In my humble opinion, the word ‘irony’ is one of the most misunderstood words in the English language, not just by ESL students but also by native speakers of English. The words irony, ironical, ironic, ironicalness completely confuse native speakers and students alike. Even I’ve had a few problems writing this blog post! This is my 8th revision… Read More »
The -ed ending is used to change a verb into the past form. The pronunciation can be quite tricky, here we look at the three different types of pronunciation and how you should be pronouncing them. Although I’m not a fan of rule based learning, some students find it beneficial to have set of rules to determine on their own how they should be pronouncing words in English. Read about the rules here and find out the correct pronunciation of the -ed ending!
How to Write a Three-Paragraph Essay The essay example below is shortened from a four-paragraph essay. See the differences. The Introduction Paragraph: I am a professional single mother, very busy and hard working with two daughters and demanding work, but I feel fulfilled. My profession and the motherhood for my beloved daughters gratify me fully. I begin my… Read More »
Parts of a Four-Paragraph Essay: the introduction paragraph, the supporting paragraph, the conclusion paragraph Exercises The essay example below is written in four-paragraphs: an introduction paragraph containing the main idea, two supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. The Introduction Paragraph: I am a professional single mother, very busy and hard working with two daughters and demanding work,… Read More »
The Present Perfect Continuous Tense “I have been cooking dinner.” This is an example for the Present Perfect Continuous: They have been painting the apartment. (The apartment now is covered in fresh paint.) This is an example for the Present Perfect: They have painted the apartment. (The job is finished.) The result referred to depends on the… Read More »
What makes an essay a good essay Check your essay against the following benchmarks. A good essay demonstrates these elements: 1. The essay has a title. The title highlights the main topic of the essay in a concise phrase. 2. The essay begins with a main topic statement in one or few sentences. 3. Supporting ideas follow the… Read More »
Every sentence is made up of a subject and a predicate (see Parts of Speech). The key word in the predicate is the verb. It tells what the subject is or does. Verbs are divided into two types: action verbs and linking verbs. Action Verbs are verbs that tell what the subject does. Sarah looks for her car… Read More »
Instructions: Business letters must be written in formal English, although we, in the US, tend to be flexible about formality depending upon whom we write the business letter. The rule of thumb is that the tone should be somber yet courteous, statements made in standard English free of slang or jargon. In addition, a business letter should not… Read More »
Many students often ask their teacher how they can improve their English. Find out some simple tips and advice about how to improve your standard of English. Basically, you need to surround yourself in the English language and this will help you to learn faster. Remember that practice makes perfect so the overall theme to this blog post is about practice. It covers speaking, listening, reading and writing and gives you ideas about how you can practice your English language skills.
Many students often ask how they can improve their English reading level and this blog post seeks to provide some helpful advice for students that are at an intermediate or higher level. The basic idea is that students should practice as much as possible. However, students need to understand the basics of the language and not read something that is above their level. This will help to ensure a natural progression when improving reading comprehension.