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Using Video Games to Learn a Language

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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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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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