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Posted on Feb 21 2017 - 4:17am by Zdenda
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“He must be joking!” I thought. I was shocked but I kept quiet. My friend Jane didn´t. “Why the hell should I throw all my work away?” she asked. We went silent and expected that Jane will be punished. But the teacher was unfazed. “Yes, throw the pictures into the rubbish bin. They are completely useless.” “What? So why did...

Relative clauses are one of the few grammar points I have covered just once. It might have been caused by the fact that I have always considered this grammar easy to understand and explain. Therefore, I never needed several infographics to help me. So it took several years before I created another infographic and a worksheet. I hope you will like them and find them...

Posted on Jan 24 2017 - 4:29am by Zdenda
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The SVOMPT rule is the most important rule in English. As there are very few declinations in English, the word order rule is the one that keeps the sentences understandable. If you do not apply this rule, your sentences will make no sense. Unfortunately, there are very few textbook that teach this grammar explicitly. For example, I teach the textbooks Happy House,...

Posted on Jan 17 2017 - 7:18pm by Zdenda
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At Christmas I got and read a book by Christian Ankowitsch called Warum Einstein niemals Socken trug (Why Einstein Never Wore Socks). The author collects all the pieces of research that show how our physical behaviour influences our thinking. There are many interesting facts that you may find useful in your daily life. But can it help my students? ADVERT: Yes,...

Speculating about the past is one of the few grammar points I have not covered yet. As I usually teach lower level students, and this grammar is for intermediate students, I haven´t felt it necessary to deal with it. However, now the time has come and I need this explanation for one of my students. I hope you will profit from it too. In this post, there are two infographics...

Posted on Jan 3 2017 - 6:51pm by Zdenda
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In my first lesson after Christmas, I would like my students to tell me what they did and what they got. But let´s face it, their knowledge of English is not good enough to be able to do this. Therefore, I have to prepare a lesson where they will learn to speak about their Christmas and New Year´s Eve. ADVERT: In this post, I will share this lesson with you....

Posted on Dec 7 2016 - 4:28am by Zdenda
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Vocabulary is much more important than grammar. If you know the meaning of the words you can understand a text even without knowing the grammar. If you listen to a recording and you know the vocabulary, you will understand the meaning of the message. If you watch a video and understand the words, you can enjoy the film. However, if you know just the grammar you will...

Posted on Nov 29 2016 - 7:03pm by Zdenda
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The difference between the verbs BE and HAVE GOT is essential for learners of English. However, the basic things and concepts are often the most difficult to explain. To be honest, I have to admit that I spent ten years searching for a way to explain this grammar. In the end, I found a solution which I share here. I hope it will make your teaching life easier. In...

Posted on Nov 17 2016 - 11:50am by Zdenda
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Months are one of the few lexical sets that students have to learn. In general, lexical sets are difficult to learn and remember. Therefore, we should teach vocabulary in thematic sets. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. There are some lexical sets which should be taught as such. They are for example numbers, days of the week and months. In this post,...

Reported speech is not easy but when it comes to reported questions students go mad. “There are so many rules to apply,” they whimper. “First, you have to change the question into an announcement and then you have to shift the tenses.” That was why I tried to simplify this procedure. In this post, you will find an infographic which simplifies...