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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The top six grammar points for IELTS Pinned

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
The most important grammar for IELTS Speaking, Writing and Listening.
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How to teach British and American English Pinned

Category: Teaching English Topic: Varieties and Dialects
The most important differences between UK and US English, and the best ways to present and practise them.
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English Conditionals: An Introduction Pinned

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Everything you need to know about English Conditionals.
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400 words with silent letters, arranged by level New

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

Category: Teaching English Topic: Functions & Text
Teaching tips, games and songs for teaching different ways to say hello and goodbye
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41 ways to say goodbye in English

Category: Learning English Topic: Vocabulary
A thorough review of formal and informal parting greetings, including confusing differences.
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35 ways to say hello in English

Category: Learning English Topic: Vocabulary
A complete overview of common and more unusual things to say when you meet someone, including differences between different expressions.
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How to teach question formation

Category: General Articles Topic: Questions
Tips on presenting and practising making questions in English, including wh- questions, yes/ no questions, subject questions and indirect questions/ embedded questions
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How to teach verb plus gerund and infinitive

Category: Teaching English Topic: Gerunds and Infinitives
Verb plus -ing and infinitive with to presentation and practice tips, including gerund or infinitive games
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How to teach conversational reactions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Functions & Text
Teaching students how to react with sympathy, shock, interest, etc, including conversational reactions games.
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How to teach reporting verbs

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
How to teach the meaning and grammar of verbs for reporting what other people said, including reporting verb games
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How to teach starting and ending conversations in English

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom activities for the tricky beginnings and endings of conversations.
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How to teach the imperative

Category: Teaching English Topic: Articles
Teaching tips and classroom activities for imperatives for offers, emailing, telephoning, presentations, instructions, commands/ orders (and not requests!)
Teacher Article

How to teach subject questions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Questions
Teaching tips and classroom activities for wh word + main verb questions, including subject question games.
Learner Article

Unreal Past games

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Fun classroom activities for past tenses for hypothetical situations, including linking to the same structures in conditionals

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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