Special Places On-line to Practice English

Cartoon drawings to use as prompts for simple verb practices. What does he do on Mondays? (He cooks.) What did he do yesterday? (He cooked.) What is he doing right now? (He’s cooking.) What was he doing at noon yesterday? (He was cooking.) What has he been doing this week? (He’s been cooking.) 
Want to work in a restaurant? A doctor’s office? A hotel? 
Vocabulary/phrases for the workplace _ restaurants


ELLLO.com has many interesting multi-level ways to improve listening comprehension and pick up new vocabulary painlessly.
Fabrics ans Materials used in Clothing
Create a comic strip: Graphic design symbols and commands, plus a chance to write a simple script. 
(If you email your strip to me, I will correct the English and email it back to you. No rude or vulgar words, please! Send to: eslnancy@gmail.com)


The U.S. Map; “Say” or “Tell?”; Four Parts of Speech

The word “tell” requires an object. “Say” does not require an object. 
Examples: What did you say? What did you say to him? I always say what I think.Tell me what you want. I told them what time the movie started.
Here’s a good place to test yourself on “say” and “tell.”
say/tell conversation


Remember: “Parts of Speech” in English tell us how a word is used. The same word may be several parts of speech, depending on how it’s used. 
“Dancing is fun.”  (The word dancing acts like a noun.)
“She is dancing the tango.”  (The word dancing is part of the verb)
“At the circus, we saw dancing horses.” (The word dancing is an adjective describing horses.) 
Here’s a super-fun game that let’s you practice identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
Parts of speech Jeopardy
For a quick, fairly accurate understanding of the origins of America’s Thanksgiving celebration, see:

Halloween Vocabulary and Fun, Ordinal Numbers and Quotation Marks

Here’s something clever to use as an aid in teaching both ordinal numbers and the use of quotation marks. After we read the poem about “Five Little Pumpkins” and analyze the use of quotation marks, a follow-up pair dictation will help pinpoint any problems students have using quotation marks. I like pair dictations where one student can see the video and the other can’t. The one who can see dictates the poem to his or her partner, line by line. The partner who can’t see the words writes down what he or she hears on an individual whiteboard..

This matching game is fun for everyone but only valuable as an ESL exercise if you identify the items in English as they are revealed.The exercise includes: haunted house, skull, bat,black cat, jack o’ lantern, witch’s hat, goblin behind a tombstone, ghost, spider web.


Follow the directions for an amazing interactive card trick.


Many American children learn this song in school.

Vexing Hexagons, Pesky “ed”

Sites for Monday, Sept. 17: (CLASS PHOTO!)

Excellent site to practice “ed” verb ending.  http://eslus.com/LESSONS/PRONUNCI/EDENDING/ED1.HTM


We will use this version of the classic hexagon game to review past participles of irregular verbs and civics-related spelling words.



Level 6 has been playing a few rounds of on-line Jeopardy! to practice spelling and vocabulary. (If you don’t know what a “stump” is, the “ending blends” game has something to offer.) This wonderful teacher-created site includes pictures in the answers,so you don’t have to stop the fun to look up a word. I don’t require that answers be in the form of a question. Yet.