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DESPITE vs. IN SPITE OF

Both “in spite of” and “despite” mean that something happens even though there is something that might prevent it. They are used to express a contrast between two ideas. Structure Key Points to Remember Examples with Explanations Practice Exercise Ask your students to rewrite sentences using “in spite of” and “despite”: Visual Aid Create a …

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The Alphabet – Phonetically

Today, we’re going to learn how to pronounce each letter phonetically. This will help you read, write, and speak English more confidently. Let’s start by going through the alphabet together. For example, the letter ‘A’ is pronounced ‘ei,’ ‘B’ is pronounced ‘bi,’ and ‘C’ is pronounced ‘si.’ Alphabet and Numbers A (ei), B (bi), C …

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Ways to IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

A lot of my students ask me for tips on ways they can improve their English outside the classroom. Here are a few that Ilike to pass along. Listen to songs in English and try to identify and understand the words and the meaning. Watch TV series, movies and the news. Use English subtitles if …

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ADVERBS

ADVERBSAn adverb describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Look at this table to see all the things an adverb can tell us. Adverbs are essential parts of speech that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, giving us more information about how, where, when, how much, or how often something happens. Let’s explore the …

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Conjunctions

Conjunctions are essential parts of speech in English, connecting words, phrases, or clauses within a sentence. For ESL learners, understanding conjunctions is crucial for constructing clear and cohesive sentences. Conjunctions can be categorized into different types, each serving a specific purpose in expressing relationships between ideas. 1. Coordinating Conjunctions: These conjunctions connect words, phrases, or …

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Prepositions of Location (with a dog)

Prepositions of location tell us where one thing is in relation to another thing. REMEMBER: The book is ON the table. In this sentence, the preposition ON tells us the relationship between the book and the table. If we change the preposition, we change the relationship. Let’s review some common prepositions of location:

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Collocations – Nouns + Prepositions

Certain nouns are often accompanied by specific prepositions, creating noun-preposition collocations. For instance, when we use the noun “interest,” it is typically followed by the preposition “in.” Similarly, “contact” pairs with “with,” and “room” with “for.” For example: Recognizing which preposition to use in these collocations can be challenging. One helpful strategy is to consider …

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Conditionals – The THIRD Conditional

What is the third conditional? The third conditional is used to talk about hypothetical or unreal situations in the past and their hypothetical results. It is often used to express regrets, wishes, or things that did not happen.“If I had played the lottery, I could have won.””He would have passed the test if he had …

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Conditionals – The SECOND Conditional

What is the second conditional? The second conditional is a structure used to talk about impossible, imaginary, or extremely unlikely situations. If I won a lot of money, I’d travel the world.Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?If he didn’t argue with everyone all the time, he would have a …

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Conditionals – The FIRST Conditional

What is the first conditional? We use the first conditional when we want to describe a situation that is true if the condition is true. The first conditional describes a REAL situation. If Eric passes his exam, he will be very happy.If you don’t hurry, we will be late! We use the Simple Present for …

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