I’ve been teaching now for 16 years and would love to share some of my expertise, as well as my passion for the English language. Here you’ll find articles and advice on many differentaspects of learning English. I’ll also post links to great resources.
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Feeling frustrated with your exam preparation? Don’t know where to start?
I teach a lot of students preparing for exams and some of them get stuck in test-test-test mode, rather than doing tasks and activities that actually help them improve. They lose time searching for exam materials and feel like they’re getting nowhere! There are a lot of online resources out there in cyberspace, but it can be a challenge to sort out the good from the bad. And the free ones from those that that cost an arm and a leg!Read more »
“Get up and go” is an idiom or slang for motivation. And we all know that motivation to learn anything comes and goes! Life is busy – sometimes we have other priorities, we don’t know where to start, or we procrastinate as we just don’t feel like pushing ourselves. These ups and downs are part of a natural cycle, but they can become a problem if we stay unmotivated for too long as they get in the way of achieving our goals. How motivated are you at the moment? (more…)Read more »
- Quickly underline two words you don’t know then stop.
- How could you discover the meaning of those new words?
I’ve taught a lot of non-native speaker nurses in my time, and they all possessed an admirable level of medical knowledge and English. What some of them really needed were all those everyday, practical phrases that nurses use in their daily interaction with patients. (more…)Read more »
For me, the key to improving this skill is to focus on meaning first and accuracy second. Communication is a two-way process. Make sure your message is clear to your listener, and this includes meaning and pronunciation. People will generally forgive you for (more…)Read more »
Learning anything is a process and generally, the more effort you put into it, the faster you make progress. Sometimes when we study, we are so focussed on our future goals that we forget to take time to reflect (or look back) on what we’ve learnt and to see how far we’ve come. (more…)Read more »
Sample FCE / CAE article: – for analysis of style
Why should I care about all those dead people?
Think back to when you were at school…. Do you remember sitting in class, listening to your teacher drone on and on about some boring dead author? I do! I loved reading, but I hated learning about classic writers because the teachers failed to make them seem relevant in any way. (more…)Read more »
English pronunciation can be tricky for learners. One area that many speakers have difficulty with is how to pronounce -ed endings on regular verbs, like missed, cleaned, helped… Students often over-pronounce the -ed ending as an extra syllable…. they say” I miss-ed my girlfriend; I clean-ed my room; my friend help-ed me with my homework. What you should say is….Read more »
The costs of international travel are decreasing and tourism is growing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of increasing tourism activity in different countries?
What do you think? (more…)Read more »
I must have heard students misuse this word hundreds of times. These two words look and sound similar and often get mixed up by learners when they speak. But fell and felt come from different base verbs….
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