Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Adjective Clauses - Common Mistakes #1

This is the first in a series of tutorials on how to make correct adjective clauses.   This deals with the wrong use of the pronoun in an  adjective clause. Please check out Adjective Clauses- Common Mistakes #2  and
Adjective Clauses-Common Mistakes #3 if you find this tutorial helpful.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Great website for sending video email - MailVu

Hey everyone,

Here is a link to a great site where you can record yourself from your webcam and then send that video to as many emails as you like.  This helps to solve the problem of sending video files,which are usually too large for emails to contain.  I use it for students to send me verbal reports and homework via the web. It does have a limit of 10 minutes per video, but that's usually sufficient. It can be used for personal or educational use.

http://mailvu.com/


Monday, November 21, 2011

Great vocabulary and reading website - Lingro

Lingro

This is a great website to translate words from English to your native language.  Any website can be put into this website, and all of the words can be clicked on and a definition will be immediately brought up for you.

Adverb Clauses - Dependent and Independent Clauses




This is a quick way for students to understand the difference between dependent and independent clauses. This particular example focuses on adverb clauses.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Listening for Beginners

This is a great YouTube channel called VOA special English that students can really enjoy. This is best for beginning and low-intermediate English Language Learners. It includes the subtitles, which is good for beginners.  Broadcasts usually have some news and give some helpful information about life, language, and other topics.

Great Listening Practice

You can find hundreds of helpful listening exercises that check your comprehension through mini-quizzes on this great website.

http://esl-lab.com/

It's an awesome site that will help you to increase your comprehension in English while hearing native speakers talk at normal speeds. 

Learn English through Music

My students always ask me how they can practice their listening. Here is a great website that can truly help students of all levels to improve their listening, predicting, and comprehension skills of oral English.

Lyrics Training

This is a website that allows students to fill in the blanks on songs, rewind them, check their comprehension, and speed up and slow down their listening speed.  You can also keep score and check your score against friends that have played on the website. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Phrasal Verbs - Blow Out



A great sale or something you do to candles at a party?  It depends on the stress.

Compoun Noun Stress



What is the difference between the White House and a white house?  Watch this video to find out. Pronunciation of the correct word is very important in getting the right meaning. Compound Nouns get stress on the first word of the two-word combination.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Adjective Clauses Overview




This slide show should help learners to figure out where and when to use adjective clauses. This includes when to use the pronouns in the subject and object places in an adjective clause.We use "who" and "that" for people, and we use "that" and "which" for things. 

Adjective Clause Placement


Where should adjective clauses go in a sentence? This tutorial should help you to understand.  Adjective clauses always go directly after the word they modify, whereas adjectives mostly go before the word they modify in English.  The only real exception to this rule is in older uses of English and stylistic writing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Phrasal Verbs - Blow Up



Is it a verbal fight or something you do to a balloon? It depends on the stress. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

How to say the "R" sound in English



I think that this is one of the most difficult sounds for many ELLs to learn. It is easily mixed up with the "l" sound, and is mispronounced many times with a "trill."  The most important thing to pronouncing the "r" sound is rounded lips and never touching the tongue to the gum ridge behind the teeth. Please also try the How to say the R sound tutorial too!

Phrasal Verbs - Pick Up



Is it a truck or taking someone from a place? It depends on the stress. 

Phrasal Verbs - Take Out



Is it food or something you do to the trash? It depends on the stress. 

Phrasal Verbs - Cover Up



Is it make up or something you do when you're cold?  It depends on the stress. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Noun Clauses

A quick and funny way to learn noun clauses for all writing situations: reported speech, embedded noun clauses, quoted speech, and more.   Noun clauses are very confusing for many English learners because they do not follow question word order.  This is also addressed in this slideshow. Enjoy!







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