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Use pop songs to learn connected speech and sound more fluent in English Colm Boyd, a materials writer and British Council teacher in Barcelona shows how attention to connected speech in pop music can help improve fluency in spoken English. What is connected speech? When people are learning English, they often pronounce words as they appear in print: Where do you live? → /wɛr/ /du/ /ju/ /lɪv/ An English speaker who is very fluent will pronounce the sentence differently. Writing - Advanced C1 Some people think that some types of criminals should not go to prison. Instead they should do unpaid work in the community. To what extent do you agree? Owing to the great variety of crimes that can be punishable by prison, some people argue that not all criminals are the same and it would therefore be more appropriate to give certain criminals community service instead. I agree that in some cases, prison may not be the best solution and community service would probably have more benefits. One justification given for prisons is to keep society safe by removing criminals from the outside world.

Best Short Stories for Middle Schoolers, As Chosen by Teachers It can be a challenge to get middle schoolers interested in reading. The thought of tackling a thick novel can be overwhelming, especially toward the end of the school year when attention spans and patience for reading are often running short. Short stories are always a great choice. In addition to requiring less of a time commitment, they are an easy way to expose your students to new authors and genres. Also, the best short stories are every bit as engaging and meaningful as the best novels. Owl Eyes Offers a Good Way to Guide Students Through Classic Literature Owl Eyes is a relatively new tool that provides teachers with a good way to provide students with guidance while they are reading classic literature. Owl Eyes provides teachers with tools to insert annotations and questions into classic literature. Students can see the annotations and questions that their teachers add to the digital text. Teachers have the option to create online classrooms through which they can monitor their students' progress through a text and view their students' annotations and answers to questions. The texts available through Owl Eyes are mostly classic works that are in the public domain. The short videos embedded below will help you get started with Owl Eyes.

My family Submitted 7 months 2 weeks ago by Paul Braddock. This lesson provides teachers and primary children with an opportunity to see different kinds of families that might better reflect their own experiences. Introduction Level Test - Reading Sarah is 36 years old, and she lives in Canada. She has two young daughters. She works two days a week as a teacher. Her husband’s name is Nathan, and he’s a sales manager. - Introduction Introduction Academic writing is divided into paragraphs. If your writing is one continuous piece of text, it will be very difficult for any reader to follow your argument.

Sebastian and the troll This is a short story I wrote in December 2017. It’s about pain. It’s been translated by my friend Vanja Vinter and is published here on my blog for now because I’m not really sure where else to put it yet. If you read it and find something you like with it you’re welcome to donate whatever you think it’s worth to a charity of your choice. SEBASTIAN AND THE TROLL A little story about how it feels Canzoncina in inglese per la festa della Mamma La festa della mamma è una occasione in cui i bambini posso dire grazie alla loro mamma per tutto ciò che ogni giorno fa per loro. Ecco una canzoncina in inglese adatta a questa occasione. E’ solo un piccolo cuore quello che la bambina nella canzone dona alla sua mamma, ma contiene un messaggio importante: un ringraziamento speciale per tutto l’amore che la mamma dona ogni giorno ai suoi bambini.

Practice Reading Tests Scoring The Practice Reading Tests in this book are scored on a point system that differs slightly by grade level. Grades 1 and 2 have fewer questions and no short- or long-answer questions. Grade 1 is based on a scoring rage of 0–6 points. Grade 2 is based on a scoring range of 0–12 points. Five digital resources for autonomous English language practice Cristina Cabal, six-time winner of the TeachingEnglish blog award , tells us her favourite apps, sites and browser extensions to make autonomous learning fun. Language proficiency does not happen within a set time. It’s a long process that requires patience, and practice outside of the classroom. One way that teachers can encourage learners to practise language autonomously is to provide resources that are fun and effective. Here are a few that I recommend:

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