Free Printable Digraph Worksheets
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Free Printable Digraph Worksheets

Following the alphabet, initial phonics sounds and CVC words, digraphs are the next step of phonics instruction. However the concept of digraphs, especially if coupled with learning consonant blends can be tricky for young learners. We have a selection of free digraph worksheets for download and use below. Digraphs can be problematic for young learners…

What Are Continuous Vowel Sounds
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What Are Continuous Vowel Sounds

When learning, or teaching, English pronunciation, there are many factors to consider and even more rules to remember. Students can easily feel overwhelmed and confused. It’s best to start teaching pronunciation with easier sounds, such as continuous sounds. But what are continuous vowel sounds? Continuous sounds are sounds with a continuous flow from the mouth…

How to Teach the Alphabet to Preschoolers.
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How to Teach the Alphabet to Preschoolers.

Before children start to read for purpose and meaning there are a series of introductory steps to undertake before tackling the more advanced reading skills. Even before phonics instruction, we need to teach the alphabet. Preschoolers need to know what the letters of the alphabet are, and how when they are placed together they can…

Can A Schwa Be Stressed?
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Can A Schwa Be Stressed?

A schwa is a mid-central vowel sound, characteristic of a very relaxed vowel sound. You pronounce it like the first vowel sound in the English word /about/. How a schwa is produced, stressed or unstressed, depends on the language and the specific definition of the sound. A schwa is pronounced as a neutral, relaxed, and…

Where Are ESL Teachers In Demand In The USA?
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Where Are ESL Teachers In Demand In The USA?

Globally there is a shortage of ESL teachers, but even closer to home, in the USA, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and recruit good, well qualified English as a Second Language teachers. As immigration continues to increase, and populations expand this is becoming more of an issue for many states in the USA….

At What Age Should Children Write Paragraphs?
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At What Age Should Children Write Paragraphs?

It is very cute when children first begin to write. Their sloping one to three sentences are adorably messy but easy on the eye. But by around ten, they might be turning in pages of dense sentences with no rest for the eye. This makes parents and teachers long for the young writers to start…

The World Is Your Oyster
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The World Is Your Oyster

Have you ever come across this phrase, maybe you are studying English literature and this has been in one of the texts you are reading. The world is your oyster certainly makes an appearance in Shakespeare’s works. Maybe you have been set the question in school to define what “the world is your oyster” means,…

The Most Difficult Poem in English in the World
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The Most Difficult Poem in English in the World

This poem, and i give it to both English teachers and students (who ask for it!) to see if they can perform or read it, is the most difficult poem ( in english) in the world. In my opinion it has never been beaten for difficulty. It is incredibly hard, and was written by a…

The Best Free Online Christmas Games.
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The Best Free Online Christmas Games.

It’s Christmas time, and everyone loves to have a little bit of fun. From the youngest child to the oldest grandparent, it is always nice to play some games at this particular time of year. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of what we think are the best free online Christmas games for…

Why Are R Controlled Vowel Sounds So Confusing For Students
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Why Are R Controlled Vowel Sounds So Confusing For Students

I’m sure many adults have forgotten all about these controlled syllables that they learned at school!  However, many children have difficulty learning and being able to grasp the concept of R-controlled vowels.  Why are these vowels so confusing for students? R-controlled vowel sounds are confusing to students because they sometimes read differently to what they…