Master the TOEIC Review at esl.about!

I just want to give a might, heartfelt “Thank you!” to my colleague Kenneth Beare at for his wonderful review of my Master the TOEIC books!

Just reading (and re-reading!) his review is inspiring me to write the next test strategy series…TOEFL? IELTS?

Everything is at English Central!

One of my colleagues at Portland English Language Academy showed me a great website which can really help students build their confidence in listening to English and building their vocabulary: English Central!

When you register at English Central, there is a Free edition and a Premium subscription (which ranges from $7-10/month). If you tell them [...]

Master the TOEIC Teacher’s Manual is done!

It is done! The culmination of years of classes, writing and editing. Now Teachers can use my Master the TOEIC system in their own classrooms. This has been the culmination of the last few years of hard work, first developing a TOEIC test-taking system, then getting all my thoughts and ideas down in a way [...]

Listen Every Day

Want to improve you English Listening, Pronunciation & Vocabulary all at once?

Listen to National Public Radio!

One of the very best ways to improve multiple English skills at one time is to go National Public Radio! Students tell me that this activity is a great way to [...]

Find everything English at

If you are a teacher looking for ideas on grammatical topics to teach in class, or a English language learner looking for explanations of difficult-to-understand English grammar, then you should come by!

Run by the knowledgeable Kenneth Beare, seems to have a limitless amount of pages devoted to all aspects of English learning.


Mime and Mastering English

“Ointment? Ointment? What in the world does ointment mean?”

It’s 8:30 in the morning, and my students and I are working our way through a section of the TOEIC test, trying to understand some of the questions they got wrong. From time to time we will come across a word which my students have never [...]

Smile your way to English mastery

It’s an hour into class, and I look around and see the tired faces. My students have been struggling with the writing section of the TOEFL for the last 2 days, and I can see their frustration levels rising with every minute. I know what they are thinking: I’ll never understand this. This is too [...]

Workout with English every day!

Every month, my students ask me for the best way to effectively improve their listening skills. They have used English language textbooks, they have bought every TOEIC test preparation book there is, and still they struggle to see improvement in their ability to hear English and understand it.

What I tell them, is that building [...]

You can still learn new stuff!

This morning, one of the students I tutor expressed the feeling that her English is not seeming to improve, despite spending hours every day studying. We talked a long time about some of the factors which might be affecting her ability to improve at the speed she is hoping for. This is a common feeling [...]