Topic: General

How to introduce yourself in presentations

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Tips and phrases for connecting with the audience and hooking them into the presentation topic with personal information

Writing emails checklist

Category: Writing Topic: General
70 questions to check that you've written the perfect email

How to deal with difficult questions in a presentation

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Tactics and phrases for dealing with tricky questions in a presentation Q&A

A guide to rude, offensive, insulting and taboo gestures for EFL learners

Body language and gestures which can insult or offend people inside and outside English-speaking countries.

Cultural differences in telephoning

Category: Telephoning Topic: General
Cultural variations in making phone calls from country to country, including differences in starting calls, ending calls, taking messages, etc.

How to end phone calls smoothly and politely

Category: Telephoning Topic: General
What to do and what not to do when bringing calls to a close, including tips, useful telephoning phrases, and typical mistakes when ending calls.

How to start phone calls in English

Category: Telephoning Topic: General
How to begin telephone calls, chat at the start of calls and move smoothly to the topic of the call, for both callers and people answering the phone.

The 100 most useful telephoning phrases

Category: Telephoning Topic: General
A carefully chosen list of the most important phrases for making and receiving business and personal telephone calls, including lots of useful language for starting and ending calls, dealing with communication problems, taking and leaving messages, etc.

Why does my teacher not speak more slowly?

Category: Learning English Topic: General
Reasons why teachers sometimes speak at a speed at which students can't understand everything that they say - both good ones and bad ones - with possible student reactions.

Why does my teacher make me correct my own answers?

Category: Learning English Topic: General
A number of reasons why your teacher might make you correct your own answers

Activities for conversation exchanges

Category: Learning English Topic: General
Some ideas for using language exchange sites

Combining history topics and English grammar

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Activities suitable for English through History classes, CLIL classes, as supplementary activities when there are historical topics in an EFL textbook, or as grammar practice

Why does my teacher skip exercises in the textbook?

Category: Learning English Topic: General
One of the ESL classroom mysteries explained

Descriptive and Prescriptive Grammar

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at the prescriptive and descriptive approaches to English grammar.


Category: General Articles Topic: General
A summary of what a concordancer does, and how it can be used.

Number of

Category: English Grammar Topic: General
When to use a singular or a plural verb with the word 'number'.