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October 31, 2019
Today is Halloween! If you mystified by the reasons for celebrating this holiday, you can click here to learn more about it.
The word of the day is "hallow."
October 30, 2019
Here are some examples of simple conversations that you might overhear just about anywhere you go in the United States.
I recommend that students practice dictation exercises. Listen to the audio in each exercise, and then write what you hear. This is a good exercise for listening and writing in English.
October 29, 2019
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October 27, 2019
There’s a new reading exercise for the Red Level: Valerie is going through a divorce.
This is Valerie. She’s going through a difficult time right now.
Students studying in the Red Level this month are coming to the end of the level. By the end of the week, these students should have completed the Red Level and taken the tests before moving on to the Yellow Level.
October 26, 2019
Here’s a new video for the verb phrase "go through."
October 24, 2019
Two Red Level lessons that are often studied together by my students are Lesson Twenty-three (used to) and Lesson Twenty-four (be used to).
The word of the day is "industry."
October 22, 2019
The word of the day is "hall."
People rent halls for special events such as weddings and receptions. Halls are places where people meet on college campuses and within schools. A hall is also a place that connects rooms within a building.
Halls are passed through in a house in order to get from one room to another.
October 21, 2019
Hey, I took a quick trip to Chicago on business, but now I’m back. While there, a friend of mine produced this track for the word "music." This is kind of an experiment. At least it keeps the website interesting.
October 17, 2019
In this new video, I show my students how to make lasagna. This is useful for vocabulary development, and perhaps you can learn a few things about cooking. (But I’m not an expert!)
The word of the day is "grammar."
October 16, 2019
Time expressions and words related to time are your lesson for today.
October 15, 2019
Today’s lesson is on coordinating conjunctions. These are words that you can use to join words, phrases, and clauses.
The word of the day is "direction."
October 14, 2019
This new video is for students who need help in asking for directions:
October 13, 2019
The word "like" is an odd word because it can be used many different ways. You will hear it a lot if you visit an English-speaking country. It’s usually a verb, but it can also be used with adjectives and adverbs, and it can be used without expressing any meaning at all. This lesson explains.
October 12, 2019
You should study Red Level Lessons Eleven and Twelve together. In Red Level Lesson Twelve, you learn how to talk about the future using the verb phrase be going to. The verb "be" changes according to the subject:
What are you going to do today?
Are you going to work on Lesson Twelve?
The word of the day is "fluent."
October 11, 2019
It’s easy to form the future tense with the modal verb "will." Learn how to do this in Red Level Lesson Eleven.
October 10, 2019
The words "a lot," "some," and "any" are extremely useful when talking about amounts. Learn more about them in Red Level Lesson Ten.
The word of the day is "enthusiasm." It’s easier to do just about anything if you are enthusiastic or have enthusiasm.
He has a lot of enthusiasm.
October 9, 2019
It’s helpful to study Red Level lessons Eight and Nine at the same time because they provide instruction in talking about amounts. Here are some questions as examples:
The word "apples" is a count noun, so you use the word "many" in front of "apples."
The word "lettuce" is a noncount noun, so you use the word "much" in front of "lettuce."
To answer the questions above…
Use "a few" in front of count nouns. Use "a little" in front of noncount nouns. You can use "a lot of" in front of both.
If you need additional instruction in understanding the differences between count and noncount nouns, it would help you to visit Lesson Nineteen in the Blue Level in addition to the Red Level lessons.
October 8, 2019
The word of the day is "discuss."
They’re having a discussion about a report.
October 7, 2019
Your lesson for today is on the verb "do" as a main verb. This can be a little confusing for students because the verb "do" is also used as a helping verb for questions and negative verbs.
In the examples above, notice that the verb "do" appears twice, as a helping verb and as a main verb. Click here to learn more.
The word of the day is "fair."
Here’s your reading assignment for today: Carolyn recently lost her husband.
October 6, 2019
It’s important to identify object pronouns in a sentence. To do this, I teach my students about subject pronouns before they learn about object pronouns. The table below shows how subject pronouns and object pronouns are related:
Click here for Red Level Lesson Six.
Click here for a quiz in PDF.
October 5, 2019
Forming questions in the present tense and the past tense usually require the verb "do." Learn how to do this in Red Level Lesson Five.
Here’s your reading assignment for today: Luke and Sandra are going to have a baby.
October 3, 2019
Today’s lesson shows students the differences among the helping verbs do, does, and did.
Here’s your reading assignment: These are Lisa’s children.
The word of the day is "boast."
October 2, 2019
The second lesson in the Red Level is on how to use the verb "do" to make a verb negative in the present tense.
Here’s another new video for the word "through."
October 1, 2019
Students who started in the Blue Level in September should moved forward to the Red Level in October. The first lesson is on how to use the verb "do" in the present tense.
Each course level on this website has a checklist. Print out and keep the checklist next to your computer, tablet, or phone and use it to track your progress as you move through the lessons:
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