Placement tests are extremely important if you do not know your students well and you need to know what to teach them. Further, these tests can be used to measure whether your students made any progress during a certain period of time. Placement tests are often professionally produced and sold for a lot of money. And as nearly every publishing house sells placement...

Present simple and present continuous are easy tenses to learn in English. However, as simple as they are, there are still many students who make mistakes in these English tenses. For this post I have collected the most common mistakes my students make. I believe it is much better to learn from the mistakes others make than to make them yourself and feel stupid. ADVERT: I...

When students start to learn English as a second language, there is a set of basic questions in English they need to master. All language courses start with these questions, but many people struggle to learn them. It is necessary to learn these by heart. However, you also need to be able to vary them a bit. To help you teach or learn these questions I have devised...

Teaching irregular verbs in context is not only useful, but rewarding too. A short story attracts the attention of students and can be used in many communicative activities. Unfortunately, there are not many short stories which can be easily used for teaching the past tense. Advert: Luckily, my friend Lynne Blackburn sent me a nice short story to use here. With this...

Weather is one of the most conversational topics in Britain. Therefore, if you know the basic vocabulary, you can talk to 60 million people. With 60 million conversation opportunities, it is well worth the little effort you need to put in. To make it as enjoyable as possible, there are several activities to help you learn all the words: a pictionary, a worksheet,...

Posted on Feb 28 2015 - 7:27pm by Zdenda
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Another month is over, so it is time to recapitulate. In January I published 8 posts. Some of them were very successful but some were not. The most successful post was the Kitchen tools and equipment. It contains a nice picture to teach the vocabulary, a worksheet and an interactive exercises. The second most popular post was the post about the usage of Little and...

I have already created two posts on the difference between the present simple and continuous tenses. There are Present simple or present continuous tense – improved and Present simple and continuous tenses posts. Both of them are good but as I have come up with a new idea, I want to share it with you in this post. This post concentrates on the difference between...

This is the third post which contains ten new words for intermediate students. The words are among the 4,000 most frequent words in English. This selection of words is based on Paul Nation’s list of words. If you have missed the first post on vocabulary, you can find it here. The second post Learn 10 words in 21 minutes is here. ADVERT: I hope you will find...

Present simple is one of the most important tenses in English. It is quite easy to teach and learn but it must be done properly. In this post I am going to teach some vocabulary first and then teach the forms using the verbs. ADVERT: In this post you can find a worksheet, a video and an interactive quiz to teach the vocabulary for daily activities. Once your students...

Teaching irregular verbs can be fun. The verbs are easy to use to tell stories and stories are interesting for everyone. In the following post I am going to tell a story and you can learn the past tense of ten irregular verbs there. ADVERT: To achieve this there are a video, a worksheet, a comic and an interactive quiz. I hope you will find them interesting. Watch...