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What Is Punctuation?
Punctuation marks are symbols that indicate the structure and organization of written language, as well as intonation and pauses to be observed when reading aloud. In written English, punctuation is vital to disambiguate the meaning of sentences. For example, "woman, without her man, is nothing" and "woman: without her, man is nothing" have greatly different meanings, as do "eats shoots and leaves" and "eats, shoots and leaves". "King Charles walked and talked half an hour after his head was cut off" is alarming; "King Charles walked and talked; half an hour after, his head was cut off", less so. (For English usage, see the articles on specific punctuation marks.) The rules of punctuation vary with language, location, register and time and are constantly evolving. Certain aspects of punctuation are stylistic and are thus the author's (or editor's) choice.
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Punctuation – Commas, Periods and More!

Punctuation really gains in importance as students’ progress through their studies. If you do not have a lot of experience teaching punctuation or are simply looking for creative ways to include it in your lessons, Busy Teacher has 32 worksheets that can help you. For instance, to review the rules of comma placement, take a look at this punctuation worksheet which you can use to structure one of your lessons or as a handy review sheet for students. If commas are not what you are interested in, browse the section for a free, printable worksheet that focuses on your target material.

Punctuation is often overlooked in ESL courses.

With beginners and even intermediate learners, structures are often too simple to really require special punctuation lessons but students should be made aware of the importance of punctuation early on. You can include short reviews on punctuation in your lessons to help students keep it in mind. For a lot of learners speaking is the most significant aspect of learning a language but writing and punctuation are important too especially for students who may have to write in English. Plan to devote some extra time to punctuation when teaching advanced learners and business students.

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Coherence and Cohesion Activity Sheet

Coherence and Cohesion Activity Sheet

The exercises present scrambbled sentences to work on text unity and connection of ideas plus work on pronoun consistency and conjunctions. The activities were thought to be worked on after the pr ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Peer Editing Sheet for Beginners

Peer Editing Sheet for Beginners

This sheet can be used for peer-editing or self-editing an essay. It's designed for beginners so it covers indenting at the beginning of a paragraph, capital letters and periods for sentences, spe ...
5 Elementary
Use of Apostrophe Worksheet

Use of Apostrophe Worksheet

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This is a very simple worksheet for teaching the use of apostrophe at elementary level. There's a brief explanation at the top of the page followed by an activity in which students are asked ...
8 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Punctuation Classroom Poster

Punctuation Classroom Poster

•Punctuation,
This is a colourful classroom poster which can also be used as a picture dictionary or a study sheet for teaching or revising punctuation related vocabulary at elementary level.
19 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Clauses of Reason and Result Pre-Intermediate Worksheet

Clauses of Reason and Result Pre-Intermediate Worksheet

This is a 3-page worksheet for teaching clauses of reason and clauses of result. There's a complete grammar guide followed by 3 different activities in which students are asked to choose a su ...
8 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Types of Sentences

Types of Sentences

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This is a punctuation worksheet I found that I would like to share. It is for a senior phase level. Learners have to identify the types of sentences given. A sentence is given  which the lear ...
10 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Writing: Missing Punctuation

Writing: Missing Punctuation

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This worksheet is all about missing punctuation and was created for children of 8 - 9 years old. There are 13 sentences for children to read. Some of the sentences are questions, others are statem ...
6 Elementary
The Poem Worksheet - Sentences

The Poem Worksheet - Sentences

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Add punctuation marks to the following poem named "The Pig" by Roald Dhal. Visit MagicPathshala.com to learn about sentences and for follow up activities and educational videos. Watch this video f ...
9 All levels
Punctuation Dice

Punctuation Dice

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Two dice for revising punctuation marks. Recommended for elementary students who are asked to to roll both dice and then name the punctuation mark by using the picture clue provided.
5 Complete Beginner Elementary
Punctuation Mark Card Game

Punctuation Mark Card Game

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Students can make cartoon characters (people, superheros, animals...) out of the punctuation marks on the cards. Playing games with the cards will reinforce both the name and shape of the mark. I ...
8 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Writing Pack (from Paragraph to Essay)

Writing Pack (from Paragraph to Essay)

It was designed for intermediate students who have already learnt how to write several types of paragraph and are about to start to write essay types. It makes your ss understand how to write an e ...
15 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
May I vs. Can I Unscramble

May I vs. Can I Unscramble

•, Punctuation
This is a two page worksheet teaching May I vs. Can I. The first has ten sentences in which they must unscramble correctly. The second page has five sentences in which they must correct. We were e ...
14 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Apostrophe Brainteaser Worksheet / Poster

Apostrophe Brainteaser Worksheet / Poster

This worksheet/poster will be a great way to challenge your learners to test their knowledge of apostrophes. Learners, students and adults alike, will love to take the challenge of identifying the ...
14 All levels
Punctuation Matters: Correct Use Of Commas In Direct Address [Poster]

Punctuation Matters: Correct Use Of Commas In Direct Address [Poster]

Incorrect use of commas in direct address is a common error committed by students and adults alike. This poster/handout depicts the concept pictorially. It will help learners understand that the u ...
13 All levels
Common Errors In Apostrophe Usage [Poster]

Common Errors In Apostrophe Usage [Poster]

This printable poster/handout reinforces the concept of using apostrophes in contractions. It covers common error pairs such as its/it's, your/you're, and they're/there among others. You can print ...
13 All levels
Planning Writing

Planning Writing

This is a useful tool to help with any writing assignment. Planning writing explained. I have used it with my Literacy and with my ESOL learmers with excellent results. It has helped to provide s ...
13 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Apostrophe

Apostrophe

•, Punctuation
This handout can be a poster about apostrophe s and apostrophe d. It can be used when you explain the difference between the two apostrophes, especially the difference between had and would in 'd ...
10 All levels
Punctuation: Sentences and Direct Speech

Punctuation: Sentences and Direct Speech

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Punctuation for ages 9 to 12 years (grades 3 to 6) Begins with the short story as example of how to use punctuation. Includes punctuating sentences and direct speech. Can be used for revision of ...
17 Intermediate
Punctuation Flashcards

Punctuation Flashcards

•Punctuation,
Here is a set of high quality flashcards for teaching or revising punctuation. There are excellent illustrations and basic rules. The cards are recommended for elementary students and they can al ...
13 Complete Beginner Elementary
Punctuation Picture Dictionary

Punctuation Picture Dictionary

•Punctuation,
This is a picture dictionary which can also be used as a classroom poster for teaching or revising punctuation. The worksheet is available in both colour and black and white version.
18 Complete Beginner Elementary
Marking Punctuation

Marking Punctuation

•, Punctuation
This PowerPoint presentation presents punctuation marks in a fun way. The following punctuation marks are presented: period, comma, question mark, exclamation point, semi-colon, quotation marks, p ...
23 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Speech Marks Punctuation

Speech Marks Punctuation

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Inductive approach to teaching speech marks, using extracted text as a reference point. Collaborative learning exercises are encouraged so that target audience can learn from and clarify with each ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Relative Clauses and Pronouns Cheat Sheet

Relative Clauses and Pronouns Cheat Sheet

A student started this as a summary of relative clauses. I corrected her few mistakes and spruced it up a bit, but I find it to be a pretty good cheat sheet of relative clauses. Please note this i ...
33 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
How Do You Read Symbols & Punctuation? Part 3

How Do You Read Symbols & Punctuation? Part 3

•, Punctuation
The 3rd ws of this series about signs & punctuation marks. The students have to choose the right name of the sign or punctuation mark that they have learnt and revised in ws 1 & 2. The key ...
10 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
How Do You Read Symbols & Punctuation? Part 2

How Do You Read Symbols & Punctuation? Part 2

•, Punctuation
This is the 2nd ws of a series about signs & punctuation marks. After doing the 1st one, her the students have to find out the 30 words in a word search. The signs are given, but no names, so ...
7 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate

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