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Published: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:40:41 +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.



50 Basic English Questions Quiz

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



Learn how to write a basic business letter

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



Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced and...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



15 + short stories to learn idioms and...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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.



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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.



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

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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.



How to Ask Questions in English

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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.



The 50 Most Commonly Words in the English...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



ESL: 20 Things to Teach Absolute Beginners

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



Practice These Simple Tips to Master Your Next...

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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.



A Simple Way to Write an Essay

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



ESL: Learn the Most Helpful Telephone Phrases

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



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

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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.



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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.



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

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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.



Difference between OF and FROM in English

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



Understanding English Pronunciation Concepts

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



ESL: What You Need to Write a Letter of Inquiry

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



Dialogue: Interview with a Famous Actor

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



What's the Difference Between American and...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Basic English Conversations

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



Read examples of irregular verbs in each tense...

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



Introducing Phrasal Verbs to ESL Students

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Lesson focusing on developing and solidifying phrasal verb vocabulary skills



Get ready for the airport with these roleplays

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Four key dialogues that take place at the airport and every student should master. Students practice role plays and then check vocabulary with a quiz.



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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 Write a Business Letter That Will Make a...

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



Practice Reading and Speaking English with...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



ESL Dialogues: Practice Your Hotel and Motel...

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Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - In a Motel / Hotel



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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.



English Verbs - Tense Resources

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



How to Write a Great Resume in English

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How to write a resume or CV in English. Follow these steps to write a standard resume as used in the United States.



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

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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.



10 Tips to Speak English

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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.



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Telephone English Practice Exercises

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



How to Teach Pronunciation

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



Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself

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



Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Students

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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.



Phrasal Verbs

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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.



Key verbs to use to discuss your responsibiliti...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Asking for Information in English

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Teaching absolute beginners how to tell time

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



Beginner Verb Tense Quiz

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



What is Collocation?

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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.



How to Teach the Present Simple

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



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Examples and discussion of how to write a business email in English so that you will make a professional impression on your business partners. Page 3.



Learn how to order and make offers with 'would...

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Learn how to use 'would like' in a restaurant to order food with this exercise for beginning level English learners.



Learn important differences between American...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Make or Do Quiz

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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.>



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

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



Beginner Dialogues - In a Shop

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Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Telling the Time



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

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



Top 10 Lesson Plans

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

The most popular English learning lesson plans on esl.about.com for use in ESL and EFL classes. Lessons include activities and printable worksheets, as well as step by step instructions.



Top ESL Conversation Lessons Plans

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Top ESL conversation free lesson plans for use in class with beginner to advanced level classes. Each lesson includes a short overview, lesson objectives and outline and copyable materials for in-class use.



Tips and tricks on using dialogues in ESL...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Dialogues are used in ESL classes as role plays to help students learn new forms, practice different situations and gain confidence.



Choosing which words to stress will improve...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Tenses in English

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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.



Starting a Conversation - Top Ten Questions

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Here are ten questions that will help beginning level learners of English when starting a conversation. Each question is followed by a number of questions to continue the conversation.



ESL Lesson Plan for Conversation

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



Making Suggestions

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



Review all tenses in English with this sentence...

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



Introduction to teaching absolute beginners in...

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Outline and Objectives for teaching the Present Simple to absolute beginners so that can begin to speak about daily routines.



Learn how to write a short formal letter

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

A guide to formal letter structure especially written for English learners with formulas for requests, offers of help and inquiring for information.



Learn some of the most common idioms and...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Learn some of the most common idioms and expressions with the verb 'make' with definitions and example sentences for context.



What Are Question Tags, and How Are They Used?

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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.



ESL: How to Use Expressions of Time

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Guide to the use of time expressions with various tenses in English with explanations and examples to help English learners.



Beginner Dialogues - At a Restaurant

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Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - at a restaurant



Help students understand basic structure by...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Double Comparatives

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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.



A Useful Guide on Writing Claim Adjustment...

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Sample claim adjustment letter, with useful key phrases, to make things right after unsatisfactory work. Gor ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.



Learn the most important vocabulary for...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Vocabulary to learn about travel for English language learners with example sentences to provide context for understanding.



Conditional Forms

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

The English conditional structure and usage including example sentences for the real, unreal and past unreal conditional.



Learn how to use the verb 'be' in the past with...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Beginners English guide to the past form of the verb 'to be' using was and were with follow-up quiz to practice.



A guide to asking polite questions in English

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A quick review of the three forms used to ask questions in English with special attention to asking polite questions.



Writing Sentences for Beginners

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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.



Complex Sentence Worksheet

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Learn the basics of writing complex sentences with this introduction to the use of coordinating conjunctions to combine sentences into compound sentences.



Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz

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This quiz focuses on the choice between present simple or continuous.>



Lesson Outline for Practicing Stress and...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Lesson plan and worksheet focusing on identifying content words and function words to help with English pronunciation through stress and intonation.



ESL Food Vocabulary

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This guide to food vocabulary provides vocabulary for different types of food, ways of preparing food, food containers and suggestions for learning food vocabulary for English learners.



Make the right impression with these phrases...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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.



Common Mistakes in English

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



Simple Ways to Improve Your Reading Skills

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

This short description of four basic reading skills are aimed at improving reading skills and include skimming, scanning, intensive and extensive reading.



Uses of the Verb To Have

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Guide to the various uses of the verb to have in English. This page was prepared with English as a Second Language students in mind and can also be used in class or for reference.



Review of English Tenses for ESL

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

This tense review quickly looks at each of the major tenses in English with a short explanation and example sentences. This tense review is perfect for quick review before a test, or when beginning or ending a class to solidify understanding. Each introduction includes links to more detailed explanations and follow-up quizzes for each English tense.



A few examples of exercises for the "whole brain"

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A quick guide to basic Brain Gym® exercises which help improve concentration for any classroom activity, as well as ESL EFL leaning situations



Any or Some Quiz

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This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.>



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

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Follow these tips on how to improve your...

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



Study Skills for Beginners

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

This is a simple routine to use to make studying English every day a habit that you enjoy and will help you learn English quickly.



ESL: Do You Know How to Ask Questions?

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Lesson aimed at helping lower-intermediate level students improve their question asking skills.



Hold a

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Classroom debate lesson for ESL classes concerning whether government should regulate violence in the media including helpful cues.



Reduced Relative Clauses

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

How to use reduced relative clauses explained and examples provided taking you step by step through reducing relative clauses to a modified noun.



A guide to asking object questions in each...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Basic guide to question forms in English including examples of questions in present, past and future forms for English language learners.



How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Improve your English listening skills with...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Improve you listening skills with RealAudio and these listening strategies



Elementary Level Syllabus for Beginner Level...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Rarely have I understood you - inverted...

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

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



Lesson Plan - Future with Going to and Will

2017-02-27T11:40:41Z

Lesson plan and exercises for ESL classes focusing on the future with will and going to.

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