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AWL -Academic Word List - the 'E's'

Average: 3.7 (9 votes)

For the sake of variety, this exercise differs from the previous ones focusing on the AWL.

Here the object is to choose the 'e' word that best completes the sentence.  Having some context may help you to better select the correct answer. 

Good luck!

This lesson was created by Evelyn Ono Vineberg, EC San Diego

Link: Academic Word List - 'D' Letters

Some Handy (=useful) Expressions

Average: 3 (15 votes)

Pick out the correct word to go in the blank to complete the expressions with 'hand.'  The actual meaning is inside the brackets or parentheses.

This lesson was created by Evelyn Ono Vineberg, EC San Diego

Environment Vocabulary - Saving our Planet

Clothing Idioms

Average: 2.8 (16 votes)

Here are some idioms which use items of clothing:

An anorak

Used to describe a boring person with an uninteresting hobby who always talks about it - they are too interested in unimportant details:

'He's such an anorak. He's always talking about the history of steam trains.'

Take one's hat off

To admire or respect someone:

'She got 100% on the test. I take my hat off to her.'

Top Lessons of the month

Average: 3 (3 votes)

Here were the five most popular lessons on http://learnenglish.ecenglish.com in July, 2009.

Check them out. Get free lessons. See what you've been missing!

1 - Vocabulary Exercise - How well can you do?

(Lesson added: 2 July, 2009)

A popular quiz that tests your general vocab knowledge:

Cartoon - Break Off

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

This month's joke is based on the double meaning of the phrasal verb break off:

1 - Break off: To separate or become separated, as by twisting or tearing:
"Do you want some of my chocolate? I'll break off a piece for you."

Danny's Fatherhood Reading

Average: 2.9 (14 votes)

So...my wife gave birth to our one and only daughter a couple of weeks ago...

There was a lot of screaming, shouting and crying involved (and that was just me!) but when it was all over and done with, I was the happiest man alive. I now had a son and a daughter, and life was pretty much perfect.

Until, that is, a couple of days later, when the first visitors arrived...

“Ooooh!” said my wife’s aunt. “And aaaah! She’s beautiful! She’s going to be a heartbreaker when she grows up!”

Do you know these idioms with 'Get'?

Average: 3.7 (37 votes)

The following idioms and expressions use the verb 'get'. This word is, as you know, very common in English.

See how many of these you recognise. Anyone know them all?

Now, get on with it!!

 By Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams is a teacher at EC San Diego

Link: Irregular Verbs

Music Idioms

Average: 1.7 (175 votes)

The beat of a different drum

To be different from the rest; to do things in your own way.
"Everyone except Sarah went to the bar. She marches to the beat of a different drum."

Blow your own trumpet

When you blow your own trumpet you boast about your achievements or talents; you are not modest.
"I don't want to blow my own trumpet, but I got the highest score on the test."

AWL Academic Word List: D

Average: 3.3 (9 votes)

Here are ten more words on the AWL from the 'D' list. Again, you must choose the one word that differs in meaning from the given word. Now put on your thinking cap (= think hard), and use your noodle (= use your brain).

This lesson was created by Evelyn Ono Vineberg, EC San Diego

Link: Academic Word List - Letters 'B'and 'C'


Review Verb Tenses

Average: 3.9 (16 votes)

Everyone loves English grammar...right?

I know you think grammar is confusing and probably pretty boring, but understanding the basics is important.

The following ten questions all use simple (as in 'easy') grammar structures.  Take a few minutes to try the exercise and be sure to read each question carefully. With a little thought you should be able to get them all correct.