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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Teaching tips and classroom games/ activities to present and practise Yes/ No questions like "Is this umbrella yours?" and "Did you have a good time?"
Short forms which are often used in the UK and to describe British life.
The most useful acronyms for understanding British life
Teaching tips and classroom activities for helping students France/ French, Switzerland/ Swiss, etc.
Teaching ideas and stimulating practice activities for adjectives with more, most, -er and - est.
Intensive classroom practice activities of superlative adjectives and related language
How to present and practise English abbreviations that come from Latin such as "e.g.", "i.e." and "PS"
Ways to present and practise short forms of words and expressions such as "info", "lab", "50p" and "PS".
How to present and practise the meaning and use of abbreviations like "ASAP", "IoT" and "VIP"
Error correction activities that aren't a waste of class time.
Everyday English for medical jargon, to be used by patients, doctors, nurses and other people using or studying Medical English.
A complete guide to teaching students how to understand written colour words, including fun word recognition games.
How to usefully, efficiently and productively use colouring in to teach all kinds of language and skills
Fun classroom activities teaching students how to understand, read and write colour words from "orange" and "red" through "dark green" to "cream" and "metallic blue".
The nine stages of teaching colour vocab, from understanding what "red" means and being able to write "green" to discussing the psychological effects of different colours.
Richard Flynn (aka Tdol) is an English teacher and the Site Editor here at UsingEnglish.com. Here, he talks about English usage that catches his eye or ear, and looks at language issues that interest or puzzle him.
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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.