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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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Better Language Teaching

Summary Better Language Teaching is a 200 page ebook about how to teach English. It goes over a general lesson plan and the importance of each part of the lesson. Chris also explains the different types of activities in class and gives examples of each. There is even a section on the different kinds of [...]

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Word Memory – lessonsense.com

This is a fun worksheet that can increase your students’ word memory. Take note that it’s always important to know how you can make your learning environment fun. Thus, introducing this kind of game can encourage your students that learning English is not just about reading and writing. This is a classic game of memory.  [...]

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I short worksheet about present simple and progressive.  Students must write the correct sentence in affirmative and negative forms.

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The Semicolon Rules! – Teacher Stumpers

semicolon rule 1

To: mrmaru@englishspark.com From sparky@englishspark.com   Hey Mr. Maru, Do you want to go on vacation next month? I want to go to Honolulu, Hawaii, New York City, New York or Des Moines, Iowa. What do you think? There are lots of cows, which are my favorite animal, in Iowa; They are so cool! There is [...]

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airplane vs aeroplane

Mr.Maru: This is my friend W.Maru from England. Sparky: Oh, nice to meet you W.Maru. W.Maru: The pleasure is all mine. It's good to be on holiday. Sparky: How was your trip? W.Maru: It was terrible so far. My car ran out of petrol. Sparky: Petrol? What is that? W.Maru: Oh, I mean gas. Anyway, [...]

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Predict the Year Game – TEFL.net

A simple worksheet that students predict the year an event will occur.  Their partner needs to guess what year it is.  The student can give hints.

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I looked at him and saw he was watching me.

how to use see

Mr.Maru: Happy New Year Sparky! Sparky: Thanks! Happy New Year to you, too! Mr.Maru: Did you watch the countdown on TV? Sparky: Yes. I looked at the countdown. I watched the ball drop. Mr.Maru: Ahh, so you saw the countdown and the ball drop. Sparky: Yes. That's right. Mr.Maru: What are you doing this weekend? [...]

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Rachel Carlson – FamousPeopleLessons.com

This is a great discussion lesson plan for Women's History Month (March).  It goes over the life of Rachel Carson, a famous conservationist.  The materials include an mp3 for the listening, a couple of listening exercises including sentence scrambles and discussion questions.  It includes 13 pages of materials to use in the classroom.

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