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ESL January 2013 Archive


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Is English Easy for You?

Tuesday January 29, 2013
Chances are you can't give a yes or no answer to the question: "Is English easy for you?" Perhaps a better answer would be: "It depends." The use of the ... Read More

Questions for Discussion

Monday January 28, 2013
Sometimes it's hard to know what to ask. This discussion questions resource provides twenty questions in each category. Use these questions to help keep the conversation flowing when practicing in ... Read More

Are they playing ball? - Business or Sports

Saturday January 26, 2013
The question Are they playing ball? might refer to children playing in the street, or to business people. In the case of business, the question means: Will they work with ... Read More

Keeping a Conversation Going

Thursday January 24, 2013
The art of making conversation is all about keeping the conversation going. How do you do that? Ask the right question! This guide to making conversation focuses on asking information ... Read More

Teaching Writing Skills

Tuesday January 22, 2013
Teaching writing skills can be quite challenging as each student has different needs. Some students are planning on taking advanced tests like the TOEFL, whereas others just want to use ... Read More

Do you remember to study / studying English?

Saturday January 19, 2013
Both of these questions are correct. However, they mean two very different things: Do you remember to study English? = Do you study English because you remember to do it? Do you ... Read More

Everybody's Favorite Subject: Food

Wednesday January 16, 2013
No matter where, who or which level I teach one subject always interests everybody: Food. That makes a lot of sense! To help you and your class speak fluently about ... Read More

Learning Business English

Monday January 14, 2013
Learning business English involves much more than just learning the right vocabulary for the workplace. Cultural issues such as which type of language is correct for which is occasion must ... Read More

Gonna, Wanna, Gotta

Thursday January 10, 2013
As an English teacher, students often ask me what gonna, wanna and gotta mean. They mean: gonna = going to wanna = want to gotta = got to -> slang for "have to ... Read More

Practice Speaking on Different Topics

Tuesday January 8, 2013
Using role-plays or dialogues you can improve your speaking ability while focusing on specific topics, grammar and vocabulary. There are numerous dialogues on this site that you can use with ... Read More

Help with English Learning and Teaching Techniques

Friday January 4, 2013
A How To is a guide to doing a certain task. Generally, these guides provide all the steps in  the process. Here on the site you'll find a number of ... Read More

Look into / through / up Your Work = Check

Wednesday January 2, 2013
Which preposition is correct in the title and means check? (ANSWER: through) This is an example of a phrasal verb. English literally has thousands of phrasal verbs! You can even ... Read More

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