Some or any? | LearnEnglish | British Council

Some or any? | LearnEnglish | British Council

An explanation of when to use the words ‘some’ and ‘any’ with a dialogue to complete.

Further Work
‘Some’ and ‘any’ can also be used in larger, compound words.  Make a list of compound words that have ‘some’ or ‘any’ in them.  For example – something, somewhere, someone

Rustic Civility | Collins, William (RA) | V&A Search the Collections

Rustic Civility | Collins, William (RA) | V&A Search the Collections
Click on the link above and take a look at this English Victorian Painting


‘Rustic Civility’ by William Collins
Look up the two words in the title of the painting at: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/civility?q=civility
Then look at the picture carefully and try to answer the following questions:-

  • What have the children been doing?
  • What is the oldest boy doing?
  • Who are they looking at? (The painting gives a clue to this)
  • What do you think they might be feeling and thinking?
  • Do you think the children are rich or poor? How can you tell?
  • What does the title mean?
  • What do you think the rider’s view of the children might be?
  • Would the people who owned or looked at the painting in Victorian times be of the same social class as the rider and view the children similarly?
  • Do you view the children in a similar way?
  • What is the message of this picture?
Questions taken from:-

Global Renaissance Woman – Maya Angelou


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”.  
Maya Angelou

And a few words on love:


A truly inspiring woman who has done an amazing number of things in her life. One of which is writing poems. She read one at President Clinton’s Inauguration in 1993. Find out about her and her life at http://mayaangelou.com/  An amazing woman.

I have also posted links to her poems with embedded videos of her reciting her poems on the TEFLCommunicative Resources Page.   

Sandra Bullock in ‘The Blind Side’ 2010

This film starred Sandra Bullock and was released in 2010. It is the story of a young American Football Hero Michael Oher who is fostered when a young boy.  As he grows up he is looked after by a caring woman and her family.


A very good activity sheet to do after you have watched the film can be found here:-


ESL Videos » 60 Minimal Pairs in 4 Minutes (Listen and Repeat)

ESL Videos » 60 Minimal Pairs in 4 Minutes (Listen and Repeat)

Pronunciations is an important issue if you are going to be understood when you speak English. It is also important to tune your ear so that you hear sounds accurately and can then copy them well.

The minimal pair videos above focus on pronouncing words that sound very similar.  For example- ferry and very. There are many others pairs of words that sound similar in English. It may not be the first sound that is similar, it can be any sound within a word.  The videos simply give you a model to base your pronunciation on so all you have to do is tune in your ear or listen carefully and try to copy the sound yourself or repeat.

Forming the plural with es

Forming the plural with es

Useful web page to check out your spelling of nouns when they become plural.  This pages focuses on nouns that have ‘es’ added to the end for example fishes, watches etc.  Also, there are links to other nouns that end in f, fe, ff,  i, o, and y. Click the links and find out how the noun plurals are spelt. Irregular nouns are also noted.