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...

Recently one of my readers asked me to write a post on USED TO, GET USED TO and BE USED TO. He wanted a clear infographic and some exercises to practise the grammar. So I did exactly that. I created an infographic, an online quiz and a simple worksheet to help you learn these phrases. ADVERT: Infographic The following infographic tries to explain the difference...

I can see what you think. Irregular verbs again? You must be joking!!! I know. I have already published many posts on irregular verbs. For example: Irregular verbs with Fluency MC Irregular verbs rhymes Irregular verbs straightforward ADVERT: But let´s be honest. None of them proved to be the miracle solution which would make my students learn all the...

Posted on Oct 18 2016 - 3:17am by Zdenda
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Reported speech is often considered very difficult. Students fear the backshifting of the tenses, because they often do not know the tenses very well. If they struggle with the formation of the past tense, you cannot expect them to recognize it and backshift it to the past perfect tense. To avoid all this hassle I came up with a simple system to help students with...

Keywords are the easiest way for students to know which present tense they should use. If the students know them, they are more likely to choose correctly which present tense they should use in the given sentence. Moreover, once they remember and understand the keywords, they might be able to form the underlining grammar concept in their brains. In this post, I offer...

It is very important for students to be able to say and understand dates in English. For example if our students deal with someone about a deadline, they need to be sure what date is being talked about. In business, missing the deadline can have dire consequences. Therefore, dates are extremely important for the students to learn. I have already published some materials...

Posted on Sep 21 2016 - 4:05am by Zdenda
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The schwa sound is the most frequent sound in English. It appears in nearly every word, therefore, it is of paramount importance that students can hear and produce this sound correctly. To help them I have prepared this post. You will find several exercises to help your students produce and hear the schwa sound. ADVERT: Schwa Sound – video At the...

In his latest video Fluency MC teaches comparatives and superlatives. He uses about forty different adjectives and raps them in the comparative and superlative form. The song is catchy and the grammar very important. Jason was kind enough to allow me to write some teaching materials to go with the song. In this post you will find the song, an infographic explaining...

Posted on Sep 8 2016 - 3:32am by Zdenda
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Greetings are one of the topics teachers have to teach every year. They are introduced early on in every textbook and it is really nice if your students can produce some language from the very beginning. It is usually the first function students learn in English. Surprisingly, greetings are not easy for students. As they are usual presented in a lexical set (you can...

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 2:59am by Zdenda
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Thematic vocabulary sets are the best way to learn vocabulary. The research shows that students learn these sets much more quickly than semantic sets. Moreover, they remember the words much longer and they confuse them less. Even our poll has showed that 100% of teachers consider these sets very useful. These thematic sets are difficult to find. If you search the...