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This morning I was preparing a presentation for one of my classes on separable and not separable phrasal verbs and suddenly an interesting pattern appeared. It seems that the fact that the particle is separable can be guessed according to the particle that is used. I am not sure whether it works all the time, but it certainly worked for all the phrasal verbs I had...

I don’t know whether anyone will be interested in this mini series called Two Dates. However, as all the research shows that extensive reading helps students improve their English I put it here. There is a short story cut into four parts and a mind map which can serve as a comprehension worksheet. Moreover, you can learn the vocabulary from the worksheet and there...

Posted on Mar 24 2014 - 7:55am by Zdenda
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To learn Passive voice it is necessary to know the past participles. If you do not know the past participles go to our post on Past participle and learn the irregular verbs first. Once you do not have any problems with past participles, it is time to learn the Passive voice in English. Passive voice is used if the subject (the thing before the verb) does not do the...

Posted on Mar 22 2014 - 7:05am by Zdenda
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About 40 days ago I published a post where I summed up all the posts on this website. Since then I have created 17 new posts. Six of them were on vocabulary and 11 dealt with grammar. Here you can see an interactive mind map. If you want to see the given post, click on the mind map and it will open. ADVERT: The summary of older posts can be found at Engames.eu...

In this post you should learn to read and write numbers in English. To help you with this I have created a simple graphical presentation and three games. I hope you will find them useful and that it will help you learn English better. Numbers – Mindmap Have a look at the graphic and read the instructions how to read and write the numbers. Each explanation...

Some time ago I presented here an infographics on present perfect tense. This infographic contains a lot of interesting information but when I tried to teach the present perfect tense using it, I found out that I failed. That is why I have prepared this new one where I try to introduce the form and the basic usage of the present perfect tense. To teach the grammar...

Several weeks ago I published a post on Conditionals. In the post I tried to cover all the conditionals in one mind map and I think that I succeeded. However, the post was unnecessarily complicated for lower level students. Therefore I created a simpler one for lower intermediate students who need to know only the second conditional. Here you can see the result. Second...

Last week I taught passive and present perfect tense. I thought that I was well prepared but in both cases we encountered one big problem. The students could not form the past participles correctly. So they fought with the past participles and completely ignored the grammar taught. ADVERTISEMENT: So now I know that we have to deal with past participles before...

Posted on Mar 13 2014 - 7:01am by Zdenda
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The word “HOW” is one of the most productive words in English. It helps us create meaningful questions and sentences. The word “HOW” combines with many other words to create these questions. In this post I try to introduce the basic phrases “How much”, “How many”, “How often”, “How well”, “How...

I had been using these phrases long before I learnt that they were a grammar item. However, as I have to teach them to my students at school, I have created this short post. There is just a simple graphical presentation of the phrases and two games to practise them. To practise phrase there is someone doing in a more realistic and communicative  way I recommend using...