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Days of the Week and Months of the Year in English

Want to learn the days of the week and the months of the year in English? Keep this Cheat Sheet handy and use the pronunciation guide to practice. [more…]

Learning English as a Foreign Language Cheat Sheet

Use these helpful resources to help you speak English quickly and fluently. Build your confidence by saying the days of the week, months of the year and numbers, as well as practising common greetings [more…]

Lesson Planning Checklist for Teaching English

No matter what country you are teaching in, use this handy checklist to make sure that you’re really prepared for each lesson when you’re teaching English as a foreign language. [more…]

Presenting Grammar in English Lessons

When you teach English as a foreign language, you can show what the grammar actually looks like when, for example, you manipulate verb tenses in different ways. Here are some examples: [more…]

Marking Students' Written Work with Correction Codes

Most teachers use a correction code when they mark written work so that the student can do some self-correction. You can devise your own symbols but this table shows some possibilities. [more…]

Good Classroom Practice for Teaching English as Foreign Language

Here are some general points of good practice that you’ll find helpful in almost all situations when you are teaching English as a foreign language: [more…]

TEFL For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Teaching English as a foreign language is an exciting and challenging experience — whether you're instructing students based in the UK or elsewhere. Here you will find words of wisdom on everything from [more…]

The Checklist for Writing a Novel and Getting Published

Don’t fall down on the easy stuff. If you’re writing a novel and sending your manuscript to a publisher, it has to be in perfect shape. Make sure that you can tick every box before you consider your novel [more…]

The Structure of Your Novel Checklist

The structure is the backbone of a book: beneath the surface, it holds everything together and imposes order on the flow. Without a coherent and logical structure, the novel’s key elements are unclear. [more…]

Writing a Novel and Getting Published For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Novel writing is a most rewarding but challenging experience (even for seasoned authors). Keep this checklist by your side as you finish off your writing and start to approach publishers. [more…]

Before You Begin Your Creative Writing

Always be prepared! Here’s a checklist of useful writing aids to have with you as you begin to write – just don’t forget the chocolate biscuits. [more…]

How to Generate Creative Writing Ideas

Writer’s block affects all writers from time to time. If you feel a bit stuck for inspiration, try these techniques to get your creative juices flowing. [more…]

Writing Your First Draft

Writing a first draft of your creative writing project – whether a novel, short story, poem or play – can be a bit daunting. Follow these handy hints to help you organise your thoughts and manage your [more…]

Rewriting and Editing Your Creative Writing Project

Rewriting and editing helps to tighten up your work. But it can be difficult – what to chop and when to stop may not be clear, and you may change your mind more than once during the process. Ask yourself [more…]

Ways to Develop and Improve Your Creative Writing

Here are some top tips for developing your creative writing. No writing is ever a finished product – there are always ways to improve and refine your style. [more…]

Creative Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Do you want to be the next J.K. Rowling and dream up a character like Harry Potter? Do you want to write poems or plays? Follow this handy Cheat Sheet, which breaks down the process into manageable tasks [more…]

Common Vocabulary Prefixes — Co-, De-, and In-

Adding to your vocabulary is easier if you know meaning of common prefixes, which help you understand the meaning of words. The following list contains three common prefixes and their meanings: [more…]

Common Vocabulary Suffixes

When you’re stretching your vocabulary, pay attention to the endings of new words (their suffixes) for clues to their meaning. The following table lists common suffixes and their meanings: [more…]

Web Sites for Building Your Vocabulary

A fun way to build your vocabulary is to visit Web sites that offer word games and word challenges. The following Web sites offer games and lots of links to a variety of word games from hangman and crossword [more…]

How to Make Vocabulary Word Flash Cards

The simple act of writing down a new word and its definition can help you remember it. Vocabulary word flash cards are pretty easy to make and serve you and anyone else interested in building their vocabulary [more…]

Reading Tips to Improve Your Vocabulary

You can build your vocabulary using flash cards, word games, and plain, old, everyday reading. Whether you’re reading cereal boxes, the newspaper, Web articles, office memos, or research papers, use the [more…]

How to Identify the Parts of Speech

If you’re increasing your vocabulary and adding new words to your repertoire, you need to know the part of speech the words belong to so that you can use them correctly. The following list shows the eight [more…]

Vocabulary Tip: Prefixes that Mean "Not"

Expanding your vocabulary is made a little easier with tips that help you understand the meaning of new words. A prefix can often offer a clue to a word’s meaning, and in the case of the prefixes in the [more…]

Vocabulary For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you use word games and flashcards, improving your vocabulary can be not only fun but key to increasing your general knowledge. Knowing the parts of speech and the meanings of prefixes and suffixes can [more…]

Pronoun Tips for Proper English Grammar

The Beatles sang of “I, Me, Mine,” but understanding pronouns takes a little practice. Pronouns can be objective or subjective, and can show possession. You, me, him, her, them, us . . . everyone can speak [more…]

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