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Mr. Maru: Your house doesn't look very nice Sparky. Sparky: Yep, it's a real fixer upper. I'm going to make my brother replace the windows. Mr. Maru: Make? That's not very nice. Sparky: Yeah, I'm going to get a carpenter to fix the fence too. Mr. Maru: Sounds good. What about the carpet? Sparky: I'll [...]

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Got it! or Gotcha? – Teacher Stumpers

Mr. Maru: Ok, you need to feed the fish, wash the dishes, and vacuum the living room.Sparky: Understood.Mr. Maru: um, OK. Oh, we need to do the laundry before 4!Sparky: I understand.Mr. Maru: … Right. You're a little strange today Sparky. To do the laundry, you need to push the red button then kick the [...]

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Adjective lesson plan – learn4good.com

This is a nice little lesson plan that includes a chart and some examples of how to order adjectives before a noun.  It goes over some nice details.  It also includes an online quiz for students to test their understanding of the grammar.

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Bring It All Together

Neal Chambers Facebook

Well my friends, the time has come to beef up your profiles on each network.  One thing you must do is fill in a complete profile.  It's important to be as detailed as possible, and fill in as much information that you can.  This will ensure that there is no guess work from the people [...]

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Using Video Games to Learn a Language

efl video games

I just recently got back from Techday, an event that is hosted by the local Osaka JALT.  What seemed very interesting to me was the use of more and more video games in learning contexts.  There was a presentation on a flash game that was being re-written to be more friendly to learners of English.  [...]

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Okay so I might have gone a little out on a limb with this, but please hear me out.  Twitter and Facebook and other social media outlets get some flak from time to time for 'destroying the English language.'  Critics claim that in our fast paced society we aren't stopping to check our grammar, and [...]

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No More Money to Throw!

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Mr. Chambers: We have another problem. Mr. Campbell: What is it this time? Mr: Chambers: Our new shoe has some issues. The bottom of the shoe separates after one use. Mr. Campbell: Wow! Our research and development team really messed that one up. [...]

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Life in Tokyo and Osaka

Personality In Osaka to be funny is a very attractive and likable characteristic.  They love to make the group laugh.  To be a clown is not embarrassing.  They don't mind being laughed at, because most of the time they are laughing with you.  Osaka is famous for it's comedians.  They have the famous team duo [...]

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Suitable for lower intermediate learners and upwards, this grammar lesson examines the most common clauses of purpose, using infinitives and for+noun. The lesson clearly explains the sentence structures involved and gives easily applicable rules for distinguishing these two types of purpose clauses. Extra help is given for the use of gerunds and 'in order to'.

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Can you help me out? – Teacher Stumpers

I came across an interesting question this week from one of students. What is the difference between help and help out? Although, these are very similar words, their meanings are a little different.   First, 90% of the time you can use these both of these words in the same sentence. It will have the [...]

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