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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Classroom activities for colour vocabulary
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”.
How to teach colour vocabulary in ESL classes
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 best picture books for ESL young learners, and what to do with them
The top children’s books for practising typical EFL language points, with interactive classroom activities for each picture book.
The bluffer's guide to level checking
A quick guide to putting someone in the right level, giving a good impression, and finding out other vital information as you do so.
How to teach opposites
Tips on teaching adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Classroom activities for teaching opposites
Fun practice activities for adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
How to teach gradable and extreme adjectives
How to present and practice gradable adjectives and extreme adjectives like hot/ boiling and big/ huge, including how not to mix them up with other kinds of ungradable adjectives.
How to teach -ed and -ing adjectives
Teaching techniques and classroom activities for adjectives that end in ed and ing like bored/ boring and tired/ tiring.
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.

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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