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     Whether you are a teacher, a student, or a curious professional from another discipline, I'm sure you will find a wealth of information, teaching strategies, and helpful student tips in the following articles.  Check out everything from games,

Google Classroom, grammar, learning, reading, speaking, teaching, vocabulary, and writing in Spanish.  Just click on the pictures to be taken directly to the articles.

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     Academics and teachers have been touting the benefits of playing games in language classes for many years.  Research shows that playing games can indeed support language learning in many tangible ways.  They provide students with a concrete way to practice the language in context, they encourage students to communicate with one another, and they can provide practice in all four skill sets, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Games in English

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Google Classroom in English

     Google Classroom is a technology application that unifies the use of Google apps on one dashboard.  This enables teachers to create and manage all their online documents in one place and gives both teachers and students easy access to their documents stored on Google drive.  Google Classroom was designed, with the way teachers and students think, in mind.  This is why the Classroom interface provides direct teacher to student interaction that Google Drive doesn't.

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Grammar in English

     There are many strategies and methods for teaching English grammar.  This article will focus on teaching English grammar as a second language by highlighting three main teaching areas.  Teaching English

 grammar requires you to be armed with teaching strategies, have an arsenal of topics to instruct with and be prepared with the similarities and differences between English and the learner's native language.  

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Learning in English

     Whether you are a teacher, a student, young, or old there are many good reasons for you to study English.  In this article, we will discuss why you should learn English, how you should learn English, what you should learn in English, and what method options you have to learn English.

Why Learn English?

There are many reasons to learn English but the top three reasons people want to learn English are to be able to become part of a global community different from their own, to travel, or to conduct business.  Let's take a look at each one individually.

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Listening in English

     I'll never forget when I first crossed the border from the United States into Mexico.  It didn't take long for my head to start spinning.  The sound of everyone speaking a language I couldn't understand drown out every other noise I heard on the bustling street.  Soon, the noise turned into a clatter so loud that it overwhelmed me it gave me a headache.  "Make it stop!" I screamed inwardly.

     I am sure I'm not the only one that has felt this level of desperation after being completely immersed in a foreign language for the first time.  So how can we dip our toes in the language pool without becoming a passive, and paralyzed listener?  The answer lies in active listening practice.

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Reading in English

     In today's modern technological world, it may seem a little old fashioned to crack open a book and read.  However, reading is still an important activity that English learners need to participate in.  Reading can help students learn new vocabulary and colloquial expressions, and gain grammar knowledge.  In this article, we will look at some reasons why students need to read, how they can learn to read purposefully, and some strategies to make reading easier for them.

Why Read in English?

     The most important reason to give English learners an opportunity to read is that it will strengthen their general language-learning skills by providing them access to new vocabulary, new colloquial terms, and grammar knowledge.

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Speaking in English

     Learning to speak a second language as opposed to other skills is probably the most difficult for students to master.  I can't tell you how many students I had, in what was supposed to be an advanced class, that could understand me perfectly well and pass a written exam but could hardly speak a word of English.  Why?  Because language schools have historically gotten the process of teaching a second language backward.

In the following article, we will take a look at a number of ways to make learning how to speak a second language as naturally as possible.  The first thing we will discuss is how to speak and stay in the target language, then we will work on clarification techniques, and finally, we will examine some speaking activities.

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Teaching in English

     So many methods, so little time.  When it comes to teaching a second language there are as many methods, strategies, and tips as there are institutions and students.  As I waded through the research in order to write this article, I became a little overwhelmed.  I had tried many, heard of some, and was completely unfamiliar with others.  I decided to include the ideas that I thought worked the best for me while I was teaching.  These ideas might or might not suit your needs when it comes to the unique characteristics of your classes.

     In this article, we will look at grammar-translation, total physical response, and the communicative methods, memory, cognitive, comprehension, metacognitive, affective, and social teaching strategies, and some teaching tips such as preparing extra activities, engaging students' senses, and making listening and speaking a priority.

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Vocabulary in English

     Learning English vocabulary is an extremely important piece in the English language puzzle.  It is the basic building block for communicating information and describing things. 

    There are only about a thousand English words that account for eighty-eight percent of all the entire spoken English language.  This means that all you need to do is learn them and you will understand the majority of what's being said to you.

     In this article, we are going to discuss some successful vocabulary teaching methods, types of nouns and how they are used, and activities that you can use with your students to get them to practice and English Vocabulary Teaching Methods

Writing in English

     In this article, we will be looking at how to write in English.  We will discuss types of English writing such as standard, formal, and informal, writing skills in English like punctuation and accents, spelling and capitalization, and numbers, plus types of English writing as in formal letters, informal email messages, and informational report writing.

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How to Make a PDF Interactive

     In today's digital distance learning world, there are as many ways to make digital interactive activities as there are platforms to upload them and use them on.  So, how do you decide what to use?  

     Watch our video to find out!

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Have fun with our free English PDF printable game samples.  Just download, print, cut out a few pieces, and you're ready to play!

Download our free English PowerPoint Presentations.  Choose a game, comic strip, or grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, or conversation activity!

Choose from our numerous English PDF worksheets or download them all!  They come complete with vocabulary sentence prompts, a vocabulary list, and an answer key.