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Great EFL Vocab Graphics

If you are an Social Media active EFL tutor you will have noticed a proliferation of images containing vocabulary.  Many are fantastic, imaginative and fun.  Create your own - and it can be a great activity to get your students to do - work on one in class and then set them each a difference one to create [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:27+00:00 November 1st, 2016|EFL, ESOL, Learning English, Teaching English, TEFL, Vocabulary|0 Comments

The ABCD English Guide to the Great British Summer

Summer? What summer? For those of you from more tropical climates, the British Summer can seem a little disappointing. The temperature rarely gets above 30 degrees Celsius and there are more cloudy days than sunny. But on those days when the sun does shine, the Brits know how to make the most of it. Here [...]

By | 2016-06-21T08:18:30+00:00 June 16th, 2016|EFL, Learning English|0 Comments

Stay Calm with these IELTS Tips

Preparing for your IELTS test?  Here are 10 top tips to give you the best chance of passing: Preparation.  The IELTS test is a test of your level of English.  So you need to start by learning English.  Find a motivating class or a English language tutor.  If you are not sure where to start the [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:27+00:00 April 8th, 2016|IELTS, Learning English|0 Comments

A drop of ink may make a million think (proverbs 4 of 4)

This is the final installment of proverbs and common English expressions.  Refer to the previous articles to read: 100 common English proverbs 100 common English expressions 100 more English proverbs In this final installment are 34 more expressions which I've not heard in general usage, but which may contain a few actual proverbs.  Some have clearly been [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:27+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Learning English, Vocabulary|0 Comments

5 Tips to Speak English Confidently

You have had countless English lessons at school, you have studied your books, you are going to English classes, you are very keen to learn English, and yet you are struggling to make the step to speak to speak in English at all, let alone Speak English confidently.  You are not alone - there are tens of thousands [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:27+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Learning English|0 Comments

IELTS Explained

If you are learning or teaching English and don't yet know all about IELTS then read on - it's probably the most influential English test in the world at the moment! What is IELTS? IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is similar in some ways to the TOEFL test. Who takes IELTS? IELTS [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:31+00:00 March 11th, 2016|EFL, IELTS, Learning English, Teaching English, TEFL|0 Comments

Small Talk – What do you say when you meet at the photocopier?

Among native speakers small talk is a way to start or develop a conversation - we do this when we meet someone new, or strike up a conversation with someone we don't know very well.  That's not to say it's not interesting in itself - I'm always interested in what people do for a living, [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:31+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Learning English, Teaching English, TEFL|0 Comments

100 more English proverbs

In previous posts I have given 100 common English proverbs and 100 common English expressions and now I shall continue the theme with 100 more English proverbs.  I mentioned that the previous 100 English proverbs were common enough that I had used them in a real context.  The following proverbs are less popular or less well-known, but the majority will be known by most native speakers. [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:31+00:00 February 24th, 2016|EFL, ESOL, Learning English, Teaching English, TEFL|0 Comments

Valentine’s Images for your EFL Lesson Today

Your EFL class today are likely to be aware of Valentine's day - use the opportunity to introduce topical vocabulary.  Get your English learner's speaking by asking those with partners how they met, and those without for their future aspirations.

By | 2016-02-12T09:19:04+00:00 February 12th, 2016|EFL, ESOL, Learning English, Teaching English|0 Comments

Core Vocabulary

The bookshelves of the English and EFL sections libraries and bookshops are lined with all manner of dictionaries and vocabulary books and aids.  A dictionary can contain too many words for a learner - only because the size and number of words can be off-putting to younger and new language learners; the complete OED (Oxford English Dictionary, [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:59:32+00:00 December 6th, 2015|Learning English|0 Comments