October 2019 English Resources & Study Materials

Adam Fitzgerald
10 min readOct 24, 2019
This is what fall (autumn) looks like in Michigan, where I live in the US.

Hello Students,

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the season of autumn (we also call it fall in America).

Michigan weather changes A LOT — sometimes all in one day

To those of you who are new to classes, my name is Adam Fitzgerald. Every few weeks I post different study materials and ESL (English as a Second Language) Resources on this web page of mine. Once upon a time I used to email these links to students individually, but this way seems to make life easier for everyone.

Because I have students of all ages, from all around the world, all at different stages in English learning — I have organized these materials in order of difficulty — the easiest materials are first, at the top, then medium-difficulty materials, then more advanced grammar resources last, at the bottom.

Hopefully these materials are helpful. As always, feel free to contact me via email at adamfitzsmith@gmail.com anytime or contact me on Skype — GlobalEnglish-Adam-Fitzgerald or add my email for Skype — adam.fitzgeald@glt-talent.com


Long & Short Vowel sounds

Grammar for beginners — PRONOUNS

How to use the preposition “TO”

How to use the word “WANT”

a great list of CASUAL English vs. FORMAL English

Here is a helpful resource about using “will” and “would”

Here are some quick videos to help you learn —

Here is a list of contractions to help you get started


English Conversation for Beginners —

Verbs & Verb tenses
This is a document I made as a “cheat sheet” or a “reference sheet” for verb tenses — these resources are from this webpage (which is truly wonderful, because you can click each verb tense & it will link to a new webpage that further explains each different tense & shows more examples)

If you have questions or if you are confused or still mastering verb tense (most Native English speakers couldn’t even explain basic grammar, let alone verb tense) feel free to consult this webpage for further help-


How to ask “polite” QUESTIONS —


1 — one — once — first
2 — two — twice — second
3 — three — thrice — third
4 — four — fourth
5 — five — fifth
6 — six — sixth
7 — seven — seventh
8 — eight — eighth
9 — nine — ninth
10 — ten — tenth
11 — eleven — eleventh
12 — twelve — twelfth
13 — thirteen — thirteenth
14 — fourteen — fourteenth
15 — fifteen — fifteenth
16 — sixteen — sixteenth
17 — seventeen — seventeenth
18 — eighteen — eighteenth
19 — nineteen — nineteenth
20 — twenty — twentieth
21 — twenty-one — twenty-first

eighty two thousand

one million

1,235,679 dollars

one million,
two hundred thirty five thousand,
six hundred and seventy nine dollars

1,000,000,000 = one billion
1,000,000 = one million
1,000 = one thousand
100 = one hundred
10 = ten
1 = one

once = one time
twice = two times
thrice = three times

1 one
2 two
3 three
4 four
5 five
6 six
7 seven
8 eight
9 nine
10 ten

11 eleven
12 twelve
13 thirteen
14 fourteen
15 fifteen
16 sixteen
17 seventeen
18 eighteen
19 nineteen
20 twenty

ten 10
twenty 20
thirty 30
forty 40
fifty 50
sixty 60
seventy 70
eighty 80
ninety 90
one hundred 100


Who vs. Whom

English Idioms / Expressions / Sayins

Figurative language —

Here is an interesting article about some of the ancient sites in Mexico where you can visit ruins —

Many of my students enjoy watching videos to listen to how different people around the world speak English differently — here are some TED Talks about English and language

Recently the controversial “whistle-blower” Edward Snowden was a guest on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” — they discussed Snowden’s leakage of classified government materials and his subsequent flee from the US in 2013, to where he now lives in Russia. It’s a very interesting & illuminating story that is very important on a world-wide scale for people everywhere to stay aware of what’s really happening

& if anyone wants to try “sleep learning” (listening to English while you sleep to learn faster)

Some inspiring & informative memes —

If you have any questions about these, please let me know!

Again — You can email me at adamfitzsmith@gmail.com (my personal email) or at Adam.Fitzgerald@glt-talent.com (my work email) any time or if you need anything at all.

For those of you I’ve just met or who do not know me well yet —
A little about me — I have been teaching for over 10 years, including more than 5 years of teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching all ages in both America and in the United Kingdom, where I also received my CELTA Certificate from Cambridge University so I can teach English anywhere in the world now.

I have many students I speak with each week, students in the US, the UK, China and Italy — and now in South America as well. Once upon a time I used to email materials to my students each week, but that became problematic to do via email each week, so I started uploading materials and resources for my students on a web page each week -

Please feel free to select your choice of any materials that interest you to read, watch, listen to or study from any of the posts on the page.


If you want to discuss a specific topic feel free to email me any materials or links you’d like to focus on.

I’m also a musician — I play solo as “Quells” & in a group / band called “Shady Groves” with my friends — my friend Dylan Caron and I write all the songs for Shady Groves, then we record the music with our friend Jeff Yateman.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can contact me anytime at my personal email adamfitzsmith@gmail.com or my work email adam.fitzgerald@glt-talent.com

Also — just FYI (For Your Information) Time is about to change — soon we will change from “Daylight savings time” back to “Standard time”

Daylight saving time 2019 in United States began at 2:00 AM on

Sunday, March 10

and ends at 2:00 AM on

Sunday, November 3

When I post about times I am speaking about my time zone — I live in “EST” -the Eastern Time Zone.

Sometime I also share music or songs that have words in English so you can listen to the songs and then read the words — then we can discuss the “poetry” of the lyrics if you are interested or if you have any questions.

I also like to share famous quotes — I enjoy “bite-sized” wisdom — here are some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite people or books —

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Action is Character.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

[Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory (1980)]”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. ”
John Updike

Enjoy Autumn! Keep in touch & feel free to contact me anytime!

Talk to you soon —

Best regards,

Adam Fitzgerald