This printable handout includes the formation of the future simple (will+infinitive) and the its different uses: promises, offers, predictions and immediate decisions. There are some exercises to practise this.

We use will+infinitive in the following cases:

1) Immediate decisions
E.G.: 'll have pizza and a Coke.
A) John is sick. B) Really? I'll visit him today.

2) Offers (when you help somebody) and requests (when you want something from somebody)
E.G.: I'll help you with those bags, they look very heavy.
You're very good at maths. Will you help me with this exercise?

3) Promises
E.G.: I promise I'll study for the exam.

4) Predictions with no evidence
E.G.: In the future, people will be taller and fatter.

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Vocabulary: computers (level: elementary)

This printable handout includes vocabulary about computers including words such as: operating system, search engine, monitor, speakers, printer, scanner, cd reader, mouse, pendrive, laptop and more.

The vocabulary that the double handout includes is the following: monitor, tablet PC, CD/DVD, CD/DVD reader/writer, printer, software, hardware, speakers, webcam, CPU/tower, scanner, laptop, headphones, keyboard, mouse, browser, operating system, search engine, spreadsheet, peripherals, pendrive, microphone, router/modem and mouse pad.

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Reading: the illness of the 21st century (level: intermediate)

This post contains a reading of about 200 words aimed at intermediate to upper-intermediate students with activities such as reading comprehension, expressing the main ideas, lexicon and phonetics.

More than 35,000 cases of colon cancer have been diagnosed in the UK in 2006. The colon cancer symptoms are the following: rectal bleeding, a feeling that you need to empty your intestines even when you have just been to the toilet, and abdominal pain. These symptoms are not uncommon - and could be a sign of something far less serious. However, doctors advise that if such symptoms persist for longer than a couple of weeks medical attention should be sought. To investigate these symptoms, doctors often ask patients to undergo colonoscopy. This procedure involves inserting a very small camera into the colon. This can be uncomfortable, but is very seldom a painful experience.

High fat diets favoured in the Western world are thought to have increased the number of intestine cancers. People are encouraged to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as this appears to reduce the risk.

The main option for treating this illness is surgery. But when the cancer is well-established, chemotherapy is used. Only when the cancer has spread beyond the wall of the colon, it becomes harder to treat. However, estimates suggest that nine out of 10 colon cancers detected early can be successfully treated.


1. READING COMPREHENSION. Add TRUE or FALSE and copy the evidence from the text to support your answer.

a) The symptoms of colon cancer are very specific and rare.
b) Food high in fat may cause intestine diseases.
c) Surgery is the only option to treat colon cancer.
d) Early detected cancers require chemotherapy for successful treatment.

2. EXPRESSING THE MAIN IDEAS. Answer the following questions according to the information given in the text. Where possible, use your own words.

a) What are two of the symptoms of colon cancer?
b) What does colonoscopy involve?

3. LEXICON. Find words or phrases in the text that mean the same as these given.

a) Loosing blood.
b) Asked for or looked for.
c) A white or yellow substance in the body, stored under the skin.
d) Judgements that you make without having the exact details.


a) Write two words from the text that include the same vowel sound as "sea" /i: /.
b) Write a word from the text that includes the same diphthong sound as "face" /eI/.
c) Is the “–ed“pronounced /Id/, /t/ or /d/ in “detected”?

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Vocabulary: seasoning (level: elementary)

This printable handout includes nine things we use to season food: salt, pepper, sugar, oil, vinegar, ketchup, mayonnaise, butter and jam.

seasoning food - ESL
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Learn English - ESL Resources - CULTURE/TRADITIONS TOPICSThis printable handout includes some information about Ireland, Saint Patrick, some Irish symbols and how St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland and the United States.

Saint Patrick's Day is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and a day of celebration for Irish people and all things that are Irish. It is celebrated on March 17th all over Ireland and everywhere in the world where Irish people or their descendants live. New York City has one of the biggest parades. It is a very Irish festival and it involves a lot of feasting and celebrations, which includes traditional Irish music, drinking Guinness and eating bacon and cabbage. Another tradition is one has to wear green clothing or they will be pinched. Green is the color for Saint Patrick's day as it is the national color of Ireland and people will wear green on that day or have some type of shamrock on their clothing.

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Download and print a crossword with everything related to the topic: St. Patrick's Day crossword. The answers are here.

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Culture: Political Parties in the USA (level: intermediate)

Learn English - ESL Resources - CULTURE/TRADITIONS TOPICSThis printable handout includes a brief description of the two main political parties in the United States and a survery with simple questions to vote yes/no and see who you would support if were to vote in the USA.

In the United States of America (USA), there have always been two main parties. Since the 1860's, these two main parties have been the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The current President of the United States Barack Obama is a Democrat and the Democrats are also the largest party in the Senate. The Republican Party has the most seats in the House of Representatives.

Demotratic Party

* Many support a progressive income tax (rich people paying at higher rates than poor people).
* Many are pro-choice (meaning that they believe women have the right to have an abortion).
* Many support stem-cell research to cure sickness.
* Many support withdrawing U.S. troops out of Iraq.
* Many support more government funding for education and infrastructure (road building).
* Many consider minority groups (such as women and blacks) disadvantaged.
* Many support gun control (which means that there should be strict rules about who can own guns and where they can use them)
* Many believe in global warming and want the government to do something about it.
* Many believe in health care reform (some believe in universal health care)
* Many believe that the economy should be regulated more.

Republican Party

* Many believe abortion should be illegal.
* Many are against gun control
* Many support the death penalty, rather than a life sentence (which sentences people to death if they do big crimes).
* Many support the U.S. having a strong military.
* Many support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
* Many are against illegal immigration.
* Many want the government to control the economy less.
* Many want the government to spend less money.
* Many want taxes to be lowered.
* Many oppose health care which is run by the government.
* Many support a school voucher system (the government giving money to parents who send their kids to private school).
* Many believe the federal government should have less power over the states.

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