English Language Articles

Articles about learning, using and teaching the English language, including advice, tutorials, opinions and lesson plans from various authors and contributors. Articles cover topics from English grammar, spelling and punctuation, through to language teaching, career development, specialisations, and ideas and suggestions for the classroom.

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The top six grammar points for IELTS Pinned

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
The most important grammar for IELTS Speaking, Writing and Listening.
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How to teach British and American English Pinned

Category: Teaching English Topic: Varieties and Dialects
The most important differences between UK and US English, and the best ways to present and practise them.
Learner Article

English Conditionals: An Introduction Pinned

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Everything you need to know about English Conditionals.
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How to teach reporting verbs New

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
How to teach the meaning and grammar of verbs for reporting what other people said, including reporting verb games
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How to teach starting and ending conversations in English

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom activities for the tricky beginnings and endings of conversations.
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How to teach the imperative

Category: Teaching English Topic: Articles
Teaching tips and classroom activities for imperatives for offers, emailing, telephoning, presentations, instructions, commands/ orders (and not requests!)
Teacher Article

How to teach subject questions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Questions
Teaching tips and classroom activities for wh word + main verb questions, including subject question games.
Learner Article

Unreal Past games

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Fun classroom activities for past tenses for hypothetical situations, including linking to the same structures in conditionals
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How to teach Social English

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom activities for the language needed to meet people, socialise, and smoothly start and finish conversations.
Teacher Article

How to teach indirect questions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Questions
Embedded questions games and teaching tips
Learner Article

How to teach restaurant language

Category: Teaching English Topic: Vocabulary
A guide to teaching language for hosts, guests and staff in restaurants.
Teacher Article

How to teach positive and negative connotations

Category: Teaching English Topic: Collocation
Teaching tips for presenting and practicing positive and negative words and expressions
Teacher Article

Aptis Speaking Part Two preparation tips

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: General
Classroom practice and self-study preparation for the second section of the Aptis speaking test
Learner Article

How to teach advice, recommendations and suggestions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Functions & Text
Teaching tips, games and other classroom activities for "should", "If I were you", "I would suggest", etc.
Teacher Article

The 100 most useful socialising phrases

Category: Learning English Topic: Functions & Text
Vital phrases for being hospitable and responding to hospitality.

Formal Letter Writing - Help with formal and business letter writing. A summary of writing rules including outlines for cover letters and letters of enquiry, and abbreviations used in letters.

Speaking Out - A collection of thoughts, comments and articles regarding some of the issues and discussion points that have been raised in our ESL Forum.

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