Monthly Archives: April 2014

Shakespeare!

April 23rd was Shakespeare’s birthday – and the day of his death – so why not have a go at understanding Shakespeare’s plays yourself? Romeo and Juliet might be the most famous of his stories – but do you also … Continue reading

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Word families

Having a good understanding of word families will help your comprehension and production skills – you should be able to make better guesses about what new words mean, and have a broader vocabulary base to choose from when you write … Continue reading

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Present perfect listening practice

Present perfect – every learner’s favourite verb tense – plus listening practice – what could be better? Listen to Fatima take the present perfect challenge with BBC World Service. For follow-up work, there are plenty of links to more exercises … Continue reading

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Essential IELTS

If you’re getting ready to take the IELTS test, you know what stress feels like! Try not to spend your energy worrying though, because there is lots of help out there for you – and of course you need to … Continue reading

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Be happy (and practise your English!)

First of all, learn the words to the Pharrell song, Happy, and sing it to your friends, family and study partners. Next, here is a list of things you must do to be happy. Do them! When you have finished … Continue reading

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For teachers of English….

… or curious learners! IATEFL happened last week, and if you weren’t able to go, perhaps you have watched some of the talks online here. If you weren’t there, you can see the twittersphere’s highlights at #harrogatehighlights Or have a … Continue reading

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The, a/an or nothing?

Articles! You first meet them early on in your learning English career, and they never go away, do they? Even the most advanced learners can still struggle with articles, so don’t worry if you are struggling too. One thing you … Continue reading

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IATEFL, UK

Are you an English teacher? The IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) conference is happening now – this year in Harrogate. If you aren’t there in person, you can still participate and enjoy the conference … Continue reading

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Test your verb tenses!

It’s always a good day to test your verb tenses. Have a go at these online tests, and most importantly, reflect on your results. What tenses do you struggle with? What tenses are you most confident with? How are you … Continue reading

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April Fools’ Day!

Were you fooled today? First of all, find out about the history of April Fools’ Day. The Guardian newspaper collected April Fools, and scroll down to read about even more! Also see the BBC collection from today. Look out for … Continue reading

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