English as a Second Language

Resources for Grade 9 English as a Second Language:

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Speaking

Conversation Skills – Speak with confidence

Don’t be shy! Use your English ability to talk to anyone! If you make a mistake, don’t worry… just keep talking and you’ll improve your conversation skills!

Conversation Skills – Giving your opinion

If someone asks you your opinion, don’t say “so-so”, or maybe. Tell the person how you feel. In this lesson, learn how to give your opinion! Don’t be shy!

Conversation Skills – Learn new words and keep a conversation going!

Do people sometimes use words in English that you don’t understand? Watch this lesson to learn how you can improve your conversation skills and your vocabulary at the same time!

Improve your conversation skills with WH questions

Where did you go? Who did you go with? Learn how to keep a conversation going by using who, what, when, where, why, and how!

Speaking English – Talking about your age

How old are you? Are you a teen? Are you in your mid-twenties? Late forties? Learn how to talk about your age in English, and learn some new expressions too!

Pronunciation – N, KN

The N sound may be a little difficult to say! After this pronunciation lesson, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT! Learn how to say words that begin with N and KN!

Pronunciation – V & W

“Do you know how to say the ‘w’ sound in English correctly? A lot of students mix up the ‘v’ and ‘w’ sounds in English. It’s a problem, because it will sound like you are saying completely different words, and people won’t understand you! For instance, ‘west’ is a direction, but a ‘vest’ is something you wear. Learn how to say V and W correctly in this pronunciation lesson.

Slang in English – CHILL – “chill out”, “let’s chill”…

I’m just chillin’. Let’s chill tonight. He is chill. I am chilly. What the hell does all of this mean??? Learn how to use CHILL in conversation in English!

Pronunciation – QU

How do you make the “qu” sound in English? Learn the differences between the sound of words like “quite”, “quit”, and “quiet”, and learn how to say the QU sound in English easily!

Pronunciation – words ending with X, T, CK

Learn the differences in how to say some common word endings in English. In this pronunciation class, I’ll teach you the correct sounds for words that end with “x”, “ck”, and “t”. Many ESL students get confused with these sounds. Avoid saying a “bad word” when you want to send a fax!

6 Confusing Words: fun & funny, famous & popular, surprise & shock

If I go to an amusement park, it is fun or funny? Is George W. Bush famous or popular? Was the dead animal I saw a surprise or a shock? New English speakers often confuse these 3 pairs of words.

How to pronounce ‘H’ in English — not ‘A’ or ‘R’!

Do you have problems saying H in English? Do you mix up the R, A, and H sounds? Learn how to say H words and distinguish between words that begin with A, R and H! This lesson will be especially useful for people from Brazil and France.

Vowel Pronunciation – A & O

Learn the difference in pronunciation between A and O vowel sounds in English. Hear the difference between words like cat, sack, and caps, and words like cot, sock, and cops.

Vowel Pronunciation – u (uh/oo)

Vowel sounds in English are very confusing! In this video, learn the difference between the “oo” and “u” sounds. You’ll learn the difference in sound between words like: full & fool, pull & pool, Luke & look, and more

Thanksgiving – What is it?

At Thanksgiving, people in North America eat turkey… but why? What do they celebrate? Learn about a North American hoilday that has different dates and customs in the USA and Canada.

What the hell is Halloween?

Why am I dressed like a frog? Watch this video and find out! Halloween is a very very old tradition that dates back to a group of people called Celts. What is “trick or treating”?

Reading

OLD SCHOOL Vocabulary…too formal!

I exited the building = very strange English! I shall teach you = very old-fashioned English! I joined the BBQ = WHAT??? Exit, shall, and join are all old words, and are considered too formal nowadays! Learn how to use more natural words and expressions!

English Vocabulary – In the bedroom…

Let’s go into the bedroom… and learn some new words there! I’m going to teach you lots of bedroom vocabulary: simple words like ‘pillow’ and strange words like ‘duvet’. Don’t hit the snooze button! Wake up and learn these words now.

How to Remember Vocabulary

Remembering vocabulary is difficult! In this lesson, I’ll show you five simple ways to remember new words that you learn. If you follow these suggestions, you WILL improve.

Speaking English – Bad Habits

Do you bite your nails? That’s a bad habit! Watch this lesson to learn vocabulary and expressions to talk about bad habits in English.

Basic English Grammar – Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb

What is a noun? What is a verb? What is an adjective? AHHHHH!!! Learn how to recognize nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in this important basic grammar lesson.

Speaking English – Going to the dentist

Do you hate going to the dentist? I LOVE going to the dentist! The dentist is a doctor for your teeth. In this English vocabulary lesson, you’ll learn lots of words that you will hear at the dentist’s office. I’ll teach you the words for different parts of your mouth, problems you can have with them, and some of the tools the dentist will use to fix them!

Basic MATH vocabulary in English

Math Vocabulary! If I add 7 and 3, I get 10, but in English, we have different words for each mathematical operation — and you need to learn them! 7 plus 3 equals 10! Don’t worrry if you aren’t good at math! It’s still an English lesson!

Writing

Transportation Vocabulary & Phrasal Verbs – GET ON, GET OUT OF, RIDE, GO

I GET OFF a train, bus, or subway. But: I GET OUT OF a car or taxi. I RIDE a bike and a motorcycle. How do you get to work or school? Learn how to use phrasal verbs to talk about transportation.

Basic English Grammar: Pronouns – SHE, HER, HE, HIS

It is wrong to say “Her is cute”. You must say “SHE is cute”. Her, she, he and him are confusing in English. Ronnie’s going to help you understand. Watch HER video and learn the differences. Never make mistakes with these pronouns again after you watch his grammar lesson!

Basic English Grammar – TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, A LOT OF

I have too much homework. You can never have too much money! I have a lot of lessons! In this grammar lesson, I will teach you when to use “too much”, “too many”, and “a lot of”. You will learn about countable and uncountable nouns, and also about the difference in talking about “good” nouns and “bad” nouns.

How to write a basic paragraph

A writing lesson for absolute beginners! Here are four very basic rules you must follow when writing simple paragraphs. Learn the basics — capitals, indentation, line spacing, and more.

When NOT to use ‘to’ in English – Grammar

“I’m going to home” or I’m going to home”? “I’m going to school” or “I’m going to school?” Why do we use ‘to’ with some words and not with others? In this English grammar class, I’ll teach you many words that don’t go with ‘to’. This is a mistake that sounds bad to native speakers, so try to learn these words and stop making this mistake!

Money slang in English $$$

Money, money, money! I’m going to teach you some vocabulary and slang to talk about MONEY in English! Cash, bills, coins, bucks, dimes, and more. You’ll learn some money expressions, too.

How to change a verb into a noun!

With the simple addition of ‘-ment’ or ‘-ion’ to a verb, it becomes a noun! Learn how to change a verb into a noun in this grammar lesson. It’s pretty simple, once you understand how it works.

Tenses in English – Future or Present Continuous?

“I am going to go home.” or “I am going home.”? What is the difference between the future “to be going to” and the present continuous? You MUST use a base verb in one of the tenses! Does this sound confusing? It’s pretty simple, so watch this important grammar lesson to learn the answer.

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