It is very important for students to be able to say and understand dates in English. For example if our students deal with someone about a deadline, they need to be sure what date is being talked about. In business, missing the deadline can have dire consequences. Therefore, dates are extremely important for the students to learn. I have already published some materials...

Posted on Sep 21 2016 - 4:05am by Zdenda
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The schwa sound is the most frequent sound in English. It appears in nearly every word, therefore, it is of paramount importance that students can hear and produce this sound correctly. To help them I have prepared this post. You will find several exercises to help your students produce and hear the schwa sound. ADVERT: At the beginning of the lesson, play the...

In his latest video Fluency MC teaches comparatives and superlatives. He uses about forty different adjectives and raps them in the comparative and superlative form. The song is catchy and the grammar very important. Jason was kind enough to allow me to write some teaching materials to go with the song. In this post you will find the song, an infographic explaining...

Posted on Sep 8 2016 - 3:32am by Zdenda
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Greetings are one of the topics teachers have to teach every year. They are introduced early on in every textbook and it is really nice if your students can produce some language from the very beginning. It is usually the first function students learn in English. Surprisingly, greetings are not easy for students. As they are usual presented in a lexical set (you can...

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 2:59am by Zdenda
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Thematic vocabulary sets are the best way to learn vocabulary. The research shows that students learn these sets much more quickly than semantic sets. Moreover, they remember the words much longer and they confuse them less. Even our poll has showed that 100% of teachers consider these sets very useful. These thematic sets are difficult to find. If you search the...

In the issue 105 of English Teaching Professional there is a wonderful article by Chris Payne. It is called Plan V and it deals with vocabulary teaching. Chris explains that teachers should teach vocabulary every lesson, they should teach high frequency words and they should not teach semantic sets. He supports his arguments with research and the whole text is really...

Dictation is one of the best listening activities. To be able to write what you hear, you have to understand it and know the words. Once you can divide the stream of sounds into separate words, then you can understand it. And as dictation makes you do this, it is the best way to improve your listening skills. ADVERT: In this post there are three dictations. The...

Posted on Aug 17 2016 - 6:17am by Zdenda
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Irregular verbs in English are very important for students to learn. These verbs belong among the most frequent words in English and if you want to speak about your experience you cannot do without them. Therefore it is extremely important to give a lot of time to teaching and learning these verbs. To make the learning easier, teachers should offer interesting and...

Posted on Aug 9 2016 - 4:13am by Zdenda
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To win the book Grammar Up, you have to answer all the quizzes and write one comment to this site. There will be 10 quizzes and the competition finishes at 12:00 p.m. on 14th August 2016. Good Luck!!! ADVERT: ...

In this post I would like to share 7 online quizzes to practise the present simple tense. All the quizzes are in HTML 5, so you or your students can play them on their mobile phones. Moreover, if you have a website or a wordpress site, you can easily enter these exercise there by copying the code under the quizzes. ADVERT: In the first two quizzes, students can...