News in Levels has very short news stories in three levels of English. Students can read and listen to the texts.
Young Whale Helps Its Mum – level 1:
A whale goes into shallow waters. She is with her calf. She cannot move. This happens in Australia. The calf tries to help her. It pushes her. After 40 minutes, the whale is free. She swims away with her calf.
whale (a big animal which lives in the sea), shallow (not deep; there is not enough water for the whale), calf (the child of an animal such as a whale).
Young Whale Helps Its Mum – level 3:
A humpback whale with her calf was filmed east of Brisbane where the mother was stranded in shallow waters. The calf appeared to nudge its mother to help dislodge her to safety.
Fortunately, the whale became free after 40 minutes and could be seen swimming off with her calf.
calf (the baby of an animal such as a whale), stranded (unable to leave), nudge (push, bump against), dislodge (move).
A similar site is
Breaking News English.
A pet cone is usually worn by dogs or cats to stop them from licking or scratching their bodies while their injuries heal.
The cartoon suggests another possible use.
Liam Francis Walsh
Digital Tools for Teachers is an ebook by Nik Peachey. Aimed at English language teachers, it includes over 70 tools – divided into reading tools, writing tools, presentation tools, etc.
For example, under Reading Tools there is a review of
Rewordify and under Listening Tools you can find LyricsTraining.
The book is in PDF format, I couldn’t get the internal links (to the various chapters) to work, but the links to the tools were fine.
read more about the book. It costs $4.99, but there is a code you can use to download it for free.
You may know the farewell catchphrase,
See you later, alligator, to which the usual reply is, In a while, crocodile.
Goodbye Shirt” has several more, including:
In a few, cockatoo
See you soon, big baboon
Another time, porcupine
Gotta go, buffalo
See You Later, Alligator” is also a well-known song.
Student handbooks, timetables and other information related to INTO UEA can now be accessed through a new subdomain,
The old links,
intouea.com/handbooks and intouea.com/timetables, still work.
ConceptNet is “a freely-available semantic network, designed to help computers understand the meanings of words that people use.”
Enter the word
dog, for example, and the results include:
Related terms (e.g. pet, animal, chinese zodiac)
dog is capable of… (e.g. bark, guide a blind person, corner a cat)
Types of dog (e.g. poodle, corgi, puppy)
Location of dog (e.g. a kennel, a park)
dog has… (e.g. four legs, fleas, paws)
dog doesn’t want… (e.g. a bath, go to the vet, be left home alone).
For more information on ConceptNet, read the
“Labour is likely to table a vote of no confidence in the government, though it is unclear whether it would do so immediately – and even less unclear whether it could win it.”
less unclear should be less clear or more unclear – an example of what Language Log calls misnegation
Yes, even the political editor of
The Guardian makes mistakes in English!
The Guardian via Language Log