Archive for October, 2010

Easily confused words Quiz 1

October 31st, 2010 in English Quiz

Easily confused words are words which are very similar in spelling or pronunciation. Complete the following sentences with the appropriate word.

1.       He is very polite to his parents and treats them with great —————

The quantifiers much and many

October 29th, 2010 in Improve English

Much is used with singular nouns; many is used with plural nouns.

What are the basics of teaching English to non-native speakers?

October 28th, 2010 in English Teaching

You can’t be an ESL or EFL teacher just because you speak English as a mother tongue. This article explains some of the basics of teaching English to non-native speakers of English.

The Quantifiers More and Most

October 27th, 2010 in Vocabulary

More is a quantifier. It can be used directly before a noun or noun phrase.

I need more time. (NOT I need more of time.)
Would you like to have some more cheese? (NOT Would you like to have some more of cheese?)

Pros and Cons of being an ESL Teacher

October 26th, 2010 in English Teaching

An ESL teaching job gives you international travel opportunities, cross-cultural training and immense job satisfaction. But before you decide to become an ESL teacher, you should also be aware of the issues involved. One of the biggest advantages of getting a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification is the opportunity to live and work abroad. Of course, there are challenges too. So what are the pros and cons of being an ESL teacher?

Difference between ask and ask for

October 25th, 2010 in Vocabulary

Ask for: ask somebody to give something
Ask without for: ask somebody to tell something

Compare:

How to make a question or suggestion sound more polite – Part II

October 24th, 2010 in Improve English

Would, could and might

The modal auxiliary verbs would, could and might also make questions, orders and suggestions more polite.