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Verbs: Modal and Phrasal
Vocabulary: Collocations and Usage
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See the complete list of advanced ESL grammar lessons
Using fewer and less
Using “well” or “good”
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COURSE Advanced Reading Course is appropriate for students at the intermediate and advanced levels. Topics range from understanding sentences and paragraphs and understanding the author’s purpose, point of view, and tone to interpreting passages and reading critically.
Live stream: How to quickly boost your reading skills for online learning. In this live stream, we will learn some practical reading tips and behaviors that you can start using right away,. They can can make a big difference in your success as an online learner.
See the complete list of advanced ESL lessons on verb tenses
Learn about time frames and verb tenses, important principles for you to understand how verb tenses work in English.
When to use the past simple or the present perfect (practice in formal and informal English)
Using the past simple tense
Using the present perfect tense
Using the present continuous tense
Using the present simple tense
List of irregular Verbs (C-Level) (infinitive, past, and past participle forms)
Go to Verbs: Modal and Phrasal below, for modal and phrasal verbs.
COURSE Modal verbs in English covers the meaning and time frame of modal verbs; the course includes a comprehensive list of 15 modal verbs in English and the nearly 50 possible meanings they convey.
SERIES Word of the Week is a series of videos and lessons featuring advanced vocabulary. Although it is originally designed as enrichment lessons, it is suitable for C1-C2 level vocabulary study.
See the complete list of advanced ESL writing
About run-on sentences
How to fix run-on, fused sentences
How to fix comma splices
How to fix sentence fragments in your writing
Modes of organization
Rhetorical modes of writing (expository, narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and reflective).
Writing Well Built Sentences (and avoiding choppy paragraphs)
COURSE The Writing Process is a complete, intermediate-level course. Each lesson walks you through the writing process from generating ideas for writing all the way to editing your final written product.
LIVESTREAM How to quickly boost your writing skills for online learning. In this live stream, we will learn some practical writing tips that can help you be more effective as an online learner.
Enrichment materials are designed for a general audience, that is, those not necessarily learning English as a new language.
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