I recently stumbled upon this website which is a new and interesting idea. It collects writing from anyone on the web. You can write articles and submit them to the site. The site is called Helium. I’m not sure why, but if you are interested, I looked at the “English Language” catagory and there are about 80 articles on the English Language. Some are obviously aimed at ESL students. If you want to check it out go here:



scroll down until you see this part…

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and select an article. Don’t forget you can go to the next page at the bottom to look at all the articles.


Have you ever wanted to find a word in the dictionary but you…. surprisingly… can’t find the right word? Have you ever thought: “Gee it would be nice to be able to find a word by the definition”? I have some good news that can hopefully easy some of that painful feeling you get when you want to remember the perfect word for the situation. It’s called a reverse dictionary. Here’s how it works:

1) You type in words that might be in the definition of the word. For example, try making a question you would typically ask to your teacher. Like this: “Is there a word for someone who is afraid of technology”?

2) Then you can isolate the “key” words from that sentence (in this case, “technology” and “afraid”) and put them into the reverse dictionary. Here are the results of searching one reverse dictionary for these terms.

3) Look through the results to find the word you were looking for, or to find a new better word. You can also try to rearange the order of your search words. This can help sometimes. If you click on the link in the last paragraph, you can find the suggested words for “afraid” and “technology”. You can see the first on the list is “technophobia”. That’s the word I was looking for, however you can also see that the third suggestion is “cyberphobia”. Oh great.. that’s my new favorite word! I can click on the word to see how many online dictionaries have this word, then I can choose a dictionary to give me the definition. I like Dictionary.com because it gives me related words at the bottom, very clearly. Here is the definition for my new favorite word!

Here is a link to the best reverse dictionary in my opinion, however do an internet search for reverse dictionary yourself to see if you can find a better one!

10 Seconds of Wow!

So, you want to write a resume?  What is important?  How should you start?  My advice and the general consensus is that your resume is like a personal advertisement and has only 10-20 seconds to make a good enough impression to land you the interview.  The top of the first page should highlight the best aspect of your qualifications.  For example, if your education is your best asset, then you place that at the top of the first page.  If your work experience is your best asset, then you should place that at the top.

Article about resume writing

Powerwords and Jargon

Many factors regarding the look, and outline of your resume and cover letter also depend on the job you are applying for.  Powerwords are words that convey a strong message of competence.  They are important.  Also, each industry and profession has jargon, and key-phrases and vocabulary which are important to that profession.  Try to use these types of vocabulary to increase the power of your resume and cover letter.
Try doing a Google search for “your profession” + jargon.  For example, you can type “telemarketing jargon”, or “fashion jargon” into Google to get some key terms for that profession.  Here are the top hits I got for these searches on Google.com.

Telemarketing Jargon

Fashion Jargon
Article about POWERWORDS

New for 009

Video isn’t only taking over the  internet, and cellphones these days.  People are even using video resume’s to try and get them to the top of the job list.  Although I agree it could do as much damage as it could do good for your chances of ultimately getting into the interview room, it is an option worth further examination.  I know some schools in Japan that demand video resumes for their teachers, but since they are hiring teachers from overseas, a video resume makes sense.   Being in front of a video can be likened to being in front of a class of students.

Sample Video Resume – click on the questions at the top to see different questions

1 Minute quick tip for resume writing

Here is my new lesson plan for this week!  I have been slowly trying to develop a NEW style for my lesson plans, but it has been slow.  Hopefully, sometime in the next few months, I will have audio for these lesson plans, so you can also listen to news story, personal comments, and the vocabulary pronunciation.  Thanks for your patience and support!

Russia Wants to Land on Europa

Landing on a moon of Jupiter!  I think this sounds like a really interesting idea.  This moon is supposed to be mostly covered with ice.  Although there may not be any life there now, maybe there was life there in the past, or can be life there in the future.  I know Canadians will probably be the first to buy houses there, because we are so used to the cold weather!

Here is some really cool information about Jupiter.  This websites have questions from students all over the world.  Hope you can learn something cool here!!

Answered Questions About Jupiter

This website is AMAZING for ESL students! I would give this website a ***** rating! If you register as a member you can post your questions about your specific ESL questions. This page is especially useful for idioms, and short phrases. You can also potentially use this website to answer other ESL students questions, and have other people check your responses. You can even just read this website to learn from other people’s problems!