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Grammar Rules

Average: 3.9 (30 votes)

We often post lessons that focus on specific parts of grammar on our website, but here’s a review to see how much you remember about grammar generally. Hopefully, it will help you understand what rules you need to revise! Let us know which rules you found difficult and we will try to post some lessons based on those rules.

Are the rules below true or false? Good luck!

Whiteboard Lesson: Word Categories

Average: 3.7 (26 votes)

Harrison, who teaches at EC San francisco, shows us how we can expand our vocabulary.

In the English Classroom - Elementary Level

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

Before you begin your English class, you will need to understand some classroom vocabulary! In the next ten sentences are ten words that you will probably hear every day in the classroom. Change the order of the letters to find the 'classroom vocabulary'.

Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Rearrange the letters in orange to make the correct word:

How to write essays

Average: 2.3 (13 votes)

If you decide to take exam courses in English, such as the FCE or CAE exam, or if you decide to attend an English speaking university, then you will have to write essays.

It’s a really good idea to research how to write in this format and to help you I have found an article containing ‘top tips’ for good essay writing.

I have only focussed on 5 of the tips.

Top Ten Tips for IELTS Reading

Average: 3.5 (103 votes)

EC's successful IELTS course is taught by friendly and experienced teachers. Today EC London English School teacher, Chris Tang, shares these essential tips.

Web Quotes Research

Average: 2.9 (8 votes)

One of my favourite things to do is read quotes. I like to learn more about the world by thinking about other people’s ideas. So, here’s a slightly different lesson for you! Below, I have written some quotes by famous authors, but a word is missing from each quote. Your job is to use the web to find the missing words.

Quick Tip - Sing English Songs

Average: 3.4 (21 votes)

I studied Spanish in high school and Japanese in college, so I understand that learning a foreign language is not easy. One thing that has always helped me is to memorize song lyrics. That way, you can learn new vocabulary and practice grammar while having fun. If there is a good melody, I guarantee you will never forget what you learned! I know that I will never forget Shakira's "Estoy Aqui" or SMAP's "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana". So be sure to find the lyrics online if there is something you don’t understand.

EC wins a Star Award

Average: 3.6 (8 votes)

We won! All of us at EC are in a great mood at the moment because we won an award for one of our English courses. You might, or might not know, that apart from offering daily English lessons on this site, EC is also a chain of English schools with schools in London, Brighton, Cambridge, New York, Boston, San Diego, Cape Town and Malta. We're always working our hardest to give our language students the best experience we can. This means offering the highest quality English lessons, great accommodation options and a fun activities programme. The whole package.

Quick Tip - Watching Movies in English

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

DVD players and watching movies online have made learning English an easier thing to do. What's your favourite film? How many times have you seen it? A lot, I'm sure. Well, that's the key to learning English through movies: choose a movie that you like and then watch it over and over again.

It's also important to remember that it's very difficult to watch and understand a movie all the way through, so don't expect too much, too soon. It's a slow process so just try and catch a few new phrases and words each time.

Quick Tip - Keep a Journal

Average: 2.8 (6 votes)

One of the best pieces of advice for language learners is to write a short daily diary.

Writing a short account of your day is a great way to practise your writing and improve both your fluency and accuracy. Some students find writing in English quite daunting so this is an easy way to become more comfortable with producing written work. You can then check your writing and practise self-correction (or we're sure your teacher won't mind looking over it for you)!