English Language Articles

Articles about learning, using and teaching the English language, including advice, tutorials, opinions and lesson plans from various authors and contributors. Articles cover topics from English grammar, spelling and punctuation, through to language teaching, career development, specialisations, and ideas and suggestions for the classroom.

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Learner Article

70 ways to improve your English Pinned

Category: Learning English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Learning a new language can be hard work, so here are 70 practical tips for improving your English that you can do outside of school or collage
Teacher Article

How to teach used to, be used to and get used to New

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
How to contrast the past verb and adjective meanings of "used to", including used to, be used to and get used to games/ practice activities.
Learner Article

How to teach be used to and get used to New

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
How to present and practise be and get used to for easy and difficult things to be accustomed to, including common student errors/ confusions and be/ get used to games.
Teacher Article

How to make a personal connection in presentations

Category: Learning English Topic: Vocabulary
Tips on connecting personally with a presentation audience, including useful phrases for making a personal connection with attendees.
Teacher Article

How to be friendly on the phone in English

Category: Telephoning Topic: Vocabulary
How to make informal phone calls without being unfriendly or rude, including how to be friendly at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of typical casual phone calls.
Teacher Article

100 common mistakes with starting and ending emails

Category: Writing Topic: Vocabulary
The most common mistakes in English emails, including grammar, formality, fixed phrases, paragraphing, punctuation, etc.
Teacher Article

The 100 most useful phrases for ending emails

Category: Writing Topic: Vocabulary
Common closing lines, closing greetings and ways of writing your name at the end of emails, including phrases for formal and informal business and personal emails.
Learner Article

The 100 most useful phrases for starting emails

Category: Writing Topic: Vocabulary
Useful opening greetings and first lines for formal and informal business and personal emails.
Learner Article

Writing emails checklist

Category: Writing Topic: General
70 questions to check that you've written the perfect email
Learner Article

Cultural differences in emailing

Category: Writing Topic: Vocabulary
Cultural differences in email communication, including differences between British, American, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian emails.
Learner Article

How to deal with difficult questions in a presentation

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Tactics and phrases for dealing with tricky questions in a presentation Q&A
Learner Article

100 polite telephoning dos and don'ts

Category: Telephoning Topic: Vocabulary
One hundred tips for how to be more polite and avoid being rude on the telephone in English
Learner Article

100 common telephoning mistakes

Category: Telephoning Topic: Vocabulary
Typical telephoning errors with grammar, functional language, pronunciation, formality, etc.
Teacher Article

How to teach silent letters to EFL learners

Category: Teaching English Topic: Spelling and Punctuation
Teaching tips and classroom activities for letters which are written but not pronounced in listen, island, knife, etc
Teacher Article

400 words with silent letters, arranged by level

Category: Spelling Topic: Pronunciation
List of words with letters which are not pronounced, from Beginner level to very Advanced levels.

Formal Letter Writing - Help with formal and business letter writing. A summary of writing rules including outlines for cover letters and letters of enquiry, and abbreviations used in letters.

Speaking Out - A collection of thoughts, comments and articles regarding some of the issues and discussion points that have been raised in our ESL Forum.

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