Six years ago, I spent a lot of time working on a magazine for learners of English. I managed to produce three issues. Today, I feel it is time to share them.
ELM – issue 1[/su_heading][su_spacer] The first issue is about sports. There are several vocabulary exercises where students can learn the names of various sports. There are several texts about famous sportspeople and about things connected with sport. Then there are several Grammar up exercises, too. [su_spacer][su_heading]
How to do Grammar Up exercises?[/su_heading][su_spacer] Grammar up is a new and unique way to improve your English and grammar. Each article consists of two texts. One is bold – this is the correct English – and the other is small – this is the text without grammar.
First read the bold text several times aloud. Then cover the bold text with a piece of paper. Complete the small text in writing first. Replace the dashes with articles and prepositions and put the verbs into the correct form and tense. Once you finish check your answers against the bold text. Then print out the page again, cover the bold lines and read the small text. Add the missing grammar while you read the text aloud. Check your answers at the end of each line.[su_spacer][su_heading]
Download[/su_heading][su_spacer] You can download the first issue here.
ELM – issue 2[/su_heading][su_spacer] The second issue is about science and technology. Once again, there are texts about various scientists and discoveries, there are vocabulary exercises and Grammar Up exercises.
Download[/su_heading][su_spacer] You can download the whole magazine here:
ELM – issue 3[/su_heading][su_spacer] The third issue concentrates on Easter. There are texts about various customs connected with this Christian holiday. Moreover, there are some language games to improve your English.
I have already shared this magazine here and you can find it at Easter – a magazine for learners of English.
Grammar Up is a new, holistic approach to teaching and learning English grammar.
When you take English in school, you learn one piece of grammar at a time. After a while, you become confused by all the rules, and you forget most of them.
Native speakers don’t know the rules for the grammar. They use them.
With Grammar Up, you work in the same way. The grammar points are not explained—you have to use them. And when you use the grammar, you learn it.
How to use this book?[/su_heading][su_spacer] There are 9 short texts for elementary learners of English. First, you have to read the text and answer the comprehension questions. You can either write your answers on a piece of paper or you can remember them. Check your answers below the questions.
This comprehension exercise is followed by the first Grammar Up exercise. You will see the same text you have read, but this time half of every second word is deleted. The text looks like this:
You wi_____ see t_____ same te_____ you ha_____ read, b_____ this ti_____ half o_____ every sec_____ word i_____ deleted.
Try to read the text and complete each word. It is ideal to read the text aloud this time. If you are not sure how to complete a word, turn back to the original text and find the correct answer. It might be a good idea to write the full text and check your answers then.
This exercise is followed by the second Grammar Up text. This time you see a text in which all the verbs are in the infinitive form, all the prepositions are replaced by a dash (-), and all the articles are replaced by an asterisk (*). The text then looks like this:
You SEE * same text you READ, but this time half – every second word DELETE.
Your task is to read the text again and add all the missing words and forms. It might not be a bad idea to write out the text as well.
I hope you like this book and that your facility with grammar goes up!!![sociallocker id=”3511″]
You can see the Word document here:
This is the second Grammar UP book. You can find the first one at https://engames.eu/grammar-up-book-for-free/ .
You can find more great materials for teaching English at British Council site.
This time I offer a free download of my book 444 Grammar Conversations. As the title suggests, this book contains nearly 500 speaking clues to practise grammar in conversations.
To learn a grammar point, students need to understand it and then exercise it in speaking. That is why many teachers constantly search for some speaking activities to practise a given grammar point.[su_spacer] [su_heading]
444 Grammar Conversations – How to use this book[/su_heading] [su_spacer]
Go to the appropriate section and copy the cues there. You can adapt the questions for the use in your classroom.
I use the cues in the following ways:
- ) The simplest one is, that I print the questions for everyone and students work in pairs and read the questions and answer them.
- ) Print the questions just once for each pair and give the copy to one student in the pair. The student with the handout asks the questions and the other answers them.
- ) Print one copy for each pair and cut it in half. Each student asks their questions and answers the questions their partner asks.
- ) My favorite activity is called Clock speaking. Divide the questions into several sections and write a time instead of a number to each section. Tell the students to find a different partner for each section. Then say what time it is and students have to work with the partner they have arranged. They ask the questions and answer them.
- ) Print the questions for every student and ask them to choose 5 questions they like best. Then the students work in pairs and ask and answer the questions they have selected.
I hope you like this book. If you do, please like our site and share the book.
You can download our book Grammar Up here for free. This book features a completely new way of teaching grammar so it is worth checking out.[su_spacer] [su_heading]
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Next week we hope to publish a post on forming questions in the past tense. As a preview you can listen to the rap song which we created for this post.