That Missing Comma!

Commas often go missing in many learners’ writing because grammar rules are confusing! It’s hard to remember all the rules, and commas can be especially confusing–they’re so small, but they have a major impact on the flow and meaning of a sentence. Here’s a great video that focuses on one specific topic–commas for compound sentences. Watch the video (it’s great for listening practice with a native speaker too). The next time you write compound sentences, you’ll know where that comma should go! Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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What are they saying?

Here’s some food for thought (or, here’s something for you to think about): ever wonder why you can’t understand some native English speakers? Teacher Gabby discusses why in the interesting video below. She explores the situations where English seems different–sometimes it’s easier for you to understand, but in other situations, it’s very difficult. Gabby also offers tips and suggestions to improve your listening skills. Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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Daily Conversation Starters

Speaking with people in a foreign language can be very difficult for learners, but that’s also one of the best ways to become fluent. A study group or partner in particular is useful for speaking practice. At Daily ESL, there are a lot of conversation starter exercises designed for a study group or class. Choose your topic, then listen to and read the script. Study the vocabulary, follow the discussion topics and exercises with your study group. These interactive conversation starters are great opportunities to practice speaking! Be sure to use the vocabulary, phrases, and conversation starter topics in your own daily life. Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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English Club Exams

As an English learner, you have to pass so many exams not only in your classes, but also various outside placement or proficiency exams like IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC. That’s why practice, practice, practice is an ongoing mantra for English learners. One way to practice is with English Club. They provide practice exams and tips about IETLS, TOEFL, and TOEIC. Take a look through the site and give their materials a try. Good luck when you take your exam! Recommended for advanced learners (Levels 500+).

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Noun Games at Turtle Diary

Type, race, fly, find, and click those nouns at Turtle Diary. Young or beginner learners can play many different noun games. They’re a good way to study in a fun and relaxing way. Try them out! Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-200).

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The Road to Better Grammar

Improving your grammar takes some (or a lot of) extra practice. With Road to Grammar, you can take steps to get better at grammar, one activity at a time. The site has many things for you to try, from quizzes and games to worksheets and downloadable resources. Recommended for all levels.

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Get Creative with Books

Are you a young or beginner learner? Do you want to teach kids English? If yes, Book Box is a great resource. It has many short stories to read or watch and listen with subtitles. They’re fun and creative ways to enjoy a “book” online! Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-300).

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The American Experience

International students in America have a lot to learn and get used to–a new language, academic setting, and community. While they’re getting used to the present America, what international students sometimes don’t consider is history and the significant events that have shaped America. Understanding history better will give you a deeper insight into how American culture and values have been shaped. Hopefully it will clear some of the confusion on why America is the way it is now. Watch the TV series The American Experience at PBS and delve into history! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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