Why learning a language is a lifelong process

The most widely spoken language in the UK is British English, and just 7% of the population are bilingual.

It’s often said that Britons are either unable to unwilling to learn second languages, but this might be because the UK and Ireland are the only two countries in the EU where it is not compulsory to learn a foreign language at school.

However, it doesn’t matter whether you are unilingual or a polygot – someone that speaks multiple languages – you will continue learning language for the rest of your life.

When people learn a new language, they often stop once they are proficient enough for their needs. For example, if you are going on holiday to Spain, you might need to ask for directions, order food, or make small talk. [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Common Prepositions – Examples’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Common Prepositions - Examples’ List of the most common English prepositions. Tons of examples. Special attention to the distinction between in/at/on. Explanation and examples are … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Song Worksheet: Zombie by The Cranberries’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Song Worksheet: Zombie by The Cranberries’ This worksheet is about The Cranberries's song, Zombie. There is a summary of the troubles in Ireland, then students can listen to the song … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Body Language’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Body Language’ Body Language was initially a presentation for interactive boards, but it can be used in any other way. Most of the times our body language reveals truths or lies. … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’ This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the differences between the present perfect and past simple tense. There's a brief … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Spring’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Spring’ This worksheet contains vocabulary related to spring. In exercise 1 students have to match the words and the pictures, in exercise 2 they have to find some other spring words … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Earth Day’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Earth Day’ 22 April - Earth Day and its History. Help students to become familiar or to review the history of Earth Day. Relevant vocabulary terms to match, reading text with photos, … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Easter Sudoku’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Easter Sudoku’ This worksheet contains a Sudoku about Easter. Students have to complete the grid as if they were playing Sudoku (with words instead of numbers). Every row, column and … [Continue reading]

‘On ‘I would have liked to have studied’ by David Crystal

David Crystal's latest blog post is titled "On 'I would have liked to have studied". David says, "A correspondent writes to ask if I could explain the difference in the meaning between the following sentences: (1) I would like to have studied … [Continue reading]

‘Grammar Basics: Active and Passive’ by Barrie England

Barrie England's latest blog post is title "Grammar Basics: Active and Passive". Barrie says, "We can conclude from this that the English passive is formed by taking the object of the sentence as it appears in the active and placing it at the … [Continue reading]

‘Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen's latest blog post is titled "Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning". Lisa says, "In general, 95% of teens use the internet and 74% are “mobile internet … [Continue reading]

‘TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev's latest blog post is titled "TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter". Jennifer says, "The presenters started with a discussion of the benefits. Among them is the fact that Twitter makes text retrievable. Students and teachers can … [Continue reading]

‘And the Other Is a Jellyfish’ by Barrie Caxton

Barrie Caxton's latest blog post is titled "And the Other Is a Jellyfish". Barrie says, "I’m thinking of technical terms in rhetoric like chiasmus, the name of the criss-cross pattern “A, B: B, A” that Jack Kennedy loved so much (“Mankind … [Continue reading]

‘Shall we self-study?’ by Alexandra Chistyakova

Alexandra Chistyakova's latest blog post is titled "Shall we self-study?". Alexandra says, "The advantages of self-study groups are self-obvious: higher motivations of participants for learning; the increased sense of responsibility for one’s … [Continue reading]

‘The Story of Sounds: Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/’ by Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill’s latest blog post is titled "The Story of Sounds: Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/". Adrian says, "It’s a lot of fun working with the vowel /e/. Just about every language has one or more versions of this sound. In … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘True of False Table Game (First Conditional)’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘True of False Table Game (First Conditional)’ Here is a true or false table game I've made to practice first conditional. What you need to do is: to print out the page with … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Do or Make?’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Do or Make?’ It is a PowerPoint presentation of the difference between the use of 'do' and 'make'. It has got a brief explanation, some contrasting ideas and lots of expressions … [Continue reading]

Worksheet: ‘Revising Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Revising Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns’ This is a pretty easy worksheet for revising possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns at pre-intermediate … [Continue reading]