A different way to improve your English: Read/Write Poetry


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Learn English through poetry!  Open the poetry sites below to read and/or contribute your own poems.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. Improve your English by practicing with poem activities.

Poetry Foundation

With the Poetry Foundation’s universal  app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
* Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
* Give your device a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
* Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.


ReadWriteThink’s  mobile apps for poetry can be used to write different kinds of poems such as acrostic, diamante, haiku and theme. They can be really helpful for children and beginner level adult students as they can create their poems very easily with the given words.  My favorite app is Word Mover.

downloadPoetry everywhere is a program run by Poetry foundation. It’s possible to download iPhone app or you can visit their website to read and listen to the poems of great poets.

poetry creatorEver wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Poetry Creator/Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.

Source: A different way to improve your English : Poetry Apps | English In Life


Teach Students to Pronounce Numbers



Here is another activity from the site, hosted by graphic artist, teacher and education blogger Mike Kloran.  Mr. Kloran created the site to: 1) improve his teaching techniques and materials to offer his students a better learning experience; and 2) to give something back to and connect with a larger community of teachers. (His words)

Below is an explanation of the number pronunciation worksheets for beginning-level English language students.  You can access the document itself or the website where they can be accessed using the links below.  These worksheets take the drudgery and boredom out of rote “listen and repeat” exercises by offering games and pair activities for listening comprehension, speaking practice and conceptual learning.


Download Lesson and Worksheets (PDF): numbers_pronunciation

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Phonemic Awareness and Practice Worksheets


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Help your students develop their phonemic awareness and speaking skills using the free, downloadable minimal pair worksheets on this site.  The My English Image‘s site offers far more than mere images for ESOL teachers, as is evident from the page below and attached.  Please open this page’s source link to see other pronunciation worksheets.   image-for-pronouncing-numbers-page

Download P-F Worksheet (PDF) :p-vs-f

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Library of Congress Resources for Teachers and Students


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The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.  To access resources by theme, go to  

Source: Teacher Resources | Library of Congress


Washington State Citizenship Services for Immigrants and Refugees

The Washington New Americans Program (WNA) connects immigrants and refugees in Washington State to the information and legal services needed to successfully naturalize and exercise their civic voice. In the interest of changing a flawed system, we also advocate to reduce the structural barriers that keep many from achieving U.S. citizenship.

WNA is a partnership between the State of Washington and OneAmerica, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to building power in immigrant and refugee communities. With the support of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and community organizations across Washington, we provide naturalization information and assistance with N-400 and I-912 forms. We organize approximately a dozen free citizenship application workshops around Washington State every year, and our affiliate organizations offer assistance in their offices year-round, by appointment.

Read about immigrants and refugees who recently became US citizens by opening the link below.

Source: Meet New Citizens


Literary Devices | Definition and Examples of Literary Terms


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Literary Devices refers to the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her messages in a simple manner to the readers.  When employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work. Below is a list of literary devices with detailed definition and examples.