Personalized Lessons

In order to give a more personalized lesson I am using a new lesson management system.  You will be able to take a placement test to find the weak areas of your English skills and then we can study appropriate lesson topics.  The placement test will also be a good guide to your progress as it can be retake at various times during your study.  This platform also has a  ‘homework’ facility to complement the lesson and continue your study.  If you would like more information, to book a trial lesson or to take a placement test please feel free Read More …

Friday the 13th

Check the following words found in today’s text Superstition /ˌsuːpə(r)ˈstɪʃ(ə)n/ (noun) a belief that things such as magic or luck have the power to affect your life Example: Many superstitions originated on the Middle Ages. Misfortune /mɪsˈfɔː(r)tʃ(ə)n/ (noun) bad luck Example:  I have suffered many misfortunes in my life. Wrath /rɒθ/ (noun)  very great anger Example:  He fear the wrath of his employer. Spoke /spəʊk/ (noun)  one of several thin metal bars that connect the centre of a wheel to the outside part, or form the frame of an umbrella Example:  I broke several spokes on my bicycle when I Read More …

Test you Vocabulary

To each of the 26 words below, add a different letter of the alphabet. Then rearrange the letters, if necessary, to form a common word. Cross off each letter of the alphabet as you use it. Use each letter from A to Z exactly once. Example: lock  add A  CLOAK A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OR for an easier option check the meaning of each word and write an appropriate sentence containing that word   1. tuna + ___ Read More …

Alibaba becomes the world’s largest retailer

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text surpasses /sə(r)ˈpɑːs/ (verb)  to be better or greater than something else Example: My exam results surpassed the expectations of all my teachers. transaction /trænˈzækʃ(ə)n/ (noun)a process or activity of buying or selling something / of doing something usually related to business Example: Millions of transactions are completed every day on the internet. significantly / sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəntli/ (adverb)by a large amount, in a way that is easily noticeable   Example: Significantly more people are injured at home than at work.initiative /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/ an important action that is intended to solve a problem Example:  Significantly more people Read More …

Riddles

Can you solve these riddles? Leave a comment if you can.  Answers  next weekend. Tear one off and scratch my head what was red is black instead. What room can no one enter? What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? What can travel around the world while staying in a corner? What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

Paternity Leave

  Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text CEO /ˌsiː iː ˈəʊ/ (noun)  Chief Executive Officer: the most senior manager in a company who has more authority than anyone else and is responsible for its success Example: The new CEO grew the company by 50% in her first year. paternity leave /pəˈtɜː(r)nəti liːv/ (noun) a period of time when a father is allowed to be away from work after the birth of his child Example: All new fathers are permitted 4 weeks paternity leave. get off the ground  (phrase) to start  making something a success Example: The project didn’t Read More …

Spring Bank Holiday

Check the meanings of words in today’s text hemisphere: /ˈhemɪˌsfɪə(r)/ (noun) one half of the Earth, divided between north and south by the equator Example:  The UK is in the northern, while Australia is in the southern hemisphere Maypole:  /ˈmeɪˌpəʊl/ (noun) a tall pole with long thin pieces of cloth fastened to the top that people traditionally danced round in England, especially on MayDay Example: The children are dancing around the Maypole. derive/dɪˈraɪv/ (verb) to receive or obtain something from something else Example: The word ‘television’ is derived from the Greek language. pagan /ˈpeɪɡən/ (adjective)  relating to an ancient religion Read More …

Phrasal Verbs

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Phrasal verbs: verbs that are made up of two or more words  verb+preposition (+preposition/adverb).  The meaning can be literal, or figurative.  E.g. ‘get into’  = enter or be accepted.  ‘He got into the car.’ or ‘She got into the football team.’  Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable and they can take an object or not (4 types) Phrasal Verbs which Take Objects can be separable or inseparable.  Separable phrasal verbs can remain together when using an object that is a noun or noun phrase. I picked Tom up. OR I picked up Tom. They put their friends up. OR Read More …

Old diseases making a comeback

Word Meanings Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text cholera  /ˈkɒlərə/ (noun)  a serious disease affecting your stomach and intestines (=the long tube that carries waste out of your body) that often causes death. It is caused by drinking water or eating food infected with bacteria. measles /ˈmiːz(ə)lz/ (noun) an infectious disease common in children in which there are red spots all over the body and a high temperature whooping cough   /ˈhuːpɪŋ ˌkɒf/ (noun) an infectious disease of children that causes them to cough and make a loud noise when they breathe significantly /sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəntli/ (adverb) by a large amount, Read More …