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
Comments Off on Adverbs of Frequency for Elementary Students of English

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
Comments Off on Teach Past Simple Tense With Michael Rosen Rap

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
Comments Off on Past continuous tense – the form

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
Comments Off on Elementary Grammar Up – free book download

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...

Posted on May 6 2017 - 6:44am by Zdenda
Comments Off on Questions in the Past Tense

I remember the times in my teaching career when I dreaded teaching questions. I especially hated the questions in the past simple tense. After my explanation, students got confused and they often failed to produce even the most basic questions. Fortunately, the situation has changed. Nowadays, I look forward to teaching this grammar. I have developed a set of activities...

Posted on May 2 2017 - 3:35am by Zdenda
Comments Off on Personal Qualities vocabulary

In this post, you can learn the vocabulary to describe personal qualities. Here we will try to teach you the following words: sociable, friendly, sensitive, talkative, confident, ambitious, dull, cheerful, easygoing, loyal, honest, worried, modest, shy, sensible, hardworking. These words are quite useful, as you can speak about other people and describe them. ADVERT: To...

Posted on Apr 29 2017 - 8:00am by Zdenda
Comments Off on 444 Grammar Conversations – free book download

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. ADVERT: 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...

Posted on Apr 26 2017 - 3:48am by Zdenda
Comments Off on BEEN or GONE – Grammar Explanation

The difference between the words BEEN and GONE is a nice example of how closely grammar and vocabulary are connected. Usually, when you use a grammar rule wrongly, the meaning does not change. However, in this case, the wrong usage changes the meaning of the sentence completely. ADVERT: To help you explain this grammar to your students, in this post there is an infographic...