Target Pronunciation: How To Pronounce -ED Words in English

Alternate Endings The pronunciation of words ending in -ed in English can be really confusing. For every -ed word, there are three alternative ending sounds to choose from: Add an extra syllable /-ed/ Make a stopped sound /t/ Make a stopped sound /d/ Alternate endings might be great for TV series, but alternate pronunciation in… Continue reading Target Pronunciation: How To Pronounce -ED Words in English


Happy -ED Endings: A Story About Pizza, Pets, and -ED Pronunciation

Every seasoned ESL teacher knows the good old -ED pronunciation rules. When a word ends in |t| or |d|, an extra syllable is added and pronounced as |id|. When a word doesn't end in |t| or |d|, the pronounced ending is truncated to a stopped |t| or |d| and no extra syllable is added. If… Continue reading Happy -ED Endings: A Story About Pizza, Pets, and -ED Pronunciation

irregular verb flashcards

Digital Flashcards Are Here, and I’m So Flipping Excited!

I recently transitioned to online teaching again, so I really needed a way to showcase my original deck of 68 irregular verb flashcards in a digital format. I found a great program on that allowed me to easily upload my images to the free flashcard maker, and voila! I now have a fantastic set… Continue reading Digital Flashcards Are Here, and I’m So Flipping Excited!

English vocabulary for women's period and menstruation
Collocations, Vocabulary

How To Talk About Your Period in English. Yes, That Period.

Happy Women's Month! I am marking the occasion with an English lesson devoted entirely to menstruation. It's not a fun topic, but we do need to talk about it. It comes every month, and usually at the worst possible time. To the poor men who are still reading this, don't leave yet! Talking about periods… Continue reading How To Talk About Your Period in English. Yes, That Period.

esl card games for grammar practice
Collocations, Grammar, Teacher's Tips, Vocabulary

Variations on 4 Card Games ESL Students Will Flip Over

Breaking News! ESL Students prefer playing games to studying grammar. Thanks, Captain Obvious. Now, let's really drive it home: Hello, students! Raise your hand if you want to study grammar. (crickets.) Raise your hand if you want to play a game. (48 hands are up in a class of 24.) What have we learned from… Continue reading Variations on 4 Card Games ESL Students Will Flip Over

Online Learning, Reading, Teacher's Tips

Roadblocks To Reading in ESL and How To Pave The Way Toward Literacy

Let's face it. If our ESL students aren't reading now, what's going to change that? ESL teachers know that reading is essential to language acquisition, and the science backs it up. So how can we encourage students to find fluency through fiction?

irregular-verb flashcard
Collocations, Grammar, Online Learning, Speaking, Teacher's Tips, Vocabulary

8 Flashy Ways To Use Flashcards for Online ESL

If you know how to use flashcards in online ESL classrooms, they can be fantastic for memorizing irregular verbs. And they don't have to be boring, either! Here are my favorite flashy ways to use flashcards in online ESL classrooms. Why Flashcards? Let's cut straight to the obvious: flashcards are for memorizing. As a veteran… Continue reading 8 Flashy Ways To Use Flashcards for Online ESL

30-day English Challenge
featured, Online Learning

The 30-Day English Challenge

Can I really improve my English in 30 days? Yes, you can! The 30-Day English Challenge is designed to improve your speaking, writing, fluency and confidence by following simple, yet meaningful daily tasks. How does it work? The idea behind a 30-day English challenge is simple. Your English will improve quickly because you will be… Continue reading The 30-Day English Challenge

English conversation class guest speaker
Conversation Class, Online Learning

Conversation Club: December 18, 2020

Do you want to know a secret? Learning English is nearly impossible if you don't have the right people to speak it with. This may come as a surprise, but practicing English with an English teacher just isn't enough! Yes, an English teacher will understand everything you say. English teachers use simple, clear language that… Continue reading Conversation Club: December 18, 2020

Pronunciation, Speaking, Vocabulary

How To Pronounce the GH sound in English: 14 Tough Words To Practice

This month's post teaches you how to pronounce the -gh sound in English. You've probably seen it lurking in words like enough, through, and sigh. You might try your best to pronounce it, or, you might avoid it completely. Through? Furlough? Cough. Ugh. What is that sound?!

reflective writing to maximize online learning
featured, Online Learning, Teacher's Tips

From Zoom back to Room: Writing a Reflection To Maximize Online Learning

It might sound simple, but taking 3 to 5 minutes to write a daily reflection following each Zoom lesson is one of the most important ways to boost language acquisition in online learning environments.

Eight phrases with "back" for travel and how to use them like a pro.
Phrasal Verbs

8 Phrasal Verbs with BACK and How To Use Them Like a Pro

The preposition back generally means to return. But there are many different ways you can return something or somewhere! By using phrasal verbs like go back, get back, and come back, you can increase your vocabulary and be more specific in communication. Let's look at a few of these phrasal verbs with back in a fun short story about a trip to a tropical island. At the end of the story, there's a short quiz you can take to see if you really know how to use these return expressions like a pro.

Grammar, Vocabulary

Used to vs. Usually: What’s the Difference?

When you have a strong understanding of how to use used to and usually, we can talk about 2 more similar phrases that students find confusing: be used to and get used to.

How to pronounce words like beer, bird, and bear.

Pronunciation: Beer, Bird, and Bear

Yet vs. still: What's the difference?

Yet vs. Still: What’s the difference?

Learn the difference between yet and still with a quick video lesson.


Listen vs. Hear: What’s the difference?

Listen and hear are two verbs commonly confused by English students. Many times, we use both words in the same conversation. It's important to know what the difference is. Look at this example: A: Hi! Can you hear me? What are you listening to? B: I'm listening to Hotel California by The Eagles. Have you… Continue reading Listen vs. Hear: What’s the difference?

Collocations, Phrasal Verbs, Speaking, Vocabulary

English Expressions You Can Fall in Love With

With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to share some great expressions and idioms for talking about love and relationships. Whether you're single, married or something more complicated, there's surely a phrase or two here that will tickle your fancy. You may find yourself falling head over heels with this lovey-dovey vocabulary! Once Upon a… Continue reading English Expressions You Can Fall in Love With

Grammar, Phrasal Verbs, Vocabulary

Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?

It's easy to confuse these two terms. They are used when we give or take something that will be returned (Well, we hope it will!) LEND = Give To lend is to give someone something for a short time. Lend requires a direct pronoun (money, a phone, a sweater, etc.) and an indirect object pronoun (me,… Continue reading Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?