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ESL November 2012 Archive


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Debating in Class

Wednesday November 28, 2012
Holding debates in class is a great way to practice a wide range of language functions including agreeing and disagreeing, negotiating, and collaboration. Unfortunately, it's sometimes hard to understand the ... Read More

Encouraging Presentations in Class

Monday November 26, 2012
Encouraging students to give short oral presentations in class is a great way to help students learn effective English skills that go far beyond just grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. It's ... Read More

Videos to Help with English Learning

Friday November 23, 2012
Would you like some help understanding parts of speech? Here are three videos providing clear instructions. What is a Verb? What is a Pronoun? What is a Noun? Other English learning videos include: How to ... Read More

ESL Essay Writing Rubric

Wednesday November 21, 2012
Rubrics are helpful in providing detailed feedback for essays, presentations and so on. Coming up with a rubric for English learners can be a bit of a challenge as most ... Read More

Separable or Inseparable? Phrasal Verb Tips

Monday November 19, 2012
Phrasal verbs are verbs using a main verb followed by one word or a short phrase. Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable. For example: She looked after her friend's cat ... Read More

Speaking Off the Cuff

Wednesday November 14, 2012
What is speaking off the cuff? Speaking off the cuff is an idiom that refers to the ability to speak about a topic without preparation. The ability to speak off ... Read More

Reading Comprehension for Thanksgiving

Monday November 12, 2012
This holiday feature includes a Thanksgiving reading comprehension with difficult vocabulary explanations about the history of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving followed by a Thanksgiving reading comprehension quiz.

Much or Many - Little or Few - Some or Any?

Saturday November 10, 2012
The choice between much or many, little or few depends on whether a noun is countable or non countable. Some or any, can be used with both countable and non ... Read More

Writing More Complex Sentences and Paragraphs

Thursday November 8, 2012
As you become more advanced in your writing skills, you will begin to use more advanced writing structures such as compound and complex sentences. You'll eventually even begin writing compound ... Read More

Telling Others What You've Heard

Monday November 5, 2012
Use reported speech when telling others information you've heard from others. For example: "Angela is going to visit us next week" -> Peter told me that Angela was going to visit them the ... Read More

Start Learning English with the Basics

Thursday November 1, 2012
Are you a beginner? Do you know a beginner? If so, this basic English guide has 25 lessons will help. If you speak Spanish, you can also use the Curso ... Read More

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