Writing about Youth Crime – a Success Story

Here is a really brilliant topic resource for any student who needs to write an essay about Youth problems. It is a news report from the UK’s Sky News about a highly successful scheme set up to offer young men who have been excluded from school for bad behaviour a new and different way to…

IELTS Listening Tests

Preparing for the IELTS Listening Test needs lots of practice. I had a pretty hard time finding enough for my students. In the end I found a brilliant set buried on ebay which was not the first place I would have looked for ESL materials. IELTS Tutorials have a great little ebay shop where you…

Daily Words 11

Here are today’s words. How are you doing? If you are do you go back and test yourself on what you have already learnt? How about writing some sentences – you can post them here in the comments below each Daily Words lesson. Wouldn’t it be great if people from around the world added good…

It’s Too Cold!! – a mini-lesson

Oooff! I don’t like it! It’s cold and the wind is howling outside! I think it is time to think of warm things! So here are some warm and summery exercises to do and some hot beach pictures from beautiful Syros in the Greek Islands. First up is a selection of Listening Exercises I found…

Topics and Issues for ECCE – More Rubbish!

The Michigan ECCE Writing Exam (like all the other English exams) often asks students to make suggestions or offer opinions on topical or social issues like the environment or safety. Many students find it difficult to come up with good ideas. One useful idea is to suggest an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the…

A Lesson about Rubbish

Yesterday I wrote about the great resources at the BBC Learning webpages. Here’s a good example to try today. It’s a news story about problems with rubbish in Italy which has been adapted for English learners. You get a vocabulary and idiom list, an audio version so you can listen to it as well as…

The Great British Auntie

I am always encouraging (or pleading with) my students to read more real English. If you are going to sit any advanced English exam it is absolutely essential that you make it a habit to read something English every day. You can spend years working at grammar exercises but nothing will help solve your problems…