Word formation

I always loved the word formation part of the FCE test. This was the part of the test where I always scored really high. However, some of my students don't. So I sat down and tried to find out why I have been so successful in this part of the test. And the result?…

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The verb have got

For an unknown reason many elementary textbooks teach HAVE GOT at the very beginning. Students find it difficult and they get confused. Moreover, they get even more fed up when they learn that the Americans do not use this form. But I have to teach the grammar, so there is no use crying over…

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How to Teach Second Conditional

Conditionals scare students to death. They seem complicated and difficult to understand. But as I explain, they only seem to be like this. In fact, they are quite simple and easy to comprehend. In this post, I will try to keep things as simple as possible. I will deal only with one type of…

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Language-rich lesson on questions

Recently I have felt that my lessons are not language rich. And that is something no EFL teacher is happy about. For example, I have been teaching questions to my fourth graders. We learnt all the vocabulary and grammar, but when I asked my students the questions, they were not able to answer. They…

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Past continuous tense

The past continuous tense is one of the most graphical tenses in English. By "graphical" I mean that it is easy to demonstrate the difference between the past simple and past continuous tense in a video or in a short dramatic sketch. Unfortunately, I could not find a video demonstrating the difference betweent the…

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Irregular verbs in context – Teacher story

Teaching irregular verbs in context is not only useful, but rewarding too. A short story attracts the attention of students and can be used in many communicative activities. Unfortunately, there are not many short stories which can be easily used for teaching the past tense. Advert: [showmyads] Luckily, my friend Lynne Blackburn sent me…

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Irregular verbs in context – Scream

Teaching irregular verbs can be fun. The verbs are easy to use to tell stories and stories are interesting for everyone. In the following post I am going to tell a story and you can learn the past tense of ten irregular verbs there. ADVERT: [showmyads] To achieve this there are a video, a…

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Wish clauses for intermediate students

In the following post intermediate students of English can learn to form wish clauses starting with I WISH or IF ONLY. In my opinion wish clauses are quite easy to master. However, if you feel it differently, there are several helpful features to change your mind. There are several interactive quizzes, an explanatory video…

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Little and Few – learn the difference

The difference between LITTLE and FEW, especially when you add A LITTLE and A FEW, causes a lot of problems event to students whose English is really good. In this post I try to teach the difference in a graphical way. Having studied the infographic, you should try the interactive quiz and check whether…

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Top 5 posts in January

It is the end of the first month of the year 2015 and it is time to sum up what I have done and achieved. This month I have managed to publish 10 posts. Most of them are quite good with the exception of the post on Some and Any where the game is…

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Possessive case #2

I have already published a post on possessive case. But when I tried to teach it again, I found out that it was not clear enough for the group I am teaching now. So I created a new infographic and several new interactive exercises in which students can practise the grammar. And my new…

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Teach 9 irregular verbs in one lesson

It is much more memorable to teach or learn irregular verbs in a story. The verbs, especially their meaning, are easier to remember and retrieve from memory. Moreover, teaching verbs in a story is fun. In this post there are several activities: a mind map, a worksheet, an MP3 drill and an interactive quiz.…

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Present continuous tense

Today I experienced the great teaching moment when one of my not so proficient students said that she can understand the grammar perfectly and that it is really easy. I was exalted. I was teaching present continuous tense and the students really liked it and at the end of the lesson they were able…

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Some and Any – English grammar

The usage of the words SOME and ANY is really easy. However, some textbooks like to mix this grammar with the concept of countability and thus they confuse the students. These two words have very little to do with countability. In my opinion their usage is dependent on completely different factors. In this post…

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How much or How many?

The post on countability has been the seventh most viewed post at our site. More nearly 95,000 people have seen it and hopefully used it. While the post is great for intermediate students of English, it is very theoretical. This post aims to be more practical and for a bit lower level of students.…

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Five tenses – more exercises

About half a year ago I published a post where I tried to explain the usage of 5 different tenses. About 71,000 people have viewed this post but several complained that there was not enough practice. That is why I have decided to reintroduce this topic and add three more quizzes to practise the…

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