Posted on Apr 21 2015 - 6:40am by Zdenda
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I always loved the word formation part of the FCE test. This was the part of the test where I always scored really high. However, some of my students don’t. So I sat down and tried to find out why I have been so successful in this part of the test. And the result? I believe that I do well on these tests because I know the other forms of words. I take the key...

Posted on Apr 16 2015 - 4:08am by Zdenda
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For an unknown reason many elementary textbooks teach HAVE GOT at the very beginning. Students find it difficult and they get confused. Moreover, they get even more fed up when they learn that the Americans do not use this form. But I have to teach the grammar, so there is no use crying over spilt milk. To be honest, I was not very successful the last time I taught...

Conditionals scare students to death. They seem complicated and difficult to understand. But as I explain, they only seem to be like this. In fact, they are quite simple and easy to comprehend. In this post I will try to keep things as simple as possible. I will deal only with one type of conditional – the second conditional. At the beginning of the post there...

Extensive reading is one of the most useful language learning activities students can do. However, to be useful, the students have to know 95 per cent of the words in the text. To achieve this, you either have to choose a really simple text or you have to pre-teach the vocabulary. ADVERT: As there are not many simplified texts which can be used freely, I have decided...

Posted on Apr 8 2015 - 2:36pm by Zdenda
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I have produced only 7 posts in March 2015. This is not much, but as I tried my best to provide top quality content I feel 7 posts is not bad at all. Moreover, there were some problems with the hosting, so I cannot supply the numbers of views for each of the posts and I have to rely on the Facebook likes. English as a second language – Basic questions- 8,900 likes ...

Recently I have felt that my lessons are not language rich. And that is something no EFL teacher is happy about. For example, I have been teaching questions to my fourth graders. We learnt all the vocabulary and grammar, but when I asked my students the questions, they were not able to answer. They did not understand the questions even though they knew all the words...

Vocabulary is the most important part of language. Without grammar you can communicate with difficulty, but without vocabulary you cannot say anything. In this post, I would like to teach nearly 30 vocabulary items for different town facilities. I have included an infographic, an online quiz and a worksheet with several vocabulary activities. There is also a video...

The past continuous tense is one of the most graphical tenses in English. By “graphical” I mean that it is easy to demonstrate the difference between the past simple and past continuous tense in a video or in a short dramatic sketch. Unfortunately, I could not find a video demonstrating the difference betweent the two past tenses, and that is why I created...

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...