Practice basic grammar

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IXL lets you practice a few times without a log in. There are exercises for all levels and for several subjects. Here below you find links to some exercises where you can practice basic, but important, English language skills. Try them out and if you find them useful IXL has more.

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I list some exercises below which lets you practice BASIC skills. (As I need to remove direct links you have to find IXL’s page and then you can search for the exercises I list below)

PRACTICE: Complete the sentence (agreement)

PRACTICE: Which tense does the sentence use?

PRACTICE: Find the picture that matches the action verb


PRACTICE: Homonyms – Match the sentences to the pictures.

PRACTICE: Match antonyms to pictures


PRACTICE: Match the contractions to the words.

PRACTICE: Use regular plurals with -s, -es, and -ies

This post was edited and updated 2019-03-18


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A project for English and Physical Education.Ergonomics_titlepage

The worksheet includes material on ergonomics as well as language exercises, such as vocabulary and reading comprehension. You can download the Ergonomics_worksheet 1415297898_stock_save-pdf here.

The exercises and questions in the worksheet are based on the information at (search for ergonomics).

You can read more about ergonomics at

For a definition of ergonomics go to the online dictionary – Merriam Webster – and type in ergonomics.

This post was edited and updated 2019-03-18

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde portraitOscar Wilde was a British writer born in Ireland. He  was a novelist, playwright, poet, and critic. His works have passed into the Public Domain and you can read his texts online at Oscar Wilde online. 

His plays include titels such as The Importance of Being Earnest, and his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is famous and topical to this day. Wilde is regarded as one of the most proficient writers in the English language.

Oscar Wilde was famous for his wit and creativity but he was also accused of plagiarims. Read more in the article from the Public Domain Review on On Oscar Wilde and Plagiarism



The Canterville Ghost – part 1

Choose whether you prefer to read from a paper copy, or at ESL -Bits, where you are able to both read and listen to the story.

Section I

The Canterville Ghost 13
Image in public domain. Book from Project Gutenberg: The Canterville Ghost. Fetched from Internet Archive

Look up the following words:

haunted –
punctilious –
honour –
dress for dinner –
rector –
parish –
purchase –
a belle –
refinement –
peerage –
Duke –
propose –
guardian – housekeeper – curtsey –
Tudor –
stained glass –


Discuss in groups of three or four,

  • Washington is fond of the peerage. What does that mean, and why is that regarded as a weakness?
  • What is Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent  and what impression is conveyed to the reader of the label?

Write down you answers and make a brief summary of the story behind the ghost at Canterville Chase.

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Image in public domain. Book from Project Gutenberg: The Canterville Ghost. Fetched from Internet Archive

Oscar Wilde‘s short story The Canterville Ghost is one of my personal favourites. The humour of the clash between the modern and the traditional, the old world and the new is still fun and a good read. It is a story with elements of comedy, tradegy and great compassion.

The Canterville Ghost is available to read and listen to through ESL -Bits, which is an online resource where you can read the text and/or listen to the stories at two different speeds.

You can find out more about the author Oscar Wilde  at,  BBC history, and the official website for Oscar Wilde.




The Canterville Ghost – part 1








“Spotlight” – working with film

If you are watching and/or working with the film Spotlight It may help to learn a bit more about the background story.”Catholic priests were committing crimes so unspeakable that the Archdiocese of Boston went to extraordinary – and expensive – lengths to cover up the scandal” (Farragher, The Globe, February 24, 2002)

Here below you find a selection of texts and resources about the film, the people and the story. The film is presented as “the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core”

History vs Hollywood gives some answers to questions you may have after watching the film, and gives names and faces of both actors and the real person in the story, where the most important are

At the Globe /Spotlight team)

Walter “Robby” Robinson Position: Reporter, Editor, Spotlight Team Leader
Michael Rezendes Position: Reporter
Sacha Pfeiffer Position: Reporter
Matt Carroll Position: Reporter
Editors (people in charge)
Martin “Marty” Baron Position: Editor-in-Chief
Ben Bradlee Jr. Position: Assistant Managing Editor
Mitchel Garabedian
Eric MacLeish
The Church
Cardinal Bernard Law
Phil Saviano

Watch ABC NEWS  “The Real ‘Spotlight’: Meet Team That Inspired the Oscar-Winning Film”  and read about the spotlight team (February 2016).

You can also read the Spotlight article “Church allowed abuse by priest for years. Aware of Geoghan record, archdiocese still shuttled him from parish to parish” (January 2002).

To make the course of events clearer you can use the Timeline of Spotlight report stories (November 2015).

Alan Turing and “The Imitation Game”

Alan Turing‘s life and the code breaking work at Bletchely Park during WWII has been depicted in the film “The Imitation Game”. But who was the real Alan Turing?

A filmed drama is fiction no matter if it depicts people who have really lived and historical events which have taken place. Behind the story in the film there are facts and real people. Turing’s family have expressed concerns about how he is described in the film which you can read about in the article “Don’t turn my uncle’s life into a romance, says Alan Turing’s niece“.

Joan Clark is somewhat romanticised shown in the film. She was the woman who helped crack the Enigma cyphers. She is important as women’s achievements so often are overlooked or forgotten in history. Her interview in a “BBC Horizon programme, from 1992, is one of the only instances in which she spoke about her time as a cryptanalyst”

You can learn more about Alan Turing: Creator of modern computing at BBC iWonder where he is introduced with

“Alan Turing was not a well known figure during his lifetime. But today he is famous for being an eccentric yet passionate British mathematician, who conceived modern computing and played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in WW2. He was also a victim of mid-20th Century attitudes to homosexuality – he was chemically castrated before dying at the age of 41”.

In 2009  The British Governmen made a public apology for how Alan Turing was treated “Gordon Brown: I’m proud to say sorry to a real war hero”. Reading “Life story: Why code-breaker Alan Turing was cast aside by postwar Britain” may give you a better understanding of the time and its prejudices.

also see

 The Enigma Machine and the Bletchley Park Code Breakers

Coraline – Lesson 5



“The black button eyes of the other mother are probably the most iconic or well-known image to come out of Coraline . . .  These buttons essentially act like masks . . . Coraline can’t tell if her other parents are watching her and she can’t get any clues through their eyes as to what they’re thinking” (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008)


“Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense”

Literary Devices: symbolism definition

The button eyes of the ‘other people’ in Coraline are examples of symbolism in the text.

Lesson plan

Coraline – Lesson 4


Part 2

1. Read the following chapters: VI,  VII and VIII .

2. Do the vocabulary exrcises in the worksheet, page 3 (see below)

3.  Reading Comprehension

What is special about the cat in the story?
What does the other mother like to eat, and how do you react to that?
Who are the other children in the closet, and how did they end up there?
What do you think is the significance of the button eyes in this story?

4. Continue working with mapping characters after having reading 2/3 of the book

How do the characters develop as the text progresses? Discuss and compare with students in your group. Pick out specific parts (quote) from the text to support your arguments. Then continue to fill in the characteristics in the map (p.5).

Lesson plan

Coraline Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is available online, where you can also download it in pdf-format.





Coraline – Lesson 1
Coraline – Lesson 2
Coraline – Lesson 3
Coraline – Lesson 5
Coraline – After Reading the book


Coraline – Lesson 3


I. Start with the main characters. Who are they? What is your impression of them?

Characters in Coraline.png

II. Characters: How characters are depicted in text.

”Never trust anyone who doesn’t believe in the power of the imagination” (William Shakespeare)

Have a look at the links below. What types of Characters are there in Coraline?

Types of characters in literature

How important are the different characters to the story?

Character Matters

When you read you get a feeling about the people in the story. What does the author do to crate that feeling? Look for clues in the text.

Character Descriptions – Learn from the Pros! ”Show, don’t tell.”

Lesson plan

Coraline Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is available online, where you can also download it in pdf-format.

After reading the book you can do a quiz on the text

You may want to read the Neil Gaiman Exclusive Interview.

You can read more about the author Neil Gaiman on his website



Coraline – Lesson 1

Coraline – Lesson 2

Coraline – Lesson 4

Coraline – After Reading the book