October 2019 English Resources & Study Materials
Hopefully everyone is enjoying the season of autumn (we also call it fall in America).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or contact me on Skype — GlobalEnglish-Adam-Fitzgerald or add my email for Skype — email@example.com
BEGINNER — EASIER MATERIALS
Long & Short Vowel sounds
Short and Long English Vowels
The English vowels are A, E, I, O, & U. (Sometimes Y is a vowel, pronounced as if it were I. Sometimes W substitutes…
Grammar for beginners — PRONOUNS
Grammar For Beginners: All About Pronouns - Writers Write
Welcome to our Grammar For Beginners series. I have been writing about parts of speech, and I will be writing about…
How to use the preposition “TO”
Uses of the Preposition 'To' for Beginning English Students
Infinitives can be combined with other verbs such as hope, arrange, want, etc. I hope to see you next week.Tom arranged…
How to use the word “WANT”
Want - English Grammar Today - Cambridge Dictionary
Want - English Grammar Today - a reference to written and spoken English grammar and usage - Cambridge Dictionary
a great list of CASUAL English vs. FORMAL English
400+ Useful Formal and Informal Words in English - 7 E S L
Informal and formal words in English! Learn extensive list of formal and informal words English with video and ESL…
Here is a helpful resource about using “will” and “would”
'will' and 'would'
to express beliefs about the present or future to talk about what people want to do or are willing to do to make…
Here are some quick videos to help you learn —
Here is a list of contractions to help you get started
INTERMEDIATE — MEDIUM DIFFICULTY MATERIALS
English Conversation for Beginners —
English Conversations Exercises for Beginners
If you're just starting to learn English, there's no better way to improve your speaking skills than with basic…
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-
Verbs | English Grammar | EF
Selecting the correct verb tense and conjugating verbs correctly is tricky in English. Click on the verb tense to read…
How to ask “polite” QUESTIONS —
Here's How to Ask a Polite Question in English
There are three types of questions in English: direct, indirect, and question tags. Direct and indirect questions are…
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
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
one hundred 100
ADVANCED — HIGHER DIFFICULTY MATERIALS
Who vs. Whom
Who vs. Whom
Whom should be used to refer to the object of a verb or preposition. When in doubt, try this simple trick: If you can…
English Idioms / Expressions / Sayins
English idioms | Learn English | EF
English idioms, proverbs, and expressions are an important part of everyday English. They come up all the time in both…
Figurative language —
Examples of Figurative Language
Although it's often debated how many "types" of figurative language there are, it's safe to say there are at least five…
Here is an interesting article about some of the ancient sites in Mexico where you can visit ruins —
20 Best Ruins in Mexico You Must Visit | Road Affair
There are over 4,400 Maya sites throughout Latin America, with many of them located in Mexico. One could easily spend a…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Written by Dylan Caron & Adam Fitzgerald Video shot and directed by Jessica Malen & Elaine Smith with help from Josie…
tbt / #fbf still from our "Trials" #musicvideo by @lainieisbird / @lainiewhatever 🕊thanks again to @assemblesound for…
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can contact me anytime at my personal email email@example.com or my work email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Elliott Smith - Ballad of Big Nothing
Ballad of Big Nothing Lyrics: Throwing candy out to the crowd / Dragging down the main / The helpless little thing with…
Band of Horses - Detlef Schrempf
Detlef Schrempf Lyrics: And take a little walk when the worst is to come / When I saw you lookin' like I never thought…
The Shins - New Slang
New Slang Lyrics: Gold teeth and a curse for this town / Were all in my mouth / Only I don't know how / They got out…
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
About "Helplessness Blues" At or near the top of every "top songs of 2011" listicle, "Helplessness Blues" is the lament…
Gorillaz (Ft. Little Dragon) - Empire Ants
Empire Ants Lyrics: Oh, joys arise / The sun has come again to hold you / Sailing out the doldrums of the week / The…
MGMT - Electric Feel
Electric Feel Lyrics: All along the Western front / People line up to receive / She got the power in her hand / To…
Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
Walking on a Dream is the debut studio album by Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun, released on 3…
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 —