Why is that Teacher? The Small Matter of the History of English.

One of the hardest questions an ESL teacher has to face in the classroom is “Why?”

Oh, the dreaded word “why,” the bane of every ESL teacher, the one question that is impossible to answer and yet ever-present in ESL classrooms around the world. It isn’t that the teachers don’t want to answer our students’ questions about why certain prepositions go after certain words or why the h is silent in one word but pronounced in another word, or why there are three different words that sound exactly the same but are spelled differently and have completely different meanings (there, their and they’re). We really would like to answer our students. The only problem is, we can’t, because there isn’t an answer.

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Things to Do in Denver When You’re… Studying English

A cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel, Denver has an array of world-class museums and attractions to keep you occupied between ESL classes. But local excursions are more than just fun things to do; they’re a fabulous way to practice you’re English skills in a real-world setting. Here are our top-five favorite places in Denver to get you started, […]

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“Excuse Me, While I Kiss this Guy” – Dealing with Accents in the ESL Classroom

Remember Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics that sounded like “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy,” which actually said “Excuse me, while I kiss the sky?” There are countless songs that we all remember singing the wrong lyrics to, and they were sung in our native language!  Misunderstanding song lyrics is similar to what it’s like when you […]

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