Tips on learning English – Tip 14 – Learning new vocabulary words

    I can’t stress enough how important learning new words is. But, unfortunately, it is the most difficult task. You need to know lots of words in order to be able to speak English. In this short post I am going to give you a few tips on learning new vocabulary words. (more…)

      English tones and their functions

      Although English language uses tones, it is not a tonal language (like Vietnamese and many others, for example). Tones in English language don’t change the meaning of the word, like they do in a tonal language. In order to exemplify some functions of English tones, I am going to use the words “yes” and “no”, and marks placed before them. (more…)

        ESL Lesson Plan – My best friend – the dog

        Level: Intermediate
        Topic: Pets, dogs
        Aim of the lesson: Talking about your pet
        Length of the lesson: 45 minutes

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          Tips on learning English – Tip 13 – Reading and translating

          Reading and translating is a great way to learn new vocabulary because you read a book and translate the words you don’t understand. Now, there are two dilemmas: what books should I read and what words should I translate. (more…)

            Intonation in English language – form and function

            What is intonation? I couldn’t find a satisfactory definition anywhere; however, one thing is certain: the pitch of the voice plays the most important part because the pitch of our voice is constantly changing when we speak normally. If you want to analyze intonation, then you have to analyze the pitch and see what it is doing. It can be described as high and low, but remember that these are arbitrary choices for end-points of the pitch scale. (more…)

              ESL Lesson Plan – The Solar System

              Level: Intermediate
              Topic: Solar System
              Aim of the lesson: Writing about our solar system
              Length of the lesson: 45 minutes

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                Tips on learning English – Tip 12 – Do not move up to a new level too early

                Below is a true scenario described by an acquaintance who has been studying English for ten years now and her English is still at the level it was after the first six months. The scenario stops after the first six months …

                You are a learner of English who really wants to improve your English so you take an English course at the best language center in your area. The course lasts three months and you study 3 days/week, each day for two hours. You don’t speak any English at the beginning but after the first three months your English is pretty good considering that you have been studying for just three months. Does it sound familiar for you? (more…)

                  ESL lesson plan – Recycling

                  Level: Intermediate
                  Topic: Recycling
                  Aim of the lesson: Practice speaking in the context of recycling
                  Length of the lesson: 45 minutes

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                    Linking in English language

                    I mentioned in a previews article about the mechanical speech machine that produces words as separated units. Listening to such speech, produced by a machine like that, will definitely seem strange even for a learner of English. In real speech, English language speech by native speakers of English, the words are linked together resulting in a natural speech impossible to be realized by any machine and difficult to be reproduced by learners of English. (more…)

                      The most common contractions in English language

                      Some authors refer to contractions as examples of elision. But contractions are regularly represented with special spelling forms which make them different from examples of elision.

                      The most common forms of contractions are: (more…)