Author name: Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an author of a number of books, however, he spends most of his time blogging, making technology go wrong, and being a rather senior ESL English teacher. Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and his black Cocker Spaniel, he spends most of his time trying to make technology work again, after inadvertently breaking it. It's a painful process, yet such an effective self-study method to acquire new technology skills. As a writer - I can change adroitly into the first person, and say that I love what I do and where I live, and also, that I am a Douglas Adams fanatic, bordering on a tragic. So much so, that by some spooky coincidence, my street address is 42. That’s better than just owning a few towels. I also, quite like commas. The Oxford type or otherwise. As an ESL teacher, I am a firm believer in the Direct Method, which means that I like my students to do all the hard work and not me. Most of all, I enjoy life and gladly take each breath as it comes.

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Free ESL EFL Worksheet – Questions From Three Short Texts

Questions from a text – Pre-Intermediate Students read the three short texts in the worksheet and then form basic questions about each text. A simple and effective activity to practice basic QASI and QVS question forms in the present simple. Working in pairs, students can then ask their questions to turn this into a speaking …

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FREE ESL EFL Worksheets – Future Forms Speaking Practice

Future forms practice This is a speaking activity to practice all the future forms using a weekly and yearly calendar. Students first fill in their calendars with their appointments, routines, plans and forecasts, and then practice by telling the others about their plans. There are two worksheet levels.  One for intermediate, which included basic future …

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Free ESL Worksheet Partitives – Doing The Shopping in English

Shopping in English A shopping list activity to recycle and practise food vocabulary with the new element being the use of partitives to describe quantity. In doing so, it helps perfect the use of numbers, fractions and decimals. An easy fun lesson that requires little teacher input. This lesson can be graded to suit all …

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Free ESL EFL Lesson Download – Forming Questions From A Text

Forming Questions A short text is used in the activity to help students form grammatically correct questions to each other related to the information in the text. Depending on the level, questions can be formed either in the direct or indirect form. Ideal for FCE and CAE preparation classes or for a homework assignment.     …

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