Opinion Starters

We use many different opinion starters in US English! Work with your students to recognize some of these more common forms. Have them try a new one! 1. I think This is the most common and general way of giving an opinion. You can use it both informally and formally I think this homework is […]

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Uses of THAT

That is a word that, more often than not, leaves teachers baffled when asked for its definition; yet, it is one of the most common words in the English language. (did you notice the use of it in the previous sentence?) Often times, that can be used or left out entirely. In other cases, it […]

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There are many ways to learn a new word.

Usually when we teach our students new words, our approach is to define the word, then have the student pronounce the word and use it in a sentence. Having students work with new words from many angles will help them actively engage in the new material. Here are some ideas for getting the most out […]

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Vocabulary Activity Ideas

One of our teachers was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 CAEPA (Colorado Adult Education Professional Association) conference. Per the scholarship requirements, she compiled her notes from the very best sessions for our teachers! Jigsaw Activity: Break students into groups and give each group a list of words. The students have to define each […]

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Teacher Resource: Learner's Dictionary

All dictionaries are not created equal. English learners need a dictionary that allows them to access English at their level. Merriam-Webster’s Learners Dictionary is on the resource shelf in our office and can be checked out for three weeks at a time. If you can’t get to the office, try their on-line search page. This […]

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