Posted on May 1 2019 - 4:49am by Zdenda
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In this post, I would like to share with you a set of materials which I have designed to teach the past simple tense. Using these worksheets my students learnt to form the past simple tense of the regular verbs, questions, negatives and the short answers. All these worksheets support autonomous learning and they are easy to use. I hope you will find them useful. Regular...

by Ewa Gorna from http://www.montenglish.com . One of the most important things for me in teaching, no matter what age the students are, is students’ autonomy. Autonomous students are intrinsically motivated, willing to take responsibility for their own learning and aware of their preferred learning strategies. The task of the teacher is to foster students’...

Posted on Mar 29 2019 - 5:39pm by Zdenda
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It has been known that people remember grammar rules best if they come up with their own explanation. Therefore, the teachers should try to design their teaching activities in such a way that they will help students create their own rules. ADVERT: It is not easy. I have been trying to do this for twenty years and I am still pretty far from being good...

Posted on Mar 20 2019 - 3:42pm by Zdenda
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The verb to BE in the past tense is one of the most important grammar points in English. As both WAS and WERE belong among 100 most frequent words in English, it is paramount that students know and use them correctly. Advert: In this post, I would like to share a set of activities I use to teach this grammar point. There is a nice communicative activity to...

Recently my colleague noticed that our textbook contains too few exercises to practise the verb HAVE GOT. To bridge this gap I decided to create a board game. A board game will allow my students practise the grammar in a fun way and this activity can be used repeatedly. Have got board game.pdfDownload Print the file once for each group of 2-4...

Posted on Jan 31 2019 - 2:12pm by Zdenda
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Imagine that even your most challenged students understand new grammar? Imagine that they discover the rules themselves? Imagine that your students ask you to test them on the topic you have just taught. All these things have happened to me after I started to use colourful teaching. What is colourful teaching? These are cleverly designed materials which use colours...

Recently I introduced Magic Grammar Cards in my classes. These cards are extremely versatile, easy to prepare and simple to use. Moreover, I believe that they are a great way to revise grammar and they support independent learning. ADVERT: What is a Magic Grammar Card In the video below, you can see an example of the Magic Grammar Card . As you can see, Magic...

When learning English, students are usually given a list of irregular verbs to memorize. This list usually consists of 60 to 100 verbs. There is nothing wrong with this approach but I think that it would be much more useful to give students a list of the most frequent verbs in English and the chunks the verbs appear most often in. Unfortunately, there is little material...

In this post, I would like to write about seven activities that were common in ESL classrooms in the past. However, these activities went out of fashion but there is no reason why they should not return. They worked in the past and if used wisely there is no reason why they should not work today. Even if you wholeheartedly believe in the modern methods you have been...

Harry Potter is extremely popular among students. Students know and like the stories.  Why not use this affection? Let’s give them what they want and teach English at the same time. This lesson is based on a fanfiction piece by Neonskittles98 called The Other Aunt. It was published at Wattpad and the author was so kind as to allow me to use the text and create...