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No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation System You might also try putting a period at the end of a “thought.” And what about semi-colons and colons? Well…maybe those are for exceptionally long breaths and thoughts? Okay, I guess you can see that these are no official “Strunk and White” rules about usage but rather the kind of myths about standard punctuation that are perpetuated, sometimes by educators, I’m afraid. Add to this the concern that writers, such as novelist and poets, often employ their own creative punctuation: for example, poet e.e. cummings wrote in all lower-case; popular novelist Stephen King, a former English teacher, writes long, run-on sentences to indicate stream-of-consciousness thought. So by the time students come onto a college campus, they’re often under the impression that punctuation doesn’t matter, or is arbitrary, and makes no sense—sometimes all three.

Grammar Rules This is a quick, basic grammar review for nouns, verbs, and the sometimes confusing usage of lay versus lie, and rise versus raise. This reference can be used for term papers, grammar class reviews, or simply for anyone confused or curious about the basics of English grammar. Nouns Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom If this is your first time here, then read the Teacher's Guide to Using These PagesIf you can think of a good question for any list, please send it to us. Home | Articles | Lessons | Techniques | Questions | Games | Jokes | Things for Teachers | Links | Activities for ESL Students Would you like to help? If you can think of a good question for any list, please send it to us.

What Makes a Parent Love a Teacher Guest post by Jennifer Gonzalez The note from Mrs. F. came home two weeks into the school year:I’d like to talk with you about how we can make reading time more challenging for Ruby. When can we meet? Although I knew my daughter was an advanced reader, I had accepted that it would always be up to me to ask for this kind of differentiation.

Brilliant toilet! In this activity, students hear about a strange restaurant recommendation. They watch a video in which Paul talks about a friend’s suggestion to visit a new restaurant in town specifically because of its brilliant toilet. But what could be so special about a toilet? And why is Paul offended by the recommendation? Language level: Intermediate + (B1)Learner type: Teens; AdultsTime: 45 minutesActivity: Reading and speakingTopic: RestaurantsLanguage: Evaluative adjectives (brilliant, wonderful, unbelievable, great, etc.)Materials: Video; worksheetBrilliant toilet

Actors: Listen A Minute.com: English Listening Lesson Being an actor ____________ be great. I really wish I could act. I’d love to have the confidence to act in ____________ of people. Being a member of the audience at the ____________ is great, but acting on stage is better. I wonder what it’s like to be a movie actor. Queen - I Want It All Queen I Want It All The Miracle, 1989 I Want It All (Lyrics) I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now Things 2 do b4 u die This activity deals with bucket lists – wishlists of things to do before you die (or ‘kick the bucket’). For example: participate in a demonstration; appear on the front cover of a newspaper; be an extra in a film; do a runner from a restaurant; get arrested; photocopy your bottom at work. Language level: Intermediate (B1) +Learner type: Mature teens; AdultsTime: 90 minutesActivity: Grammar drill; SpeakingTopic: Life & deathLanguage: ‘Have you ever …?’ questions; Past simple questions; Pronunciation of regular past participlesMaterials: Materials freeThings 2 do b4 u die

Reading Comprehension Worksheets Reading comprehension refers to whether or not a student understands a text that they have read. At higher levels, comprehending a text involves making inferences and understanding implicit ideas. Some students struggle with reading comprehension. These reading comprehension worksheets should help you provide remediation to these students. Fictional Passages Jacob the Great Comprehension Test – Students read a short story about a kid cycling through hobbies and then answer comprehension, inferential, and literary element questions.

Simple Contraction Folder Simple Contraction Folder I love these FREE contraction folding aids from Twinkl. Personally I think theses are a case of simple is better. Nothing fancy is needed, the folding aids are nice and bright and in my opinion there is no need to over clutter the folder. Here is what we did. Learner Type » Business All lesson plans tagged: Business Business cards 6 comments By Jamie Keddie The wrong guy 114 FREE Past Simple vs. Present Perfect Worksheets About Our Past Simple vs. Present Perfect Worksheets In this section, you can find worksheets that combine the past simple and present perfect tenses. Folger Digital Texts x Folger Digital Texts use the text of Shakespeare's plays and poems from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions. The editions contain the work of Shakespeare on the right-hand pages, and notes, glosses, and illustrations on the left. Folger Digital Texts use the same page numbers as the Folger editions. In the editions, the text of the play appears only on the right-hand, odd-numbered pages, so page numbers here are all odd numbers, too. FTLN stands for Folger Through Line Number.

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