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As I wrote before, irregular verbs are the most important thing for all students of English to learn. However, it is not easy to master them. That is why Fluency and I started to collaborate on a series of posts that deal with teaching just the irregular verbs. ADVERT: In this post we are going to introduce another set of 15 verbs. To learn them there is a...

In my opinion, irregular verbs are the most important thing one has to learn in English. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that students know them. However, teaching them is not easy. There are no rules, and the number of new words that students manage to commit to memory is quite low. Thus the teaching materials have to be interesting enough that students would...

I have already published 10 posts on teaching irregular verbs. You can see the list of the posts down here: Irregular verbs again Irregular verbs again 2 Irregular verbs – third time lucky? Irregular verbs in context 1 Irregular verbs straightforward ADVERT: Irregular verbs straightforward #2 Irregular verbs straightforward #3 Teach 9 irregular verbs in...

Students often hesitate over whether they should use an adverb or an adjective in a sentence. And to be honest, I did not make it much easier for them with my explanations. So I decided to buckle down to work and create a simple system which will work for my students. Here is the final result. I have created an infographic which helps the students decide what form...

Most placement tests are for adults. There are few placement tests for young students. Thus, when a teacher tries to test his or her students’ proficiency in English using a standard placement test, the students quickly become discouraged because they don’t understand anything. Then the final results tell you nothing about the students´ knowledge. This placement...

Questions with the verbs WAS and WERE are among the most common in English. Therefore it is vital for students to learn these questions well. They have to be able to form them, understand them and answer them. To help you teach these types of questions, I have included the following activities in this post: an infographic explaining the grammar, a worksheet, a motivational...

I like teaching prepositions of place. I can use the Cuisenaire rods, and my students can be creative in many ways and use English a lot. Here I would like to share the activities I use to teach prepositions of place. In this post you can find the following activities: a mind map, an infographic, a worksheet and online exercises. Prepositions of place – infographic First,...

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...