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What are the correct rules of English grammar? Who says we can’t split infinitives?

What are the correct rules of English grammar?

Michael Rundell, Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan Dictionary, argues that we should expect linguistic rules to be bent and broken over time. He will be presenting on this topic at a British Council seminar, live-streamed from Cardiff on Tuesday, 3 June. Adult native speakers of a language rarely, if ever, make grammatical mistakes.

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Business English bonanza. English Language Teaching Global Blog. At this year’s ELTJ Debate, Janet Enever (Umea University, Sweden) argued against the motion that ‘This house believes that Primary ELT does more harm than good‘.

English Language Teaching Global Blog

Janet shares her thoughts on some of the points that came out of the debate. You can watch the full recording of the debate on the IATEFL Online website, or catch up on the highlights in our Storify story of the event. Firstly, I’d like to say how pleased I was to hear so many interesting and relevant points raised at the ELTJ Debate.

Together, they provided fruit for a really valuable round table event – perhaps this would be a more productive format for developing shared understandings and creating networks than the adversarial stance of a debate.

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BBC Learning English. What You Can Do With Newspapers: 11 Surprisingly Engaging Activities. Trinity College London. Free Online Lessons in English Grammar, Vocabulary and Phrases. EXAMS. IT related. Move over, Foster: here are the actual Brits who built the modern world. You see it in hospitals and offices, airports and schools.

Move over, Foster: here are the actual Brits who built the modern world

It is the go-to architectural language for service stations and retail parks, data centres and storage sheds. The ubiquitous acreage of grey cladding panels, offset with struts and wires and pointless bits of rigging, windows enlivened with grids of louvres, rooftops adorned with inflatable pillows. If you’re lucky, you might even get a swooping tensile canopy strapped on to the entrance, bringing a touch of yachty glamour to the grim shed beyond.

The scourge of our cities and out-of-town centres, this wretched language of Portakabin-moderne has become the default setting for countless developers and local authorities, bereft of budget and ambition. With its modular, prefab look, it bestows buildings with the deceptive impression of temporariness, masking the sorry truth that these flimsy boxes will long outstay their welcome.

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Dictation. Financial Literacy Resources : KQED Education. Fostering Financial Literacy in ESL Classrooms Using New Media Tools In these lessons students learn about managing money, banking, credit, debt, home financing and loans while practicing listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

Financial Literacy Resources : KQED Education

By integrating new media tools into the curriculum we hope educators will be able to engage ESL learners by making unfamiliar financial concepts as concrete as possible. Icebreakers. Interview preparation. John Ramsay's Learning and Grade Improvement Techniques Web Site. John Ramsay's Learning and Grade Improvement Techniques Web Site Site contents (sorted alphabetically by title): Dead link warning.

John Ramsay's Learning and Grade Improvement Techniques Web Site

The gateleaper: how to get in to London's private members' clubs - London Life - Life & Style. To get a membership one must be vetted by the previous class of occupiers and transfer a joining fee of £2,000 and an annual subscription fee of £1,500 (Dover Street Arts Club prices).

The gateleaper: how to get in to London's private members' clubs - London Life - Life & Style

But there’s no point in being a member of just one club — you want to be admitted to all of them. Unlike swanky parties, where it’s easy to bluff the guest list by mentioning someone else’s name from Twitter, members’ clubs require a membership card. And a dress code. Plus a willingness to constantly nod and bow.

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Punctuation. Look Into My Eyes...and Learn Unforgettable Vocabulary! Sometimes, you get lucky.

Look Into My Eyes...and Learn Unforgettable Vocabulary!

A planned activity that you hope will be moderately interesting and instructive turns into a runaway success. Here’s one: Inspired by a recent article in the New York Times that reported that reading Chekhov was the best way to learn to interpret other people’s body language, I was lured into taking the Times’ online quiz to see how good I was at reading visual cues.

Years' or Year's or Years. Inspired by the Summer Olympics, I led the "Punctuation Games" for a client yesterday.

Years' or Year's or Years

The sophisticated group took away gold, silver, and bronze medals for their wins in "100-Word Hyphen," "Apostrophe Toss," "Error-Ringing," and a final relay race in which they inserted commas, semicolons, hyphens, and apostrophes. Apostrophe Toss raised the most questions. Here's one controversial sentence involving the use of the apostrophe: The position requires at least five years experience in web site development. How London Are You? Newsletter. In this edition – it's all about authenticity We often go to great lengths to bring the real world into the classroom, lugging around CD players, holiday brochures and even potted palm trees – but do these things really help to make the learning experience more authentic?

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Should we use real-life articles, stick to specially-written material or use fewer materials altogether? Do audio recordings really help our students listen more effectively? Is technology a useful tool or does it get in the way of face-to-face communication? The writers in this issue discuss some of the dilemmas that we've all faced. 3 Ways to Make Reading Lessons More Interactive. How do you deal with reading lessons in your ESL classroom?

3 Ways to Make Reading Lessons More Interactive

Do you have your students read silently in class? Do you assign the reading for homework? Agreement and Disagreement. Agreement, disagreement and ... the English soulBy Olga Mindrul, Moscow State UniversityThe way people agree or disagree in an argument or discussion varies in different languages. A lot here depends on the national cultural and traditional background of the speaker.

The English are not as straightforward in expressing their opinion as Russians are, for example. The word which describes the English way of speaking and behaving in the best way is probably the word “reserved”. Agreeing and Disagreeing - SF ESL Group (San Francisco , CA. ESL Teacher Resource for Business Lesson Plans. Email English Worksheets.

Get more out of teaching with Email English with these free downloadable resources. In these website activities you will find free writing practice for most Email English units. You can print out the page for the unit you are working on and give it directly to the students. No additional preparation will be necessary. Is public speaking really that scary? Tom Lamont, Observer writer I wasn't so surprised, last week, to read the results of a poll revealing that people feared public speaking more than they feared being buried alive. Sure, I thought. Because being buried alive at least would be private. No audience to watch you writhe. Jerry Seinfeld once defined people like me, neatly, as those who would be "better off in the casket than doing the eulogy" and I was touched that (according to OnePoll's findings) more than half of us feel this way.

Why Do Teachers Quit? - Liz Riggs. Richard Ingersoll taught high-school social studies and algebra in both public and private schools for nearly six years before leaving the profession and getting a Ph.D. in sociology. Now a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, he’s spent his career in higher ed searching for answers to one of teaching’s most significant problems: teacher turnover. Teaching, Ingersoll says, “was originally built as this temporary line of work for women before they got their real job—which was raising families, or temporary for men until they moved out of the classroom and became administrators.

Style: Johnson: When is a rule not a rule? English for Architects worksheets/ activities. Conversation Skills – Giving your opinion. 'First world problems' revealed in study. CAELA: ESL Resources: Briefs. Julie Mathews-Aydinli Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) April 2007 (This brief is also available in pdf format.) Background on Adult Learners. How to Do a Comprehensive Review of Verb Tenses for Intermediate ESL Students. Verb Talk: Conversation Activities to Practice Using Verb Tenses. How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses. Why the Japanese still love music CDs - Video - Business News. Let's All Be Connected Educators. Newsflash: October is Connected Educator Month! 5 Cool Literature Sites You May Want to Visit This Year. That’s Correct! 7 Great Ways to Check Answers with Your ESL Class.

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Grammar goodness. Vocabulary magic. Stop, think and then teach! Delicious Writing Activities: Using Food in the Classroom. MultiBrief: Empowering connected learning in TESOL. The U. S. Department of Education has created Connected Educator Month to promote learning through peer-to-peer interactions online between educators. Connected learning is a form of 21st century professional development and collaboration through virtual connections.

Although Connected Educator Month is promoted by the U.S. Department of Education, it is a global event in which educators worldwide are participating. Educators of TESOL are a globally connected audience by means of the profession. The U.S. The Connected Educators website has many other ways to virtual interact with peers. Listed below are some of the live Connected Educator events that are helpful to educators of TESOL. American English Speech. International professional development. October 2013. Grammatically Speaking. 4 great things to do with newspapers in the language classroom. E.L.L. Practice, Oct. 7, 2013. Bogota Business English Conversation Club Preview for October 10th: COCKTAILS. ESL Writing. CAELA: ESL Resources: Digests.

Williams - Providing Feedback on ESL Students' Written Assignments. A Website for Teachers and Learners of English As a Foreign Language Abroad. Learning English. A Website for Teachers and Learners of English As a Foreign Language Abroad.   Learn Business English Vocabulary for ESL. Esl movies. Untitled. I Know Why Your Students Don't Speak English… And What to Do About It.

Blogs on English-Language Learners. October 2013. LookWiser - Presentations - Pronunciation Secrets for Non-native English Speakers. The Learning Network - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com. Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework - Richard Walker.