TEFL – What is it?

TEFL; source: Wikipedia
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. TEFL usually occurs in the student’s own country, either within the state school system, or privately, e.g., in an after-hours language school or with a tutor. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English.

Describing people, appearances

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Look vs look like

look+ adjective (or an age)

look like+ noun or pronoun

ex: You look so young!

You look like a film star.

Fill in the gaps!

This photo doesn’t …………. you at all. When was it taken?

You……….. very young in this photo. How old were you?

Your brother…….. a rugby player. He’s enormous.

You……. tired. Why don’t you go to bed?


1. Age

mid-thirties, early seventies, about 20, late sixties, in his forties.

Note: we always say: He in his….. (age). He is in his mid-thirties/ She is in her….. (age). She is in her late sixties.

2. Height and build

tall, slim (thin in an attractive way), thin, skinny (thin in an unattractive way), short, overweight (polite word for fat), fat, medium height, well built.

3. Hair

fair, blonde, dark, grey hair (not white!), ponytail, fringe, long, short,  wavy, curly, straight, shoulder-length, bald…

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Phonology Fear

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I’ve always had a real phonology phobia and avoided using it in class.

In fact, apart from the odd bit of repetition/drilling I don’t teach much pronunciation at all to be honest.

I’ve always thought, that given enough opportunity to speak, the pronunciation will take care of itself.

Also my opinion is, if I understand you, then it’s good enough, and nothing is more demoralising than someone continually correcting you when you are trying your best to say something, and now you can’t even remember what it was you wanted to say, and now you think about it you don’t actually feel like participating anymore either, so there.

It has taken me about twenty years to realize that the reason I think this is that this is how I felt/feel about learning French.

Or at least I did until I finally bit the head off my poor husband for…

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How to use Do, Does, and Did in Negative sentences – With link to online exercises

English with a Smile

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Leftover from the last lesson. I promised we were also going to talk about how to make negative sentences with “do,” “does” and “did.”

Negative Sentences with Do and Does

You already know you should use “do” and “does” in the present tense (present simple).

You also know that you use “do” with Iyouwe, and they.

And that you use “does” with the other pronouns: heshe, and it.

For negative sentences you also add “not.”

Here are some examples:

I don’t want too drink too much.

You don’t read enough.

Eli doesn’t wash the dishes well.

Malika doesn’t play the piano.

The canary bird doesn’t sing anymore.

We don’t have a car.

Our neighbours don’t take care of their garden.

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