English Banana.com ESL Blog

The latest free material and news from English Banana.com

Big Grammar Book


Big Grammar Book has been downloaded from EnglishBanana.com over 1 million times in 2015 (so far!)

Big Grammar Book

I recently came across this statistic from our server log files and felt it was so encouraging that I wanted to share it with you.

I had no idea that Big Grammar Book was still so popular (it was published in 2004), and the total number of downloads for this year to date will be much higher, since the book can also be downloaded from numerous other websites – the most famous being Guardian.co.uk – where it is the second most recommended resource of all time, and rising! – and TES.co.uk. The million downloads from englishbanana.com does not include any of these other sites!

When you consider that Big Grammar Book was published 11 years ago, you can add to this 1 million all the other millions of downloads over the years – not to mention those of my other 19 books – plus downloads of all the thousands of worksheets – and you can see that EnglishBanana.com material is really pretty popular! The total number of downloads – which I have not been able to calculate, being an English-y sort of person, rather than a maths-y one – must be mind-bogglingly huge!

Is the high number of downloads because it is free? I hope it is because it is high quality, but I guess being free doesn’t hurt! According to figures from bookshops, the average book sells fewer than 250 copies per year and fewer than 2,000 copies during its lifetime. It is only the celebrity books and books by really famous authors that hit the million mark. When people ask me why my material is all free and in the Public Domain, I point them in the direction of this page, which helps to explain my motivation. But as a writer, there is a part of me which gets a great deal of satisfaction from being read. I’m personally thrilled that over a million people – this year alone – have had the chance to use my Big Grammar Book – that I put together on my computer on my own all those years ago – to learn or teach English.

Also, since a normal ELT course book has the “normal” price of £28 in the UK, it’s no wonder that people are glad to download free resources, like Big Grammar Book. I’m glad to be able to offer them. 🙂

So, go ahead! Download Big Grammar Book – and all the other popular free downloadable pdf files and resources from EnglishBanana.com. It is all online waiting for you to discover!


FREE ESL Lesson Plan: Mode 1 Vocabulary Session

This is a free lesson plan from You Are The Course Book – Lesson Plans by Matt Purland.  You can download the complete book for free here. (.pdf – 6 MB) This book is in the public domain, which means that anybody can use it for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Mode 1 Vocabulary Session

Method:

1. T asks each group to write down 8 interesting and random words or phrases. They must be content words, not function words. They could be completely random, or begin with the same letter (elicited from a SS), or from a particular topic, e.g. Music. SS work together – one list per group. SS can use dictionaries. One SS from each group reads out their words and T selects the most interesting and random words to write on the board – 8 in total. T does not allow boring words, e.g. table, chair, book… SS write down the whole list.

2. T checks that everybody knows all the words and leads a pronunciation drill with the words. SS have to listen and repeat each word after T.

3. T asks SS to work as a team and write down the type of each word, e.g. noun, verb, adjective, etc. When each group is ready T asks for a SS to come to the board and write the word types on the board next to the vocabulary words. T elicits whether they are correct or not. If not, T elicits the correct answer and the SS writes it.

4. Repeat 3, except with number of syllables in each word.

5. Repeat 3, except with the stressed syllable in each word, which is underlined.

6. Repeat 3, except with the stressed vowel sound in each word. SS writes it with Clear Alphabet, if possible. If not, T elicits it from SS who use the Clear Alphabet chart (p.107). SS could also write each word in Clear Alphabet.

7. Repeat 3, except with whether the stressed vowel sound is short, long, or diphthong. T models the stressed vowel sounds and SS repeat.

8. Repeat 3, except with schwa sounds circled. By the end of the session, your board might resemble something like this (with words from the topic of Music:)

Vocabulary Lesson Plan - Image 1

…and so on.

Tip:

  • Try not to spend too long doing the vocabulary session. Remember to put together a lesson that provides a balanced ‘meal’ – where different skills are practised and different student needs are met. For example, while one SS might be happy to work with vocabulary for the whole lesson, another SS might prefer free practice activities, and so on.


School in the Philippines uses English Banana’s Big Grammar Book for their free English Proficiency course

English Proficiency course at Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. - 2014

English Proficiency course at Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. – 2014

Meiji Geneta from Cavite Southern Emerald Academy in the Philippines emailed us recently to ask whether they could use English Banana material to run a free English course. We said yes – of course! – because all English Banana material is covered by our free licence to run courses – and all our free books are in the public domain.

Meiji wrote:

“I am from the Philippines and I have come across the English Banana website and I was very very amazed by the numerous worksheets that were made for students and teachers who are very much interested to widen their learning when it comes to the English Language. We have a school here in the Philippines and the name of the school is Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. It is a non-stock, non-profit school and we cater students in the Preschool and Elementary Department.

“Our school shares the same vision as you do because we also love to share the love for the English language. The Philippines is not a First English Country and being able to use your resources will be able help us teach the our students the english language better and in an organized manner. I believe that the resources you have put in your website are indeed very very helpful and will definitely help our students learn the very best the English Language can offer.

“We will be conducting a two week English Proficiency Class this May 19 to May 30, 2014. This will be offered to the students for free and they will be using the  1st Grammar Book of English Banana.com [Big Grammar Book]. We would like to inform the students and the parents that all resources used in this class came from English Banana.com and we would like to recognize you for this.

“Thank you so much sir for sharing with us the resources of English Banana.com to help teach children about the English Language. I am looking forward to have more English classes with our students soon and use English Banana’s resources.”

Their course was a resounding success (see pics below) and we were delighted that they chose English Banana’s Big Grammar Book for their course material. After all, why pay for expensive course books and ELT material when English Banana material is free to use?

English Proficiency course at Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. - 2014

English Proficiency course at Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. – 2014

English Proficiency course at Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. - 2014

English Proficiency course at Cavite Southern Emerald Academy, Inc. – 2014

 

 


You can now buy hard copies of 4 English Banana.com books!

We are really pleased to announce that we are now selling hard copies of 4 fabulous English Banana.com books:

Big Grammar Book, Big Activity Book, Big Resource Book, and Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1

Click here for full details!


We’re giving away 20 FREE hard-copy books: Big Grammar Book & Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1!

Free Hard-Copy English Banana Books!

Free Hard-Copy English Banana Books!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED. THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO EMAILED US!

We’ve got 20 FREE English Banana.com books to give away – with FREE postage and package – courtesy of the good people at English Banana Trust! Glyn Purland, who is Chair of English Banana Trust, writes:

“To mark the end of the 10th year online of English Banana.com, the English Banana Trust is offering a number of the two most popular English Banana books, one per person, free of charge including postage and package. We hope that this will help you in your teaching and learning of the English language.”

There are 10 free copies of Big Grammar Book and 10 free copies of Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1. These books are real, not digital – you can flick through them! You can put them in your bag or on your bookshelf at home! You can photocopy them!

All you have to do to get your FREE book is to send us a message with:

* Your full name

* Your mailing address

* WHICH book you would prefer to receive

* A few words to say WHY you would like to receive a free English Banana.com book

This offer is open to teachers and students of English, and is available on a first come, first served basis – one free book per person. If you are not lucky enough to receive a free hard-copy book, please remember that you can still download both books (and many more!) free from English Banana.com.


English Banana free resources featured in The Guardian this week!

English Banana free resources featured in The Guardian

English Banana free resources featured in The Guardian

English Banana free resources are featured in The Guardian newspaper this week, as part of a special article for teachers entitled: “How to teach… English as a foreign language”. Emily Drabble reviews a range of English Banana books, including Big Grammar Book, the Talk a Lot series of books, and the new release You Are The Course Book 2. You can read the article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/teacher-blog/2013/jun/18/teaching-resources-english-as-foreign-language


NEW FREE BOOK! You Are The Course Book 2 – In Practice (480 pages)


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!

Activities book


My Ebook Publishing House publishes brand new ebook editions of English Banana.com books!

ebook versions of English Banana.com books are now available!

You can now buy brand new ebook editions of various English Banana.com books, including Big Grammar Book, Big Resource Book, and Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1. The collection of ebooks, which has just been published by My Ebook Publishing House, are especially handy if you would like to access the material on tablet computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers such as Kindle. Prices are very reasonable, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99. You can download a short sample of each book to find out whether it’s suitable for you before you buy.

Find out full details by clicking the link below!

Buy cheap ebook editions of English Banana.com books

[This project has been made possible through the provision of English Banana.com’s Free Copying Licence. Find out more here.]


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.


Read about 8 more teachers who are using English Banana.com Free Licences!

We’ve just updated our Google Map which shows the location of various people who using English Banana.com material and free licences around the world. There are new teachers from Malaysia, The Philippines, India, Sudan, Pakistan, Brazil, and The USA all making use of our Free Copying Licence and Free Licence to Run Courses! Check out the newly-updated map here:

http://goo.gl/SotZJ

Here are a couple of the new posts:

If you would like to find out more about our free licences, please click here.


More than 1.6 Million English Banana.com Free English Books Downloaded since 2008!

We recently had a count up and we’re excited to announce that (since April 2008) more than 1.6 million people have downloaded English Banana.com free English printable books!

English Banana.com FREE English Books...

The actual total to date is 1,615,276 , which averages out at 1,224 free downloads every day over the past 3.5 years!

This stat comes from the number of books downloaded from our pages on CNET and Scribd. Check them out and maybe you will find something useful for either teaching or learning English! This figure doesn’t include downloads from other websites where the books are hosted as well, e.g. Google Books, Guardian Teacher Network, Slideshare, and other file-sharing sites – so the total number of English Banana.com books downloaded over the past few years will be actually much higher!

The last time we did the count (about this time last year) the total figure was just over 820,000 books downloaded, which means that the number of people who have been able to benefit from our free material has more than doubled  in one year! This is really exciting for us here at English Banana.com!

The most popular free English Banana.com books – by a large margin – are Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1, and Big Grammar Book. We are absolutely thrilled to see that the material is being so widely distributed on the internet and used in many different teaching situations around the world. We love getting feedback every day from teachers and students who are benefiting from using the material. You can see some of the places where they are being used on this Google Map, and find out how people are using our free licences, which make the free material really FREE.

If you are a teacher or student who enjoys working with English Banana.com material, why not email us a picture of yourself using it in the classroom. We’d love to see it!


Buy Hard Copies of English Banana.com Workbooks Here!

Big Grammar Book and Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1 – Hard Copies!

Now you can buy hard copies of two of our most popular books from English Banana Trust. Both books are sturdy wiro-bound volumes with laminated covers, which will prove really handy when you are photocopying them all day! Both books cost £22 each, with all of the proceeds going towards the work of English Banana Trust, which is a charity set up to support the English Banana.com website.

Why not order your copy today from the Trust? Here are their contact details:

English Banana Trust, P.O. Box 35, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 9AB   Tel. 01263 715842

Email: ebtrust@englishbanana.com

Find out more about the books here:


Now it’s easy to download all 11 free English Banana.com printable resource books in one go!

Now, for the first time, you can download all of our fabulous free printable books with one click! Simply click the button below to download a zip file containing all of our books!

Get it from CNET Download.com!

You can also download the zip file by clicking this link:

http://www.englishbanana.com/11-free-englishbanana.com-resource-books.zip (24 MB)

The set includes:

Big Grammar Book, Big Activity Book, Big Resource Book

Check It Again! (Book One)

Talk a Lot Elementary Books 1, 2, 3, and the Elementary Handbook

Talk a Lot Intermediate Book 1

Talk a Lot Foundation Course

and The Best of English Banana.com Worksheets – 2003-2009

There’s plenty of printable material there for all your English, ESL, or ESOL class needs! And don’t forget that all of our material is covered by our unique Free Copying Licence and Free Licence to Run Courses (see the video directly below for more information). Hope you enjoy using this material – and if you do like it, please tell a friend! Thanks!


Freely Download, Print, Copy, and Sell English Teaching Materials

This is a short video about English Banana.com’s Free Licences, which allow you to use our free printable worksheets and books to teach and learn the English language. You can also sell English Banana.com materials for profit – without paying us any commission. This map shows how other people are using our licences: http://tiny.cc/eb4 You can find out more about the book in this video by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/eb2


Download Talk a Lot Foundation Course (Audio) – 4 Lessons + New English Alphabet

Here are the links to download the new Talk a Lot Foundation Course audio version. You get four lessons, plus the New English Alphabet – all read by the author:

Talk a Lot Foundation Course – Lesson 1 (.mp3 – 27 MB)

Talk a Lot Foundation Course – Lesson 2 (.mp3 – 50 MB)

Talk a Lot Foundation Course – Lesson 3 (.mp3 – 63 MB)

Talk a Lot Foundation Course – Lesson 4 (.mp3 – 64 MB)

Talk a Lot Foundation Course – New English Alphabet (.mp3 – 11 MB)

Don’t forget you can download the complete Talk a Lot Foundation Course book (.pdf ) here:

Talk a Lot Foundation Course book (.pdf – 3 MB)