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For Readers: The Melbourne Writers Festival

August 30, 2016 by in category General English, Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini My students often ask me, “How can I improve my writing?” It’s a great question, and also one that has an unsatisfying answer; without an editor or native English speaker, it can be difficult for even high-level ESL students to self-correct and edit their writing with absolute accuracy. Unlike with speaking, a [...]

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American Slang: An Introduction

August 19, 2016 by in category ELICOS, General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini All languages have slang, but English may have one of the most diverse vocabularies of any in the world, simply because it is spoken in so many countries—from Cockney rhyming slang in the UK to the outback of Australia, there are often words only understood by speakers who grow up around these [...]

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Technology, the Classroom & You

August 5, 2016 by in category English is Fun, Games, General English, Technology tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini Smart phones have impacted every aspect of our lives—from social networking and instant communication, to the augmented reality of Pokémon GO. Here at Explore English, we’ve fully embraced the 21st century and like to upset the old order of “no phones in class” by telling our students to switch on their phones [...]

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Canada day & American Independence Day: a summary

June 29, 2016 by in category English is Fun, General English, Learning English tagged as , , , ,

By Joe de Marini. Every country celebrates its independence or its birthday, and in this case, North America has two countries that celebrate one of each within the same week! July 1st (and this author’s birthday) is Canada Day, while July 4th is the USA’s Independence Day (so as not to be confused with the [...]

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Most Common Phrasal Verbs

April 26, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , , ,

In English, like bread and butter or tea and biscuits; a sentence using phrasal words really does make the world go around. You may not have noticed that you’re actually using them, most of the time – because a phrasal verb is a combination of a verb + adverb or a verb + preposition, mostly [...]

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World English Language Day

April 20, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

How apt to begin a blog of the language we promote, than to refer to probably the most famous English poet of them all, William Shakespeare; to guide us into thoughts about this day of vernacular celebration. For it was Shakespeare who changed the way modern English has become, with its many ways of expressing [...]

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How a General English Class Should Be

April 5, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

Routine Each student should know what to expect from their text books and the way that the class is managed by the teacher. This way, there should be a comfortable, but professional relationship between learner and educator. If a student knows what they are learning at a steady pace, they can ask for support, where [...]

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