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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 college

How to teach link verbs/copula verbs New

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
How to teach verbs that take adjectives instead of adverbs, with linking verb games and other copula verb practice activities

How to teach like and be like New

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
How to teach like as a verb and like as a preposition together

How to teach like, be like and look like

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
How to teach like as a verb and as a preposition with look and be - including like, be like and look like games

How to teach verbs of senses

Category: General Articles Topic: Verbs and Tenses
How to teach sense verbs/ verbs of sensation/ sensory verbs/ verbs of perception, including look like, smell like, etc and verbs of senses games

How to teach consonant clusters to EFL learners

Category: Teaching English Topic: Pronunciation
How to present and practise consonant blends, with consonant cluster games

How to teach defining relative clauses

Category: Teaching English Topic: Relative Pronouns
How to present and practise restrictive relative clauses for saying which thing you are talking about, with typical errors and defining relative clauses games

How to teach reduced relative clauses

Category: Teaching English Topic: Relative Pronouns
How to present and practise shorter forms of relative clauses with present and past participles

How to teach non-defining relative clauses

Category: Teaching English Topic: Relative Pronouns
How to teach non-restrictive relative clauses for optional extra information, including non-defining relative clauses games

How to teach a, an, the and no article

Category: Teaching English Topic: Articles
How to teach English definite, indefinite and zero articles, with articles practice games.

How to teach defining and non-defining relative clauses

Category: Teaching English Topic: Relative Pronouns
How to present and practise relative clauses, including defining and non-defining relative clauses games

English Tenses and Aspects 7 - The Habitual Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the difficulties of classifying "used to"

English Tenses and Aspect 6 - The Prospective Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the use of the 'going to' form in English

Fun for all the family 3 - Quite a few games for articles and determiners

Category: English Grammar Topic: Articles
Games for a, an, the, some, etc, for both adults and young learners

English Tenses and Aspects 5 - The Retrospective Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look the the forms traditionally known as the perfect aspect

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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