The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein) –[Multimedia-English videos] A story about unconditional love. Read from the original book by Shel Silverstein. THE BOY WOULD COME= The boy used to come. USED TO can express a habit or a state (a situation), but WOULD can only express a habit- I used to get up at 8 o’clock, but now I get up later = I would get up at 8 o’clock, but now I get up later.- That house used to look very old, but now they have repaired it. We can also use the simple past for past habits (the same as we use the simple present for present habits), but it is more ambiguous (sometimes we can’t tell if it’s a habit or just one action):- When I was a child I got up at 8 o’clock every day (here, the phrase “every day” tells us that it is a habit). GATHER= Collect, put together and take away. MAKE THEM INTO CROWNS= Transform them into crowns, make crowns using the leaves. TRUNK= The part of the tree going from the ground to the branches. LEAP= Jump. BRANCHES= The part of a tree, on top, where leaves grow. TIME WENT BY= Time passed. MONEY= /mʌnɪ/
ESL Podcast Blog Welcome to ESL Podcast Blog So Go Ahead and Sue Me, Taylor Swift I can’t say that I have never, never, never listened to a song by Taylor Swift, but I can say that I’m not exactly (I’m not really) a fan of her music. Ms. Swift is, however, extremely popular in the United States and internationally, known for her catchy (easy to remember) tunes (music) and lyrics (words to a song). But if you’re not careful, Swift may just decide to sue you (take you to court and demand money from you for something you did wrong). What phrases are we talking about here? The reason behind Swift’s trademarking of these phrases is not just meglomania (the desire to dominate everyone around you, to have great power). You might be wondering about whether we here at ESL Podcast have trademarked anything. ~Jeff Image credit: “Swift performs in St. Podcasts This Week (March 2, 2015) Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. ON MONDAY ESL Podcast 1082 – Traveling to a Remote Island - Lucy
Future - Why science needs imagination and beauty Albert Einstein famously said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” They’re both important, says physicist and Nobel Prize recipient Frank Wilczek, but knowledge without imagination is barren. Take his subject of theoretical physics. As Wilczek says a lot of what you do is to try to understand Mother Nature’s mind and her sense of beauty to see how the laws of physics could be more beautiful. Not many people truly appreciate what happened in physics in the last part of the 20th Century. The bad news, however, is we are not so good at solving them. The laws we have discovered, especially in the quantum world are so strange you have to play with them in your mind. The questions we are now able to ask are so compelling, so extraordinary. For more World-Changing Ideas, click here.
The Reader This EFL lesson plan is designed around a moving short film commissioned by Bells and directed by Greg Gray. In the lesson students write a narrative, watch a short film and discuss literacy strategies. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type: All ages Time: 90 minutes Activity: Writing a short story, watching a short film, and speaking Topic: Reading and literacy Language: Narrative structures Materials: Six screenshots and a short film Downloadable materials: the reader lesson instructions the reader screenshots Support Film English Film English remains ad-free and takes many hours a month to research and write, and hundreds of dollars to sustain. Step 1 Put your students into small groups. Step 2 Give them the document with the six screenshots from a short film. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Listening Listening Lessons Dogs, Dogs, Dogs - Idioms and phrases using the word 'Dog'. Get the phone! - A listening exercise. ESL Lessons Daily Word Copyright 2009 - 2013 - 5MinuteEnglish.com is an ESL (English as a Second Language) Resource Why You Should Learn English with TV Series For the majority of exceptionally fluent English speakers I meet, the most fun, enriching, and effective way to learn English is through watching TV series. In fact, it’s surprisingly common to hear that people learn significantly more English from TV, movies, and videos than all traditional methods combined (For example: English courses, textbooks, and even study abroad experiences). So why is this the case? Why is it so hard for English schools to consistently deliver on their promises, and why is it that the most fluent English learners in the world are benefiting much more from English speaking TV series, a media that was not intended to teach English? Learn 101 Common Expressions from Friends with our FREE EBook One important reason is that, as good as some schools and resources are, most learners are bored. TV series and movies are so effective because it makes the learning process a fun, real, and permanent part of who we are. Fun Increases Motivation and Will Power (Duh!)
Graded English language dictations free online Improve Your English by Watching Friends – 3 Steps on How to Actively Watch TV Shows | English with a Twist I am delighted to introduce you to Paul Mains who has written this post. Paul approached me a couple of weeks ago offering to write a piece for my blog. He offered me a choice of topics and I was immediately drawn to the above topic. Many learners watch films and follow TV series in English. NB: Paul is an American teacher and his post uses American English spelling instead of British English spelling. Given the widespread availability of episodes from popular TV series on YouTube and Netflix, it’s likely that you’ve probably seen some English-language TV shows. While sitting back, relaxing, and watching TV is a good way to expose yourself to the English language, this kind of passive watching won’t help you improve your English nearly as much as if you put a little effort into it. To illustrate how to actively watch a TV show, I’ll be using a short clip from the popular series Friends, which you can view on YouTube by clicking on this link. Image via NBC / Wikipedia Step 1: Write It Down
Roar – Katy Perry – ESL lesson plan | Anna Edu The song “Roar” perfectly fits the topic of gender roles/stereotypes, feminism. Besides, it’s a great source of idioms, set expressions and phrasal verbs. That’s how I would use it in class. 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. in ESL lesson plans by Anna