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All learning resources on EnglishBanana.com are now in the public domain! :)

Let’s compare two English Banana.com worksheets:

This is Worksheet A:

EnglishBanana.com Public Domain

EnglishBanana.com Public Domain

…and this is Worksheet B:

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EnglishBanana.com Public Domain

Did you notice the difference? Yes, they are the same worksheet, from the Big Grammar Book. But there is a crucial difference. The first one belongs to the past and the second to now and the future. The removal of the tiny copyright symbol makes a big difference to what you can now do with English Banana.com resources – all 4,000+ pages of them!

 

 


New Discussion Words for Talk a Lot lessons – Zoo

Here are 40 new discussion words on the topic of Zoo. You could use them in a Talk a Lot lesson or as the vocabulary in a Mode 3 lesson using You Are The Course Book method – or however you want to!

I was inspired to create this new topic after a visit to Gdańsk Zoo during the summer. We had a great time and saw all kinds of amazing animals, including giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles (who lay as still as stone, just occasionally flicking open one eye and then tightly closing it again), and of course African and Indian elephants. There’s something quite breathtaking about being in the same physical space as live elephants – even if they were safely behind barriers.

I hope that you will enjoy using this new topic to teach or learn English vocabulary. It can be used with elementary level and above. My pre-intermediate students had problems with words like amphibian, zoologist, and petting zoo. We discussed topics like the purpose of zoos, and whether it is cruel to keep animals in captivity. You can let us know how you got on with this topic by contacting us here.

Matt

FREE Download: Talk a Lot Discussion Words – Zoo


English Banana free material has been read over 4 million times on Scribd.com!

We just thought we’d share this latest milestone with you… 🙂

Scribd.com is a great place to find the documents you need – including all English Banana.com free worksheets and books. If you have documents to share, you can make money by selling them in the Scribd Store. Or simply let people download them for free – as we prefer to do.

English Banana documents are on Scribd

English Banana documents are on Scribd


Need Free Math Worksheets? Try Math Worksheets Land!

Math Worksheets Land

Math Worksheets Land

Math Worksheets Land provides a large amount of helpful math resources for students and teachers. The entire collection is aligned to the National Core Curriculum making it easy to include in your lesson planning.

You can find the site at: http://www.mathworksheetsland.com

 

 


NEW from i to i – 20 Free Classroom Activities!

Whether it’s your first day in the classroom or your fiftieth – every ESL teacher is in need of a little helping hand every now and then.
Here are 20 free classroom activities from i-to-i which include classroom tips and accompanying handouts which you can photocopy for your lessons!
Get yours here!

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A New Series of Self-Study Worksheets – Stress, Reduce, Merge

Introducing new material from English Banana.com that will give you some practice in using connected speech and stress in English. You can download the free .pdf worksheet pack here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/105327558/A-New-Series-of-Self-Study-Worksheets-Stress-Reduce-Merge

Any feedback would be most welcome! Thanks. 😉


English Banana Worksheets Now Read More Than 3 Million Times on Scribd.com!

Yesterday we reached a new milestone with the number of times people have read our worksheets on Scribd.com:

We’re so pleased that hundreds of thousands of students and teachers have benefited from using our free material! The most popular worksheet of all is our List of Common Abstract Nouns, followed by our List of 100 Irregular Plural Nouns in English. The most read book is Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1, which has been read an amazing 136,612 times!

You can check out our page on Scribd.com here: http://www.scribd.com/englishbanana

We hope that you will find something interesting there that you can use, whether you are learning or teaching English. 🙂

Please do let us know if you have any feedback about our material.


1,800+ English Banana.com Worksheets Added to TES.co.uk Resource Website!

TES.co.uk

TES.co.uk

We’re thankful to the team at TES.co.uk – a site billed as “the largest network of teachers in the world” – who have recently added 1,873 English Banana worksheets to their massive free database of resources for teachers.

It’s great news for English Banana.com, because it means that our resources can now be shared with a much wider audience! The TES website has over 2 million registered users worldwide. Our resources were added about a month ago, and they have already generated an incredible 25,000+ page views!

You can find the English Banana resources page on tes.co.uk here:

http://www.tes.co.uk/MyPublicProfile.aspx?uc=2319730&event=21

You can also find many other great teacher resources on their site – all free to access and download!

Aimée Fagan from tes.co.uk said: “We’re delighted to have the materials on TES! We have also shared them in our new US website www.sharemylesson.com as there is a huge demand for ELL (English Language Learner) material like this in the US too.”

You can find the English Banana page on their US website here:

http://www.sharemylesson.com/MyPublicProfile.aspx?uc=2319730&event=21

It was made possible thanks to our Free Copying Licence, which allows anybody to share and use English Banana.com material – including uploading and adding it to another website. You can find out more about our free licences here:

http://www.englishbanana.com/copying-licence.html


UEFA EURO 2012 – Fantastic Free Material for English Lessons!

You can download this really useful – and topical – lesson plan for UEFA Euro 2012 from NewsFlash English:

Free Euro 2012 Lesson Plan for English Lessons (PDF)

They write:

“Today, let’s talk about the European Football Championship that is taking place this year in Poland and Ukraine. Commonly known as Euro 2012 the championship will bring the best European teams together for what, no doubt, will be another exciting tournament…”


Internet Usage Questionnaire (New Talk a Lot Material!)

This is a class survey or questionnaire that I made and used with one of my classes recently. It helps students to test question forms as well as discuss attitudes towards using the internet. You could use it in conjunction with material from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 3 – Unit 9: Internet. Have fun!


People are Using English Banana.com Free Licences – 3 Great Examples!

English Banana.com features a wealth of free worksheets and resources for teaching and learning English, and everything is covered by our free licences! Click here for full details. People are free to do what they want to with the materials, and they are doing just that, if the recent examples listed in this post are anything to go by!

Example 1 – Material from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1 has been used to make online quizzes:

http://www.allthink.com/v/taletown/
http://www.allthink.com/v/talefooddrink/
http://www.allthink.com/v/shopping/
http://www.allthink.com/v/healthyhealth/
http://www.allthink.com/v/taletransport/

Example 2 – Material from various English Banana.com workbooks has been used to make online quizzes for this Polish website:

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-cwiczenia_gramatyczne-114.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-pisownia_i_ortografia-118.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-rozumienie_czytanego_tekstu-121.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-slownictwo_angielskie-113.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-wiedza_ogolna-119.html

Example 3 – A teacher from Jakarta, Indonesia has built a web page using material from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1:

http://mr-bejo.com/page/44540/unit-2.html

We’re loving the way that you are being creative and using English Banana.com materials online (as well as in your classes offline!)… It is fantastic that people feel able to use the materials in this way. They are there to be used, so… go on! The world is your lobster! 🙂


New Free Printable English Lesson to Download Now!

Talk a Lot Intermediate Book 2 – Unit 2.2: English is a Big Boiling Pot of Delicious Steaming-Hot Word Stew!


Big Grammar Book is the Most Recommended Resource at Guardian Teacher Network!

We’re delighted to announce that our free printable Big Grammar Book is now the most recommended teaching resource at the Guardian Teacher Network – out of 5,500+ free resources!

It is clear that the Big Grammar Book has wide appeal too, because it is the number one recommended resource in 5 out of 6 of the age categories:

You can download YOUR free copy of the Big Grammar Book here: Big Grammar Book – Free Download.

Visit the Guardian Teacher Network here: Guardian Teacher Network.