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Irregular Verbs – Controlled Past Simple Speaking Activity
Irregular Verbs – Controlled Past Simple Speaking Activity

Speaking activities are the best thing in teaching and learning a foreign language. However, students sometimes run out of ideas about what they should say or the language they use is far from the one we try to teach them. To solve the problem, I designed the CARD SPEAKING activity.

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Videos to Teach the Past Simple Tense
Videos to Teach the Past Simple Tense

Recently I have created a set of videos to teach the past simple tense in English. There is a video that helps students learn to form the past tense in the following situations:

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3 Speaking Activities to Practice the Past Simple Tense
3 Speaking Activities to Practice the Past Simple Tense

Textbooks often donĀ“t offer enough speaking practice.

If the book is good it gives you two speaking activities per unit and nothing more.

Then the teacher has to search high and low to find some more.

To make the search shorter, I share three speaking activities you can use to practise the past simple tense. In these activities, your students will use regular verbs, irregular verbs and questions in the past simple tense.

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Past Simple for Regular Verbs – Videos and Speaking Activities to Teach this Grammar Effectively
Past Simple for Regular Verbs – Videos and Speaking Activities to Teach this Grammar Effectively

Do your students struggle with the past simple tense?

Do you want to make your teaching more effective and fun?

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Five Short Grammar Videos
Five Short Grammar Videos

Grammar is very important.

But grammar revision is often boring.

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Christmas activities
Christmas activities

So this is Christmas. And once again I am looking for some interesting materials to use in my lessons. But I don’t want to recycle as the students often remember very well what we did last year or the year before. Lucky kids, as I can hardly remember what I did yesterday :-).

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Graded Reader
Graded Reader

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.

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Numbers 1-10
Numbers 1-10

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.

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Past simple – speaking activities
Past simple – speaking activities

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.

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A Board Game to Practise the Verb CAN
A Board Game to Practise the Verb CAN

Play with your students this board game to practise the verb CAN. Students play the game and practice the grammar.

Two more Microsoft Word Macros
Two more Microsoft Word Macros

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.

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Everything I have to teach the verb HAVE GOT
Everything I have to teach the verb HAVE GOT

In this post, I would like to share the materials I have created recently to teach the verb HAVE GOT.

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Present simple – Trivia Quiz
Present simple – Trivia Quiz

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.

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Present simple and present continuous
Present simple and present continuous

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.

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How to get students speaking
How to get students speaking

In this text I suggest a method of teaching speaking and I explain why it should be done in this way.

Two Tools to Save Preparation Time
Two Tools to Save Preparation Time

Lesson preparation can take a lot of time. Here you will find two Microsoft Macros that will save some time for you.

How to Teach Telling Time in English
How to Teach Telling Time in English

Here I hope to teach my students tell the time in English using both digital and analogue clocks.
This set of materials contains two videos, two speaking activities and a graphic organiser.

Adverbs of Frequency – Word Order
Adverbs of Frequency – Word Order

Master Yoda never bothered with the word order. But when my young padawans do the same I am not really happy. I yearn for a lightsaber precision.

Especially adverbs of frequency should go in the right places. So here I would like to share a set of materials to help you teach this grammar.

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Present perfect vs. Past simple – new activities
Present perfect vs. Past simple – new activities

The present perfect tense is one of the most difficult tenses for my students. Therefore, I have spent a lot of time creating various materials to teach this tense. To save your time, I share the materials here.

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Two Simple Online Tools to Teach English
Two Simple Online Tools to Teach English

Grammar Pac and Dictate are two online tools which help me teach English. Both of these tools are online and they are made for interactive whiteboards. Both of them provide a simple way to practise the things which have already been taught.

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