Monday, May 30, 2011

Uncountable Nouns

I've got a triple release for you today, original RoadToGrammar materials on uncountable nouns: an e-book, an e-learning module and an Android App, all free:


Part 1: Uncountable Nouns, free e-book: 


Part 2: Uncountable Nouns, free e-learning module:


Part 3: Uncountable Nouns, free Android App:

Friday, May 27, 2011

5 Useful Links for ESL Teachers

Here are some links that I have compiled recently that may be useful to ESL teachers:

1 A vocabulary profiler:

Dig out unusual words from a text

http://www4.caes.hku.hk/vocabulary/profile.htm

2 Tweet Speak

A site that has audio recordings of tweets so that students can hear 'real language':

http://tweet-speak.posterous.com/


3 This article argues against Chomsky's idea of a 'universal grammar' (which I also disagree with)

http://www.babelsdawn.com/babels_dawn/2011/05/more-evidence-against-grammatical-universals.html

4 A business English lesson on Brazil's economy (with video)

http://eltbakery.edublogs.org/2011/05/01/business-english-lesson-brazils-rising-star/

5 An English lesson based around Justin Bieber (if you happen to have teenage girls in your class!)

http://www.famouspeoplelessons.com/j/justin_bieber.html

Monday, May 23, 2011

Word List - Figurative Language

I'm going to start posting some word lists for ESL learners, beginning with this one:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/wordlists/list1.html

This is a list of words and phrases connected to figurative language. I've always found that advanced learners have a lot of questions about these words. All definitions are from the open source dictionary (wiktionary.com). Please go ahead and use the list as you wish.

Salmon and Often

Salmon and Often I've often noticed that speakers of English as a second language mispronounce salmon. It looks like it is st...