Dialogue and Multiple Choice Questions: Cleaning Staff


Cleaning Staff

Maria knocks quietly on the door in response to Ms Anderson’s request. She offers help and provides some information about the services offered on board.

Read the following passage and answer the questions.

Maria: (knocks on the room door) May I come in, madam?
Ms Anderson: Yes, thanks for coming so quickly.

Maria: Certainly, madam. How can I help you?
Ms Anderson: I’d like some fresh towels in the suite when I get back this evening.

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Types of Business Letters


There are a number of types of business letters in English. Accomplished speakers of English also need to be able to write the following types of business letters to be successful in business. Begin with a clear understanding ofbusiness letter writing basics. Once you’ve understood basic layout styles, standard phrases, salutation and endings, continue to improve your business letter writing skills by learning to write the following types of business letters.

Do you know what type of business letter you need for a task? Once you know which type of letter you need, follow the links below for an example of each type of business letter which you can use as a model for writing your own business letter or email.

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Learn English on Twitter


What’s Twitter you ask? Twitter is a tool that you can use to send messages of up to 140 characters to a group of followers while you also follow others. To understand, here is a video called Twitter in Plain English which provides a good introduction:

This is a great tool that works with any device that you use to connect to the Internet. The messages are short, and easy to read. It’s the perfect platform to practice English structure, idioms and phrases! The idea works like this:

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What Is the History of Black Friday?


Black Friday has been the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season since thelate 19th century. It got a boost in 1924 when Macy’s Department Store launched its famous Thanksgiving Day parade. It wanted to celebrate its success, a result of the Roaring 20s. (Source: History Channel)

However, that success didn’t last.  During the Great Depression, retailers warned that the holiday shopping season was too short and many of them would go bankrupt. At that time, Thanksgiving was the last Thursday in November, which in 1939 fell during the fifth week.

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Making Small Talk


The ability to make ‘small talk’ is highly valued. In fact, many English students are more interested in making effective small talk than knowing correct grammar structures – and rightly so! Small talk gets friendships started and ‘breaks the ice’ before important business meetings and other events.

What is small talk?

Small talk is pleasant conversation about common interests.

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Present Perfect Exercises


Here are two past simple exercises to check your knowledge or print out for use in class. Answers can be found below the exercises. Review your understanding of the present perfect. Sometimes, the present perfect is confused with the past simple. You can check your understanding of the differences with this past simple or present perfect quiz.

If you are a teacher, this guide to teaching the present perfect can help with ideas and lesson plans for use in your classes.

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Present Simple Worksheets


The present simple takes the following forms:

Present Simple Positive Form Review

Subject + present simple form of verb + objects

Examples:

Alison often watches TV after dinner.
They play golf on Saturdays.

Present Simple Negative Form

Subject + do / does not + verb + objects

Examples:

Jack doesn’t spend much time on reading.
They don’t eat meat on Fridays.

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