began this site in 1998, two years after my teaching career was halted by disability and having just written my graded reader First Time in England for elementary-level learners.
This was soon followed by my 28 discussion topics for the higher intermediate level. I have recently added a vocabulary practice page, which is also intended to promote discussion.
I have also attempted to provide memorable contexts (in the form of short texts and entertaining questions) for the learning and teaching of phrasal verbs and particles.
The pronunciation section, is headed by a well visited Common Mistakes page, and links to practice exercises & materials such as minimal pairs.
As my target audience is teachers as well as learners, I also provide a Language TESL/TEFL Methodology section. I received kind support in this from Robert O’Neill, who gave me permission to use a series of articles he had written on language acquisition. Robert sadly died in July 2014; I noted in tributes to him that I was not alone in experiencing his generosity.
Several pages on this site focus on the use of songs in the English language class e.g. to practise sounds or to set themes for discussion. I have long been a fan of the late Ewan MacColl and the indefatigable Peggy Seeger (sister of the late Pete Seeger).
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