Category Archives: Use of English

Free Interactive Worksheets! Test Your Reading Skills

Free Interactive Worksheets! Test Your Reading Skills

These free printable worksheets are taken from Purland Power Pack, which is a folder containing 2,000+ free PDF resources for teaching and learning English. You can download it here now.

Any Answers 1

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Any Answers 2

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Any Answers 3

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Any Answers 4

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When do we Use Passive Voice in English? (FREE PDF)

When do we Use Passive Voice in English? (FREE PDF)

When do we use passive voice in English?

Not sure? Then download these handy notes (PDF) and find out!

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When do we Use Passive Voice in English? (FREE PDF)


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Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class - Video Class

Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class – FREE Worksheet

** Join Matt for a free Facebook Live class on this topic on 29th August at 8.15pm CET! **

Using an Object for Discussion Practice:

Work with a partner or small group. Both of you choose a different object that you would like to discuss.

Download and print the free worksheet below and get 20+ great ideas for using an object in a discussion class. Let’s get our students talking!

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Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class - FREE Worksheet (Update)

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FREE VIDEO! 25 Idioms in English to Sound Like a Native

FREE VIDEO! 25 Idioms in English to Sound Like a Native

Watch this fabulous video from linguamarina to learn 25 really useful idioms in English, like:

  • best of both worlds
  • blessing in disguise
  • can’t judge a book by its cover
  • in the heat of the moment

…and many more!

You can find more from Marina on:

Summer Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes!

Summer Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes!

Ask and answer the discussion questions about summer with a partner or small group:

  1. How many seasons are there in your country? What is your favourite / least favourite? Why? Do you like summer? Why? / Why not?
  2. How is summer different from other seasons in your country? Compare them. What do you do in summer that you don’t do the rest of the year? Do you change your habits?
  3. How many days of holiday do you normally have in summer? Is it enough? Are you able to switch off and relax on holiday, or do you take your work with you, e.g. emailing?
  4. Do you prefer to have a long summer holiday, or several shorter breaks during the year? Do you think school holidays are too long in your country? How long are they?
  5. What kind of summer holiday do you prefer: seaside, lake, mountain, cruise, camping, fishing, city break, cultural break, adventure, desert, jungle, safari, etc.? Have you ever been on this kind of holiday? What did you think of it? Are there any that you wouldn’t like to try? Why not?
  6. Do you prefer to stay in your own country or go abroad? Why? Are you an “outdoorsy” person? Do you like to camp? Could you survive “in the wild” for two weeks without access to a cashpoint, shops, and restaurants? How would you cope if you got lost without a mobile phone?
  7. What is the best summer holiday you have ever had? What has been the most memorable place you have ever visited? Why was it? Have you ever spent the night in a tent, yurt, cruise ship, ferry, train, B & B, motel, or five-star hotel? Tell me a story about each place.
  8. Which hotel or resort would you recommend? Have you ever made friends with people on holiday, but not kept in touch? Tell me about them. Have you ever had any disasters on holiday? What went wrong?
  9. What special events happen in your town / country in summer (e.g. cultural or sporting)? Do you usually attend / take part? If yes, describe each event. If not, why not?
  10. What effect does summer have on your… a) mood, b) attitude, c) health, d) motivation, e) weight, f) relationships with those around you?
  11. What do you like to wear in summer? How does it make you feel? What kind of food and drink do you enjoy in summer? Is there anything you don’t eat or drink in summer? Why not?
  12. Are you a good cook? Do you like to ‘cook up a storm’ on the barbecue with friends, or avoid the hot weather altogether by staying indoors?
  13. What was summer like when you were a child? What can you remember? How was summer different to now? How did you fill the long summer holidays?
  14. How hot is too hot for you? When was the hottest / coldest summer you can remember? Is summer weather changing for better or worse? Is climate change having an effect?
  15. What is the best kind of summer music? Why do you like it? Have you ever been to a festival in summer? Have you ever been on a summer camp or a school exchange?
  16. Have you ever been travelling, hitchhiking, or worked your way around the world during summer? Why? / Why not? What is your dream trip? What are you planning for next summer?

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Reading Practice: Good Advice 1

Reading Practice: Good Advice 1

Match the question on the left to the good advice given on the right.

Find more reading practice activities in the FREE Big Grammar Book.

Reading Practice: Good Advice 1

Answers (no peeping!):

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Take our interactive idioms quiz!

Take our interactive idioms quiz!

Take our interactive idioms quiz!


— Read on www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2018/05/17/interactive-idioms-quiz/

10 Levels of Politeness in English

10 Levels of Politeness in English

Imagine the scene: a young couple arrive home after a long day at work. One of them is hungry. There are many different ways to get what you want in English, but being polite will probably be the most effective way. But how polite should you be? Look at the following levels of politeness, and decide which level is the most appropriate:

↑ MORE DIRECT ↑

1. Dinner!

2. Make dinner!

3. Make dinner, please.

4. Can you make dinner, please.

5. Could you make dinner, please.

6. Could you possibly make dinner, please.

7. Could you possibly make dinner, please, if you have time.

8. Could you possibly make dinner, please, if you have time – if you don’t mind.

9. I was wondering whether you could possibly make dinner, please, if you have time – if you don’t mind.

10. Sweetheart – I was wondering whether you could possibly make dinner, please, if you have time – if you don’t mind.

↓ MORE POLITE ↓

Answer: Level 5 or 6 would be fine in this situation, while Levels 1-4 are too direct and may sound rude, because they are orders. In general, English ears hate to hear the imperative voice (giving orders). Levels 7-10 are maybe too polite and too formal for a young couple who know each other well, especially considering the context of making dinner at home. As you can see, the more words and clauses in the sentence, the more polite and the less direct it becomes.

Source: EnglishBanana.com ESL Blog

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