Idioms – as clear as mud? Miranda Steel is a freelance ELT lexicographer and editor. She has worked as a Senior Editor for dictionaries for learners at OUP and has also worked for COBUILD. In this post, she looks at some of the weird and wonderful idioms in the English language. Idioms are commonly used in spoken and written English. They add colour and interest to what we are saying. But how often do we actually find idioms in their original and full form? Australian slang dictionary Advertisements Books about Australia Books by & about Aborigines, fiction & non-fiction
eltchat The aim was to create a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development. Now, every Wednesday at 19:00pm GMT or 21.00pm GMT, ELT teachers from all over the world log into their Twitter account and for one hour hold an online discussion on a topic they have selected. To join in you just have to follow the hashtag #ELTChat. You'll see the conversation and anything you tag with #ELTChat will be part of it If you already use a Twitter app like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you can follow #ELTChat in there.
If You've Never Used These English Idioms, You're Probably Not a Native Engli... Those of us who grew up with English as our first language have been exposed to idioms and idiomatic expressions for most of our lives. They may have confused us a little when we were children, but explanation and constant exposure not only increased our understanding of them, but likely drew them into our own vernacular. If you’re in the process of learning the English language, you may come across some of these and not be entirely sure what they mean. Here’s a list of 20 that you’re likely to come across fairly often: 1. Wordpower Welcome to the Wordpower website. Here you’ll find lots of ideas and downloadable activities to help you get the most out of the Oxford Wordpower Dictionary. You can also download the answers to the Oxford Wordpower Trainer. Exam practice questions NEW Interactive exercises that show students how they can use the Oxford Wordpower Dictionary to answer ‘Use of English’-style questions
Using Twitter for professional development – Lizzie Pinard Twitter! Image via google images search licensed for commercial use with modification Wikipedia defines Twitter as: 25 Common Phrases That You're Saying Wrong Being a freelance writer, I often find myself messing up common phrases. When I’m unsure, I do a quick Google search to make sure that what I’m writing is actually what I’m trying to say. This inspired me to come up with a list of common phrases that people frequently get wrong. Some of them aren’t completely our fault because the incorrect way of saying them has actually become the “norm”. But we’re still wrong. Interactive Vocabulary Exercises Learningapps - Instructions - Août 2016 Instructions (pictures / words) Instructions (pictures / pronunciation) Instructions (pictures / type the words) Instructions (pronunciation / type the words) Learningapps - Directions - Janvier 2016 Directions (pictures / words) Directions (pictures / pronunciation) Directions (pictures / type the words) Directions (pronunciation / type the words) Learningapps - Biography (past simple) - Novembre 2015 Important events (moments) in a person’s life Biography (past simple) : Match the sentences with the pictures. Biography (past simple) : Listen to the sentences and match with the pictures.