Teaching English: Games to ALWAYS Have on Hand


Reblogged from:

Teaching English – British Council


Some suggestions for games:
– Fly swatter game http://goo.gl/aEmHAr
– Tongue twister game http://goo.gl/NENz88
– Word guessing games http://goo.gl/WVLFAc
– Circle games http://goo.gl/l8UkJo #Game

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Gap Song: The Smiths

English with a Smile

Listen to the song and fill in the missing words:

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

The Smiths


Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
And they’re young and _______
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one

Take me out tonight
Because I want to see people and I
Want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh, please don’t drop me home
Because it’s not my home, it’s their
Home, and I’m welcome ___________

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your ________
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your ____________
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is __________

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care

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National Symbols of English Speaking Countries

English with a Smile

Do you know what the symbol is of England? And what’s a symbol of the United States: an eagle or a pyramid?

By Sasha Crowe

Just like other countries around the world, many English speaking countries have their own national symbols. These symbols continue to be of great importance, even today, in these societies. In this article, we will take a look at three countries where English is the native language: England, Scotland, and the United States. We will talk about the national symbols for each of these countries, their origins, what they mean, and more. Knowing these symbols can (sometimes) make it simpler to better understand the histories and people living in these countries.


Saint George’s Cross is probably the most recognized national symbol for England. This simple red colored cross on a white background has been the official flag of England for hundreds of years. Red roses…

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Slang: Use It or Not?

English with a Smile

Some of my students complain that American slang is incomprehensible to them and they are glad to learn British English, because “it’s easier to understand.” But other students have discovered that they were unable to understand anyone in London because they talked “slang.”

Now the question is whether the problems were really caused by slang. Or were there other problems? Native speakers, speakers who have been born in an English-speaking country, can speak in an accent, they can speak dialect, they may use expressions, and yes, they may use occasional (= used sometimes) slang words or expressions.

In my humble opinion, problems of incomprehensibility are mostly caused by accent and the fact that natives speak fast. I’ve written some exercises about these things, and there will be more in the future.

Should You Learn to Talk Slang?

No, I don’t think you should. If you get used to speaking slang…

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Are you tired of studying books?


Are you bored of the regular English classes?


Would you like to learn English in an easy and fun way?

Hey, guys, today I’m going to talk about how you can use TV Shows and movies to learn English. I’d like to thank to a good friend of mine from Switzerland who suggested me to write about this topic.

Let’s start!

Why you should use movie and TV shows to learn English


The English that people use in the movies or TV is real English, they use trendy phrases and up-to-date slang. If you learn new words and phrases you’ll learn how to use them in their context too.

When you are learning English as a second language, you tend to speak in the same way you speak your native language, when you learn through movies and TV shows you learn about…

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The trail of the magpie: How foreign words create exceptions to the rules

Oxford University Press

Close-up of Dicionary entry in dictionaryIan Brookes is a freelance writer and editor based in Scotland. He has edited a number of dictionaries and has written books about spelling, writing, and punctuation. In this post he takes a look at where some of our words have come from.

English has been described as a ‘magpie language’. If you look up the word magpie in the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary you will find a reference to ‘a popular belief that magpies like to steal small bright objects’. In the same way, the English language has been quite happy to steal useful words from other languages and add these to its vocabulary.

When English borrows words, it sometimes keeps the original spelling form, but sometimes it alters the spelling. As a general rule, when words are borrowed from unfamiliar, non-European languages, they are more likely to be transformed so that the spelling and pronunciation conform to familiar…

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I always say to my ESL students that we need to enjoy the learning process, and learning through music is a great option.

Why to use music to learn English


Trendy music has up-to date phrases and slang, the target are native speakers, so any expression you learn is usable if you pick up some good stuff, even though if you are busy  you can listen to some music and train your listening skills.

Pick up the right kind of music


I recommend that you choose music that is mainstream, because if you usually speak with native speakers, you’ll have a common ground to talk about. Old music, on the other hand, could be useful; however, it could content some slang that is not useful anymore.

Fast-pace songs could be hard to understand, that’s why it is better to pick up songs that you’ll be able to understand and tell…

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