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  1. I am a Brazilian English teacher and a student of mine wrote the following sentence:-
    Many's the magazine I've read on this subject.

    I have never seen this construction(many's)before and I do not know if it is wrong or right. Could you help me, please?


  2. I live in Japan and I am wondering if you could recommend me any grammar book or booklet that explains specifically the usage of articles (indefinite and definite) for learners.

    For example, it is difficult for me to understand the exact difference between the following four sentences:-
    A cat is an animal.
    The cat is an animal.
    Cats are animals.
    The cats are animals.


    Therefore it would be very helpful if there is a reference book with many example sentences and tells me the subtle difference of nuance that exitst between each sentence.Thank you.


  3. I am a teacher and I am in a position of trying to prepare a lesson to teach young learners to talk about inventions and use the words ( might, may, made of). Could you help me ?

  4. What's the correlation between students' achievement in structure and their speaking ability?
  5. Hi, my name is Esau. I ve been asked by a good friend to fill in for her english class tommorrow cause she got really sick. She wants me to review ¨wish¨ for 1hr. Im in Oaxaca, Mexico so these kids native language is Spanish. I´ve never taught english as a second language can u give me a clue or two what I should consentrate on. Their ages are 18-35 and according to her their an advanced class. Well if u can help with some ideas i´d really appreciate it. thanks.
  6. What are the most frequently used letters in English words?
  7. I like your website so much....but i would love to join chat room practise ...because of my English grammar is so bad.How can i join and get help from there?ù
  8. Simple way to explain and teach relative clauses
  9. I want to teach my students in their cooking lessons in English. Therefore I want posters - kitchen tools, herbs and spices, cooking activities,... Where do I get posters like this and how much do they cost?
  10. Hi Ellie. Do you know where I can get access to phonic symbols (the upside-down 'e', connected 'a/e' etc)to use in conjunction with Word? It would be extremely useful for preparing worksheets, handouts and so on. Cheers!
  11. I am looking for Study Material for English Teaching can you please help me out.I want to teach English who can't pay to learn English.I want to teach those poor in the Indian socity. Thanking you, Regards Partha talukdar
  12. Can you suggest some ways or activities to teach the prefixes (e.g un-, dis-, non-, de-)and suffixes that are related to the word formation process (derivation)? Thanks a lot!
  13. Hi, IS it effective to use your beginner's learning english if i have to teach kindargarten here in China, age 4-6? Any suggestion for that matter? Thank you
  14. I would appreaciate guidance on how to develop essay writing skill of children from age group 7 years and above.

  15. I would like to know the difference between teaching ESL and ESP English PLEASE. Thanks.
  16. Dear Sirs I need some wallpaper that can educate English to Student, would you tell me how I see them or get them? I appreciate you. Best regards E.NIKFAR
  17. Thnks for E-mail on 13-04-2007 i get some of them and know i have a question from yourself: you suppose that want to teach Grammer like :future tense or others, please show me the tools or devise(educational devise) that you use please answer me by the weekend
  18. I recently graduated Colege in an unrelated field but am having difficulty finding employment here. I have spnet a year studying german in germany as a student and had a great time. Are there opportunities for native speaking and educated Americans to teach kids english in europe or else where. I thougth a program which lasted up to a year would be fantastic and help me financially. Many thanks, Richard A Colon Valencia, CA www.coloninc.com/lessons 1(661)600-2109
  19. Dear Ellie, May God bless you and your family. I really learned a lot from you. I need your guidance to teach English literature to O-level students. What methods and strategies should I adopt to provide my students with a deep insight into the short stories and comprehension passages that are part of their O-level curriculum? I will await your reply. Thanks Yours obediently, Muhammad Ijaz Pervez.
  20. There is a word in english to describe this activity: 'Write your name on the board vertically, and add a suitable adjective that begins with each letter of your name.' What is it?
  21. Dear learning English Perssonel I am an English Teacher in Bethlehem, Palestine. I give English courses and I teach at a private school. I liked the English teaching material on your website; I think it is organized and good to teach. having said that, my question is: May I use and print out materials and give it to my students free. I get paid to teach but I will not take money for the copies. By the way, there are no copyright laws here in Palestine; I am asking because I am Christian and I want to do everything ethically. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. God bless sincerely, Jamal Saba
  22. Hi, I am training to be a teacher. I need an activity for one of my classes that covers basic grammar (including nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns) and that lasts 30mins. DO you have one? Many thanks
  23. HI Ellie! I want to teach English abroad (probably in Japan) Which exam or course do I need to take to be able to get a job there. Do you know any website where I can look for a job? I am actually from Slovakia.many thanks
  24. I find it difficult to answer thisportion of the book that I will teach soon. The book asks the students to put these sentences into the negative, the question, and the past. Here is the sentence: WE'RE ALLOWED TO WEAR JEANS. Negative is: We weren't allowed to wear jeans. Question: Weren't we allowed to wear jeans? Past: We were allowed to wear jeans. Please tell me if my answers are correct. Thank you very much.
  25. Hi Ellie,am an English teacher in Nigeria and I don't have an idea of how to start my first class on lexis,ranging from registers to polysyllabic words...pls can I borrow your lesson note? Thank you,you're a lifesaver.
  26. what can i use insted of :private class? a class that a teacher hels for only a 1 person.. ----------------- what can I use instead of private class to describe a class that a teacher holds for 1 person.
  27. Hi Ellie I've always found your answers very valuable. I teach English in a rural area in India.I've been asked to prepare posters,charts and a working model for teaching grammar to 8th grade students.I'm really in a fix kindly help
  28. Hi Ellie, Can you answer my question within five hours? I will be grateful. Our English coordinator wrote the following: I expect instructors to didactically identify invalidated questions based on the performance of their students. What does he expect from the instructors to say or to write?
  29. Thank you for your email but I would like to tell you that I don't mean some titles for the essays but some prompts. Thanks again for your help. Can you answer me today? Question: Yesterday I sent my question about essay writing. I want to ask my students a narrative and a descriptive essay and the themes are child labor and nutrition. I mean I have to ask them to write a narrative essay about child labor or a descriptive essay about nutrition or child labor. Can you you help me by sending topics related to the themes mentioned. Answer: I'm glad you clarified that you mean child labour or nutrition. I got quite confused there. Do you mean you want some titles for the essays?
  30. The article section that describes the difference a and an says the following : A and an are also used when talking about your profession:- I am an English teacher. However that would mean a teacher hailing from England. The right way should be I am a Teacher of English. I was told about this by my English teacher in Grade 12. If you could please throw some light on this. Thanks.
  31. lexis and structure
  32. how can you explain to non english people the difference between slim and thin? -------------- How would you explain to non native speakers the difference between slim and thin?
  33. How would you explain to a learner of English the difference in meaning between the following pairs/sets of sentences? To an elementary level student:- She likes ice-cream. She'd like an ice-cream.
  34. Hello. I would like to know where I can find texts related to jobs, careers, recruitment, etc. for pre intermediate and intermediate students. I have been looking for texts for more than 2 weeks and I haven\'t found any suitable text related to the theme of jobs and applying for a job.




  1. I am a Brazilian English teacher and a student of mine wrote the following sentence:-
    Many's the magazine I've read on this subject.

    I have never seen this construction(many's)before and I do not know if it is wrong or right. Could you help me, please?

    Isn't it awful when students do that?

    First - it's not wrong.
    Second - it's mainly used lyrically and sounds old-fashioned.
    Third - people often say (even today) "Many's the time ..."


    If you type "many's the time" in Google (don't forget the quotes) you will find lots of examples.
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  2. I live in Japan and I am wondering if you could recommend me any grammar book or booklet that explains specifically the usage of articles (indefinite and definite) for learners.

    For example, it is difficult for me to understand the exact difference between the following four sentences:-
    A cat is an animal.
    The cat is an animal.
    Cats are animals.
    The cats are animals.


    Therefore it would be very helpful if there is a reference book with many example sentences and tells me the subtle difference of nuance that exitst between each sentence.Thank you.

    I don't know of any book that devotes itself to this particular subject, however the "Grammar in Use" series covers it very well.

    You can read a review of some of the best English grammar books here:-

    As for finding it confusing don't worry you are not alone. The thing is that a and the cause a lot of problems for ESL learners.

    However, it is very simple:-
    A - could be any old cat(s) or cats in general.
    The - specific cat(s) (previously mentioned or known)


    !Note:-
    The cat is an animal. (Here 'the cat' could also mean the species)
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  3. I am a teacher and I am in a position of trying to prepare a lesson to teach young learners to talk about inventions and use the words ( might, may, made of). Could you help me ?

    I found this lesson plan on inventions which helped me:-
    http://www.developingteachers.com/newsletterplans/aug1_2002.htm

    Modals kind of fit in naturally, but I have a section on the uses of modal verbs here.
    For 'made of' I always use the rhyme:-
    What are little boys made of?
    Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
    That's what little boys are made of !"
    What are little girls made of?
    "Sugar and spice and all things nice
    That's what little girls are made of!"

    And get the students to substitute the words for other every day things - tables, books, cars etc.
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  4. What's the correlation between students' achievement in structure and their speaking ability?
    In my experience - some but not a lot. It helps if a student has some understanding of structure, however speaking demands a great deal of confidence and a feeling for the language. The most academically gifted students often lack this, they are able to analyse a sentence on paper but are unable to have a normal conversation because they don't have time to analyse what they say.
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  5. Hi, my name is Esau. I ve been asked by a good friend to fill in for her english class tommorrow cause she got really sick. She wants me to review ¨wish¨ for 1hr. Im in Oaxaca, Mexico so these kids native language is Spanish. I´ve never taught english as a second language can u give me a clue or two what I should consentrate on. Their ages are 18-35 and according to her their an advanced class. Well if u can help with some ideas i´d really appreciate it. thanks.
    Hi Essau, I hope I am not too late. I've only just come back from holiday. As you suggest, wish is also used when you wish that something were the case or you would like it to be the case even though you know that it is impossible or unlikely. In this sense, the verb which follows wish has a past tense inflection. Thus we have: 'We wish you could be here.' 'He wished he hadn't said that, for Fiona was terribly upset.' 'It rained every day. I do wish I hadn't gone there for my holidays.' 'I wish you didn't have to work so hard.' Wish, as in 'wish to', is also sometimes used as a slightly more formal alternative to 'want to'. So we have: 'They were very much in love and wished to get married as soon as it could be arranged.' 'I don't wish to see him ever again,' she said, five months after they were married.' 'He could do most of his work from home, if he wished.' 'I don't wish to interrupt (your conversation), but the potatoes are burning dry.' 'I don't wish to be rude, but that red dress really doesn't suit you.' I would concentrate on doing some written work and make it as much fun as possible. As they are an advanced group I would start by ask them to write down the following:- Something they regret about the past:- For example:- I wish (that) I had studied harder at school. Something they wish they were doing now. For example:- I wish (that) I weren't here now. Something they wish for in the future:- I wish (that) I didn't have to go to school tomorrow. The following links may help:- http://staff.washington.edu/marynell/grammar/wish.html http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/IF10.cfm Some ideas for testing understanding:- http://www.better-english.com/grammar/wish1.htm http://www.better-english.com/grammar/wish2.htm http://www.better-english.com/grammar/wishes.htm
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  6. What are the most frequently used letters in English words?
    I did a bit of research and discovered that the inventor of Morse code, Samuel Morse (1791-1872), needed to know this so that he could give the simplest codes to the most frequently used letters. He did it simply by counting the number of letters in sets of printers' type. The figures he came up with were:- 1. E 2. T 3. A, I, N, O, S 4. H 5. R 6. D 7. L 8. U 9. C, M 10. F 11. W, Y 12. G, P 13. B 14. V 15. K 16. Q 17. J, X 18. Z
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  7. I like your website so much....but i would love to join chat room practise ...because of my English grammar is so bad.How can i join and get help from there?ù
    Dear Rose, The insructions are here:- http://www.learnenglish.de/englishchat.htm Any other help you need ask on the forum.
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  8. Simple way to explain and teach relative clauses
    I usually start with the relative pronouns; who, which, whose and that. I just explain their use in the following way:- who: when we talk about people which: when we talk about things that: for either Then I give the students nasty clunky sentences that are visibly improved by the use of relative clauses. This is the detective. He arrested the murderer. The house fell down. It was badly built. You get the idea.
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  9. I want to teach my students in their cooking lessons in English. Therefore I want posters - kitchen tools, herbs and spices, cooking activities,... Where do I get posters like this and how much do they cost?
    That's a good question. You could try searching www.allposters.com. Or (as I do) get your students to design their own posters. If you make a digital design using jpeg images from the net (try flickr.com for copyright free pictures) you can then take out a free account with an online printing company and download the pictures to create your own professional looking posters (I use Cafepress.com) and they should cost about $20 each. Let me know how you get on.
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  10. Hi Ellie. Do you know where I can get access to phonic symbols (the upside-down 'e', connected 'a/e' etc)to use in conjunction with Word? It would be extremely useful for preparing worksheets, handouts and so on. Cheers!
    You could try this link:- http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/wells/fonts.htm
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  11. I am looking for Study Material for English Teaching can you please help me out.I want to teach English who can't pay to learn English.I want to teach those poor in the Indian socity. Thanking you, Regards Partha talukdar
    Dear Partha, Try the following pages:- http://www.learnenglish.de/resources/resweb.htm http://www.learnenglish.de/Teachers/EnglishTeachers.htm http://www.sitesforteachers.com/index.html
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  12. Can you suggest some ways or activities to teach the prefixes (e.g un-, dis-, non-, de-)and suffixes that are related to the word formation process (derivation)? Thanks a lot!
    Cards. Write the stem word on some cards and the prefix / suffix you want to practise on some others. Place them in two piles and then play a kind of snap game where people turn over a suffix card and a stem word card one at at time and when someone thinks they can make a proper word they shout "Snap!" and say the word. If they are correct they keep the cards, if they are wrong the cards go to the bottom of the pile.
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  13. Hi, IS it effective to use your beginner's learning english if i have to teach kindargarten here in China, age 4-6? Any suggestion for that matter? Thank you
    At such a young age it's best to use play rather than "traditional" teaching. So I would use some of the pictures, lots of craft stuff, rhymes and songs and maybe act out stories using puppets.
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  14. I would appreaciate guidance on how to develop essay writing skill of children from age group 7 years and above.
    I don't really teach children, but you may find this site useful:-
    http://esl.about.com/library/lessons/bl_younglearners_writing1.htm
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  15. I would like to know the difference between teaching ESL and ESP English PLEASE. Thanks.
    ESL (English as a second language) tends to be general English. The sort you need in everyday situations. ESP (English for special purposes) does what it says on the label, and it's usually job related. You teach the kind of English someone needs for a specific job. For example:- English for accountants Medical English English for mechanics The list is probably very long. Usually an ESP teacher will have a teaching qualification and some experience in the field being taught.
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  16. Dear Sirs I need some wallpaper that can educate English to Student, would you tell me how I see them or get them? I appreciate you. Best regards E.NIKFAR
    I'm not sure what you mean by "wallpaper". Do you mean wallpaper for decorating walls or wallpaper for your computer? Either way, I'm afraid I haven't heard of anything that would help. It is possible to create your own of course. You can buy posters online, I found a few here:- http://www.emarketingpark.com/shop/posters/poster-19388-406457.shtml and here:- http://www.fundraiseralley.com/teachers/posters.html Again you could get your students to make their own for the classroom.
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  17. Thnks for E-mail on 13-04-2007 i get some of them and know i have a question from yourself: you suppose that want to teach Grammer like :future tense or others, please show me the tools or devise(educational devise) that you use please answer me by the weekend
    When I was teaching in the classroom I used the communicative methodology. This means most of the tools I used were everyday items, sometimes I would take in a clock, money, etc. whatever I needed to illustrate the point I was making. I never taught grammar as rules, I only ever provided examples and timelines. The only books I used were English Grammar in Use, and English Vocabulary in Use. I also used a chalkboard, videos or DVDs and tapes. The main device I used was question and answer techniques.
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  18. I recently graduated Colege in an unrelated field but am having difficulty finding employment here. I have spnet a year studying german in germany as a student and had a great time. Are there opportunities for native speaking and educated Americans to teach kids english in europe or else where. I thougth a program which lasted up to a year would be fantastic and help me financially. Many thanks, Richard A Colon Valencia, CA www.coloninc.com/lessons 1(661)600-2109
    Loads of people want to learn English - kids and adults, and workwise things are picking up in Germany, but it's still pretty low paid (I gave up eventually). I believe that there are "issues" for Americans though. You might find this forum useful - really nice people and some discussions that go into the problems you might face. http://p219.ezboard.com/belt
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  19. Dear Ellie, May God bless you and your family. I really learned a lot from you. I need your guidance to teach English literature to O-level students. What methods and strategies should I adopt to provide my students with a deep insight into the short stories and comprehension passages that are part of their O-level curriculum? I will await your reply. Thanks Yours obediently, Muhammad Ijaz Pervez.
    If you get this twice - blame my computer! This is a huge subject. Analysis, critical review, conceptualistion (through art, pretending to interview a character in the book, rewriting it into more contemporary English etc), acting scenes and most importantly keeping a reading log can all help the students. http://www.learnenglish.de/Teachers/readinglog.htm Personally I believe that relating the story to the student's lives is most important. A couple of sites that might prove helpful. http://www.teachingliterature.org/teachingliterature/ http://www.sparknotes.com/ http://www.freebooknotes.com/
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  20. There is a word in english to describe this activity: 'Write your name on the board vertically, and add a suitable adjective that begins with each letter of your name.' What is it?
    I think you mean acrostic.
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  21. Dear learning English Perssonel I am an English Teacher in Bethlehem, Palestine. I give English courses and I teach at a private school. I liked the English teaching material on your website; I think it is organized and good to teach. having said that, my question is: May I use and print out materials and give it to my students free. I get paid to teach but I will not take money for the copies. By the way, there are no copyright laws here in Palestine; I am asking because I am Christian and I want to do everything ethically. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. God bless sincerely, Jamal Saba
    Hi Jamal, Printing out the material is fine, in fact a friend of mine is slowly providing print outs for the lessons online, I think he's up to lesson 15. So, I really don't mind that you charge for your lessons, I only ask people to acknowledge where the material has come from and not to reproduce it on the web. PS - I was in Bethlehem once and had a coffee in the Christmas Tree cafe in Bethlehem Square. Is it still there?
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  22. Hi, I am training to be a teacher. I need an activity for one of my classes that covers basic grammar (including nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns) and that lasts 30mins. DO you have one? Many thanks
    Write out lots of cards with your target words on them and ask the students to form sentences using just the cards.
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  23. HI Ellie! I want to teach English abroad (probably in Japan) Which exam or course do I need to take to be able to get a job there. Do you know any website where I can look for a job? I am actually from Slovakia.many thanks
    If you're going to teach adults I recommend CELTA:- http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/teaching-awards/celta.html You might find this site useful too:- http://www.all-about-teaching-english-in-japan.com/ Good luck.
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  24. I find it difficult to answer thisportion of the book that I will teach soon. The book asks the students to put these sentences into the negative, the question, and the past. Here is the sentence: WE'RE ALLOWED TO WEAR JEANS. Negative is: We weren't allowed to wear jeans. Question: Weren't we allowed to wear jeans? Past: We were allowed to wear jeans. Please tell me if my answers are correct. Thank you very much.
    Well I can see why you're confused. But then some books are just - wrong. The opposite of "We're allowed to wear jeans," is "We're not allowed to wear jeans". Present - Negative is: We aren't allowed to wear jeans. Question: Are we allowed to wear jeans? Past - Negative: We weren't allowed to wear jeans. Question: Were we allowed to wear jeans? I hope this helps.
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  25. Hi Ellie,am an English teacher in Nigeria and I don't have an idea of how to start my first class on lexis,ranging from registers to polysyllabic words...pls can I borrow your lesson note? Thank you,you're a lifesaver.
    As long as you don't pass it off as your own work, or publish it in any way, I am quite happy for people to use anything in their lessons.
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  26. what can i use insted of :private class? a class that a teacher hels for only a 1 person.. ----------------- what can I use instead of private class to describe a class that a teacher holds for 1 person.
    You could say one to one class, or private lesson.
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  27. Hi Ellie I've always found your answers very valuable. I teach English in a rural area in India.I've been asked to prepare posters,charts and a working model for teaching grammar to 8th grade students.I'm really in a fix kindly help
    I'm not sure what you want me to do.
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  28. Hi Ellie, Can you answer my question within five hours? I will be grateful. Our English coordinator wrote the following: I expect instructors to didactically identify invalidated questions based on the performance of their students. What does he expect from the instructors to say or to write?
    It's got nothing to do with writing or saying, he's simply asking you to scientifically (professionally) assess the validity of the questions. In other words if you write or say that a question is invalid, you need to be able to back up your argument. It also sounds as if he's swallowed a dictionary. Send him here:- http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/ :)
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  29. Thank you for your email but I would like to tell you that I don't mean some titles for the essays but some prompts. Thanks again for your help. Can you answer me today? Question: Yesterday I sent my question about essay writing. I want to ask my students a narrative and a descriptive essay and the themes are child labor and nutrition. I mean I have to ask them to write a narrative essay about child labor or a descriptive essay about nutrition or child labor. Can you you help me by sending topics related to the themes mentioned. Answer: I'm glad you clarified that you mean child labour or nutrition. I got quite confused there. Do you mean you want some titles for the essays?
    It's a bit difficult because I don't know what they have already discussed or been taught, but you could try some things like:- Child labor Is child labor a form of slavery? What can be done to end child labor? Can child labor ever be justified? Nutrition Should nutrition be taught at school? Should food manufacturers be forced to make things nutritious? Should the government force people to eat more healthily? Should there be a higher tax on unhealthy food? That's just off the top of my head. I hope it helps.
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  30. The article section that describes the difference a and an says the following : A and an are also used when talking about your profession:- I am an English teacher. However that would mean a teacher hailing from England. The right way should be I am a Teacher of English. I was told about this by my English teacher in Grade 12. If you could please throw some light on this. Thanks.
    You're not the first to ask about this:- http://learnenglishonline.yuku.com/topic/1994/t/Help-me.html
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  31. lexis and structure
    http://assets.cambridge.org/97805218/29243/sample/9780521829243ws.pdf
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  32. how can you explain to non english people the difference between slim and thin? -------------- How would you explain to non native speakers the difference between slim and thin?
    Slim is considered a compliment. A - You're looking slim. B - Thanks. I've been exercising. Thin is considered to be a criticism. A - You're looking thin. B - I've been ill. (In a class I would use photographs to illustrate this).
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  33. How would you explain to a learner of English the difference in meaning between the following pairs/sets of sentences? To an elementary level student:- She likes ice-cream. She'd like an ice-cream.
    I would use opposites and pictures and I wouldn't restrict it to ice-cream. She likes ice-cream. A picture of someone enjoying an ice-cream. She doesn't like baked beans. Using pictures, expand it to what the students like / dislike. Do you like baked beans? Do you like gummy bears? (You could use simple pictures with emoticons.) He has an ice-cream. A picture of someone with an ice-cream. She doesn't have an ice-cream. She wants an ice-cream. .... She'd like an ice-cream. This could be a restaurant cartoon and thought bubbles above the customers heads. Then you could do a role play - What would you like. Again using pictures. There are so many ways to demonstrate these concepts.
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  34. Hello. I would like to know where I can find texts related to jobs, careers, recruitment, etc. for pre intermediate and intermediate students. I have been looking for texts for more than 2 weeks and I haven\'t found any suitable text related to the theme of jobs and applying for a job.
    I would have a look at some recruitment sites. For example: http://www.monster.com/ They give excellent advise that you could incorporate into a lesson plan. You can also search for \"lesson plans interviews\". I found this one:- https://www.moneyinstructor.com/interview.asp Good luck.
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