Sentence Connectors and Sentences for ESL EFL TOEFL TESOL TESL Students at Advanced Levels Once you have mastered the basics of correct usage in written English, you will want to express yourself in increasingly complex ways. One of the best ways to improve your writing style is to use linking language. Linking language refers to sentence connectors used to express relationships between ideas and to combine sentences. The use of these connectors will add sophistication to your writing style. Each section below contains linking language using similiar sentences to show how the same idea can be expressed in a variety of manners. Some examples of sentence connectors: 1) Food and drink prices in New York are very high. 2) Renting an apartment in New York is very expensive. Learn More About Linking Language Sentence Connectors: Opposition Sentence Connectors: Cause / Effect Sentence Connectors: Comparison Sentence Connectors: Contrast Sentence Connectors: Condition
Humans of New York Learning basic English 26 Fresh ESL Conversation Starters to Get Students Talking! | Jennifer Teacher 10 Oct I love teaching conversation in the ESL classroom. Part of it must be that because the students able to “converse” in English are better able to demonstrate their personalities, preferences, thoughts… and therefore, I get to know them better. Often it is simply hilarious to see the range of answers students feel free to share in a comfortable environment. If you’re a conversation teacher in an English as a Second Language classroom, there may be times when you feel as though you want fresh ideas, a change in routine or some way to remain slightly unpredictable so your students remain curious as to what tricks you have up your sleeves. Always remember to keep in mind your students’ unique personalities and language learning journey, and never underestimate how engaged they can become with the right activity! Here is a list of 26 fresh ESL Conversation Starters to move your class! Enjoy! Like this: Like Loading... Tags: conversation, Lesson Planning, speaking
Advanced Reading Practice Questions Refer to the following passage for questions 1 through 5. In 1892, the Sierra Club was formed. In 1908, an area of coastal redwood trees north of San Francisco was established as Muir Woods National Monument. John Muir was born in 1838 in Scotland. When John was 11 years old, his family moved to the United States and settled in Wisconsin. Muir left home at an early age. When Muir discovered the Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevadas, it was as if he had come home. Muir began to write articles about the Yosemite Valley to tell readers about its beauty. Although Muir won many conservation battles, he lost a major one. 1. A. 2. A. 3. A. 4. A. 5. A. Refer to the following passage for questions 6 through 9. When using a metal file, always remember to bear down on the forward stroke only. It is best to bear down just hard enough to keep the file cutting at all times. 6. A. 7. A. 8. A. 9. A. Refer to the following passage for questions 10 through 19. 10. A. 11. A. 1760s. 12. A. 13. 14. A. 15.
English usage If you're trying to improve your conversational English, you're in the right place. The sections below include a variety of references on everyday English usage from an American English perspective. Whether you need to expand your vocabulary, master some new idioms, or pick a good English name, these pages will serve you well. Vocabulary Building your English vocabulary is an essential part of learning to speak English. Idioms Learning idioms and expressions is one of the fun parts of studying a language. Punctuation Using punctuation marks correctly in your English writing is essential in both academic and professional situations. Quotes These are the quotes that are most familiar to native English speakers. Names These charts of the most common first and last names in English-speaking countries are based on the latest available data. Tongue Twisters Work on your English pronunciation with this list of English tongue twisters of different levels of difficulty, from easy to maddeningly hard.
45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Writers Write is your one-stop resource for writers. Use these 45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’ to improve your writing. Good writers avoid peppering their writing with qualifiers like ‘very’ and ‘really’. They are known as padding or filler words and generally add little to your writing. According to Collins Dictionary: ‘Padding is unnecessary words or information used to make a piece of writing or a speech longer. Adding modifiers, qualifiers, and unnecessary adverbs and adjectives, weakens your writing. This post gives you 45 ways to avoid using the padding word ‘very’. Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’ “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. If you enjoyed this, you will love: Top Tip: If you want to learn how to write a book, sign up for our online course. by Amanda Patterson © Amanda Patterson
Learn Vocabulary and Grammar Words that have literally changed meaning through the years When it comes to expressing ourselves, the world has been getting it wrong for hundreds of years... literally. The word “literally” means “in a literal way or sense” but, to the fury of language purists, many people now use it simply to stress a point. Football pundit Jamie Redknapp once told us Wayne Rooney was playing so well he was “literally on fire”, while Deputy PM Nick Clegg said low-rate taxpayers were “literally living in a different galaxy”. But our misuse has become so common the Oxford English Dictionary has altered its definition to say it can be “used for emphasis rather than being actually true, such as, ‘We were literally killing ourselves laughing’.” Senior OED editor Fiona McPherson said: “Our job is to describe the language people are using. "Words have changed their meaning ever since the first word was uttered. "Meat used to mean all food, but now its sense has narrowed.” So which other words have we got wrong for so long they are now right?
grammar, vocabulary, conversation TED Talk Lesson Plans – Tim's Free English Lesson Plans Image credit: ted.com Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio This is a lesson plan for C1+ students on the topic of bad habits based around a TED talk by Judson Brewer and an article from Yahoo Health. You can find the TED talk, students’ handout, reading text and teacher’s notes below: TED Bad habits sts copy – Students handout TED bad habits teachers notes Common Bad Habits – Reading Text TED – Breaking Bad Habits – Teacher’s Notes Step 1: Expressions with habit What do you think these expressions mean? He’s been smoking since he was 15 years old and he just can’t kick the habit. When my grandad retired he didn’t stop getting up at 6am and putting a suit on. I could never go backpacking I’m too much of a creature of habit, I can’t stand changes to my routine. I’ve always written my essays at the last minute and I normally get good marks. Kick the habit = give up/quit a bad habit Old habits die hard = it’s difficult to stop a habit you’ve been doing for a long time Why break the habit of a lifetime?
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