Monday December 9, 2013
It's December and for many that means the Christmas season has arrived. Get your class singing early with these classic Christmas carols. Each carol has the first verse and difficult words defined at the end of the song, so that you or your classes can understand each song.
'Twas the Night before Christmas or listen to a version and then take the comprehension quiz.
Friday December 6, 2013
Generally speaking, we say "I'm among friends." to mean that we are together with a group of friends. "Between friends" refers to the position between two friends. These two are just one example of confusing preposition pairs. Learn the differences between like / as, around / about, beside / besides and more with this guide.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Sometimes things don't go as we hope. In this case, we need to express disappointment using the correct phrase for the situation.
In other words, "That stinks!" isn't appropriate at work. Learn appropriate phrases and structures for expressing disappointment to let everyone know that you are upset. On the other hand, if things go well, you'll need to express enthusiasm.
Monday December 2, 2013
The rule of thumb to use when telling others what someone else has said is to take one step back into the past. For example,
Tom, Your Friend: I'll help you with your homework.
Reporting: Tom told me he would help me with my homework.
Learn the rules to using reported speech to tell others what you've heard. Teachers can use this lesson on improving storytelling to help students use more than just 'said' and 'told' to report.