In this post, I would like to share three activities that stood out in my teaching this week. They worked very well and I think that my students learned a lot from them. I hope you will find them useful and entertaining, too. The first activity is a speaking activity where students use relative clauses. I used this activity with my teen students who are at pre-intermediate...

Posted on Jul 11 2017 - 3:32am by Zdenda
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For some students, sentence transformation is the test they are really scared of. They feel that they cannot form the sentences correctly and often fail their exams just because they mess this part up. However, as a learner and teacher of English, I feel that this test is simple. I cannot help thinking that the same phrases get repeated all the time and that it is...

In my previous post I offered a set of materials to help you teach the 10 most frequent irregular verbs in English. Now, there are a couple of activities to teach, or if you are a student to learn, another set of 10 irregular verbs. We give you a set of activities to help you teach the past tense and the past participle of the verbs give, find, think, tell, become,...

Recently I published a post on irregular verbs which I am really proud of. In this post, there is an app which helps students learn the past tense of the 52 most frequent irregular verbs in English. Using the app, over 80% of my students managed to learn all the past tenses of the verbs. This is a result I had never achieved before. Even though the results are astonishing,...

Posted on Jun 10 2017 - 6:26am by Zdenda
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When I was a child, the Snake game was incredibly popular. Of course, that was a long time ago. The games have changed since but when I see how popular the game Slitherio (a new version of the Snake game) is, I believe children have not changed that much. And they might appreciate if we bring the Snake game into our classroom and use it to teach something. A few years...

Posted on Jun 7 2017 - 3:50am by Zdenda
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In our previous post, we tried to explain how to form the past continuous tense in English. In this post, we will try to show you when you should use the past continuous tense. Here, you will find two videos. The first video is called Grammar Point and it contains an explanation of the grammar and a simple grammar challenge. The second video is much more demanding....

Posted on Jun 3 2017 - 3:20am by Zdenda
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Adverbs of frequency are a really a complicated grammar. Even though many textbooks teach these words very early on, their usage is not simple and there are many exceptions to the rules. But as I have to present it to elementary students, I try to keep them as simple as possible and I keep all the exceptions secret. (Sorry kids 🙂 ) In this post, I would like to...

Posted on May 20 2017 - 6:07am by Zdenda
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I have already shared many materials to teach the past simple tense here. You can find activities to teach irregular verbs, a great post on teaching questions in the past simple tense and a post on teaching negative in the past simple tense. However, this post is different. Here, I would like to share a set of activities where students can practise the past simple...

Posted on May 17 2017 - 3:16pm by Zdenda
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Teaching the past continuous tense, you need to do two things. First, you have to teach the form. Second, you need to teach the usage of this tense. In my experience, if you teach both at the same time, students get sloppy with the form. Once, you start to correct them, they get confused because they are not sure whether the form or the usage was wrong. That is why...

Posted on May 13 2017 - 4:56am by Zdenda
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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. ADVERT: With Grammar Up, you work in the same way. The...