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About ESL Support

This site was made to support elementary school Assistant Language Teachers and other English teachers in Japan. 

Here, you will find a wealth of English flashcards, English song CDs, teaching tutorials, guides, activity manuals, and more. The materials can also be used for any ESL/EFL activity.

If you decide to use these materials and modify them, please send modifications back to this site, so materials can be continuously updated for all to use.


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  • August 30, 2016
    Site look and feel has been updated. Materials are also constantly being updated. Look for a major redesign next year!
    Posted Aug 29, 2016, 5:02 PM by George Liu
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Grammar Points

  • "I want me to" and "I want for me to" I want me to be happy.In normal English, we would never say something like this. But my ELL students are making many of these mistakes. So here are the rules applicable to the situation.1. If the subject of the sentence and the subject of the infinitive clause are the same, the subject should be omitted the second time. She wants herself to be happy => She wants to be happy.2. Want is not usually followed by for, but if want and the to- infinitive are separated, for or that can be used.What he wants is that you study hard.What we want is for you to study hard.I want very much for you to study hard ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2016, 11:27 PM by George Liu
  • Afraid vs. Scared Are afraid and scared interchangeable? My own feeling of these words is that scared is more commonly used by younger age group, while afraid is more common in a higher age group. According to EnglishGrammar, the words are interchangeable but can differ in grammatical usage. Note that all of these three words can be followed by of + -ing form.     He never drives fast. He is scared of / afraid of / frightened of crashing.     I didn't go hiking. I was afraid of / scared of / frightened of injuring my knees. All three of these adjectives can be followed by a to-infinitive.     She was too scared to raise her voice.     I am not afraid to tell the truth.     I am too frightened ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 1:27 PM by George Liu
  • Have To vs. Need To Have to and need to are very similar, but there are differences in nuance.Have to has connotations of obligation.Need to has connotations of a necessity or a goal.The differences are pretty small, though, so most beginner speakers should have no problems should they interchange the two.ReferencesEnglishHelpOnlineMerriamWebsterEnglishGrammarSecretsStackExchange
    Posted Feb 21, 2016, 5:57 PM by George Liu
  • Drunk vs. Drunken Drunk and drunken have the same meaning, and both function as adjectives. Generally, there are three differences:1. Use drunken, rather than drunk in front of nouns:The crowded square became a huge, drunken brawl.However, this rule does not always apply.Drunk driving involves drunken drivers.2. Drunken is used to describe behavior.They had a drunken New Year's party.3. Drunken is used to describe people that are always drunk.He is always drunken; he is a drunk.SourceTheFreeDictionary
    Posted Jan 20, 2016, 10:10 PM by George Liu
  • "For How Long" vs. "How Long" Students are often asked to use how long as part of their junior high coursework. But it is more natural for many people to use "How long do you ... for?" or "For how long do you ...?" constructions. What's the difference?"For how long ...?" is more formal. It is also more common in British English. Americans tend to use "How long... for?" The for in these sentences indicates that the speaker is asking about a specific length or period of time.For how long do you sleep?How long do you sleep for?"How long ...?" by itself is still (mostly) correct, and in fact, the for may be redundant, but native speakers may feel that it is a little too ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 10:49 PM by George Liu
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