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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How to teach shopping language
Teaching suggestions and classroom activities for shopping phrases and language for shop staff.
British and American phone calls
How US and UK calls differ in phrases, vocabulary, topics and other cultural norms.
Cultural differences in telephoning
Cultural variations in making phone calls from country to country, including differences in starting calls, ending calls, taking messages, etc.
50 ways to answer the phone (in English and other languages)
Different things to say when you pick up the phone in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Catalan, Hebrew, Romanian and Flemish.
Offensive, insulting and aggressive gestures in the UK
Rude British gestures and other body language that could cause offense in the United Kingdom.
British body language
Shaking hands, kissing, hugging, eye contact, bodily contact, proximity, and standing and sitting positions in the UK.  
80 British gestures
List of UK gestures, with meanings of gestures used in the United Kingdom and how to make them.
Differences between British and American emails
Explanations of the differences between UK and US emails, including opening and closing British and American emails, and requests, apologies, instructions and job applications in the UK and USA.
How to complain and deal with complaints on the phone
What to say and what not to say when you complain by telephone and receive complaints on the phone.
The 100 most useful phrases for business meetings
The most important phrases for taking part in business meeting in English.

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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