Thursday, November 8, 2018

Indirect questions

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Have a look at this conversation. 

Me:    Excuse me. Could you tell me where the nearest station is? 

Person in the street:  Certainly. It's along that road on the right.

Me:    Thank you. And do you know if there's a supermarket near here? 

Person in the street:  Yes, there's one next to the station. 

Me:    Thank you very much for your help.

I use indirect questions when I'm asking for help in the street because they are very polite. Indirect questions start with a phrase like 'could you tell me...' or 'do you know...'. For example:  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Business Letters

A business letter is more formal than a personal letter. It should have a margin of at least one inch on all four edges. It is always written on 8½"x11" (or metric equivalent) unlined stationery. There are six parts to a business letter.

Simple business letter

1. The Heading. This contains the return address (usually two or three lines) with the date on the last line. 

Sometimes it may be necessary to include a line after the address and before the date for a phone number, fax number, E-mail address, or something similar.

Often a line is skipped between the address and date. That should always be done if the heading is next to the left margin. (See Business Letter Styles.)

It is not necessary to type the return address if you are using stationery with the return address already imprinted. Always include the date.

Abbreviations with Names and Titles of People

Use the full name in standard writing unless the person uses an initial as part of his or her name. Initials may be used in lists and addresses if appropriate.

Correct: George Smith
Correct, only in list or address: G. Smith

Correct: Robert E. Lee 
(The initial is fine here because that is the name he went by.)

Social titles before a proper name are capitalized. All but Miss and Master are abbreviated and end with a period.

Social titles: Mr. Master Mrs. Miss Ms. 
Mlle. Mme. M. Messrs. (Plural of Mr. or M.) 
Mmes. (Plural of Mrs., Ms., Mme.)
Those social titles that are abbreviated are abbreviated only in front of names.

Correct: Mr. Smith is not at home.
Incorrect: You'd better listen, Mr. 
(Mr. is not in front of name; do not abbreviate.)

Correct: You'd better listen, Mister.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

22/10 on social corner

1. Drake Makes It Rain McDonald's In The Club! 

Drake just knew his fans were hungry for more ... of him and evidently McDonald's.

Reading comprehension/Business English

The form of a Bill of Lading explained

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

New vocabulary

Video Words in the News: Kill your phone


Khabib vs. Floyd Mayweather

Tyron Woodley Says Khabib vs. Floyd Mayweather Is Very Likely To Happen | The Hollywood Beatdown

Hey yo!!! To all the sports fans out there, especially those interested in contact sports, there is a high chance we might be seeing the champ @Floyd Mayweather back in the ring.

UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley joins Evan from TMZ Sports to break down the potential Khabib vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing fight, Canleo Alvarez's MASSIVE payday and brought in a special guest. You don't want to miss this episode, or Tyron will Beat Yo A**.

For those who are not aware, Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov is a Russian professional mixed martial artist of Avar ethnicity. Nurmagomedov is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and the reigning undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion

Via: tmz sports,

Friday, October 19, 2018

First day at school

Listen to the conversation and do the exercises to practice and improve your listening skills.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inviting someone to the cinema


Monday, October 15, 2018

business English: correspondence

Writing 1: business letters 

There a number of fairly standard conventions when framing a business letter that it is important to observe.

SOLVE DOUBTS - Greetings and farewells

Difference between ‘How are you?’ and ‘How do you do?’


Solve doubts - actually / in fact / well

actually / in fact / well

They are all very similar, but there are also slight differences in use. 

actually / in fact

Both actually and in fact can be used to modify or contradict a previous statement:

I hear that you're a doctor. ~ Well, actually, I'm a dentist.
Well, it may sound very straightforward to you, but in fact, it's all very complicated.
Would you agree with me that teachers should refrain from socialising with their students? ~ Well, actually I think it's a good idea for them to socialise - up to a certain point!

Actually and in fact can also be used to introduce more detailed information or to make things clearer or more precise:

Articles exercises

A/AN/THE: intermediate 2


Articles exercises

A/AN: intermediate 1

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Articles exercises

A/AN: elementary 1

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Reading - exercises

Comprehension: intermediate

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Reading - exercises

Comprehension: elementary

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Reading - exercises -

Comprehension: beginners

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A-to-Z of American Slang for English Language Learners

When an ELL begins speaking English outside the classroom, they will quickly notice how common American slang terms are. Slang makes up a substantial portion of any language. That’s why they need to be familiar with terms that are used in the casual register to comprehend English as it is actually spoken in the US. And, teachers should incorporate them in their lesson plans
The problem is, American slang terms and phrases are rarely covered. That’s why we’ve put together an A to Z list of some useful ones for ESL students.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

ESL Writing Exercises- Worksheets for Writing

Give your students further practice with English grammar through writing exercises. We offer a good number of writing worksheets on this site. There are printable composition writing templates, sentence scrambles, gap fill exercises, word scrambles, picture description and more which have been broken down into beginner, intermediate and high-level writing exercises. Almost all you need to give your English students good writing practice.

You will need the free Acrobat reader to view these files.


13 Activities To Improve ESL Reading Comprehension

The purpose of ESL reading comprehension games is to improve the cognitive abilities of your students. When reading, they interpret the meaning of individual words and thus learn how the sentences are formed. Besides, reading comprehension activities can also improve writing skills, as a good reader is usually a good writer as well.
In this article, we are going to talk about various fun reading activities for an ESL classroom so both classroom and online English teachers can learn new ways to engage with their students.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Listening 01 - 5 ESL Listening Exercises to Sharpen Students’ Ears

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All we hear defines the world around us.

Whether you’re hearing a child’s laughter, a babbling book or a frat boy belching in your ear — sounds shape our world.

Listening is a major part of life experience.

Unfortunately, lots of people are so wrapped up in the speaking part that they forget this.

Sounds give us clues about our surroundings while stimulating our thoughts with new feelings.

Speaking - 5 Fun ESL Classroom Games for Getting to Know Each Other

The ESL classroom can be a lively, dynamic environment.
With the right guidance, students can work and learn together — pushing each other farther, faster.
However, getting a group of students to cooperate and stay positive is easier said than done.
Are your ESL lesson plans getting a little bit tired?
Do your students need an easier way of coming together and getting to know each other?
Then it’s time to experiment with some ESL classroom games.  Check out our 5 favourite games for in-class team-building and improving overall English fluency.

10 ESL teaching strategies that can motivate students to reach the next level

10 ESL teaching strategies that can motivate students to reach the next level. 

We ESL teachers stick with our students through thick and thin.
For better or for worse.
Alright, maybe we’re not married to our students, but we’re definitely committed to their success.
So, what to do when your students start to despair?

Speaking - Fun ESL games for shy students. ;)

6 fun esl games interactive classroomTo learn English, you have to speak English.
But not every student is comfortable blurting out unfamiliar phrases, taking risks or making mistakes.
You want everyone to be involved, so how can you reach out the shyer, quieter students?
Getting shy students to talk can happen with ESL games.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Last class of the semester

First, you're nervous about meeting them. Next, you love them. <3 #M5

 It has been an amazing semester with these great kids.                                                                                                       


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Present perfect + ever, never, already, yet

Present perfect + ever, never, already, yet


The adverbs ever and never express the idea of an unidentified time before now(Have you ever visited Berlin?)'Ever' and 'never' are always placed before the main verb (past participle). Ever is used:

Listening quiz - The African-American women behind NASA's rocket launches”

Watch the video; “The African-American women behind NASA's rocket launches” and answer the questions that follow”

Listening quiz - My dad’s Story: Dream for My Child

In the ad, titled My dad’s Story: Dream for My Child, a young girl hands her dad a letter. She narrates the piece, gushing about her dad being her “Superman,” “the most clever,” and “the sweetest daddy in the world.”…..

Friday, September 14, 2018



What is a pronoun? 

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun in a sentence. Pronouns change depending on person, number, and function in a sentence.

Just like nouns, pronouns can be subjects, direct/indirect objects, objects of the preposition and more. 
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