воскресенье, 30 ноября 2014 г.

Reading :Winter by Walter de la Mare

Hello dear readers! Let's welcome winter with this charming winter poem which depicts the winter sunset. This short poem is full of amazing words and phrases such as: the rayless sun, unearthly white, frost-fires (!)

So, let's read and enjoy!

 Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

суббота, 29 ноября 2014 г.

Infinitive or Gerund?

Hello dear learners!
We have already learnt such verb forms as infinitive and gerund .

Do you know that some English verbs can be followed by either the to infinitive or the gerund (- ing form). But in this case there is a change in their meaning.

forget+to infinitive = not remember
He forgot to send me a  letter.
forget + gerund = forget the past event
I couldn't forget meeting you!

remember + to infinitive = remember to dosomething
She remembers to send us her new works.
remember +gerund= recall a past event
I remember flying to Moscow, and you?

четверг, 27 ноября 2014 г.

среда, 26 ноября 2014 г.

Infinitive or Gerund? Gerund (-ing form)

Hello dear learners!
This is lesson #2 about infinitive and gerund. Lesson#1 Infinitive is here.Today we'll talk about gerund or -ing form.There are two -ing forms in English. They are participle and gerund. They have the same spelling but different meanings and using. Let's compare:

Reading is my favourite hobby (gerund)
I am reading a book now. (participle)

We have already learnt participles at the lessons devoted to the Continuous verbs here and here, and we'll learn more in our future lessons. But today we are talking about gerund.

вторник, 25 ноября 2014 г.

What About The Love . Song for Studying English

    Tryn'a- trying to;
    I wish+ Vpast simple are used to express that we would like something to be different in the present;
    used to- use used for past habits, learn more here;
    to bring smb to smb's knees - to destroy or defeat someone or something;
    to rain down -  to pour something, such as criticism or praise, onto someone or something;
    fall  in and out of love- Everyone knows a phrase "fall in love".The phrase  "fall out of love " means that you don't love each other anymore;
     There are a lot of phrasal verbs here:call out, go(went) away ,go back,break down, take back.

What About The Love
(feat. Mia Martina)

понедельник, 24 ноября 2014 г.


The infinitive is a  base form of a verb with the particle "to" to read, to play, to go.
There are some forms of the Infinitie in English:
                                               Active                            Passive
Simple                                 to write                             to be written
Continuous                          to be writing                     -----------
Perfect                                 to have written                  to have been written
Perfect Continuous              to  have been writing        ------------
Learn more here
 The infinitive can be used with particle to or without it (it is  called the bare infinitive).
Today we'll learn the rules of using the to infinitive.

Dance Endlish

Hello,dear learners!
We need some songs to learn English and dance. Excellent for kids!

воскресенье, 23 ноября 2014 г.

Jast for Fun! Aunty Acid

Warm up Activity for English Lessons

Hello dear teachers!
Everyone knows the famous English proverb “A good beginning makes a good ending”. The good start is a very important part of any activity.
So, today let’s talk about the beginning of the lesson and doing warm up exercises.

Is warming up activity so important?
It certainly is. Teachers must create a specific atmosphere at the lesson from the first minute. Well-chosen activity helps students to feel more confident during the lesson, encourage them to focus on English.

пятница, 21 ноября 2014 г.

The Homes of England by Felicia Dorothea Hemans


 Hello,dear learners!

Today we'll read  a lovely poem about English homes. It was written by Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)

It is full of love to her native land. So, it's no wonder  that people in English-speaking countries know this poem from their childhood. And now it's our turn to learn it.

The Homes of England       by     Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The stately homes of England
How beautiful they stand!
Amidst their tall ancestral trees,
O'er all the pleasant land!
The deer across their green sward bound
Through shade and sunny gleam,
And the swan glides past them with the sound
Of some rejoicing stream.

Sweet Home :House Vocabulary for Kids

 Hello dear learners!
Today let's learn the House vocabulary.
There are two videos here. The first one  is for learning the house vocabulary, and the second  video is for checking the vocabulary.
They can be successfully used for teaching kids, so, this post may be interesting for ESL teachers.

среда, 19 ноября 2014 г.

Joke Light Diet

Do you know how many meanings the word light has? 

So, let's count:

Types of Comparisons

Hello, dear learners!

Today we'll talk about types of comparisons. We started to learn comparisons here. So, let's continue!

as+ adjective +as
not so/ as + adjective + as
His new novel is as interesting as the previous one.
Sam is not so/ as educated as  Max.

twice/three times, etc./half as + adjective+as
Their house is three times as expensive as ours.

вторник, 18 ноября 2014 г.

How to Give Advice (video)

Hello,dear learners!
What word do you use to give  advice to your friend? Usually we use "should", don't we? But there are other verbs which can be use for this. What are they?
Let's watch this video and follow the teacher advice.

Joke: At the Maths Lesson.

Dear learners!
Please,  don't forget to smile! 
In autumn we have lack of positive emotions, so let's give more smiles to people around us!

понедельник, 17 ноября 2014 г.

Comparisons of Adjectives : Main Rules

Hello, dear learners!

Today we are going to  study some interesting rules of  using adjectives and their comparative and superlative forms.


  Comparisons of adjectives ( main rules):

  • For comparisons adjectives have two forms : comparative and superlative.
We use comparative degree + than   to compare a person or a thing with another person or a thing 
February is colder than March.
His car is more expencive than mine.

  • We use the +superlative degree of adjectives  + of/ in  for comparing one person or thing with more than one person or thing.
 Nick is the tallest in our group.
To my mind, London is the most desirable city in the world.
Ann is the kindest of all my friends.

воскресенье, 16 ноября 2014 г.

Reading : Autumn Rain by Mary T. Lathrap

Hello, dear learners! 

The topic for discussion today is RAIN.
We know different types of rains, don't we? Spring, summer and autumn  rains  make us feel the different ways. 

Today, let's read a poem about  autumn rain. You may think that it is too sad, but our life is not only joy and happiness. You know,  we won't be able to admire the brightness of spring without sadness of  autumn.

 Autumn Rain
  by: Mary T. Lathrap (1838-1895)

There's a sad, sad voice in the autumn rain,
Mournful rain;
As it beateth slowly against the pane,
Window pane.
And the wind sings by with a conscious breath,
And seems like a messenger whispering death,
As the flowers bend with a drooping eye--
Bend and die.

пятница, 14 ноября 2014 г.

Teachers and Teaching


Hello,dear learners!

Today I'd like to share my thoughts about teaching and teachers.I have been a teacher for 30 years and can state, that it is is not a profession, it's a way of life.Only those who love teaching are able to feel how excited this profession is.

No doubt, only well-educated person are to be a TEACHER. If you want to become a teacher,you should do your best to get more knowledge to share them with your future students. And what is more, never stop learning new things. Remember, our students represent a new generation and they love teachers with wide outlook. So,it will be better for you if you   are curious and hard-working.

четверг, 13 ноября 2014 г.

Funny English :Counting Out Rhymes

Today we'll learn English counting out rhymes.
When kids gather together they usually  start a game with a special rhymes,called counting out rhymes. They need them to decide who will be "it" Children in any country have got a lot of such rhymes!
As ESL teachers like playing games at the lessons and after classes , they also use the counting out rhymes. 
What is the other reason to use them at the lesson? They are an essential part of English folklore. And for those who learn English it's the one more possibility to become a real English speaker!
 I use these rhymes  for organize our class games
Do you know other interesting ones? It will be great if you share them in the comment section!

So, let's read and enjoy!

среда, 12 ноября 2014 г.

Personal Qualities List


Hello, dear learners!
As we learned earlier, the more adjectives you know the richer your personal vocabulary is. Often we use simple words as good, bad, small, big, etc, so our speech is not very emotional and impressive, we can't describe a person or an event in a proper way. What should we do? The answer is clear: we should learn more adjectives .

And today I'd like to ask you how many positive personal qualities  you can name.Have you counted? And now let's visit this page:

Here you'll find 555  amazing words to describe a person. Some of them are well-known, but I'm sure, you'll find a lot of new words to widen your vocabulary!

вторник, 11 ноября 2014 г.

Autumn Songs for Kids

autumn-handmadeHello,dear readers! 
   This post is for those who want to organize an Autumn party for kids. This season is colourful and amazing.
Our children enjoy autumn  and they also love parties. So, why not to do something interesting for them.We can encourage our little students to make something unusual with leaves,autumn flowers,fruit and vegetables and decorate a hall with their masterpieces. Usually, a good concert or a show with reciting poems, singing songs, demonstrating autumn costumes,playing games is an essential part of any kids' activity. Let them demonstrate their creative nature!

 As usual, I'd like to advise you some lovely videos to create a spesial autumn atmosphere.

суббота, 8 ноября 2014 г.

Amazing Icebreakers for Lessons

My dear colleagues!
I have just come across an amazing resource with a lot of useful information! And I want to recommend you to visit this site to get more lovely games, icebreakers and etc. to make your lessons enjoyable!

Personal Pronouns

Hello,dear learners!
Today we'll study Personal Pronouns.

You ,certainly , know these words:
I, you,he,she,it, we,they. They are called personal  subject pronouns, because they can be used as subjects in  sentences.

Also,there are object personal nouns in English:

Subject pronouns go before verbs as subjects and object pronouns go after verbs or prepositions as objects.
He loves her. We went to visit them.

четверг, 6 ноября 2014 г.

Water. Ecological Education

Dear learners!
Today let's talk about WATER. It was given us for free , like a present. But people can't  appreciate the things they get easily. That's why we have faced to the great ecological problem nowadays.
Adults are to teach our new generation to be more respectful to nature. You can find interesting and useful quotes, poems videos here.
Let's act together to make a better world!

Water is the driver of Nature.
- Leonardo da Vinci
When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Poor Richard's Almanac, 1746 
   Filthy water cannot be washed.
- West African Proverb
 Dripping water hollows out a stone
- Ovid, Epistulae Ex Ponto, Book 3, no. 10, 1. 5
 You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus

                         Poems       Water, water everywhere

среда, 5 ноября 2014 г.

вторник, 4 ноября 2014 г.

Prefixes. Word Building

Hello,dear learners!
Today we'll talk about word building in English. And we'll start with the list of prefixes. 
Do you know what prefixes are? These are the syllables which are added before a word to form a new word. The meaning of a newformed word depends on the prefix which was added.

anti -   against ( antibacterial)
bi -      two        (bilingual)
co -      with        (co-producer)
ex -      previous  (ex-president)

Peppa Pig for Teaching English!

Hello,dear teachers and parents!

Today I'd like to recommend you a nice cartoon series for teaching English to the youngest students. It   is Peppa Pig. 
 The cartoon series is really good for kids under 8. The simple vocabulary, understandable situations, funny animation make each cartoon about Peppa interesting and attractive for kids. 

Now, let's watch one of my favourite episodes Ballet Lesson

The vocabulary of this video:

воскресенье, 2 ноября 2014 г.

Robert Frost My November Guest

Painter James Tissot
Hello,dear English lovers!

Let's welcome November! 

The third autumn month comes with sharp winds, grey clouds,drizzling rains,bare trees. This month is colourless,chill and dull.

What can change it into the most beautiful season? Love, and only love.

To my mind ,this marvelous poem wonderfully explains the feelings of lovers.

My November Guest by Robert Frost

My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
   Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
   She walks the sodden pasture lane.

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