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Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:25:24 +0000

 



The 50 Basic English Questions

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



ESL: Learn the Most Helpful Telephone Phrases

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



15 + short stories to learn idioms and...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



50 Basic English Questions Quiz

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced and...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



The 50 Most Commonly Words in the English...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



English Verbs - Tense Resources

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



What's the Difference Between American and...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Practice These Simple Tips to Master Your Next...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Learn how to write a basic business letter

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



A Simple Way to Write an Essay

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Number Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English



Practice Reading and Speaking English with...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Tenses in English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



11 ESL Resources to Learn Vocabulary

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



ESL: What You Need to Write a Letter of Inquiry

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Telephone English Practice Exercises

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



What Are Question Tags, and How Are They Used?

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Basic English - Essential Lessons for Beginning...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



10 Tips to Speak English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Writing Sentences for Beginners

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



ESL: 20 Things to Teach Absolute Beginners

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



How to Teach the Past Simple to ESL Students

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Basic English Conversations

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Understanding English Pronunciation Concepts

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Sentence Structure Chart

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

This sentence structure chart provides an overview of the thirteen present, past and future tenses including the continuous and perfect forms. Using this chart will help you focus on the minor changes made in the structure of English sentences to help perfect your tense usage.



Asking for Information in English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Formal Letter Structure

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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 Teach the Present Simple

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Beginning English Multiple Choice Test

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.



How to Ask Questions in English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Choosing which words to stress will improve...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Irregular Verbs - Example Sentences in All Tenses

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Present Simple Quiz

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Help students understand basic structure by...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Difference between OF and FROM in English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



How to plan ESL lesson plans

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Elementary Level Syllabus for Beginner Level...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Here's a guide to countable and uncountable...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Guide to the use of 'much' and 'many' with countable and uncountable nous with examples, quizzes and explanations for ESL students.



Conversation Helpers for English Learners

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



What is Collocation?

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



How to Teach Pronouns

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



ESL Lesson Plan for Conversation

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



How to Teach Pronunciation

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Beginner Verb Tense Quiz

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Dialogue: Interview with a Famous Actor

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Make or Do Quiz

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.>



Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs for lower level English ESL EFL learners and classes



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



How to Teach the Present Continuous

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Prepositions + Nouns

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Guide to Present Tenses for ESL

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Asking for Permission in English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Teaching absolute beginners how to tell time

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



ESL: 8 Ways to Improve Your English Vocabulary

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

A guide to a number of methods to help you improve your vocabulary.



Here's a comparison of English tenses on a...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Timeline of all tenses in English for ESL students including usage notes for each tense in both active and passive voices.



ESL: 6 Steps to Master Small Talk

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Many English students are more interested in making effective small talk than knowing correct grammar structures - and rightly so! Here are some tips to improve small talk skills.



How is teaching grammar in an ESL class...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



What are Adverbs?

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Answer to the question what are adverbs and explanation of 5 Types of Adverbs, Adverb Placement and Adverb Spelling with resources.



Follow these tips on how to improve your...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Make the right impression with these phrases...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Writing Descriptive Paragraphs

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



How to Conjugate Verbs

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



It's always a good idea to be polite when...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Learn the best phrases to use when asking for things in English including direct forms and polite forms.



How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Common Mistakes in English

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Personal Descriptions

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

This lesson focuses on learning how to write personal descriptions about yourself and others. The exercise provides tips to remember when writing personal descriptions.



ESL Food Lesson

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Building Character Adjectives Vocabulary

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Rarely have I understood you - inverted...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Participles

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Beginning English Multiple Choice Tests

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own



Phrasal Verbs

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Improve Your Business Writing Abilities

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Business English writing resources for English learners include standard business letter formatting and examples, common business documents and essential job application cover letter and resume examples.



Do we use "at school" or "in school"? - Common...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

List and explanation of the most common prepositional phrases for English language learners.



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Guide to Teaching English - Standard Curriculum...

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

An advice guide to non-English ESL EFL teachers who volunteer to teach English for charity, to friends, on a part time basis or as a hobby.



Introducing Phrasal Verbs to ESL Students

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Lesson focusing on developing and solidifying phrasal verb vocabulary skills



Paragraph Writing

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



A few examples of exercises for the "whole brain"

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Writing English Drama Scripts in ESL Class

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

ESL lesson plan encouraging students to create their own scripts based on romantic films they have seen to develop writing, collaborative, pronunciation and vocabulary skills in a unified activity.



Guide to Expressions of Quantity

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

Guide to the most common expressions of quantity with examples of both count and noncount nouns.



ESL: Do You Know How to Ask Questions?

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Students

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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.



Adjective or Adverb - Which to Use?

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:25:24Z

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

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