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Educational Resources for Teaching or Learning English

Idioms

       Idiom Ebook  700 Expressions context examples of cliches, slang, phrasal verbs and proverbs
             (23 web pages of idioms)   Listen, read, and practice (the first 300 idioms) with mp3 audio

       100 More Idioms  cliches, slang, phrasal verbs and proverbs

Children's Readers and Read-to-me Stories

Elementary Readers

       Sam the Cat Has Fun  A reader about a boy, a playful kitten and an airplane.

       The Princess of Merrylandia  A reader about a princess who wanted a different name.

       A Happy Family Birthday  A reader about a family with too many birthday cakes!

       The Bad Hair Day Contest  A reader about winning and losing.

A Read-to-me Story for Children

       The Polkadot Town Festival and Parade  Polkadots are everywhere, and so are honey stars, and funny names.

Grammar, Reading Practice, Listening Practice, Writing Skills and Learning Strategies

       Basic English Sentence Structure  The simple structure of basic English.

       Verb Tense - Regular Verb Forms  Short story using examples of a regular verb, 'to walk' with a list of tenses and explanation of forms. New

       The Grammar of Coordinating Structures and Parallel Construction  Rules of coordinating word, phrase, and clause structure explained with examples of noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition structures. New

       How to Boost Your English Skills  15 techniques to better English.

       Sally's Bookstore  hundreds of books I recommend for both children and adults. Updated for Christmas 2011

       Verb Forms for Regular Verbs and Common Irregular Verbs  The verbs to be, to do, to go, to have.

       Verb Forms for Irregular Verbs  Verb pattern a, a, a - the bare stem, simple past tense, and past participle are the same forms.
           (cost and cut)

       Verb Forms for Irregular Verbs  Verb pattern a, b, b - the bare stem is a different form from the simple past tense and past participle.
           (buy, bought, bought and say, said, said)

       Verb Forms for Irregular Verbs  Verbs with the bare stem and/or the simple past tense are different in form from the past participle.
           (become, became, become and sink, sank, sunk)

       Spatial Prepositions and Adverbs  Explanations of the 40 basic prepositions and adverbs of English, based on a graphic diagram, with synonyms.
           (above, in between, over, underneath)

Articles Explaining English Usage

       I Want to Buy A Car - Talking Cars  Vocabulary and expressions for buying a car.

       I Am Sorry, I Cannot - Saying 'No' with a Smile  Vocabulary and expressions for refusing politely.

       A Job Well Done Deserves Some Praise  Vocabulary and expressions for saying thank you.

       I need to Write an Ad - Advertising Lingo  Vocabulary and expressions for the retail and hospitality industry.

       I Apologize, Please Forgive Me, I Should Have Known Better  Vocabulary and expressions for apologizing.

       I Want to Tell a Story Using Past Tense - Tick, Tock, Clock  Vocabulary, expressions, and time words for telling a story and talking about the past.

       I Am So Sorry for Your Loss, You Have My Deepest Sympathy  Vocabulary and expressions for responding to loss and expressing grief. with mp3 audio

       Tips for Writing an Obituary  Writing the public announcement of a person's death.

Short Stories (Intermediate English)

       A Night Out  phrasal verbs and prepositions with "out". with mp3 audio

       Up to Something  phrasal verbs and prepositions with "up". with mp3 audio

       It's Sleepytime, Nighty Night, Sis  with verb tense list. with mp3 audio

Essay Writing Skills

       I Want to Pass the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Essay  What to study and how to study to improve your essay writing enough to hopefully! get a five mark on the LPI essay.

       Establishing Focus in Sentences and Paragraphs  How to write good paragraphs.

       Writing Zip, Zip, Paragraph Transitions  How to join paragraphs together smoothly.

       Help! My Writing Needs Oomph!  Using the right kind of word for emphasis.

       Grammar Errors Worksheet One  Correct these sentences - intermediate to advanced English.

       Grammar Errors Worksheet Two  Correct these sentences - beginning to intermediate English. New

       Grammar Errors Worksheet Three  Choose the correct sentence in each pair - intermediate to advanced English. New

       Grammar Errors Worksheet - Coordination and Parallel Structures  Printable grammar errors worksheet of word-level, phrase-level, and clause-level coordination and parallel construction. Answer sheet. New

Pronunciation Practice

       Minimal Pairs Words which differ in one vowel sound or one consonant sound. with mp3 audio

       Minimal Pairs Two Initial blends in open syllables.

       Pronunciation Exercise - Tongue Twisters Fun, but difficult to pronounce fast.

       Fun With Fiddle Faddle and Other Pronunciation Pairs Sets of two or three words which go together, and are fun to pronounce.

Writing Practice Printable Worksheets

       Story Opening One - a girl finds a surprise in the woods  Read the story opening and the questions, then finish writing the story.

       Story Opening Two - a girl babysitting her brother  Read the story opening and the questions, then finish writing the story.

       It's Sale Time  Vocabulary for Shopping. Answer sheet.

       Fill in the Blank Worksheet - Mandy and Twinkle Toes  Printable short story about a girl and her cat. Fill in the blanks with prepositions and articles from a list. Answer sheet.

       Fill in the Blank Worksheet - Max the Dog  Printable short story in simple sentences about a boy and his dog. Choose prepositions and phrasal verbs provided to fill in the blanks. Answer sheet.

       Fill in the Blank Worksheet - The Carrot Seeds  Printable short story about planting a garden. Practice for conversational English, verbs, prepositions, the possessive. Answer sheet.

       Fill in the Blank Noun Worksheet One  Printable worksheet of simple sentences for practice using nouns. Answer sheet. New

       Fill in the Blank Verb Worksheet One  Printable worksheet of simple sentences for practice using verbs. Answer sheet. New

       Fill in the Blank Preposition Worksheet One  Printable worksheet of simple sentences for practice using prepositions. Answer sheet. New

       Fill in the Blank Adjective Worksheet One  Printable worksheet of simple sentences for practice using adjectives. Answer sheet. New

Canadian Culture

       Truly Canadian Made  The Visual Art, Artists, and Artisans of Canada

Original Poetry, Greeting Card Verses, and Sayings for Special Occasions

       Greeting Card Home Page  greeting card poems, verses, and sayings for cards, notes, emails, scrapbooks, and speeches.
       Adoption (of Baby or Child)
       Anniversary
       Welcome Baby
       More Welcome Baby
       Bon Voyage on Your Trip
       Boomer Birthday
       Christmas, Happy Holidays
       Employee Appreciation and Recognition
       Father's Day
       Get Well
       Graduation
       Halloween
       Humorous Birthday
       Job Loss, Unemployment, Layoff
       Mother's Day
       New Home
       Retirement
       Off to Summer Camp
       Sympathy
       Tooth Fairy
       Thank You Senior Caregiver
       Valentine
       Wedding

Baby Name Lists

For expecting parents, and for adults or older children who immigrate to an English-speaking country and want a name people there can pronounce and spell.
       Baby Names for Boys A-I
       Baby Names for Boys J-R
       Baby Names for Boys S-Z
       Baby Names for Girls A-D
       Baby Names for Girls E-J
       Baby Names for Girls K-Z

Vocabulary Building Using Puzzles, Quizzes and Word Lists

JavaScript Vocabulary Quizzes

       Synonyms One  Build your vocabulary. Academic English.
       Synonyms Two  Check if you know which words match. Academic English.
       Synonyms Three  Can you find the words closest in meaning? Academic English.
       Synonyms Four  More practice with words with similar meanings. Academic English.

Word Search Puzzles

       Latin- and Greek-based Advanced Vocabulary One  Academic English.
       Latin- and Greek-based Advanced Vocabulary Two  Academic English.
       Latin- and Greek-based Advanced Vocabulary Three  Academic English.
       Latin- and Greek-based Intermediate Vocabulary One  Academic English.
       Latin- and Greek-based Intermediate Vocabulary Two  Academic English.
       Autumn Harvest Holiday Dinner  Everyday English.
       Computer Tech Words  Everyday English. New
       Cooking and Kitchen Vocabulary  Everyday English. New
       Fruit  Everyday English, food vocabulary, lowercase letters. New
       Wild Animals of the World  Everyday English. New
       Christmas Delights  Everyday English vocabulary for Christmas.
       Winter Wonderland  Everyday English vocabulary for wintertime activities.
       Happy Holidays  Christmas time fun, uppercase letters, easy words.
       Happy Holidays  Christmas time fun, lowercase letters, easy words.

Cross Out Word Puzzles

To see instructions for making a cross out puzzle,go to my lesson plan A Puzzle To Teach Vocabulary
on the
ESL Teachers Board - ESL Lessons & Classroom Games Page

       Nouns, Verbs, and Canadian Geography  Find the sentence left over after you have marked out the words you used.
       Foods and Cooking  Vocabulary for what we eat in North America.
       Taking A Trip  Vocabulary for travel.
       It's Christmas Time  Vocabulary for Christmas and winter.
       How Big? How Heavy?  Weights and measures vocabulary.
       Shades of Color  Some fun sorting color words.
       Moods, Feelings, Looks  How do you feel? Choose a word here.

Cross Out Word Puzzle, Paragraph Style

       To Keep It Secret  Cross out the words in order, and you have an idiom left over.

Word Change Puzzles

       A Famous Canadian  Follow the directional instructions to change one word to another.
       Smoked Delicacy  Follow the directional instructions to change one word to another.

Quizzes

       What's Cooking?  Answer the questions about cooking vocabulary.
       Matching 20 Phrasal Verbs  Informal vocabulary and the standard English synonym.
       Matching Food Pairs  Burger and fries, macaroni and what? Match up the words from two lists.
       Advanced Vocabulary One  Words at the same level as a college entrance exam.
       Advanced Vocabulary Two  Words at the same level as a college entrance exam.

Word Lists

       "Help! I'm Out of Words!" Quickie Vocabulary Word List  Adjectives (the words "weak," "strong," and others).
       Tsunami Vocabulary  News article vocabulary about a tsunami.
       Earthquake Vocabulary  News article vocabulary about an earthquake.

Humorous Short Stories for Readers with Advanced English

       And Your People Shall Be My People  A wedding on the growing edge.
       Madam Adam's Sphere of Influence  A little shove into the future.
       Payday  Payday by payday, it all adds up to Payday.
       The Free Kokanee  Is this the fish that got away?
       A Nose for A Good Story  Make do with what you have, one storyteller's motivation.
       Heart's Song  A touch of prophecy.
       Looks Doggone Good, It Does  How little things cause major change.
       Three Foolish Monks  The dangers of ego, isolation, and independence.


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