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Singular and Plural worksheet

! I use this worksheet when I am teaching the plural in a low level class.  It aligned well in Microsoft Word,       
בס"ד Name____________________  Date _____________________ Plural worksheet
יחיד ורבים תכתוב את מה חסר: מילים רגילים: clinic____________________     __________________ banks  supermarket ______________   _________________  hospital
school___________________    ________________ restaurants park___________________       __________________ streets
place ____________                    __________________ fires
book __________                           _________________ letters
table _________                            _________________chairs
ball __________                             _______________ cheeses 
מילים שמסתיים אם ch, sh, z, s, x מוסיף es
box _____________               ______________ dresses
match _________________              _________  brushes
class _________________                   __________ sixes
boss _________________                      ________ busses
מילים ש…

How to tell time in English

I made a bingo game to teach the students how to tell time.  I cut out the board pieces  and a teacher's board, and instructions.  The object is to cover the student card with buttons.  When the student has covered his/her card, that person has won the game.  You have to give out a prize, that the students will value.  Candy, is usually a big winner. 
The rationale for this game is that to learn to tell time a person needs lots of practice.  This game requires the player to always be looking at the card, and listen to the teacher call out the time and check if it matches the times that are printed on the card.  The players get lots of practice even if the game is played only once in a while.
I even brought this to an very high level 8th grade English speakers' class.  They were also rusty with how to tell time in English with a clock with hands! 
This is good for the end of the year last lesson activity. The reason that I am mentioning it now is that it takes a  long time to pre…

Learning to Read English in the EFL environment

By Rachael Orbach
How do students learn to read?  There are lots of variables that have to come together in order to read and understand printed text.
First of all, the student needs to know that the letters on the page hold meaning.  Usually, in an English as a Foreign language classroom, the students already know a first language pretty well, so this first hurdle is easily jumped. 
The second factor is that the English letters correspond to certain sounds.  The sound letter correspondence in English can be perceived as completely arbitrary.  There is   no inherent reason that the sound /p/ corresponds to the letter that we make when we say the first sound in the word "puppy." 
The third factor is not all the letters of the English language always have the same sound.  Many times the letter " a"  has different sounds depending upon what word it is in.  The same can be said for all the vowels, and many letters. This makes it very difficult for learners of English to…

Do Native speakers change their register when they speak to non-native speakers?

Do Native speakers change their register when they speak to non-native speakers?

Most do, and maybe it does help the non-native speaker to learn the language. I
personally always made an effort not to speak in these types of registers, because I
found that when I was learning Hebrew, from the age of 13, in the United States, that
when people spoke to me in a simplified way, and then I spoke to Hebrew speakers
who did not speak simplified, it was much more difficult for me to understand the
normal way of speaking, and be understood. It took me a lot longer to unlearn the
false way of speaking. If a person learns the same way all the time, then that person
would not have to go through the unlearning process.

With my children here in Israel, I also did not speak "caretakerese" for the same
reason. My children were exposed to three languages in the home, English, Hebrew
and French. I felt that if I exposed them to "motherese" then that would be another
language. It di…