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Listening and reading news in level

Listening and reading  news in level is a good way to help your students to improve their english. It is a great page with more than 2,000 world news .

Listening and reading news in level allow your students  to improve their English naturally and fast. All the articles are short and  use words which are used in English often. Each article is written in 3 levelsLevel 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words. Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.

If your students could  read and listen to two articles every day, their  reading and listening skills can improve fast.

Listening and reading news in level is a free  site  both for students and teachers. It  is also a great resource for English teachers who would like to discuss current world issues in the class.

But.. there are more things apart from reading and listening with news in level:

You have also people in levels  where you can meet the stories of people learning English.

Listening and reading english having fun with jokes in levels.


An audio book written for level 2 and 3

Learning english with songs is also a good way to teach english.


Teaching kids to sew


 Teaching kids to sew it’s a great idea. A fun way to reduce children’s technology usage. Just simple! Teach your kids to make their own  toys based on drawings using  and easy simple methods. Even a four-year-old can do it! Teach your kids have fun by learning how to sew…. just only… ¡teach your kids and have  fun!

This is Mrs Angela Lee’s  contribution to this page, based on one of her art club  for elementary students mother’s idea. 

Thank you both of you!   So,you will find some good ideas in the different sections below.

Click on the below tab you are interested.

“…are you looking to teaching kids to sew? If yes, we have brought together some great little sewing projects for kids” This is how Maggy starts giving us ideas  that children between the ages of 3yrs and 8yrs old can  make by themselves.

She shares her many  great craft ideas apart from her tips on her teaching tips 


Little felt heart ornaments that also work really well as “ heart keyrings.


 Felt button star ornaments  that children can make  as a present. 

A very  cute Monster Purse DIY!

an adorable Felt heart mobile for kids to sew – or make the hearts as little ornaments/ book bag charms or key chains.

 Fabric petal flower (intermediate child sewer). Technically it isn’t that much harder, but may require a little more finger strength as you need to push the needle through several layers of fabric.

 Turned the felt bunnies into a Felt Bunny Brooch – an adorable little Easter Craft or gift that kids can make!

She has many other ideas as she shows in  these Christmas Sewing Projects for Kids too!



 In this page of teaching kids to sew I have found these ideas  from Amy Friend of During Quiettime

in her page gives us these free 5 easy tips  to teach a child to sew 

Maybe this is not a page mainly for teaching kids how to sew, but perhaps you can discover that your child is interested in learning how to sew with mom

From this page   you can discover that learning to sew can be an exciting process. It’s important to master the functions and features of a sewing machine when you want to begin sewing. Once you know how to operate your sewing machine, you can begin learning basic skills.Little by little you can advance to more difficult projects.

 Here you have some ideas


Preparation to Sew (PDF)  Learn about the steps about fabric and pattern preparation

How to Sew a Button on a Shirt Easy guide to fix loose or detached buttons.

Sewing With Nancy  Watch videos from this TV series to learn tips and tricks for your sewing projects.

Sewing Overview (PDF) Simple and basic projects sewing guide:travel kit or a tissue holder 

Magical Pillowcase Tutorial (PDF)  Simple project: a pillowcase

Teach Yourself to Sew: Patterns 101 Video to understand and use a sewing pattern.

How to Read a Sewing Pattern (PDF) A guide to learn more about how to use a sewing pattern.

Jean Pocket Purse (PDF) Jean pocket purse from an old pair of jeans. 

Easy-to-Sew Pillows   How to make your own colorful pillows to brighten up a room.

Sewing Machine Safety (PDF) Sewing machine safety guidelines.

Making a Sock Monster   With a pair of socks and some basic sewing supplies.

Sewing Synthetic Suedes  Tips when you work with synthetic suede to ensure that your finished result is correct.

Tips and Techniques: PressingPressing with an iron  to ensure sewing success.

Sewing With Micro-Fibers   Micro-fiber fabric  guidelines for a positive finished result.

Designer Pillowcase (PDF) easy-to-follow instructions.

Creative Kindness Hats to Wear and Share (PDF)  Instruction sheet for different patterns  and attractive hats. Many of them suitable for beginners.

Enlarge a Pattern (PDF)Instructions for making a pattern larger.

How to Sew Simple Cloth Dinner Napkins  Instructions to make a classy accent for your next dinner party.

Sewing Machine Buying Tips  e Tips to help you explore various sewing machines to choose the best one. 

Thread Essentials (PDF) To ensure a successful project, choose thread in the correct weight and finish.

Men’s Day-to-Day Sewing Tips: Survival Guide   Men can enjoy this hobby, too and may also need sewing skills to perform simple repairs in clothing.

Teach Yourself to Sew: Sewing for Beginners Video Series Learning how to thread your sewing machine as one of the first skills to sew.

Working With Knits  Sewing knits can present some special challenges due to the stretchiness of the fabric.

Easy Sewing Projects  Martha Stewart presents some simple sewing projects for people learning how to sew.

How We Tested: Sewing Machines Good Housekeeping tested several sewing machines. Explore the results of this test to help you choose a sewing machine.

Travel Companion Neck Pillow (PDF) You can sew your own travel neck pillow for your flights.

Sewing Basics (PDF)  Guide provides  with instructions for using a sewing machine, purchasing materials, and performing basic sewing processes.

Stuffed Menswear Bunny   Make an adorable stuffed bunny from used men’s clothing .

Guide to Sewing Hems (PDF) Guide to learn various ways to sew hems.

Notions Guide  Notions you will need about  needles, needle threaders, pins, seam rippers, thimbles, scissors, and more.

In this video tutorial you can learn how to sew an adorable, easy fabric purse with a jeweled flower embellishment. It is also  sharing the  tips on how to teach kids to sew !


Learning english with audio books

Learning english with audiobooks

Learning english with audio books is a great technique to improve and learn english.

Lit2go is a great destination for audio and video learning. It contains over 50.000 educational audio books, podcast and videos. You have more than 160 titles.

How does this page work?

As an example I have chosen Oliver Twist

1.Choose your title from the collection and click on it.

4. And… here you are!


2. Go to: ” get this free title from”



3. As many books are divided in chapter, choose yours

There many more things apart  for literature as it is shown.


28 boring words & what to use instead

Alternative to 28 boring words

Words like new, next, things, feel, seem, best, young, just, almost, right, old, long, other, important, sad, happy, good, bad, like, nice, only, real, sweet, funny, little, bit, pretty or smart.

Are you bored of using the same common words? Here you have these 28 boring words: alternatives to make your speech more varied and exciting


Alternative to 28 boring words

In this infographic there are a selected  number of alternatives that you can use instead and that help you to make your speech and writing more varied and exciting.


Change your 28 boring words for new ones. Many people use the same words again and again. So, you can change a little bit.

You have only to change  28  boring words like new, next, things, feel, seem, best, young, just, almost, right, old, long, other, important, sad, happy, good, bad, like, nice, only, real, sweet, funny, little, bit, pretty or smart into new ones.

As a result, your writing and speech, will improve.


This infographic with 28 boring words has gently shared by 


Free PPT’s templates- revise and play



This is a very useful blog created by an english language teacher in Japan that offers a great collection of free power points, excel and word  templates .

They are useful games to learn, and play.

Here you will find ONLY the templates  and tutorials for help so that you could  use them  in a personal way .

A great and fun way to teach, of course.

And this is my contribution with the game I have created with one of the free templates from tekhnologic:  jeopardy.It revises some vocabulary and grammar: present perfect, present simple and order order of adjectives…


Biology Colouring Pages & Worksheets

Many interesting activities in this site for your children to learn that can be an incredible source of new material. 

Let’s discover each one better…………………..

 Let’s discover each one better:


A way to have fun coloring while learning about the living world:






Insects animals


Ugly bugs


Sometimes the best way to learn biology is by playing a game or using a simulation.  Here a list from the current collection of fun biology games. 

Bee dance game

Beetle dissection tool

Bone anatomy viewer

Cell viewer and game

Doctor Know

Lizard Island

Monster Maker

Latch & Catch

Peppered moths

Sciences detectives:Training room scape

Skeleton viewer



The biology quizzes are based on  Ask A Biologist articles. You might want to read the article first, or if you feel up to the challenge, give them a try before reading each article.

 The quizzes also require JavaScript running on your browser.


Biology Podcast and Videos

From the Ask A Biologist website you can listen to them in their popular biology podcast show. Dr. Biology has been speaking with many of the biologists that are discovering new worlds and exploring new frontiers in biology. There are over 80 episodes and they will add  more interviews. Each show includes a full written transcript and content log.


All of them are based based on the articles at the Ask A Biologist site.

The first number is the word search puzzle

The second one is the crossword

A Nervous Journey 43 KB 42 KB
An Invisible Watery World 45 KB 55 KB
Ant Farm 41 KB 28 KB
Ants 89 KB 82 KB
Bats 36 KB 28 KB
Big Bad Beetles 52 KB 41 KB
Birds and Their Songs 39 KB 37 KB
Building Blocks of Life 87 KB 94 KB
Cloning Ewe 54 KB 48 KB
Collecting Ants 34 KB 32 KB
Crazy Climate and Wacky Weather 168 KB 97 KB
Darwin and Mendel’s Afternoon Tea 43 KB 31 KB
Desert Diggers 49 KB 47 KB
Desert Fruits Rock! 120 KB 117 KB
Face to Face with Ants 41 KB 39 KB
Feather Biology 32 KB 24 KB
He Ain’t Tasty He’s My Brother 61 KB 33 KB
How Do Beetles Reproduce? 48 KB
How to Find What You Need on the Internet 96 KB
I Spy an Ecosystem 42 KB 29 KB
Linnaeus and the World of Taxonomy 42 KB 31 KB
Making Life Crystal Clear 49 KB 43 KB
Making the List 53 KB 46 KB
Metamorphosis – Nature’s Ultimate Transformer 100 KB 93 KB
Mighty Morphing Tree Lizards 62 KB 46 KB
Migrating Monarchs 28 KB 19 KB
Mite Mighty Foe to ‘Killer’ Bees in State 66 KB
Nature’s Medicine 34 KB 28 KB
Not So Scary Scorpions 73 KB 45 KB
Perfect Python Parenting 84 KB 37 KB
Pollen – Nature’s Tiny Clues 40 KB 30 KB
Sea Urchins Do Research 38 KB
Secrets of a Superorganism 34 KB 38 KB
Seeing Color 82 KB 72 KB
Solving a Genetic Mystery 85 KB 117 KB
Sonoran CSI 55 KB 54 KB
Spaced Out Physiology 96 KB 112 KB
The Tale of the Two Headed Lampropeltis getulus californiae 47 KB 32 KB
Time Traveling Plants 78 KB
True Bugs 41 KB 35 KB
Wastewater: Nature’s Power Drink? 35 KB
Where In The World Is Kazakhstan? 93 KB
Why Are English Sailors Called Limeys? 57 KB 1 KB

Breaking News English

A great site to improve your students listening abilities. As you see, this web page offers 2,369 Free English Lessons in 7 different levels.

In each lesson you will find out the next sections:

You can choose among:




A great collection of the best on line dictionaries all over the web.

Just have a look!


Free online dictionaries – Spanish, French, Italian, German and more. Conjugations, audio pronunciations and forums for your questions.

A great tool either to improve your vocabulary as student or, as a teacher to help your students.  It’s more than a simple dictionary. TRY IT!

Collins Dictionary

 More than 500,000 words, meanings, phrases, synonyms and antonyms. It is ideal for everyday use at home, for study, at the office and on the go. 

McMillan Dictionary Online

Pronuntiation, translations, language resources and many other things that you can explore.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

A great dictionary for general British English on Cambridge Dictionaries Online.


America’s most useful and respected dictionary,Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay. With many usage examples.  

Longman Dictionary

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online   

Using English

English language site specialising in English as a Second Language (ESL) established in 2002 with a large collection of tools & resources for students, teachers…, It covers the full spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.

An online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms, Word of the Day and more.  

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

Used by over 35 million learners of English worldwide. You will find out any word.  

Oxford Living  Dictionary

This dictionary is more than a dictionary: videos, quizzes, grammar, thesaurus… Very recomendable!!

The Free

This dictionary allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and “using or losing” existing content windows…



It is a web service that provides an online dictionary for a number of language pairs. It incorporates a search engine that provides access to large amounts of bilingual, translated sentence pairs, which come from the World Wide Web. ATTENTION !!!! Linguee is not an automatic translation machine!  


What’s the difference between two similar words?   

GRAPH words

Fantastic free semantic field maps and thesaurus synonimes 

Synonyme Finder 

Speak and write with confidence. To help you avoid using the same word too repetitively, redundantly, recurrently, incessantly,  etc.  

Cogney rhyming slang dictionary

Do you want to know about cogney rhyming slang, the secret language of London?


Fantastic free graph words and thesaurus synonyms for teachers and students

Phrase up Dictionary

phraseup assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can’t remember

Phrasal verbs dictionary 

A reference of 3,451 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples. 

Visual Dictionary Online

Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.



This web page offers some sample lessons and some free downloads as you see below



Free Samples of Espresso English E-Books & Courses – Espresso English  

Right-click on each link and then select “Save” or “Save as…” to download it.

English Listening Course

Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course

Business English Course

English Idioms Course

1000 Collocations in 10 Minutes a Day E-Book

600+ Confusing English Words Explained E-Book

Slang & Informal English E-Book


Learn an idiom every day

From August 2014, it has been published an interesting collection of idiom cards created by idiom land .

For each idioms you can find:

Its usage in a movie, with the short transcrip of the dialogue

Its explanation in a card 

A funny idiom card

Of course, you can download the idiom land  application on your mobile phone or on the app store but you have to pay for it.

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