My pre-intermediate students are confused by all the different verb patterns. So the last two weeks I spent designing a mind map that would help them. It is in no way a comprehensive description of the grammar, but I feel quite happy about it. Looking for some rules I discovered that the pattern verb + to + verb is much more common than verb + verb-ing. So my advice...

I have read a lot of articles and explanations about the past continuous tense. Here I try to sum up everything that I have learnt to a visually appealing mind map and under the map you can find three games to practise the tense. Let’s start with the mind map: Advertisement:   Here are the three games to practise the grammar point: Past continuous penalty. Past...

Furniture vocabulary is one of the easy areas for learners of English. However, I think that it never hurts if the students experience some success. In this post, there is a video with all the words, an infographic and three games to practise the vocabulary. Start your lesson with the vocabulary film. Listen and repeat the words and then say the English word for...

Past simple is one of the most important English tenses. Scott Thornbury once wrote that he would sacrifice all the perfect tenses and other grammar if he could teach past simple properly. I agree with him, because if the students could you this tense, then I would probably forgive them everything. To teach all the basic English grammar rules about the past tense...

Students often find the vocabulary for personal qualities really difficult to learn and understand. Here I try to present the vocabulary in a slightly different way and give the students a chance to practise the personal qualities in games. Advertisement: Start your learning with this video. Repeat the words with a native (American) speaker and read the definitions...

Posted on Nov 26 2013 - 7:01pm by Zdenda
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Reported speech is quite difficult. Students are often confused why the tenses change and what they mean. Here they will get a chance to understand the grammar point better. First, they can watch the two videos explaining the usage of reported speech. Advert: The second explanation is based upon the Grammar challenge by BBC too. This time they explain the reported...

Food, glorious food … Food is one of the most important vocabulary areas to teach. You can teach about 30 different vocabulary items connected with food in this post. There are several activities to use: an infographic, a video and an online quiz. First you can introduce and teach the vocabulary using the following video: Advertisement: Here is a mind map...

Many students do not understand the present perfect tense. Here is an infographic which should make the present perfect tense easier for students to understand. Advertisement: Advertisement: And now it is time to practise the present perfect tense: Present perfect simple – penalty game. More games to practise present perfect tense can be found at Present...

Many students find the difference between present perfect tense and past simple very confusing. To help them I have created the following infographic. Advertisement: Here you can practise the difference between present perfect simple and past simple tenses by playing some games. The first game is called Fling the teacher and you have to choose the correct option...

To learn this difficult tense you first have to learn the past participles. Regular verbs just add the ending -ed but you have to memorise the irregular one. Here is a mind map which might help you memorise the irregular verbs first Advertisement Once you think you know the irregular verbs, it is time to practise them. Try these two wonderful games called Teacher...