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100 Common English Homographs - Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

100 Common English Homographs – Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

100 Common English Homographs – Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

This is a brand new free printable worksheet for English teachers and students at Elementary level and above. Homographs are words which have the same spelling, but different sounds and meanings, for example, ‘live’ (on TV) and ‘live’ (reside). ‘Homograph’ comes from the Greek words homos (same) + graph (writing).

Featuring 100 common English homographs, this useful resource will help students to understand this topic in English vocabulary. The accompanying gap-fill worksheet (below) allows students to research and find the different contexts for each homograph pair.

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100 Common English Homographs – Reference


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100 Common English Homographs – Gap-Fill Activity

200 Common Minimal Pairs in English - Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

200 Common Minimal Pairs in English – Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

200 Common Minimal Pairs in English – Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

This is a brand new free printable worksheet for English teachers and students at Elementary level and above.

Featuring 200 common minimal pairs in English, this useful reference resource aims to improve students’ understanding of differences between spelling and sounds in English, specifically helping them to identify and work on particular sounds which they may find problematic.

The accompanying gap-fill worksheet (below) allows students to research and find the matching part of each minimal pair. If you have any feedback about this free resource, we’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave a comment or review below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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200 Common Minimal Pairs in English (Gap-Fill)

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Home Security – Do's and Don’ts (ESOL Discussion Activity)

Home Security – Do’s and Don’ts (ESOL Discussion Activity)

Home Security – Do’s and Don’ts (ESOL Discussion Activity)

Work with a partner or small group. Discuss the following statements about home security. Decide whether each belongs in the DO’S list or the DON’TS list and say why (answers may vary):

  • Close all the windows before going out.
  • When someone you don’t know comes to the door, ask to see their ID.
  • Learn a martial art so that you can deal with burglars effectively if they break into your home.
  • Don’t tell anyone your address, even your family and friends.
  • Ask a friend to call round a couple of times to check the house while you are away on holiday.
  • Fit several large locks to the inside of the front door.
  • Leave a spare key under a flowerpot outside near the front door.
  • Lock the front door when you leave the house.
  • Stay in all day and all night, just in case.
  • Leave on a radio or the TV when you go out at night.
smart home diagram

Have you turned your home into a smart home? How did you do it? Why? Discuss how each of the symbols relate to home security.

  • Keep all tools and garden equipment safely locked in the shed.
  • Have a spare front door key cut and give it to a trusted friend, in case you lose your own key.
  • Tell everyone you know that you’re going on holiday and for how long the house will be empty.
  • Leave a tall ladder in the garden leaning up against the wall near an open bathroom window.
  • Make sure that you have enough home contents insurance cover for all of your possessions and valuables, in case your house is burgled.
  • Put an address label on the key fob that has your house key on it.
  • Leave the front door unlocked when you go to bed at night.
  • Cancel the milk and papers for the period when you are away on holiday.
  • Close all the curtains before leaving the house.
  • Build a two-metre-high metal perimeter wall around your property and land.
Home Security

Is it enough to have a sign? Or do you need to have a dog too?

Extract from Big Grammar Book Intermediate Book 1 which you can download FREE here!


Images:

Title image: Brennan Ehrhardt

Smart Home: Image by Pixaline from Pixabay

Beware of dog: Tyler Nix

10 Good Reasons NOT to Read - Infographic

10 Good Reasons NOT to Read – Infographic

10 Good Reasons NOT to Read – Infographic

This is a brand new infographic for English teachers and students at Elementary level and above. Why not use it to spark discussion with your English language students? How far do you agree with the sentiments expressed? Why? What is the real meaning of the infographic?

10 Good Reasons NOT to Read - Infographic

10 Good Reasons NOT to Read – Infographic

10 Good Reasons NOT to Read

We all know that reading is BORING, but here are 10 more reasons not to read:

  1. You have LESS time to play with your phone.
  2. Cool kids DO NOT read books.
  3. You CANNOT take a selfie with a book.
  4. Books contain words, which can be DIFFICULT to understand.
  5. It is DEMANDING to imagine a story in your mind.
  6. Books are HEAVY to carry around all day.
  7. Why read when it is easier to WATCH and SCROLL?
  8. Books are NOT FREE (except at the library) – unlike social media.
  9. Ignorance is BLISS!
  10. If you read, you could become SMARTER than me.

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May They Marry? FREE ESOL Lesson Plan

May They Marry? FREE ESOL Lesson Plan

May They Marry? FREE ESOL Lesson Plan

This is a brand new free lesson plan for English and ESOL teachers and students at Intermediate level and above.

We are often told that ‘If two people love each other, they should be allowed to marry. Love wins!‘ But how true is this? May we really marry who we like? What does the law say? Students work in pairs or small groups and discuss marriage law in the UK and around the world, while learning useful new vocabulary associated with family, relationships, and social status.

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May They Marry? Criteria – Page 1

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200 Common English Homophones - Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

200 Common English Homophones – Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

200 Common English Homophones – Reference + Gap-Fill Activity

This is a brand new free printable worksheet for English teachers and students at Elementary level and above.

Featuring 200 common English homophone pairs, this useful reference resource aims to improve vocabulary, pronunciation, and spelling skills, helping students to learn that some common English words sound the same as each other but have different spellings and different meanings.

The accompanying gap-fill worksheet (below) allows students to research and find the matching homophones. If you have any feedback about this free resource, we’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave a comment or review below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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200 Common English Homophones – Reference

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Valentine’s Day Action Game

Valentine’s Day Action Game

Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven


Valentine’s Day Action Game

Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in the classroom with our fun action game for English students!

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How to do it:

  1. Clear a big empty space in the middle of the classroom.
  2. All SS (students) stand in the space.
  3. Designate three corners of the space: TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN means that we do not know the answer: it could be true or false, e.g. “Saint Valentine was terrible at maths”.
  4. T (teacher) or a student reads out a statement from the list below. SS run to the corner which represents their chosen answer: TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN.
  5. The person reading gives the answer. If SS are correct, they go back to the middle. If they are wrong they have to sit down.
  6. The game continues, with the group in the middle getting smaller,  until there is a winner, or you run out of questions, in which case all the remaining SS are winners.
  7. If there is a winner after, say, a handful of statements, you could start a new game with the remaining statements.

TIP: you could give a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to the winning student(s)!

  1. Saint Valentine lived in Rome under Emperor Claudius, who banned young people from getting married.
  2. He had green eyes.
  3. In general, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
  4. He was killed on 18th February 269.
  5. He had black curly hair.
  6. He is celebrated on 14th February every year.
  7. He always had three eggs for breakfast.
  8. Every year, more than 1 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the USA alone.
  9. He lived in the fourth century AD.
  10. He enjoyed classical music.
  11. There are fourteen churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. He is the Patron Saint of happy marriages – and also beekeepers.
  13. His favourite colour was red.
  14. He tried to stop Christian couples getting married in secret.
  15. He had a housekeeper called Martha.
  16. He helped persecuted Christians in Rome.
  17. He performed a miracle when his judge’s foster-daughter was healed of blindness.
  18. More than 9 million people buy a special gift for their pet to show them they are loved on Valentine’s Day.
  19. February 14th was officially named as St Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Queen Elizabeth I.
  20. Valentine’s Day is a special day dedicated to getting married.
Valentine’s Day Action Game - I Love You

Valentine’s Day is the day when you can show your true feelings to the one you love.

Answers:

  1. True.
  2. Unknown.
  3. True.
  4. False. He was killed on 14th February 269.
  5. Unknown.
  6. True.
  7. Unknown.
  8. False. It is more than 36 million boxes.
  9. False. He lived in the third century AD.
  10. Unknown.
  11. False. There are no churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. True.
  13. Unknown.
  14. False. He helped Christian couples to get married in secret.
  15. Unknown.
  16. True.
  17. True.
  18. True.
  19. False. It was officially named by King Henry VIII.
  20. False. It is a special day dedicated to love and romance.

Further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
http://www1.cbn.com/st-valentine-real-story
https://www.1800flowers.com/blog/flower-facts/valentines-day-fun-facts-2017/
https://www.womansday.com/relationships/a4702/10-fun-valentines-day-facts-103385/
https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/valentines-day-facts-194345

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200 Top English Phrasal Verbs

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Phrasal Verbs, Learn These!

200 Top English Phrasal Verbs

Here are 200 of the most common everyday English phrasal verbs that native speakers use all the time. Check how many you already know, then make a conscious effort to learn the rest.

If you only ever learn 200 English phrasal verbs, learn these!

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Phrasal Verbs, Learn These!

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