Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dependent and Independent Clauses

What is a dependent or an independent clause? This tutorial will show you.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Facebook for English language learners

I want to recommend a cool site for teachers and students alike. This website has some great resources and an amazing Facebook type of interface that can be used to connect to other teachers and learners of English.

English Club

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gerunds and Infinitives - how to use "stop"

The verb "stop" means something different with a gerund and an infinitive.

Friday, December 23, 2011

How to say V and W in English

This quick tutorial shows the difference in pronunciation between the letters V and W. This is a hard sound for many English language learners.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Great website that uses movies to teach grammar

Each movie segment on this website comes with a great worksheet that focuses on some important grammar goal. I have used these many times and I can't recommend the website enough to help pep up an otherwise tedious lesson. Students love the activities, and who doesn't like watching movies in class?

You can also check out some of my movie trailer activities below:

Man of Steel ESL Classroom Activity
Avengers ESL Classroom Activity
Jack and the Giant Killer ESL activity
Snow White and the Huntsman ESL activity
Dark Knight Rises ESL Activity

Descriptive Essay - principle #2 - 5 senses

How to write descriptively using the 5 senses.

Click here for a good example of Descriptive Essay outline.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Descriptive Essay - principle #1 - Be specific

How to write descriptively by being specific and getting rid of boring, common words.

Please check out this Descriptive Writing: The Five Senses tutorial too!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Easy way to learn English verbs quickly

This is an easy, quick, and cheap way to learn your past and participle verb forms in English.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Noun Clauses - Introduction

A short introduction to the nature of noun clauses and what their role in the sentence is.

Pronunciation Practice - S and TH tongue twister

These are two of the easiest sounds to mix up in English, so practice with this fun tongue twister until you can say it 3 times fast!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Adjective Clauses - Common Mistakes #3

How to use where and when in adjective clauses.

Adjective Clauses - Common Mistakes #2

This is the second in a series of tutorials on adjective clauses.  The use of the double pronoun is a common error among English learners.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Screencasting - A great way to teach and reinforce concepts

Have you ever tried to explain how to use technology in your classes only to have students come back the next day saying they couldn't get it to work, or they don't know how to use.  Instead of explaining yourself 20 times, just make a screencast.  A screencast is basically just a video of your computer screen that adds audio. So, you can simply give your students a link, and they will never have to ask you how to use that technology again.

Also, teachers could use this technology to have students make presentations on new technology or anything that could be put on the computer screen.

Below is an example of a screencast I made for some audio technology that I wanted students to use.

There are many screencasting options, here are a few: - no download required, this is what I used for the above video.

Students, why not use screencasting for some of your presentations?  It is a great way to teach your classmates some new technology that could be used to learn English.

Many things to practice ESL on one website

Here is a great speaking, vocabulary, reading, and anything else you could possibly think of to practice English. It has free quizzes, easy to use practice for pronunciation, slang/idioms and more.  It also has a special section for iPads and iPhones, which don't support Flash or Java.

Many Things

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Excellent self-correcting English listening practice

Randall's ESL lab

This website is a great way to practice your listening and receive immediate feedback.  IT has  easy, medium, and difficult lessons on hundreds of cool topics. You can check your scores and keep trying until you get 100%. This is a  good way to ensure that you listening for both main ideas and minor details.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How to say TH in English

Here is one of the most difficult sounds for many English Language Learners to pronounce properly - TH. Many times this sound comes out like an s, z, d, t, etc.  The key to proper pronunciation is the placement of the tongue. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

How to say the "F" sound in English

"F" is a very difficult sound for some in English because it is easily mixed up with other sounds.  This tutorial should help those who are having difficulty  with the sound. 
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