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P.1 - Adult

Idioms from Shakespeare

Average: 3.2 (48 votes)

Finding the origins of words and sayings can be really fascinating.

All these idioms were invented by William Shakespeare and used in his famous plays. These are all used in everyday English; they are very well known.

Can you match each idiom to the correct sentence?

When see if you can write some of your own sentences with them.
Lesson by Caroline

Reading Comprehension: Online Dating

Average: 3 (8 votes)

Would you be willing to try online dating? Recent research shows that it is an excellent way of meeting people, but it is still considered a 'taboo' by many. Read the article below and then decide whether the following statements are true or false.
By Caroline Devane

From a Distance – elementary listening

Average: 3.9 (12 votes)

I have chosen a very old song this week by Bette Midler. The song is about how we all need to do more to make sure the world is a safe and happy place. Listen carefully and see if you can complete the gaps with the vocabulary below.
Lesson by Caroline Devane

 

Words with More Than One Meaning

Average: 3 (191 votes)

Elementary to Pre-Intermediate

Many English words have more than one meaning. If you only know one meaning, it is easy to get confused!

For example: Sweet.

Conjunctions

Average: 4.1 (35 votes)

Conjunctions are words that join clauses into sentences. One is enough to join two clauses.

Using conjunctions to join short clauses into longer sentences makes English more fluent!

For example: I like to have a cup of coffee as soon as I wake up.

Choose the expression which best completes the sentence. Sometime two are possible.

Lesson by Amanda Pooley, EC Cape Town English language school

Play Do Go - Sports Verbs

Average: 4.3 (35 votes)

A common topic of conversation is the sports people enjoy playing and watching – so it's important to know which verb to use!

When we discuss sport there are three verbs that we use: play, go and do.

For example:

"I play table-tennis."
"I go fishing. "
"I do yoga."

Review Simple Present Tense

Average: 3.6 (11 votes)

The Present Simple is learned when we first begin to study English and is used all the time.

Remember that for I/you/we/they the verb doesn't change but for he/she/it you add an s on the end!

For example:

"I buy a newspaper every Sunday."
"Sally buys a newspaper every Sunday."

Simple Present Tense Negative

Average: 3.7 (157 votes)

The Present Simple is learned when we first begin to study English and is used all the time.

It is important to know how to make negative sentences in the Present Simple.

For example:

Positive: Jack eats ice-cream every day.
Negative: Jack doesn’t eat ice-cream every day.

Try to make these sentences negative:

Do Make Take Have

Average: 4.4 (15 votes)

Collocations are words that go together. For example:

"In this class everyone must do their homework".

Do and homework go together. In the following sentences can you decide what the correct collocation is? You have four choices:

Do
Make
Take
Have

Upper Intermediate Reading Comprehension

Average: 3.9 (13 votes)

Lots of EC students are learning English to improve their prospects at work. This article looks at how you can climb up the employment ladder and increase your opportunities. Read through the article then answer the true or false questions below.

I have also given you some key vocabulary to help your understanding.

Lesson by Caroline Devane