Friday March 7, 2014
Back in the old days, when people wrote letters to each other, there was a distinct difference between formal and informal written English. Nowadays, people tend to use email rather than writing letters and the difference between the two styles have become blurred. This lesson plan focuses on the differences between formal and informal letter (or email) writing style. Another important aspect to writing style is choosing the right voice. In other words, which words and phrases are appropriate for a certain situation.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
One of the challenges to teaching intermediate to advanced level classes is encouraging students to start using the vocabulary they've been learning. In other words, students understand the vocabulary, but they don't necessarily use it. This lesson plan provides activities to help students begin using a wider range of vocabulary. The lesson asks students to explore words that relate to expressing happiness. You might also find this guide to expressing enthusiasm or joy helpful as it provides language patterns for using this type of vocabulary.
Monday March 3, 2014
Spring arrives on March 22. It might still seem like winter to many, but spring is just around the corner. Learn the different months and seasons, as well as which time words to use with each. For example, we say:
My birthday is in April.
My birthday is on April 23.
The use of in / on / at with time expressions can be confusing, so here's a guide to when to use these prepositions of time as well.
Friday February 28, 2014
In the other room.
Because it costs too much.
We went to the show, and we had dinner, then we had a drink at a bar.
Each of the sentences has a mistake. The first sentence is a sentence fragment. The second needs another clause to make a complete sentence because it is a dependent clause. The third is a run on sentence. Learn more about the 10 most common sentence mistakes in English. These are often commonly used in speaking, but should be avoided in writing. If you are focusing on your writing, you can check out these 5 common writing mistakes, or the common mistakes in English page for other easily avoided mistakes.