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Forum: English Questions Aug 31st, 2013, 05:27 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 20,561
Posted By mesmark
Re: American English : telling the time

'30 till' would technically be OK in your example but it's not natural. Naturally I would say, 'I have to go at half-past.'

'XX till' usually isn't used until about 20 minutes till the hour, but...
Forum: Introductions Aug 27th, 2013, 01:14 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,607
Posted By mesmark
Re: Online English Teacher

what's the blog address?
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Aug 18th, 2013, 03:50 am
Replies: 1
Views: 4,203
Posted By mesmark
Re: Online English lessons - What do you think?

Greg - congrats on the new site! the best advice I can give you is keep at it. You might not get much feedback for the first 2-3 years :( But, if you can keep it up, the effort will begin to pay...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Aug 17th, 2013, 07:29 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 8,137
Posted By mesmark
Re: Song Activity to Teach Comparatives

The activity seems good. I would have the students listen and try to write the words on their own first, maybe listening twice. Then, I would write the words on the board for them to try fill in any...
Forum: Site Suggestions and Feedback Aug 17th, 2013, 07:11 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,793
Posted By mesmark
Re: Advertise your website on eslHQ for FREE!!!

Forums sort of got trashed by social networks. Also, this forums is about 'work'. So, people aren't as excited about it as they are with hobbies.

The best way to get conversations going is to post...
Forum: Site Suggestions and Feedback Aug 17th, 2013, 07:11 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,793
Posted By mesmark
Re: Advertise your website on eslHQ for FREE!!!

Forums sort of got trashed by social networks. Also, this forums is about 'work'. So, people aren't as excited about it as they are with hobbies.

The best way to get conversations going is to post...
Forum: Introductions Aug 17th, 2013, 07:08 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,607
Posted By mesmark
Re: Online English Teacher

Welcome to the forums!

Is your current business based in Spain as well?
Forum: Introductions Aug 17th, 2013, 07:06 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,637
Posted By mesmark
Re: Greetings from Colombia

Welcome to the forums!
Forum: Introductions Feb 18th, 2013, 08:33 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,656
Posted By mesmark
Re: Greetings from Mexico!

Leo - Welcome to the site! There are a tn of ideas in the games forum. But, the set way to get a specific answer is to post a new thread about what you are going to teach, the group size, level and...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Feb 18th, 2013, 08:15 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 45,229
Posted By mesmark
Re: relative clauses

I always play 'Go Fish (http://www.mes-english.com/games/moregamestoplay1.php)'. I use my part-time jobs flashcards and have students ask, 'Do you have a boy who/that works at a gas station? You can...
Forum: English Questions Apr 13th, 2012, 01:41 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,294
Posted By mesmark
Re: Compared to and compared with

I was running some examples through my head (a completely trustworthy and scientific method :P) and what I find is that I tend to use "compare to" when I'm showing contrast and "compare with" when I...
Forum: English Questions Apr 12th, 2012, 07:42 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,294
Posted By mesmark
Re: Compared to and compared with

both are fine, in my opinion. Do you have an example sentence?
Forum: General Chat Apr 12th, 2012, 07:28 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,193
Posted By mesmark
Re: Jhs writing activity

What were you doing with the journal writing assignment? Was it just writing a diary?

I've had students write a page every week based on some topic question, like:
- Where do you want to travel to...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Apr 12th, 2012, 07:24 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,655
Posted By mesmark
Re: Online Games for English learners at MyEE Online

Denis - How are the games working out with your students? Do you have any problems with them staying on the site and not getting whisked away to the game host?
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Apr 4th, 2012, 07:23 am
Replies: 7
Views: 11,713
Posted By mesmark
Re: Hamburger Stand for Kids

This is fabulous! Great job on the whole thing.

I can't wait to see the flower shop :D
Forum: English Questions Mar 28th, 2012, 04:14 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,425
Posted By mesmark
Re: Get your foot in the door

It might be used in relationships.

"I know Sarah and I would make an awesome couple ... if I could just get a foot in the door ..."

Can anyone else think of other uses?
Forum: English Questions Mar 26th, 2012, 10:35 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 2,425
Posted By mesmark
Re: Get your foot in the door

Yes, it means get a chance to do something or show your ability/worth.

"If I could just get a foot in the door, they would see that I'm perfect for this job."

"My sister's recommendation helped me...
Forum: Introductions Mar 22nd, 2012, 07:14 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,748
Posted By mesmark
Re: hello

Shirley - Welcome to the forums!

Sorry we missed your introduction.

Where do you live? Are you studying English?
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 29th, 2012, 08:30 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 2,612
Posted By mesmark
Re: Where to begin with grammar..

Good luck with it. Let us know if you come across anything good.
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 29th, 2012, 08:29 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 4,865
Posted By mesmark
Re: How do you get the students THINKING in English?

Tough question. I think it's just important to tell them they should be trying to think in English and not constantly translating. But it's hard. I'm pretty fluent in Japanese and when I come...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 20th, 2012, 08:44 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,333
Posted By mesmark
Re: What songs do you ACTUALLY use in your classes?

I use
- the Wheels on the Bus
- Itsy bitsy spider
- head shoulders knees and toes
- london bridge is falling down

I don't do much singing at all but I generally get these songs in somewhere and...
Forum: General Chat Feb 20th, 2012, 08:40 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 2,781
Posted By mesmark
Re: Technical Person Should I get a TESL?

The biggest problem is getting the visa. It's not that you aren't useful nor under qualified, but simply that employers must justify the need to hire a foreign worker. So, the requirements for a...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 13th, 2012, 06:55 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 2,612
Posted By mesmark
Re: Where to begin with grammar..

Very big question, but I like arielhud's idea of getting a hold of an old test and going through it to see what is presented. Then just work backwards.

Also, I assume they have texts of some sort. ...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Feb 13th, 2012, 06:47 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 209,943
Posted By mesmark
Re: Games to teach the difference between past simple and present perfect tense?

That's great! I'm glad to hear that the game is working out.

Yes, you can play it like connect 4. I usually explain that it's more like tic tac toe, except you need 4 marks in a row and not...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 10th, 2012, 12:52 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,494
Posted By mesmark
Re: Intensive English Program

Just following up on this. Did they make the curriculum that you're following? How is the course going? Do you have any suggestions for someone in the same position?
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