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.
Latest Articles & Notes
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.
The top children's books for practising typical EFL language points, with interactive classroom activities for each picture book.
A quick guide to putting someone in the right level, giving a good impression, and finding out other vital information as you do so.
Tips on teaching adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Fun practice activities for adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Richard Flynn (aka Tdol) is an English teacher and the Site Editor here at
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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.