Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Fun Game for Apostrophe Practice

Do you have difficulty with correct use of apostrophes?

(An apostrophe is the punctuation mark we use in "isn't", "you're", "the student's pen" and so on).

I recommend this really fun and challenging game from the BBC:



Monday, 10 December 2012

Top Twenty Literary Quote Tattoos

Do you like tattoos? Do you have one or would you consider getting one?

Why do you think some people like to get tattooed?

Here are some interesting tattoos using quotations from English literature:


The quotation in the image below is from the "Harry Potter" series.

Image from flavorwire.com

What will schools of the future look like?

What does the school of the future look like?

"Teachers seem to agree that "the school of the future will have no walls, be highly tech-infused, and available to more people than ever before".


Do you agree? What would the advantages and disadvantages of these developments be?

Learn English/Prepare for IELTS with me online with Skype

Here is my web page, for anyone interested in learning English or preparing for IELTS with me online with Skype:


Christmas Grammar Joke: What do you call Santa's elves?

Get it :) ?

Image from grammarly.com

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Experience of Italian Exchange Student in USA: Reading with Questions and Answers

Have you ever lived or studied in another country? Are you hoping or planning to do so?

Luisa, an Italian student, spent one semester studying in the USA.

Read the interesting account of her experience at:


Now see if you can answer these questions (answers below):

1. What did Luisa find different about her classes in the USA (three main points)?

2. How did Luisa cope with being far from her family and friends?

3. What are three lifestyle differences Luisa observed?

4. What main difference between American and Italian food did Luisa note?


1. The classes were smaller (about 30 students), the relationship between teachers and students was more personal and participation in class is important.

2. Luisa used technology (such as Skype and Facebook) to communicate with family and friends.

3. Italian students usually live with their families, Italians have fewer house parties than Americans, Italians like to walk around the streets and go to bars, Italians appreciate the "small things" in life, Italians don't like to rush, Italians like to spend time with family, Italians like to dress stylishly. (Any three answers).

4. Americans have much frozen food while Italians eat more fresh foods.

Hope in a Changing Climate: Video with Text

Watch this ten minute documentary which offers hope for restoration of severely damaged ecosystems:


"Success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and the results are key to stabilising the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality."

You'll find many more great resources on topics of current interest at the Open University site:


Stories From Around The World: Listen and Read

"Sacred Stories" is a wonderful site from the British Library featuring beautifully illustrated stories from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Go to:


Watch and listen or read with subtitles.

There are many more treasures to explore at the British Library website's "Learning" section. The main page is at:



Saturday, 8 December 2012

The 6 Kinds of Presents You Should Never Give

Here's an article about the six types of presents you should never give!

Read the article and discuss the questions.



What is the worst gift you have ever received? And the best?

Have you ever given somebody one of these six types of gift? When and why?

If you celebrate Christmas, do you also exchange gifts? With whom?

Why do we give gifts?