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About 2 years ago, I thought I was going to change the world by cataloging most of the worksheets and lesson plans on the web.  It seemed like a simple idea and one that could potentially pay off.  I've had a lot of trouble trying to find a good worksheet from time to time.  It's [...]

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Mr. Maru: Hey Sparky! What are you doing? I'm so excited! Sparky: Wow, you seem happy. What happened to you? Mr. Maru: I'm getting married! I'm going to be so happy! Sparky: Yes, I see. Who is the lucky bride? Mr. Maru: Here, let me show you a picture. Sparky: Oh, she seems very beautiful. [...]

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It seems that everyone is going crazy about the buzz and fame Twitter.com established in the cyber world. Well, why not? Twitter is a free service that lets us keep in touch with our loved ones, relatives, and friends through the exchange of quick and everyday answers to one very easy question: What are you [...]

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Dot Your i’s and Cross Your t’s

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Mr. Campbell: We have our financial meeting next week with the CFO.Mr. Chambers: Right, he wants to see the books.  Are they ready?Mr. Campbell: Yes, they are ready.  I want the the bean counters to take another look at them.Mr. Chambers: Good idea.  The CFO is very picky.  We need to dot all the i's [...]

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This lesson plan is about the new rating system for video games. A new system called PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) warning symbols will be used so parents would know what games to buy their kids. This lesson plan is very comprehensive. It includes listening, reading, discussion tasks for students as well as language exercises which [...]

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reportedspeech

On TV: Angie: You took my mePhone!Bob: I will never give you your mePhone back! I need to use Twitter!Angie: I loved you until you took my mePhone.Bob: That hurts. Later, Mr. Maru and Sparky are talking: Mr. Maru: Did you hear about Bob and Angie?Sparky: Oh yeah, they are fighting again. She said he [...]

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Internet Anagram Server

This is a very basic site that gives you all the possible anagrams for a given word or short phrase.  Very useful for designing lessons.

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past perfect tense

Mr. Maru: How was your trip to Dog World? Sparky: Well, it was all right. Mr. Maru: Did you not like it? Sparky: Well, I thought I took my ticket with me when I left, but actually I forgot it. Mr. Maru: That's not too bad. Sparky: Yeah, I just went back home and got [...]

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Simple present vs. present progressive

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Mr.Maru: What are you doing? Sparky: I make curry. Mr.Maru: You are making curry? Smells delcious. Sparky: Thank you! We eat at 6. Mr.Maru: We are eating at 6? Great! I'm hungry. Sparky: I'm loving cooking. It's so fun. Mr.Maru: You are a great chef!   When do we use the simple present and when [...]

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When do I use gerunds and when do I use infinitives? This is a very difficult topic that many people have written about.  When do you use a gerund or an infinitive?  First, let's define what gerunds and infinitives are: Gerund (AKA ~ing form) is the ~ing conjugation of a verb. e.g. like : liking, [...]

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