lists of useful language

Carefully selected lists of the most useful functional language, vocab and words with particular grammar and pron to learn and teach. If you find anything useful here and want more, please support TEFLtastic.

Updated 18 December 2018

Lists of useful vocabulary

The big list of British and American vocab differences by topic (on food, travel, places, people, law and order, education, medicine, STEM subjects, business, sports and games, multi-word verbs, idioms, office vocab, the arts and media, nature, and politics) – NEW

100 words and expressions with different meanings in British and American English – NEW

The 100 most useful acronyms for EFL learners

The 100 most useful abbreviations for EFL learners

The 150 most useful Business English abbreviations

list of music vocabulary (genres, venues, people, etc – in the answer key to these brainstorming worksheets)

list of food vocabulary (kitchen equipment, ways of cooking, etc – in the answer key to this brainstorming worksheet)

list of travel vocabulary (in the answer key to this brainstorming worksheet)

list of medical vocabulary (in the answer key to this brainstorming worksheet)

list of regular plurals (+ ies etc) by level (at the end of this article)

list of irregular plurals by level (midway through this article)

List of Latin abbreviations in order of usefulness (in the middle of this article)

List of useful opposites (of appearance, personality, feelings, describing objects, describing places, other adjectives, verbs, phrasal verbs and other multiword verbs, prepositions and directions, relationships, time expressions, etc – at the end of this article)

Gradable and extreme adjectives list (at the end of this article)

ed and ing adjectives list (in alphabetical order and by meaning, at the end of this article)

300 Technical English abbreviations list

The 250 most useful British abbreviations list

250 British acronyms list

Colloquial expressions for medical terms list 

An EFL Xmas and New Year glossary

Transport vocabulary list (in order of usefulness, near the beginning of this article)

List of newspaper headline language (near the end of this article)

The answer key to brainstorming useful language for describing places FCE version

100 most useful business phrases lists

The 100 most useful phrases for business meetings

The 100 most useful emailing phrases

The 100 most useful English telephoning phrases

More coming soonish

Functional language lists

The big list of turn taking language (by function, at the end of this article)

222 checking/ clarifying phrases (A to Z, at the end of this article)

List of giving advice phrases by level

List of making requests phrases by level

List of apologising phrases by level

List of giving bad news phrases by level

List of agreeing phrases by level

List of disagreeing phrases by level

List of disagreeing strongly phrases by level

List of offering phrases by level

List of asking for opinions phrases by level

List of giving opinions phrases by level

Hedging/ Generalising words and phrases list (scattered through this article)

Likes and dislikes language list (in order of usefulness, at the beginning of this article)

List of phrases for talking about experiences (near the beginning of this article)

50 ways to answer the phone (in English and other languages, scattered through this article)

Pronunciation lists

Homophones by level and type

Minimal pairs lists by level

Minimal pairs for Japanese learners of English

Minimal pairs for Korean learners of English

Minimal pairs for Spanish speaking learners on English

Lists for EFL exam preparation

list of typical language in IELTS Listening (in the answer key to Brainstorming language for IELTS Listening) – NEW LINK

Useful phrases for FCE Speaking Part Two list (scattered through this article)

list of useful language for FCE reviews (in the answer key to this brainstorming task)

list of useful phrases for IELTS Writing Part One (in the answer key to Brainstorming useful phrases for IELTS Writing Part One)

135 typical IELTS Speaking Part One questions

101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks related to typical IELTS Speaking Part One topics

101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks related to actions, places, people, things and times

101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks on the past, present and future

101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks on sports, hobbies and free time

101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks on rare and/ or difficult topics

False friends lists

Janglish (Japanese English) A to Z

Konglish (Korean English) A to Z

Lists of classroom language

The big list of discipline classroom language

Phraselist of praising, encouraging and consoling

Useful classroom language for moving around

Ending the lesson phrases

Classroom language when using the board

Classroom language for starting lessons

Classroom management phrases

Classroom language for starting and ending classes

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