IELTS Writing Task 1: Typical body paragraph (D) — AIYSHAH’S ENGLISH PAGE

For some people who are taking the IELTS exam, the report writing section is the most difficult, for others the easiest. It all comes down to how well you can understand graphs and numbers and what they tell you about the overall trend explored in the graph. To do this you need to understand the […]

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Using interactive flashcards for vocabulary practice

I love using Cram.com to practice vocabulary with my students.

First of all, I’m a big fan of teaching vocabulary chunks so when I’m teaching a course, I make it a point to teach certain groups of vocabulary together and to explore how to teach them to my students so they actually stick. For me recycling is the key so lately I’ve been using Cram.com in class and for out-of-class practice for my students. You can create digital flashcards in groups and on the page you can even share your flashcards so others can…

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She Sells Seashells ‘sh’/’s’ Tongue Twister [ppt] — It’s Michellé teacher

Everyone who’s studied English knows “She sells seashells“. It’s the simple yet challenging tongue twister that practises that difference between the “sh” sound and the “s” sound. In the attached Power Point, I’ve created a short activity for this classic. Use it before a speaking activity, as a warmer or filler, or just to get […]

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Word Families

Word family activities introduce students to predictable word patterns. I often use rhyming activities with my emergent readers to develop pertinent decoding skills. Learning these “chunks” of words make pronouncing and decoding complex words significantly easier. Every week, I introduce a new word family to my kindergarteners. During the activity, I have the students make a […]

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How to get the most out of Socrative in the ELT classroom?

We are constantly looking for new ways to engage our students. I have found that Socrative, which is an online platform, has really helped me create amazing activities that allow my students to participate in real time. It offers me so many options that I can tailor-make activities based on what I want and need […]

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How to Revise an Essay

The revision process is about confirming that your essay works on the highest level. It’s about stepping back to consider whether you have enough material, or too much. It can involve rearranging paragraphs, adding paragraphs, or cutting paragraphs altogether.

Revisions take time and effort, but can turn a weak essay into a solid one and a solid essay into an excellent one.

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What Successful Revisions Do

Aim to strengthen and clarify your arguments.Sometimes, the thesis you come up with originally isn’t the best you can do. A good essay may evolve during the process of writing a first draft. There’s nothing wrong with that. The key is to be open to that growth process and make the most of it. If the aim of your essay has shifted since you started writing, simply write down your new thesis and read through your essay to see how – and if – your first draft material works. Remove anything that is now extraneous and adjust what remains.

Make sure your essay is solidly structured.Take a fresh look at the overarching shape of the argument you have developed during the course of your essay. Examine each paragraph and its goals to ensure that each of them helps your essay to build towards a logical conclusion. Did you write them in the order that they occurred to you, or that you found the research that supports them? That might not be the best order in which to present them, and now is the time to rearrange them so that each one builds from the previous one and leads to the next one.

Word processors make it easy to cut and paste your paragraphs into a new order, but if you do rearrange them, make sure to then reread the whole thing and double-check your transitions so that everything still makes…

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