be … C…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:56pm -
  • newApril’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part One
    There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.” You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:43pm -
  • new“Strategies For Encouraging Student Engagement”
    Strategies For Encouraging Student Engagement is my latest Education Week Teacher post. In it, William & Pérsida Himmele, Jennifer Gonzalez and Karen Lirenman share their ideas on how to increase the chances of all students participating all the tim…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:44pm -
  • All Of My Theory Of Knowledge “Best” Lists In One Place!
    As regular readers know, I teach a very wide variety of classes, and they include the International Baccalaureate Theory Of Knowledge course. I know that quite a few TOK teachers read this blog, and thought it would be helpful to … Continue reading…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:06pm -
  • My New BAM! Show Is On Teacher Attrition at High Poverty Urban Schools
    A Second Look: Teacher Attrition at High Poverty Urban Schools is the title of my latest BAM! Radio ten-minute show. Karen Baptiste, Pia Wong, and Yvette Jackson join me in a discussion on the topic, which is a continuing series … Continue reading…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:37am -
  • Second Quote Of The Day: The Problems With Merit Pay

    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:21am -
  • Simple ELL Writing Assignment On Imperialism
    As regular readers know, one of the many classes I teach is World History to Intermediate English Language Learners. One of the things I try to do is regularly connect what we are studying in the past to what might … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:11am -

Free Tech for Teachers

  • newHow to Create a Short Flipped Lesson With Vialogues
    Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer. Registered users can upload videos to Vialogues or use YouTube videos as the centerpieces of their c…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 3:01am -
  • newClassmill - Create Online Courses
    Classmill is a new service for creating self-paced online courses. David Kapuler wrote a short blurb about Classmill earlier this week and I finally got around to trying it out this morning.On Classmill you can create public or private (invitation-on…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:56pm -
  • newSpring & Summer PD Opportunities With Me
    Spring is here and before too long we'll be breaking out our flip-flops and shorts for summer. If part of your summer plan calls for professional development, I have some opportunities for you.On July 13th and 14th I am hosting the Practical Ed Tech…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:32pm -
  • newHow to Download KML Data from Google Maps
    Last summer Google transitioned maps made with Classic Google Maps and Google Maps Engine Lite to their new My Maps platform. This morning I received an email from the Google Maps team announcing that you need to export the KML files of your original…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:30pm -
  • How Do Airplanes Fly? - And Five Ways to Flip This Video
    Last month I had the privilege to fly on an A380. The A380 is the largest commercial jet in the world. As I saw the plane towering over the jetway in Dallas I couldn't help but be amazed at the engineering that makes it possible for something so larg…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 3:55am -
  • How to Create Bookshelves in Google Books
    This afternoon I received an email from a reader who had seen my video about conducting research in Google Books and now wanted to build Google Books bookshelves of his own. To demonstrate that process I created the short video that you see embedded…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 3:28am -
  • Trending Words - See the Most Popular Vocabulary Words in WordWriter Projects
    Disclosure: BoomWriter is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.comTrending Words is a new feature for teachers using WordWriter. Trending Words allows you to see the most frequently used vocabulary words across the WordWriter platform. You can filter t…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:12am -
  • WhatsDue - Schedule and Send Reminders to Students
    WhatsDue is a free service (available for Android and iOS) that enables teachers to create and send due date reminders to their students. Students receive the reminders as push notifications on their iOS and or Android devices.Here's how WhatsDue wor…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 10:52pm -
  • Dozens Free iPad App Reviews Arranged by Grade
    A couple of years ago when I started iPadApps4School.com I did something that I wish I had done when I started FreeTech4Teachers.com. That is I created a structure for categorizing my app reviews according to grade level. I was also smarter about my…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 10:19am -
  • Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet
    Monday's post about Parapara Animation was quite popular and prompted questions from readers looking for similar tools that either work on tablets or offer more features than Parapara Animation. Here are some other sites and apps for creating animati…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 9:47pm -

BBC Learning English

Playing 'Harry Potter'. Learn: wizardry, role play, makeshift, cast a spell, investors
Playing 'Harry Potter'. Learn: wizardry, role play, makeshift, cast a spell, investorsWords in the News (15th April 2015): Playing 'Harry Potter'For vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150415…
- 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:15pm -
Learning Circles - Ambulance
Learning Circles - AmbulanceFor more on this ESOL lesson: http://bbc.in/1FNOXyfHas anyone in your Learning Circle ever phoned for an ambulance? This time, Deeqa’s brother suddenly becomes sick. She has to get an ambulance, but she is not sure…
- 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 9:10pm -
3D paintings. Learn: encourages, exhibits, artwork, optical illusions, brainchild
3D paintings. Learn: encourages, exhibits, artwork, optical illusions, brainchildWords in the News (8th April 2015): 3D paintingsFor vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150408Transcript…
- 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 9:33pm -
Where's Finn? Watch to find out.
Where's Finn? Watch to find out.Many of you have been asking about one of our producers - Finn. Here's a message from Finn to you.From:bbclearningenglishViews:5066139ratingsTime:00:31More inEducation
- 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 10:19pm -
Learning Circles - Post Office: language you need for asking about times and prices.
Learning Circles - Post Office: language you need for asking about times and prices.For more on this ESOL lesson: http://bbc.in/1Ct2wDqIn this lesson, Muna needs to send a package, but she doesn't know which service to choose. We look at some u…
- 16 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
Giant Easter egg. Learn: melted, mouth-watering, in the run-up to, chocoholic, charity
Giant Easter egg. Learn: melted, mouth-watering, in the run-up to, chocoholic, charityWords in the News (1st April 2015): Giant Easter eggFor vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150401Transc…
- 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 9:56pm -

ESL About.com

  • newMaking Suggestions Quiz
    Useful phrases for making suggestions in English for upper level ESL English students - quiz
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newComplex Sentence Worksheet
    Learn the basics of writing complex sentences with this introduction to the use of coordinating conjunctions to combine sentences into compound sentences.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newAdvanced English Grammar Review Quiz
    Advanced level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newMaking Suggestions
    How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newTelephoning English
    Five short English conversations which focus on telephoning in English to be used to practice telephoning English.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newWhen to Use Any or Some
    This basic English lesson focuses on the use of any and some to speak about a non-specific amount and for compound words.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newBasic Key Words for English Learners
    List 1 of basic list including Basic Verbs, Prepositions, Articles, Pronouns, of 850 words which can help you speak English in a well-rounded manner.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newBeginning English Quiz
    Beginning level English quiz tests basic English tenses, conditional and superlatives, and simple conversational English with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPrepositions of Place Quiz
    This quiz focuses on prepositions of place.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newReported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPast Tense Irregular Verbs
    30 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on past tense irregular verbs and includes a short quiz to test your understanding. Page 5.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPresent Perfect Worksheets
    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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newFuture with Will for Promises and Predictions
    Future with will tense chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the future with will for promises and predictions in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and gr…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newParagraph Writing
    A guide to basic paragraph construction for use in English as a second language classes focusing on the main components of standard paragraphs.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newBasic English Modals Quiz
    This quiz focuses on basic modals used in English.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPrepositional Phrase Quiz
    Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newHow To Tell Time in English
    Telling the time in English for beginner level students and teachers
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newAsking for a Favor in English
    Learn how to ask for a favor in English, as well as granting and denying a favor request with these common phrases and role play examples.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newDifferences between British and American...
    Quiz testing the differences between British and American English
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newReporting Verbs for Advanced Level ESL Learners...
    A reference guide to various reporting verb forms: infinitive verb esl learners presentation examples preposition verbs
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newCommon Mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two...
    Quiz about some of the most common mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPast Continuous for Interrupted Action
    Past continuous tense chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the past continuous tense for interrupted action in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and gram…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newShould You Use "Have" or "Have Got"?
    A guide to when to use the possessive verb forms Have and Have Got with multiple example sentences of correct and incorrect usage.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newConfusing Words Quiz
    Test your knowledge of confusing words in English such as accept and except. This quiz provides the correct word for each sentence. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newEnglish as Second Language Grammar Help -...
    Guide to the use of adverbs of frequency for intermediate level ESL EFL students and classes.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newThe 50 Basic English Questions
    50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newNon-Continuous Verbs
    A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newWord Analogies Quiz for ESL Students
    Word analogies quiz for ESL learners and classes: phrasal verbs word analogies esl students quiz feedback question button
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newNumber Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
    Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newSentence Structure Chart
    This sentence structure chart provides an overview of the thirteen present, past and future tenses including the continuous and perfect forms. Using this chart will help you focus on the minor changes made in the structure of English sentences to hel…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newMake or Do Quiz
    The difference between make and do is very minimal and causes a lot of problems, try this quiz to see if you know when to use make or do.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newUse the trick of finding a focus word to help...
    Learn how to find a focus word to help you with your pronunciation in English. Using a focus word helps guide us through our conversations.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newLearn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
    Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newDialogue: Interview with a Famous Actor
    Beginner level dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on speaking about daily routines with the simple present
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • new1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
    Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newHow is teaching grammar in an ESL class...
    An overview to teaching grammar in an ESL / EFL setting. This article discusses the questions that need to be asked before beginning to teach the class as well as an explaination of the importance of a bottom up style of teaching.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newParts of Speech Quiz for Advanced Level English...
    Quiz focusing on the eight parts of speech for advanced English learners and classes. Students choose the appropriate part of speech for each vocabulary item in context.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newParts of Speech Quiz
    Quiz on the eight parts of speech in English such as nouns, verbs, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, etc. with answers.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newWhat's the Difference Between American and...
    A discussion of the differences between standard American and British English in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar with examples.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newBritish vs. American English Vocabulary...
    Commonly confused words in British and American English
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPrepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
    Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newAuxiliary Verbs Quiz
    English Grammar Review Quiz for ESL EFL English learners and classes focusing on auxiliary verbs.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newBeginning English Multiple Choice Tests
    ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newIrregular Past Verbs Quiz
    This quiz focuses irregular verb past forms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • newPast Tenses Quiz
    Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • new8 Common Word Syllable Stress Patterns in English
    This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:02pm -

BeeOasis -- Read Big!

  • The Way of Green Tea
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer. Click here to read a Step 1 version of this story. People have been drinking green tea for about 5,000 years. Green tea came from China. And today it is produced mainly in China and Ja…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:30am -
  • The Honest Truth About Irony (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 3 Many of us know the story “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. A young husband and wife love each other deeply. But they are too poor to buy each other gifts at Chris…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:30am -
  • Moving to Think
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.By Cielo Vera BeeOasis Step 1 Gillian Lynne could not sit still. She was eight years old now. And her teachers worried about her. Perhaps she had a learning problem. Gillian’s mother…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:30am -
  • Pecos Bill Retold (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.BeeOasis Step 3 Pecos Bill was not a real person. But he had an unusual life, and he did extraordinary things. By his mighty deeds, he showed that people could do just about anything. H…
    - 44 days ago, 5 Mar 15, 8:34am -
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.  BeeOasis Step 2 He came out of nowhere. In 1961, he just appeared in New York City, wanting to do music. And in one short year, he held a record contract in his hand. By the middle o…
    - 52 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 9:11am -
  • The Smartest Dog
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Dr. John Pilley was sad. For many years, he worked with Yasha. He worked with Yasha as a scientist, but they were also best friends. As time passed, Yasha became very sick. Dr. Pilley t…
    - 53 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 8:20am -
  • Reading is Smart Step 3
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Reading is Smart BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is an author. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world’s most prestigious newspape…
    - 53 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 7:28am -
  • The Longest Railway
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer. VOA Learning English reports that China has paid for the longest railway in the world. It’s 13,000 kilometers long! The longest railway in the world is now open. In December,…
    - 55 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 11:08am -
  • What’s Your EQ?
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer. Many schools and companies care about IQ. IQ stands for “intelligence quotient.” It is supposed to be a measure of intelligence. But what about EQ? EQ stands for emotional quotient…
    - 56 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 11:57am -
  • A New Printer for the Blind
    Click to Start TimerClick "I read this story!" to stop the timer.Breaking News English has published an interesting story about a teenager who has made an inexpensive printer for the blind. A 13-year-old has made a cheap machine that helps blind peop…
    - 56 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 11:19am -
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VOA Learning English

Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare Workers
Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare WorkersA recent study in Nigeria found that women and children prefer to go to women health care workers. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/media/video/study-women-mor…
- 9 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 3:34am -
English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand on
English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand onHave you ever been told your argument "does not have a leg to stand on?" Find out what this idiom means in this week's English in a Minute! Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews...…
- 16 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:50pm -
Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exam
Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship ExamA new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question…
- 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:11am -
Is China Continuing Big Spending to Lift Its Economy?
Is China Continuing Big Spending to Lift Its Economy?During the world financial crisis, China spent hundreds of billions of dollars to help its economy. Some experts say those measures may be continuing. Originally published at - http://learninge…
- 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:10am -
News Words: Ringleader
News Words: RingleaderWhat does it mean if someone is a ringleader? Listen to this word used to describe someone in an international news story. Our hosts explain the meaning and origin of the word. Originally...From:VOA Learning EnglishViews:…
- 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 10:23am -
New Metal Recovery Methods Save Energy and the Environment
New Metal Recovery Methods Save Energy and the EnvironmentMillions of tons of metals go into landfills as waste. Researchers now are finding new ways to separate metals from waste for recycling which reduces the amount of trash in landfills and s…
- 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 10:21am -

ESL on the Web

Language Learning on the Web

Nat Geo Pics (Use in Class!)

Intelligent Travel
Intelligent Travel
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Pilgrims’ Progress
Pilgrims’ Progress
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Fuji’s Swan
Fuji’s Swan
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Lighting the Night
Lighting the Night
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Windswept
Windswept
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Cloud Cover
Cloud Cover
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Oxford Learner's Dictionary

Word of the Day

  • newadvantageous
    advantageous: good or useful in a particular situation...
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  • torrent
    torrent: a large amount of water...
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  • creature comforts
    creature comforts: all the things that make life, or a particular place...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • virtuoso
    virtuoso: a person who is extremely skilful at doing something...
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • community
    community: all the people who live in a particular area...
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • drench
    drench: to make somebody/something completely wet...
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • necessity
    necessity: the fact that something must happen or be done...
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 10:00am -
  • refreshing
    refreshing: pleasantly new or different...
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  • precipitation
    precipitation: rain, snow etc. that falls...
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  • vernal
    vernal: connected with the season of spring...
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 10:00am -

UsingEnglish.com (Handouts)

  • Phrasal Verbs - Take 2 (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs - Take 2Topic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/581.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/581.html
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 8:13pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs- Finish (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs- FinishTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/580.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/580.html
    - 92 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 6:28pm -
  • Over (10 questions)
    Title: OverTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/579.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/579.html
    - 19 Dec 14, 7:35pm -
  • Phrasal Verbs- In (10 questions)
    Title: Phrasal Verbs- InTopic: Phrasal VerbsLevel: IntermediateAccess: PublicInformation: Choose the correct answer.Handout Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/578.htmlOnline Quiz Link: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/578.html
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News English (Print Handouts)

  • High heels cause arthritis and damaged knees
    April 16, 2015. Shoes with high heels are the fashion choice for many women around the world. However, a new study proves that wearing high heels...
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  • Castro and Obama in historic handshake
    April 13, 2015. Relations between the USA and Cuba took a step towards becoming more normal on Friday when the leaders of the two countries shook hands.
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  • U.N. calls for help for Yarmouk
    April 10, 2015. he United Nations has made a plea for humanitarian access to the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the suburbs of Damascus.
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  • More British people fixing their own teeth
    April 07, 2015. People in Britain can now repair their own teeth. They can buy special dental kits in supermarkets to fix fillings and repair caps and crowns.
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • Jay Z restarts music streaming brand
    April 04, 2015. Rapper Jay Z has restarted a music subscription site to provide a new kind of streaming service.
    - 14 days ago, 4 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • Arab League agrees to make Arab ''army''
    April 01, 2015. The Arab League has agreed to make a joint Arab ''army'' that could have 40,000 special troops. It will be a little like NATO.
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 9:30am -
  • World airlines change cockpit rules
    March 29, 2015. Airlines across the world have begun putting in place requirements for two crew members to always be present in the cockpit.
    - 20 days ago, 29 Mar 15, 9:30am -
  • London drivers face idling fine
    March 26, 2015. Drivers in central London will soon face a 30-dollar fine if they sit in traffic without turning off their engine.
    - 23 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 9:30am -
  • 600 students expelled for cheating
    March 23, 2015. Authorities in India's Bihar state have expelled around 600 high school students for cheating in their 10th grade examinations.
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 9:30am -
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  • newEveryday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives
    Welcome to another episode of Everyday Grammar on VOA Learning English.English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In thi…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:02am -
  • newWomen Seek to Join US Army Rangers
    About 20 women will enter the U.S. Army Ranger School for the first time on April 20. The school has one of the most difficult training programs for soldiers. But a new Army survey shows that many male soldiers are unhappy about it.The Army says Ra…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:01am -
  • newSan Francisco Artists Make Art from Trash
    Trash and garbage are other words for waste – things that people no longer want or need. In San Francisco, they are also words for art.A local recycling company, called Recology, created a program to give artists the opportunity to re-use unwante…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:00am -
  • newOfficials Plan Expanded Search for Missing Malaysian Plane
     From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for more than 13 months. The airplane, a Boeing 777, was carrying 239 people on a flight between Malaysia and China. The plane disappeared over the Ind…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:00am -
  • newMother, Son, Co-Write Children’s Book on Autism
    Eighteen-year-old Burnie Rollinson has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.  People with Asperger’s have difficulty with communication, eye contact and relationships. Burnie’s mother, Anita Rollinson, wanted to write a book to help pe…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 4:58am -
  • Ukrainian Reporter Shot Dead in Kyiv
     Two gunmen shot and killed a leading Ukrainian reporter Thursday. Ukraine's interior ministry reported that Oles Buzina, chief editor of the newspaper Segodnya, was killed near his home in Kyiv.Mr. Buzina was known for his pro-Russia positions.…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 6:58am -
  • Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two
    Herman Melville
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  • War in Yemen: The Players and the Goals
    Have you been following what is happening in Yemen? Are you wondering exacting who is fighting who and for what?Some Yemenis living overseas say they are not sure what is happening back at home.This man, a high school teacher, spoke to VOA at a Y…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 5:01am -
  • In Australia, Tibetan Immigrants Learn to Swim
    Refugees from Tibet live in many countries around the world. Australia’s largest community of Tibetan refugees is in a town just north of Sydney. Australia’s East Coast seems a world away from the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet. In their new home, h…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 5:00am -
  • Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two

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  • Iran Dismisses US Congressional Part in Nuclear Deal
     Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is seeking a final nuclear agreement with six world powers, not with U.S. lawmakers.Mr. Rouhani spoke Wednesday to thousands of Iranians in the northern city of Rasht. He again said Tehran will not sig…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:27am -
  • China’s Activities in Disputed Waters Worry US, Southeast Asia
     The United States and the Philippines have expressed concern about China’s efforts to reclaim and develop territory in the South China Sea. But the Chinese government is pushing forward. The government says its activities are lawful and do not…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:02am -
  • Activists Aim – Again – To Pay Women and Men Equally
    Activists gathered in New York City this week to call attention to a problem that has existed for a long time: the pay difference between American men and women.The United States Congress took steps to fix the problem back in April 1963, when it pa…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:01am -
  • Changing Gene in Plant Could Yield More Crops
    Plants have a “biological clock” that tells them when to produce leaves, seeds and other growth. A new study says understanding that clock may help scientists develop crops that can feed a growing population in an increasingly warmer world.Rob…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:00am -
  • Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking
     Devices that help people walk were once thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to design. Until recently, such a device required electricity from an external power supply. Now, American scientists have built a small, wearable addition to nor…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:00am -
  • Obama, Iraqi Prime Minister Discuss Foreign Fighters, Aid
     Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi met at the White House Tuesday for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama. It was his first visit to Washington as prime minister.Mr. Obama and Mr. Abadi discussed the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 6:35am -
  • India Seeks More Women on Corporate Boards
     From VOA Learning English. This is the Economic Report.The goal appeared simple: require a woman to sit on the board of directors of all companies listed on India’s National Stock Exchange. But after one year, many companies are still trying…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 5:03am -
  • A Look Back at the Chibok Kidnapping
     One year ago, Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. The kidnapping came as a shock to people around the world. But it was just part of Boko Haram’s violent campaign agai…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 5:02am -
  • How to Raise a Reader
    From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.For some people, the warmest memories from childhood come from being read a great story. But reading to children does more than create warm memories. It develops children’s language…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 5:00am -
  • Marco Rubio Announces Presidential Campaign
     United States Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told his supporters Monday he is running for president in 2016. He said that he feels “uniquely qualified” to represent the Republican Party.Mr. Rubio, 43, is the son of Cuban immigrants. He made…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 6:26am -

UsingEnglish.com

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  • Telephoning- Brainstorming Dialogues
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  • Reach out
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  • The last ____ we had meetings there, he wasn't very helpful.
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  • Presentations- Ending Presentations Politeness Competition Game
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  • I'm sorry ____ late.
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BBC News in Pics (Use in Class!

Week in pictures: 11-17 April 2015
Week in pictures: 11-17 April 2015
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In pictures: Singapore in transit
In pictures: Singapore in transit
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Election 2015 in pictures: 16 April
Election 2015 in pictures: 16 April
- 2 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:02am -
Street fashion: Tokyo Camera Style
Street fashion: Tokyo Camera Style
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Election 2015 in pictures: 15 April
Election 2015 in pictures: 15 April
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Bedrooms of the remembered
Bedrooms of the remembered
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Language Log

  • new"A year ago, we don't win tonight".
    Ron Stack writes: Here is Manager Terry Collins on the Mets' victory over the Marlins last night: “A year ago, we don’t win tonight. It’s a different mentality in our clubhouse now."   I'm almost certain LL has covered this time-shifted presen…
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  • newStyle guide
    Today's xkcd: Mouseover title: "I honestly didn't think you could even USE emoji in variable names. Or that there were so many different crying ones."  
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  • I've forgotten more Czech than Barbara Partee has learned
    One of the most memorable trips of my life took place in 1994 and involved traveling as a graduate student to Prague in the company of some of the most formidable linguists of North America and Europe. It was my first return to the country of my birt…
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  • Adventures in ellipsis
    150 years ago today, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. America is forever indebted. pic.twitter.com/vhIE1k20e7 — Senate Republicans (@Senate_GOPs) April 15, 2015 More discussion here.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 6:02pm -
  • Scoop the poop
    Photograph of a sign in Taipei, Taiwan sent in by Chuck Cook: The notice in large characters reads: liú gǒu xì gǒu liàn, suíshǒu qīng gǒu biàn 遛狗繫狗鍊,隨手清狗便 When you walk your dog, keep it on a leash; clean up the dog do…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:29am -
  • Breath Clay
    From a page at Chambers Wines about the VinItaly exhibition in Verona: Caption: "Some translations are more successful than others". But what, asks Francois Lang, is "Breath Clay" a (bad?) translation of? We can find a clue in this YouTube video…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:48am -

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BusyTeacher.org

  • newShopping
    Wordsearch for the topic shopping contains such words  as customer, counter, department store, shop assistant, purchases, sales, basket, mall, size, change, cashier, goods, trolley, receipt. You can use it either with kids or adults. 
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  • newFood Activity for Young Learners
    This worksheet is made for young learners. Once you have taught them some food vocabulary and how to write it, you can have fun with this activity. My students loved it. Your students have to color all the food, cut it, and then glue it in the ri .…
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  • newShops and Departments
    Suitable and moderate wordsearch for the topic shopping, contains the following words: bakey, butchery, grocery, supermarket, department store, dairy, greengrocery, chemist's, clothes shop, bookshop, mall, perfumery. It can be used for kids and adul…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:52am -
  • newSong Worksheet: Balaklava by Arctic Monkeys
    The worksheet is a gap-filling activity based on a funny fast-paced song "Balaklava" by Arctic Monkeys. The song is an allegory of love described as a robbery. The song is devoted to the topic of teenagers, rebellion, street life and can also be use…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:50am -
  • newGrammar Test for Upper Levels
    This is a grammar test for upper intermediate and advanced students. Teacher divides students into groups and nominates each group to answer the questions. It's a multiple choice test which covers tenses, prepositions, gerund and infinitive. A lot o…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:49am -
  • newPresent simple- Writing
    It's a writing activity for students to practise present simple (third person singular). This activity will help students practise third person singular s. Students write the text and swap their writings with their partners. They are encouraged to a…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:48am -
  • newPresent Simple- Discussion Questions
    It's an interesting speaking activity for students. It will give students an opportunity to personalise the topic and practise present simple third person singular. Students enjoy speaking about themselves and their families. It's a lot of fun. Have…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:47am -
  • newHome Interview
    This worksheet contains different questions about the home. Divide the language learners into small groups and encourage them to talk. Hope it works well.
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:46am -
  • newPronunciation/ Short and Long Vowels
    This is a worksheet for practicing short and long vowels. It includes two activities. First, the students are asked to find the stress in some words. Next, they are asked to use their dictionaries to find out the vowel sounds are short or long. Hope…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:45am -
  • newSherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son/ Oxford Bookworms, Chapter 1
    This worksheet contains some questions based on the first chapter of Sherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son/ Oxford Bookworms. Put the students into pairs or small groups and encourage them to answer with complete sentences. Hope it helps!
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:45am -
  • newIce-breaker Activity
    This ice-breaker activity allows teachers to get to know their students in a fun and easy way using music. This activity is similar to the hot seat games, but in this case students do not leave the game when they can’t find a chair to sit o ...
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:44am -
  • newThe Home
    This worksheet deals with some vocabulary items related to "talking about the home". It contains 2 activities. You can use it at the study part of your teaching. Hope you find it useful.
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:42am -
  • newGeorge Brown Class Clown Super Burp Word Search
    George Brown has a knack for getting into trouble. This word search is a fun worksheet to keep ss interested in reading. All of the words within the word search can be found in the book. This would be a good worksheet to help with different words.
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:42am -
  • newSong Worksheet: Close Your Eyes by Michael Bublé
    This is a song by Michael Bublé to practice different pronouns and possesive adjectives. This exercise was specially designed with adult learners in mind. The singer has a clear pronunciation. You can start by making them check what type of wor ...
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:40am -
  • newLondon's Big Ben and Globe Theatre
    Read about the Big Ben and Globe Theatre in London and then answer the questions. This is a worksheet of cultural interest and can be used either as a speaking task or as as a writing task. The sources are the following links: http://www.visitlon .…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:39am -
  • newSong Worksheet: Rhythm Inside by Loïc Nottet ( Eurovision 2015)
    This is a listening comprehension task. Students listen to the song and finish the sentences. The song could be found in youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV2b3L1K6_c. The attachment has teacher's notes and tasks for students. After listening…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:38am -
  • newGreat Techniques for Creative Writing in the ESL Classroom
    I'm sure you would all agree that teaching our ESL students writing skills is undoubtedly necessary. After all, it goes without saying that writing is a way to communicate as well. Business students alone have to deal with emails, reports, presentat…
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 8:31am -
  • Adjectives, Comparative Adjectives, Superlative Adjectives
    Even if students know what adjectives are in their own language, using them in English can be difficult. This worksheet tries to sum up some general information plus the exceptions that can make adjectives more difficult to use for foreign language…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:15am -
  • Be a Superhero!
    Need an engaging, exciting guided writing prompt? Try the "Be a Superhero" guided prompt. If you work with students with idea formulation, organization, paragraph parsing, or writing persistence issues, this may be for you. Gives specific guidelines…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:14am -
  • May, Might, Used to/ For
    This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching grammar: speculation with may and might, used to and used for and the use of made of in English grammar. It is suitable for elementary students and higher levels. Hope you find it helpful.
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:13am -
  • Thinking Cap
    This power-point presentation is useful to talk about invention and inventors (such as Alexander Graham Bell, Edison, Wright brothers and etc.) . It is also useful for improving students speaking skills. It's appropriate for elementary and upper stu…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:11am -
  • A, An, Some
    This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching quantifiers a, an and some, it includes some slides with which you can check their understanding. It also contains food related vocabulary items. This is suitable for elementary students and…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:10am -
  • Like and Want
    This power-point presentation can be used for teaching how to talk about likes and dislikes, what you want, and using a, an , and some before nouns. It also contains food related vocabulary items (vegetables, fruit, snacks and etc. ). It's appropria…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:09am -
  • How's the Weather?
    This power point presentation is used for teaching weather such as (sunny and warm, sunny and hot, cold, snowy, foggy, rainy and windy) and days of the week. You can also ask about clothing items and activities related to different kinds of weather.…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:07am -
  • Song Worksheet:Song by Jazon Mraz
    With this worksheet students can practice listening, this worksheet is for beginners since they have to identify sounds and fill the gaps with very easy things such as you, me, your, I´m, it and other simple nouns like people, love, family, etc. ..…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:06am -
  • Synonyms of Verbs and Adverbs for Academic English
    For advanced students seeking an expansion of vocabulary for academic English. The worksheet contains a matching activity, in which the student would match the corresponding letter to the most suitable word. There are fourteen words to be matched in…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:20am -
  • Conditionals
    In this PowerPoint presentation students learn or, depending on the level, revise the rules of zero, first, second and third conditional sentences. They also understand when to use each conditional and practice the content in pairs, making sentences…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:19am -
  • Telephone Phrases
    This is a simple PowerPoint presentation compiled of common telephone vocabulary and phrases in English. Great for business students, general English and graduating high school students. Activity: 1. Present vocab and phrases to students. 2. Split t…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:18am -
  • Song Worksheet: Saltwater by Julian Lennon
    This worksheet can be used for practising and developing listening comprehension skills. The writer reflects upon environment and social issues. Thus, students can discuss and express their opinion on the topic; and also, investigate about the autho…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:18am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Friends (Second Conditional Integrated Skills)
    An integrated skills worksheet using a video from TV show "Friends". It includes before-while-after listening exercises. I hope it works. You can use for pre/intermediate classes or revise it. Enjoy! 
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:17am -
  • Gerunds or Infinitive
    This 30 question exercise is to test students knowledge of gerunds and infinitives. It is a fill in the gap exercise with different verbs in which the students have to decide whether to use infinitive or gerund. It is designed for intermediate stude…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:16am -
  • Countable and Uncountable Nouns
    A fun ESL grammar exercise worksheet with pictures (food and drinks) for kids to study and practise countable and uncountable nouns. Write C for countable nouns and U for uncountable nouns. Useful for teaching and learning countable and uncountable…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:15am -
  • Song Worksheet: Present Perfect Song by Rayana Brandy
    This song by Rayana Brandy is particularly useful to practise the use of present perfect with the word " ever". Her voice is very clear and the song speed is slow enough for the students to follow the lyrics with practically no difficulty. You could…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:14am -
  • How to Write a Paragraph
    The "paragraph hamburger" is a writing organizer that visually outlines the key components of a paragraph. Topic sentence, detail sentences, and a closing sentence are the main elements of a good paragraph, and each one forms a different "piece" of…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:11am -
  • Numbers and Alphabet
    This is a simple worksheet were students will be able to recall and practice numerals from 1-10 and also order words alphabetically through matching activities, tracing activities, identifying words and ordering them alphabetically, matching numbers…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:11am -
  • Guessing Game
    Team A: you have to guess the words on Team B's list. You can ask the given questions on your own list or other questions. Team B: you have to guess the words on Team A's list. You can ask the given questions on your own list or other questions.& .…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:10am -
  • My School
    This is a worksheet for teaching school items. It includes two activities. First, the young learners are asked to read and draw. Secondly, they are asked to look at the pictures and write sentences. Hope it works!
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:09am -
  • Holiday, Speaking Cards
    This worksheet contains some questions about a holiday. Put the students into small groups and ask them to talk about these questions. Hope it works!
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:08am -
  • April Fool's Day/ Reading
    This worksheet contains a reading comprehension about April Fool's Day (All Fool's Day). It includes a true/ false activity to check the learners' understanding. Hope it works well!
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:07am -
  • Song Worksheet: Fix You by Coldplay
    It's a nice and simple song worksheet. This song is suitable for students to learn simple present verbs. Students have to identify the missing verbs and write them in the correct gap. Young learners like doing this kind of activity.
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:07am -
  • How to Make Your ESL Lessons Irresistible for Kids: 7 Tips on What to Do and Not to Do
    I'd like all of you to think about the following question and if possible answer it truthfully. Do your kids enjoy the lessons you provide? Are they anxious for you to start the lessons and get their learning on? If the answer is yes, you are an awe…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 8:21am -
  • Get Your Students Flipping: 10 Fun Ways to Use Reversi to Teach Grammar
    Have you ever used the game Reversi or Othello, which is similar to the Japanese game Go, to teach grammar? This simple game has players flip tiles repeatedly to show either the black or white side. It may surprise you how versatile and easy to use…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 8:21am -
  • Isn’t That the Rub? 8 Simple Games You Can Play with Just an Eraser
    Everyone knows you’re a busy teacher. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be here looking for easy ideas to teach language to your ESL students . But just because you are busy doesn’t mean you have to be boring in class. That’s ...
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 8:21am -
  • Those Are Such Excellent Ideas, but Let’s Hear from Someone Else Now: Getting Students to Share the Floor
    There’s one in every class: that “eager beaver” who always has his hand in the air, who is always the first to speak, who goes on at length on the topic, and who tends to dominate group discussion as well. There is usually just one o ...
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:53am -
  • Tell Me All about It: 6 Fun Business English Activities for Talking about Your Job
    All English students have similar needs, but if you are teaching a business English class, your students will have more. Not only will they have the needs that come with language learning, they will also have the needs that come with business specif…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:53am -
  • Agreeing to Disagree: 6 Activities for Tackling Cultural Differences
    Culture permeates everything we think and do. Everyone is influenced by culture . The thing is, not everyone can pinpoint what beliefs, assumptions, and values come from their culture. In fact, if you asked your students to tell you about their cult…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:53am -
  • Budget and Getting Finance
    Questions about drawing a budget and getting finance. The purpose is to prompt students to activate the business vocabulary they know, while practicing collocations. These questions can be used also for written tests if needed. Not below intermediat…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 6:49am -
  • Turnitin Isn’t Working, I Lost Your Email, and I Forgot My Password: Dealing with Electronic “Excuses”
    I hate to sound cynical, but my students, all “digital natives”—that is, those who have grown up with technology and have never known a world without the internet—become curiously electronically incompetent and even cursed when ...
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 2:30am -
  • I Handwrote the Paper, Changed the Topic, and Posted It on Facebook: Managing Students Who Can’t Follow Directions
    There has always been at least one student in class who seems to have enormous problems following directions. If you ask for an essay, she writes a poem. If you ask for it submitted to the class website by Sunday midnight, she’ll send it as an e .…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 2:30am -
  • What Do You Mean, You Don’t Have an Email Account? Helping the “Nonwired” Student Navigate the Electronic World
    There are, believe it or not, those students who still don’t have a home computer. There are also those who don’t have an email account, don’t post on Facebook , or own a smart phone. In this wired age, not having an email address is ...
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 2:30am -
  • TOEFL Success: 8 Easy Tips for Getting Test Conditions Right for Practice Tests
    Whether you are teaching a class specifically to prepare for the TOEFL or TOIC or you simply include some element of test preparation in your classes, simulating test conditions is important for getting your students ready for test day. Simply put,…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 2:26am -
  • How Much Did He Participate? Individual Grades for Group Discussion
    One of the most difficult grading concerns is assigning a grade for “participation” or “group discussion.” Accurate and fair grading for participation and discussion is important as it often makes up a large portion of the clas ...
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 2:21am -
  • Movie Worksheet: Recycle Now
    Listening & speaking by A. Maitree Jeremy, Kingston Crown. Level :  elementary - pre-intermediate. Grammar focus : passive voice. Instructions : 1. The teacher reads out the story relating to the pictures given in the worksheet. Let ...
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:38am -
  • Amazing Animal Facts
    This worksheet can be used as a warmer/filler or when studying animals. It makes people think and they discover something new for themselves. I adapted the facts from the book '1001 unvelievable facts' by Helen Otway. Let your students enjoy them! :…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:36am -
  • Earth Day - Life Cycle of a Plant
    This page familiarises students with the life cycle of a plant from seed germination to fertilisation. Students read the text and answer the study questions. This worksheet can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about Earth Day. Cre…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:36am -
  • Earth Day - Plant Questions
    This worksheet asks students to answer ten questions about plants. They have a word list to help them. This can also be used as an extra resource when teaching students about Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:36am -
  • Conditionals
    This is a PowerPoint presentation, where all types of  conditionals are described in details and with illustrations. Rules, structures and examples of usage are provided. Good luck!
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:35am -
  • Alphabet's Missing Letters
    This worksheet was designed having in mind young learners at an early stage. The teacher can isolate the pictures and start teaching six to seven words per teaching hour. Once all the words have been covered the particular worksheet can be used as &…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:34am -
  • Friendship - Open Questions and Quotes PPT
    Yet another PPT by Alex. This one is about "Friends and Friendship". At first students are offered to answer and discuss a few open questions (connected to the topic, of course, then talk about some interesting quotes by famous people. The PPT is ai…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 12:31am -

Simple English News

  • Essential Tips on How to Lose Your Facebook Friends
    Liste here Don’t forget – change your cover image regularly, just like clockwork. Don’t stop adding your selfies. The best option is to do it everyday. Keep all your friends informed about every single triviality, the ordinary boring things fro…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 10:23pm -
  • Steam Locomotive Competition in Zvolen
    Listen here Every year locomotives steam in to the city of Zvolen to compete in this very popular event. The engines come to this central Slovakian railway marshalling yard from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland and Great Britain. The c…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 5:29pm -
  • Language Tip: Prepositions, Conjuctions
    PREPOSITIONS - always “on” with days and dates They will come on Monday. The English exams will be held on January 15. - always “at” with time reference I will be there at 5 o’clock. They brought it at 6 a.m. – “in” when we wish to sa…
    - 33 days ago, 16 Mar 15, 6:21pm -
  • Adidas and Puma Were Founded By Two Brothers
    Listen here – Intermediate level Adidas and Puma are synonymous as manufacturers of sports footwear, apparel and equipment. These trademarks are recognised worldwide as the leading innovative sports brands. Adolf Dresler started a successful compan…
    - 47 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:46pm -
  • Video: Differences in British and American Vocabulary

    - 52 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 10:12pm -
  • Bryndza – „White Gold“?
    Listen here – Intermediate level Bryndza, a smooth very creamy cheese, is made from fresh sheep milk. It has a very characteristic zingy taste and unique odour. Many people recognise that Bryndza may have remedial effects, even to help prevent canc…
    - 60 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 4:33pm -
  • Eastern Ukraine – The Civil War Continues
    Listen here For more almost a year turmoil, riots, military ground and air battles have been rife in Eastern Ukraine, after the Ukrainian Revolution in February 2014. Both antagonists, the Ukrainian army and pro- Russian separatists, are using heavy…
    - 66 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 8:17pm -
  • Qataris Are Celebrating Their Handball Team
    Listen here Qatar, a small Arabian country in the Gulf region, accomplished tremendous, unexpected success at the Handball World Championship 2015. Qatar finished in second place gaining the silver medal. France, on Sunday 1st February, beat them in…
    - 74 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 6:54pm -
  • Robin Hood – A Great Legend or Mythology
    Listen here Robin Hood, a noble skilled in archery and swordsmanship, became an outlaw in the time of King Richard the Lionheart. He hid in Sherwood Forest with his Merry Men, a band of outlaws and a girlfriend Maid Marion. Traditionally dressed in L…
    - 78 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:13pm -
  • Try a High School Leaving Exam
    If you want to find out whether you would be able to pass a high school leaving English exam, successfully in Central Europe, then try to out the exam below. It is only a sample selection from similar exams so it is shorter, therefore, not more than…
    - 89 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:19pm -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • The Solutions Writing Challenge: Using Time Effectively
    In this blog Elna Coetzer continues to talk about ways we can use our time more effectively (inside and outside the class) when doing writing tasks. How does one become a successful cook? The answer really is very obvious – … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:31pm -
  • Topic knowledge and IELTS success
    Louis Rogers, author of Skills for Business Studies and an EAP teacher, discusses whether topic knowledge and fluency is key to performing well in IELTS testing. He speaks on the subject at this year’s IATEFL. Prior to the internet we had … Cont…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • #IATEFL – Pronunciation to Go: learning to learn from the dictionary
    Mark Hancock, co-author of the English Result series introduces his forthcoming IATEFL talk on the keys to developing students’ use of dictionaries and important features that can support independent learning. Proverbial wisdom tells us that if…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 6:22pm -
  • The Solutions Writing Challenge #3: “It’s hard to find enough class time for writing”
    Elna is a CELTA tutor and teacher trainer based in Istanbul. She has a lot of experience working with teachers in a variety of contexts and countries. Ahead of Elna’s webinar on 22 and 24 April, she gives us a … Continue reading →
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 5:07pm -
  • ‘Value for money': Helping your students get more from words and phrases they learn
    Jenny Dance, who runs a language school in Bristol, UK, tells us why pronunciation training is so important for her students and what led her to find a system that would allow them to practice more effectively. Helping learners improve … Continue r…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 6:58pm -
  • #IATEFL – “The difference is academic”
    Ahead of his talk at IATEFL 2015 about developing elementary English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students’ academic language, Edward de Chazal, co-author of Oxford EAP, considers the increasing relevance of EAP teaching for elementary students and…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 5:23pm -

ELTjam

  • newWhat we’re reading
    We’re not sure how we had time to read anything d […]
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  • ELTjam at IATEFL 2015: How ELT might handle the ‘EdTech revolution’
    At IATEFL 2014, ELTjam argued that the ELT community needed to engage more with the world of educational technology (EdTech) in order to continue to thrive. One year on, we looked at what that engagement might actually look like, examining how teache…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 5:53pm -
  • ELT Entrepreneurs – John Pettigrew
    Our ELT Entrepreneurs so far have been teachers turned start ups so this week we're looking at an entrepreneur with a different ELT background. John Pettigrew has gone from working for ELT publishers to bring his expertise to his own company, Future…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 5:57pm -
  • Applying the Pareto Principle to ELT Publishing
    In another post from the ELTjam vaults, we look at the concept of MVPs in ELT.The acronym MVP, or Minimum Viable Product, seems to be popping up in conversations with ELT publishers all over the place right now; and that's odd, because up unti…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Mar 15, 7:34pm -
  • Shaking up the ELT conference format
    ELT conferences are great. They’re an opportunity to learn, to network, to make new friends. They're also a chance to enjoy a few nights out where it’s acceptable that ELT is the only thing on the conversational menu! But having attended a couple…
    - 22 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 6:05pm -
  • How to be a successful education app developer
    When this blog was brand new (nearly two years ago), I stumbled across a post by a French indie app developer called Pierre Abel who was having great success by focussing on educational iPad apps for young learners. As someone who had spent quite a…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 8:17pm -

Teach English Online

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

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