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Posted on Nov 29 2021 - 7:11pm by Zdenda
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What is the best way to practise English? There is no universal answer. If you need to practise speaking, speak. If you need to practise listening – listen. And if you want to practise reading – read. However, if you are not at the level to read a normal book, a graded reader is a superb alternative. You can read fluently and enjoy the story and thus...

Posted on Oct 4 2021 - 2:39pm by Zdenda
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Sometimes it is necessary to teach the very basics because students often believe that they know it, but they don’t. Numbers 1-10 are a typical example of superficial knowledge students often have. Even at a young age, they can count from one to ten, but once the numbers don’t go one after another, they are lost. In this post, I would like to share...

When I was teaching my classes online, we couldn’t practice speaking. We had to use Google Meet and the interaction was pretty limited. Once we returned to our classes I flooded my students with speaking activities. In this post, I would like to share the ones that I used to practise the past simple tense. Information Gap Download the worksheet below....

In my opinion, verb CAN is one of the easiest verbs to learn in English. Moreover, it behaves similarly in my students’ mother tongue so the transfer here helps. So I decided to make a board game to give my students a chance to speak and use this verb. However, once we played the game, I was shocked to find that the grammar is not so simple. But thanks to...

Posted on Dec 21 2020 - 9:29am by Zdenda
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Recently I wrote a post where I share two macros which help you make a simple vocabulary revision tests really quickly. You just type the list of words, run the macros and print the tests. In this post, I would like to share two more macros which you might find useful. The first one creates a simple A,B,C,D quiz and the other a matching exercise. (adsbygoogle...

In this post, I would like to share the materials I have created recently to teach the verb HAVE GOT. Presentations When I start a new grammar, it is most natural for me to start with a presentation and an explanation of the grammar. For the verb HAVE GOT I have created two presentations. In the first one, I explain the usage of the verb in affirmative and...

Posted on Oct 6 2020 - 3:55am by Zdenda
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The aim of this activity is to expose your students to the grammar I am going to teach (in this case it is the present simple tense). Moreover, this activity adds a lot of listening comprehension as the students have to understand and answer the questions. Print the following worksheet and cut it in the middle. Students work in pairs and each gets one half of...

The aim of this post is to give you a set of materials to help you teach the difference between the present simple and continuous tenses. You can find several other resources on this topic here and here. Moreover, there is a great video by BBC called Grammar Gameshow. Here I will share a presentation, a mind map, an online exercises and a worksheet that should...

Do you remember the last time you were speaking to a foreigner in your mother tongue? What problems did you encounter? What made the conversation difficult? I speak to foreigners every day and here are the reasons why our conversations in my mother tongue are difficult and not enjoyable (number 1 is the most important factor and number 5 the least important one): (adsbygoogle...

Everybody sometimes needs to save some time. We would like to spend more time with our family, friends or hobbies. But instead, we have to prepare teaching materials or tests. Many of the tasks the teachers do are repetitive and a computer might do them. But we often miss the ability to make the computer do what we want it to do. And those who can programme usually...