EFL Movie Guides (overview)

Movies can be a great tool to help you improve your English, so EFLsuccess.com is building a collection of Movie Study Guides (look at the drop-down “EFL Movie Study Guides” menu) that give you plot summaries, vocabulary, discussion questions and more, to help you enjoy these great films and improve your English. ALSO look at the […]

Punctuation–rules for when you type

“When do I add a space?” “How do I break a line of type; what can start or end that line?” “What are the rules for naming files?” Most of my EFL students have never been taught the simple (?) rules for typing or using a word-processor (PC): where to put spaces, when to break […]

Teaching and Learning English as a Foreign/Second Language

Whether “playing around” in a classroom Readers’ Theatre, having content-based lessons, learning songs, or enjoying extracurricular activities (like Christmas parties, English Free Talk, picnics by the beach…), interaction in a variety of environments helps learners to overcome fear and improve language skills.   ©2015 Michael Krigline. See our Website Standards and Use Policy.

Snoopy’s Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy’s Christmas); www.EFLsuccess.com Story: In much of the world, you can easily see Snoopy on clothes, handbags, jewelry, and much more, but did you know that this family dog is part of a popular comic-strip family? You can see many of their adventures in cartoon form, but the most popular is […]

Christmas Candy Canes

Article: Christmas Candy Canes ©Michael Krigline, MA (2007), EFLsuccess.com⇔ A brief introduction to Christmas Candy Canes (拐杖糖)⇔ Perhaps you’ve seen candy canes hanging on a Christmas tree, or used as a Christmas decoration. This tasty treat has an interesting history. According to legend, an English candy maker in the 1700’s created the candy cane to express […]

Who is Santa Claus

Article: Who is Santa Claus ©Michael Krigline, MA (2007), EFLsuccess.com⇔ An introduction to one of the most popular symbols of Christmas⇔ Santa Claus is not so much a person as he is an idea, but this idea started with a real person many centuries ago. Around the world, “Santa” has many names: Santa Claus, Sinter […]

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: A “down under” undersea cartoon adventure. After tragedy makes Marlin (a clownfish) an overprotective father, his only surviving son (Nemo) rebels, and is captured off Australia’s Barrier Reef by a Sydney dentist. While Nemo and new fish-friends in the dentist’s aquarium plan Nemo’s escape, Marlin and his unlikely helper, Dori (a bluegill), […]

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Mix beauty-salon gossip, family love, a protective mother, a pretty wedding, a new baby, the Easter rabbit, Christmas lights, a funeral, and a big dog, and the result is “the funniest movie ever to make you cry.” While most people celebrate when Shelby (Julia Roberts) becomes pregnant, her mother worries (due to […]

Bend it Like Beckham

Bend it Like Beckham, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: No one plays soccer like Beckham, and a young woman shouldn’t play soccer at all—at least, not according to two traditional moms in this British comedy. Our past and heritage certainly affect our future, so how can we honor our parents and still reach for our dreams in this multicultural […]

Jungle Book

Jungle Book, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: The jungle is filled with laughter, song, suspense and friendship, in one of the funniest and best cartoons Walt Disney (1901-1966) ever made. A human orphan is raised by wolves, but when a tiger threatens the wolf pack, leaders decide that the best place for Mowgli is the man-village. When young Mowgli […]

Holidays (overview)

At the moment, there’s not much in this category, but someday I hope there will be more. While we wait for me to find time to be a webmaster, you can find many holiday resources at my old website: www.krigline.com/holidays.htm or www.krigline.com.cn/holidays/htm. You can also find Study Guides for several holiday films at EFLsuccess.com: Family […]

Advent

Article: The Advent Season ©Michael Krigline, MA (2008), EFLsuccess.com⇔ An introduction to traditions related to the four weeks before Christmas⇔ Today’s Christmas traditions can be grouped into two categories: a secular winter holiday (Santa, gifts, snow, Christmas tree) and a celebration of the historical birth of Jesus Christ (“Christmas” is a shortened form of the […]

Basic Writing Tips

British writer CS Lewis was an Oxford Don, Cambridge Professor, and best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction. He faithfully answered every letter sent to him, and many of his letters have been published. The following was a reply to a school-girl in America in 1959, who had asked for advice on writing. Basic English Writing Tips from […]

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