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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:28:35 +0000

 



The 50 Basic English Questions

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50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.



15 + short stories to learn idioms and...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Short stories using idioms and expressions in context for English learners followed by a quiz to improve your are your class' understanding of English idioms.



ESL: Learn the Most Helpful Telephone Phrases

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to the special language of telephoning in English including standard English phrases and idioms used on the telephone.



Did you know that "receive a discount" is a...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Examples and worksheets focusing on key collocation for English learners in various TESOL settings, as well as for self-study. Each sheet includes a number of collocation examples.



Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced and...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.



50 Basic English Questions Quiz

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Printable beginner English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.



What's the Difference Between American and...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

A discussion of the differences between standard American and British English in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar with examples.



Telephone English Practice Exercises

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Exercises to help students and teachers improve telephoning skills especially for Business English ESL EFL TESOL TOEFL students



Find out which type of business letter you need...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This guide to different types of business letters provides a short introduction to some of the most important types of business letters in English for English learners who are interested in English for business purposes.



Ues this, that, these, and those to speak about...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn how to use this, that, these, and those - important English words that you can learn to point out things that are here or there.



Practice Reading and Speaking English with...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn English by practicing dialogues that focus on a wide variety of topics listed by grammar point, class level or purpose.



Writing Sentences for Beginners

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn how to write sentences in English by starting off at the beginning and learning five basic patterns of sentences through step by step practice.



Practice These Simple Tips to Master Your Next...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This look at telephone conversations focuses on the standard patterns often found in business telephone conversations. It includes an overview, a role play and other classroom activities to help English learners learn standard telephone conversations.



Learn how to write a basic business letter

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.



English Verbs - Tense Resources

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to verb tense resources including tense explanations, quizzes, tense related lesson plans, tense review in context resources.



Learn how to ask for a favor, as well as grant...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn how to ask for a favor in English, as well as granting and denying a favor request with these common phrases and role play examples.



ESL: 20 Things to Teach Absolute Beginners

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Course Outline and Objectives for ESL Beginning Students to Establish Basic Communication Language Functions in English Teacher Lesson Plans



Learn how to use at, in and on for beginners in...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Here's a description of the basic uses of 'at', 'in' and 'to' for beginning level learners of English with explanation, example sentences and quiz.



How to Write a Business Letter That Will Make a...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

A guide to the basics of writing letters to respond to inquiries especially written for English learners and business classes.



Make or Do Quiz

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

The difference between make and do is very minimal and causes a lot of problems, try this quiz to see if you know when to use make or do.>



Asking for Information in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn how to ask for information in English, as well as providing information with these common phrases and role play examples.



11 ESL Resources to Learn Vocabulary

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

The most popular English vocabulary learning features on esl.about.com for use in ESL and EFL classes.



Here's a business meeting role play to practice...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This example business meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.



Understanding English Pronunciation Concepts

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Correct English pronunciation includes not only knowing how to pronounce a word, but also understanding concepts that help with pronunciation



A Simple Way to Write an Essay

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

How to write a standard essay in English following a common essay outline structure also known as the hamburger essay.



ESL: Essential Phrases You Need to Run a...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Phrase Reference Sheet for Participating in a Meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.



How to Ask Questions in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

How to ask questions in English depends on the type of question you would like to ask, and the situation. Direct questions are the most common type of questions, but you can also learn how to ask indirect questions to be more polite, or how to ask questions with question tags to check information.



What Are Question Tags, and How Are They Used?

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to the use of question tags in English for ESL and EFL learners. Question tags are explained including variations on meaning through pronunciation, as well as examples of question tags in a variety of tenses.



Basic English Conversations

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Basic English conversations help beginning learners build basic English skills. Each conversation group includes a few short conversations introducing basic English phrases.



How to Teach Pronunciation

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This guide on how to teach English pronunciation provides suggestions, activities and lesson plans appropriate for each level.



How to Teach the Past Simple to ESL Students

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to teaching the past simple for English teachers who teach ESL and EFL classes with appropriate lesson and activity suggestions.



Difference between OF and FROM in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

A discussion of the differences between of and from in English which often cause learners difficulty.



The 50 Most Commonly Words in the English...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Improve your vocabulary skills with this list of 50 common words in the English language. Studying these words will help you in everyday conversation.



Tenses in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This quick overview of tenses in English provides a quick look at how many tenses there are in English including the basic function of each tense.



Review all tenses in English with this sentence...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This sentence structure chart provides the thirteen present, past and future tenses in the positive, negative and question forms with examples.



Basic English - Essential Lessons for Beginning...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. Each lesson includes a short quiz to test your understanding of these basic English concepts.



Read examples of irregular verbs in each tense...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

English learning resource providing example sentences of irregular verbs in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.



Choosing which words to stress will improve...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

The correct use of intonation and stress is the key to understanding and being understood when speaking English.



What is Collocation?

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Collocations can be concerned as words that co - locate - in other words they stay together. This introduction to collocations provides basics on collocation use in English, as well as point to further resources to help English learners improve their understanding of the importance of collocation use in English.



ESL: What You Need to Write a Letter of Inquiry

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

A guide to the basics of writing an inquiry letter for business English learners including helpful phrases and examples.



ESL Lesson Plan for Conversation

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Listening and speaking lesson plan based on ordering food in a restaurant



How to Teach the Present Simple

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to teaching the present simple for English teachers who teach ESL and EFL classes with appropriate lesson and activity suggestions.



Common Mistakes in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

List of the most common mistakes in English for English as a Second language learners and classes.



Teaching absolute beginners how to tell time

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Course Outline and Objectives for ESL Beginning Students to Establish Basic Communication Language Functions in English Telling Time



Participles

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This guide to participles discusses the various uses of the present and past participles in easy English with multiple examples of each learning point.



Dialogue: Interview with a Famous Actor

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Beginner level dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on speaking about daily routines with the simple present



Present Simple Quiz

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.>



How to Teach the Present Continuous

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to teaching the past simple for English teachers who teach ESL and EFL classes with appropriate lesson and activity suggestions.



Formal Letter Structure

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

A guide to formal letter structure especially written for English learners in ESL or EFL classes. This guide also provides standards formulas for common requests, offers of help and inquiring for information.



Beginner Verb Tense Quiz

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Beginner verb tense quiz checks your understanding of basic tenses including the present simple, continuous, future and past simple including answers.



Teaching Telephone English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Business English lesson plan concerning telephone English including lesson outline, printable materials and suggestions for activities



Asking for Permission in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn how to ask for permission in English, as well as granting or denying permission with these common phrases and role play examples.



Make the right impression with these phrases...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn what to say when giving and receiving presents in English. Included are phrases for lots of situations, as well as role plays for practice.



Conversation Helpers for English Learners

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

These speaking strategies will help English learners improve their conversational skills.



10 Tips to Speak English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This step by step guide on how to speak English will help you perfect a study plan to help you speak English within a reasonably short amount of time. Strategies and objectives are provided to help you speak English with ease.



Printable quiz based on 'Twas the Night Before...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Printable quiz for in-class use on an English reading comprehension based on Twas the Night Before Christmas.



Help students understand basic structure by...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This beginning level lesson encourages students to label parts of speech in order to better understand structure and context.



Double Comparatives

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to the correct and incorrect use of double comparatives in English. The form double comparative is often used to describe the incorrect use of two comparative forms together. However, double comparatives is also used to refer to the use of two comparatives within a sentence.



Tenses Chart

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Tenses chart for English language learners and classes. Each picture provides visual clues for all major tenses in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and grammar explanation is also provided.



Learn to order the events in written story in...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs including a look at how to use various past tenses and linking language to clearly narrate the past.



Prepositions + Nouns

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Explanation of various usage of prepositions nouns in English for ESL EFL TESOL TEFL students



Here an approach to teaching the numbers 1 -...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Numbers for beginners need to practiced when teaching absolute beginners. Here is a slow build up for the numbers 1 - 100.



English Pronunciation Practice

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Pronunciation Practice focusing on improving your pronunciation through the use of correct intonation and recognizing the stress-timed nature of English.



Do you know the difference between it's and its?

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Learn the difference between it's and its - one of the most common mistakes in English with follow-up quiz to test your understanding and explanation of each form for English learners.



Learn important differences between American...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Vocabulary differences between American and British English with a follow-up quiz to test your knowledge.



Understand the different roles verbs play in...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This overview explains how verbs are used, how verbs combine with other verbs and the use of the active or passive voice for verb forms.



How to plan ESL lesson plans

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to standard lesson plan format for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.



Elementary Level Syllabus for Beginner Level...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Part 1 of an elementary level ESL EFL English syllabus aimed at adult learners who need English for the working world



Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself

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Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Introducing Yourself



Children's ESL English Lessons, Games and...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

ESL EFL English games, activities and lesson plans ready to go for classroom use.



Rarely have I understood you - inverted...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to inversion and the various forms used for inverted sentences such as the negatives never, scarcely, only after, little, etc.



How to Conjugate Verbs

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

How to conjugate verbs in English focuses on conjugating verbs by deciding on time of action, type of action and choosing the correct auxiliary verb to help understand how to conjugate in English.



Follow these tips on how to improve your...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Whether you prefer US or British pronunciation, follow this guide with tips on how to improve English pronunciation skills fast!



Key verbs to use to discuss your responsibiliti...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - appropriate vocabulary



Present perfect worksheets in English

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Printable present perfect worksheets for online and in-class use. These present perfect worksheets begin with a quick review of the present perfect and common time expressions used with the present perfect.



How to Teach the Present Perfect

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to teaching the present perfect for English teachers who teach ESL and EFL classes by focusing on life experience, past to present and recent events that influence the present moment. This guide includes appropriate lesson and activity suggestions.



How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.



Here's a lesson you can use to do a global...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Use this lesson plan to provide a global review and exploration of all twelve tenses in English in upper level ESL EFL classes.



Writing Descriptive Paragraphs

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Writing descriptive paragraphs helps English learners use a wide variety of vocabulary and structures to improve their writing skills.



Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.



Learn how to write a business email for formal...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Examples and discussion of how to write a business report for English language learners including an example business plan to use as a template.



ESL: Learn to Write a Professional Letter of...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Business letter for Letters of Acknowledgment Business English learners including helpful phrases and example letters.



How is teaching grammar in an ESL class...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

An overview to teaching grammar in an ESL / EFL setting. This article discusses the questions that need to be asked before beginning to teach the class as well as an explaination of the importance of a bottom up style of teaching.



How to Teach Pronouns

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This guide on how to teach pronouns provides a framework within which you can introduce subject, object, and possessive pronouns, as well as possessive adjectives to beginning level English learners. It includes lessons and activities to help English learners practice.



Adjective or Adverb - Which to Use?

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Rules for when to use an adjective or an adverb for ESL classes and teachers



ESL Food Lesson

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This ESL food lesson plan suggests activities to tie all the various vocabulary related to food into one lesson beginning with a discussion of a great meal, to going shopping and even cooking the dinner for the class.



Grammar Basics: Learn the Prepositions "In,"...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Explanation of common prepositions of place use in English including in on and at for movement, surface, cities, and places with example sentences.



Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Students

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Incorporating reading comprehension and dialogues into a lesson plan to help focus on specific grammar or subject areas. The following lesson plan is a blueprint to using these resources for your classes.



Base your sales letter on this example if you...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Sales letters for business English learners including essential points, useful phrases and example letter.



Building Character Adjectives Vocabulary

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

ESL Lesson aimed at widening students vocabulary in the area of character adjectives and descriptions of people



Finding a Job for ESL Learners - Part 3:...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - job interviewing skills



Tell others what others have told you using the...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to using reported speech in English including detailed information on sentence transformation through changing tense, use of reporting verbs and the change of time expressions, pronouns and more.



Common Mistakes in English - Has gone to vs....

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

The present perfect forms have gone to and have been to are often interchanged in English. However, there are clear differences between the two forms. Have gone to indicates that someone is still not here, whereas have been to indicates a person has returned.



Introducing Phrasal Verbs to ESL Students

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Lesson focusing on developing and solidifying phrasal verb vocabulary skills



Learn the differences between the past perfect...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Guide to learning past perfect and past perfect continuous for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.



Making Suggestions

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students



Phrasal Verbs

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

This guide to phrasal verbs provides a description of phrasal verbs and resources that include quizzes, reference lists, phrasal verb vocabulary building exercises and lesson plans.



Paragraph Writing

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

A guide to basic paragraph construction for use in English as a second language classes focusing on the main components of standard paragraphs.



How to Write an Informal Letter

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

English writing lesson plan focusing on how to write informal letters with vocabulary drill and structure analysis.



Here's a Christmas Traditions reading for ESL...

2016-12-04T11:28:35Z

Reading comprehension based on an explanation of Christmas traditions and history for intermediate level ESL class.