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englishbanana.com’s big resource book by Matt Purland 101 worksheets for English lessons 100% photocopiable! Includes full answers and notes for use Intermediate / Level 1

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englishbanana.com’s big resource book

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For Liam, Daniel, Sarah and Tommy, with love x x

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English Banana.com info@englishbanana.com ISBN 0 9546985 5 X English Banana.com Copying Licence: You may freely print, copy and distribute this book, subject to our Copying Licence (visit our website at www.englishbanana.com for full details). First published in the UK by English Banana.com 2005 © Copyright Matt Purland 2005

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English Banana.com big resource book Introduction Hello again from English Banana.com! Welcome to our latest book of worksheets for English lessons. This is the fifth book we’ve produced and we hope it’s the best one yet! It’s packed from cover to cover with worksheets that will really inspire learners, covering a huge variety of language areas. It’s aimed at learners who are studying at about Level 1 and can be used with all types of English classes, as well as for home study, since the answers to all of the activities, plus notes for using the worksheets, are included at the back of the book. The book is similar to our last book – the big activity book – in that it’s divided into sections according to type of language skills being practised, namely grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading, speaking & listening, and research skills. There are some activities that continue on from worksheets in the last book, for example more worksheets on abstract nouns and common idioms, more material on adjectives and synonyms, and more advanced spelling challenges, as well as two brand new reading comprehension tests. We’ve included lots of exclusive material that has been written especially for this book and hasn’t been available anywhere else before, including worksheets on ‘its or it’s’, adverbs, syllables, understanding maps, and Calculator Code Words. We hope that there’s loads of stuff here for learners of English to get their teeth into – wherever you may be studying! Judging from the many emails we receive, you’re finding our materials helpful in lots of different learning environments, including schools, colleges, prisons, and home schooling groups. The worksheets are designed to be flexible, so feel free to adapt them to suit your needs, whether you’re teaching Basic Skills Literacy, ESOL, EFL, ESL, EAL, TESL, TEFL, TESOL, or even just simply English! It’s all about helping learners to improve their English skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – and that’s what the aim of English Banana.com has always been. Why not let us know what you think of our stuff? We hope you will really enjoy using this book with your learners or as a self-study tool. Thanks once again to all my present and past learners who have helped in trialling these worksheets. Particular favourites that they liked were the ‘Using Numbers – At the Chinese Restaurant’ activity on pages 71-72, the Calculator Code Words on pages 65-67, and the Amazing Maze Game on page 81. Why not let us know what you liked, and what kind of worksheets you’d like us to publish next? P.S. Get online at www.englishbanana.com for an ever-growing array of absolutely free resources – quizzes, games, worksheets, tests, clip-art photos, e-cards, drama scripts, links, polls, etc, etc. The list goes on and on! All the team at English Banana.com For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 i.

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English Banana.com big resource book Contents i ii Introduction Contents 1 1 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Grammar Skills 15 Common Grammar Mistakes in Written and Oral Work Tips for Better Written and Oral English Work Learning Verbs 1 Learning Verbs 2 Question Tags Using Verbs ‘be’, ‘do’ and ‘have’ (present tense) 1 Question Tags Using Verbs ‘be’, ‘do’ and ‘have’ (present tense) 2 Question Tags Using Verbs ‘be’, ‘do’ and ‘have’ (past tense) 1 Question Tags Using Verbs ‘be’, ‘do’ and ‘have’ (past tense) 2 Question Tags Using Verbs ‘can’, ‘will’ and ‘must’ Question Tags Using Verbs ‘could’, ‘would’ and ‘should’ Using Modal Verbs – A School Trip to Paris Auxiliary Verbs in Question Forms – Complete the Sentences 1 (Verb ‘to be’) Auxiliary Verbs in Question Forms – Complete the Sentences 2 (Verb ‘to do’) Using Present Perfect Tense 1 Using Present Perfect Tense 2 Using Past Continuous Tense – What Were You Doing Yesterday at … ? ‘its’ or ‘it’s’ 1 ‘its’ or ‘it’s’ 2 Word Order with Made-Up Words Order of Adjectives – Page 1 Order of Adjectives – Page 2 Adverbs Explain How We Do Things! 1 Adverbs Explain How We Do Things! 2 Focus on Prefixes Focus on Suffixes Prepositions of Time – ‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’ 1 Prepositions of Time – ‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’ 2 30 Vocabulary Skills 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 More Joy of Abstract Nouns 1 More Joy of Abstract Nouns 2 The Joy of Abstract Nouns – Adjectives and Abstract Nouns More Common Idioms 1 More Common Idioms 2 Common Idioms – Body Parts 1 Common Idioms – Body Parts 2 Body Parts – Art Competition! Everyday Signs and Notices Right Place, Wrong Time! Where Do You Work? (gap-fill) For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 ii.

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English Banana.com big resource book 41 42 43 More Adjectives and Synonyms 1 More Adjectives and Synonyms 2 First Names 44 Spelling Skills 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 Another 100 Commonly Misspelled Words Advanced Spelling Challenge 5 Advanced Spelling Challenge 6 Advanced Spelling Challenge 7 Advanced Spelling Challenge 8 Just Vowels – Numbers 1-30 Part 1 Just Vowels – Numbers 1-30 Part 2 Find the Missing Syllables 1 – Adjectives Find the Missing Syllables 2 – Adverbs Find the Missing Syllables 3 – Hit the Shops! The _ _ _ _ _ of William Shakespeare ‘-able’ or ‘-ible’? 56 Reading Skills 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 Reading Comprehension 11 – Car Park Query Reading Comprehension 12 – Working out the Bill Text Message Tales He Never Stopped Moaning! (adjectives gap-fill) Is it New Road, New Street or New Avenue? Map of Melton Park Giving Directions Understanding Maps 1 Understanding Maps 2 Calculator Code Words 1 Calculator Code Words 2 Calculator Code Words – Mega List Katie’s Diary Reading Katie’s Diary Katie’s Diary – Reading Comprehension Using Numbers – At the Chinese Restaurant (Information Page) Using Numbers – At the Chinese Restaurant (Question Page) How to Make a Chocolate Cake How to Make a Chocolate Cake (Answer Page) Everyday Abbreviations Describing People 1 Describing People 2 78 Speaking & Listening Skills 78 Discuss Ethical Issues 1 For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 iii.

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English Banana.com big resource book 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Discuss Ethical Issues 2 Who’s the Gooseberry? The Amazing Maze Game Can You Follow Instructions? The Very Quiet World of Silent Letters 1 The Very Quiet World of Silent Letters 2 Sound-Alike Words 1 Sound-Alike Words 2 Information Exchange – General Purpose Template 88 Research Skills 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 Spotlight on the United Kingdom 1 Spotlight on the United Kingdom 2 Spotlight on the United Kingdom 3 Spotlight on the United Kingdom 4 Find the Odd One Out 1 Find the Odd One Out 2 Find the Odd One Out 3 Find the Odd One Out 4 Amazing Inventions Units of Time Things to Do in London More Interesting Place Names 1 More Interesting Place Names 2 Student Self-Assessment Form 102 Answers to Worksheets and Notes for Use For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 iv.

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englishbanana.com grammar skills

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English Banana.com 15 Common Grammar Mistakes in Written and Oral Work 1. The verb doesn’t agree with the subject: a) There are many person in this class. b) The film finish at four o’clock. Advice: The verb should agree with the subject: a) There are many people in this class. b) The film finishes at four o’clock. 2. There are mixed tenses or the wrong tense has been used: a) I went to the supermarket and meet my friend James. b) I have saw my sister yesterday. Advice: Use the correct tense, and don’t mix tenses: a) I went to the supermarket and met my friend James. b) I saw my sister yesterday. 3. There are articles or determiners in the wrong place or missing altogether: a) I bought new computer last weekend. b) I had some interesting journey to work this morning. Advice: Use articles and determiners correctly: a) I bought a new computer last weekend. b) I had an interesting journey to work this morning. 4. Capital letters are used incorrectly: a) I’ll see you on sunday. b) my friend rob lives at 44 sunnybank drive, ollerton, southampton, sh2 5pb. Advice: Put a capital letter at the start of a proper noun and where necessary: a) I’ll see you on Sunday. b) My friend Rob lives at 44 Sunnybank Drive, Ollerton, Southampton, SH2 5PB. 5. There are spelling mistakes: a) I came to Britain last autum. b) The children finished their diner and went outside. Advice: Check your spelling with a dictionary if you are unsure and learn lists of common words: a) I came to Britain last autumn. b) The children finished their dinner and went outside. For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 1.

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English Banana.com 15 Common Grammar Mistakes in Written and Oral Work 6. Sentences are long, rambling and repetitive: a) I wake up at 7 o’clock and have a shower and brush my hair and get dressed. b) We learnt about grammar and some of the students said they didn’t like it, but I think it is a good subject for me because ... Advice: Use short sentences with one or two phrases in each: a) I wake up at 7 o’clock and have a shower. Then I brush my hair and get dressed. b) We learnt about grammar and some of the students said they didn’t like it. I think it is a good subject because ... 7. The words in the sentence are in the wrong order: a) Which programmes you don’t like? b) I can go home now, please? Advice: Check that words in each sentence are in the right order: a) Which programmes don’t you like? b) Can I go home now, please? 8. There is incorrect punctuation: a) My sisters name is Zafreen, she lives with our parents in Leicester. b) What. is. your. favourite. colour. Advice: Use punctuation correctly: a) My sister’s name is Zafreen. She lives with our parents in Leicester. b) What is your favourite colour? 9. The answer is not relevant to the question, e.g. ‘Describe a good friend’: a) My name is Sandeep Singh. My address is 54 Park Lane, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, WB12 4RW. I have two brothers and two sisters … Advice: Make sure that your answer is relevant to the question: a) I want to write about my friend Ahmed. I have known him for a long time. He is tall with brown hair, and he wears glasses … 10. There is incorrect use of plural forms: a) We can do it ourself. b) Do you want a toast? Advice: Learn and use plural forms and their determiners: a) We can do it ourselves. b) Do you want some toast? For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 2.

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English Banana.com 15 Common Grammar Mistakes in Written and Oral Work 11. A verb is missing from the sentence: a) I just spoken to Emma and she really busy. b) My boss leaving next week to start a new job. Advice: Don’t miss out verbs – even little ones! a) I have just spoken to Emma and she’s really busy. b) My boss is leaving next week to start a new job. 12. A preposition is missing from a sentence: a) Bill Clinton was the 42nd President the USA. b) I put my bag the table. Advice: Don’t miss out prepositions, no matter how unimportant they look: a) Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the USA. b) I put my bag on the table. 13. The meaning isn’t clear or the sentence doesn’t make sense: a) I got the train at six thirty and arrived when I got to work early. b) My favourite food is Chinese because I can’t go out and get it very often. Advice: Does your sentence make sense? Make sure the reader can understand what you are trying to say: a) I got the train at six thirty and arrived at work early. b) My favourite food is Chinese, but I don’t go out and get it very often. 14. The infinitive is used incorrectly: a) I’m going talk about my country. b) Kevin wanted to going to the museum with his class. Advice: Use the infinitive correctly – ‘to’ + infinitive, rather than mixed tenses: a) I’m going to talk about my country. b) Kevin wanted to go to the museum with his class. 15. There are incomplete sentences, e.g. a sentence that doesn’t contain a subjectverb-object: a) Not good. b) We’re going to. Advice: Try not to use very short, incomplete sentences, e.g. a sentence that doesn’t contain a subject-verb-object: a) That was not good. b) We’re going to eat out later. For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 3.

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English Banana.com Tips for Better Written and Oral English Work • • Always check your work. When you think you’ve finished, check it again. Use a dictionary to help you find spellings that you are not sure of. Go to class regularly. Do your homework and hand it in on time. If your teacher doesn’t give you any homework, ask for some. Ask for extra work to do at the weekend. If your teacher doesn’t mark it, ask them to give you feedback. If you don’t understand something in class, ask your teacher. Discuss English work with your friends at break-time and after class. Practise talking in English. Talk about it with your family. See if you can help your family to improve their English. Encourage them to go to a class. In written work – answer the question! To answer the question you must read the question! What does the question ask you to do? Make sure you do what it asks. If it says ‘use a key’ then use a key! If it says ‘circle the correct letter – a, b, c or d’ then circle the correct letter. If it says, ‘write about your family’, write about your family. Spend time deliberately learning vocabulary sets. You are always going to need to know the meanings and correct spellings of days, months, numbers, clothes, food, family members, your name and address, and so on. Practise at home. Make things much easier for yourself in class by learning these words in your free time. Plan written compositions before you start. Use a flow chart to help you think of about four or five ideas to write about or sketch out your ideas by writing notes on a rough piece of paper. Think: what do you want to say in this piece of writing? Start with a short introduction, then write a paragraph for each idea. Your final paragraph should draw the ideas together into a conclusion. Each paragraph should contain about four or five short sentences. Spend time deliberately learning basic verb tables – both regular and irregular – especially the four key irregular verbs: ‘to be’, ‘to go’, ‘to have’ and ‘to do’. Learn different tenses: present/past simple, present/past continuous and present/past perfect. Learn the past participles of key irregular verbs, for example have/had, do/done. Make sure you can use many common verbs like ‘eat’, ‘read’, ‘sleep’ and ‘go’ to talk about your daily activities in both the present and past tenses. Read English language books and magazines. Read signs and notices. Write down any words or phrases that you don’t understand and look them up. Keep a vocabulary notebook where you write down new words and phrases. Check it regularly. Watch English-language TV. Use subtitles so that you can match the words to the voices. Record programmes and play them back, pausing the action if it’s going too quickly for you. Use the internet to find information in English. Use free online translation services to translate text into your language. Visit websites that have games and resources for learning English. Print out materials and test yourself at home. Recommend good websites that you find to your teachers and classmates. Use it or lose it! If you want to remember what you have learnt, make sure you use it every day. Practise speaking and listening, reading and writing every day. If possible, join a club or society or do a sporting or voluntary activity where you will meet native English speakers. Use your initiative! Don’t give up! If it feels like you’re not learning anything, persevere. You are doing fine. • • • • • • • • For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 4.

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English Banana.com Test Your Grammar Skills Learning Verbs 1 Complete the table: infinitive: be go do have see eat I pronoun: present simple: past simple: present continuous: past continuous: present perfect: past participle: he/she I he/she I he/she I he/she I he/she I he/she For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 5.

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English Banana.com Test Your Grammar Skills Learning Verbs 2 Write six infinitive verbs, then complete the table: infinitive: I pronoun: present simple: past simple: present continuous: past continuous: present perfect: past participle: he/she I he/she I he/she I he/she I he/she I he/she For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! big resource book  English Banana.com 2005 6.

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