In my opinion, verb CAN is one of the easiest verbs to learn in English. Moreover, it behaves similarly in my students’ mother tongue so the transfer here helps. So I decided to make a board game to give my students a chance to speak and use this verb. However, once we played the game, I was shocked to find that the grammar is not so simple. But thanks to...

Posted on Dec 21 2020 - 9:29am by Zdenda
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Recently I wrote a post where I share two macros which help you make a simple vocabulary revision tests really quickly. You just type the list of words, run the macros and print the tests. In this post, I would like to share two more macros which you might find useful. The first one creates a simple A,B,C,D quiz and the other a matching exercise. (adsbygoogle...

In this post, I would like to share the materials I have created recently to teach the verb HAVE GOT. Presentations When I start a new grammar, it is most natural for me to start with a presentation and an explanation of the grammar. For the verb HAVE GOT I have created two presentations. In the first one, I explain the usage of the verb in affirmative and...

Posted on Oct 6 2020 - 3:55am by Zdenda
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The aim of this activity is to expose your students to the grammar I am going to teach (in this case it is the present simple tense). Moreover, this activity adds a lot of listening comprehension as the students have to understand and answer the questions. Print the following worksheet and cut it in the middle. Students work in pairs and each gets one half of...

The aim of this post is to give you a set of materials to help you teach the difference between the present simple and continuous tenses. You can find several other resources on this topic here and here. Moreover, there is a great video by BBC called Grammar Gameshow. Here I will share a presentation, a mind map, an online exercises and a worksheet that should...

Do you remember the last time you were speaking to a foreigner in your mother tongue? What problems did you encounter? What made the conversation difficult? I speak to foreigners every day and here are the reasons why our conversations in my mother tongue are difficult and not enjoyable (number 1 is the most important factor and number 5 the least important one): (adsbygoogle...

Everybody sometimes needs to save some time. We would like to spend more time with our family, friends or hobbies. But instead, we have to prepare teaching materials or tests. Many of the tasks the teachers do are repetitive and a computer might do them. But we often miss the ability to make the computer do what we want it to do. And those who can programme usually...

“Sir, can you tell me what the time is?” one of my students asks me.“There is the clock,” I answer and point to the clock on the wall near us.“Yes, I know, but could you tell me the time?”I grow a bit impatient. “It’s half past nine,” I try to finish the conversation quickly. I am not really sure if the student is...

Master Yoda never bothered with the word order. But when my young padawans do the same I am not really happy. I yearn for a lightsaber precision. Especially adverbs of frequency should go in the right places. So here I would like to share a set of materials to help you teach this grammar. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Generative...

The present perfect tense is one of the most difficult tenses for my students. Therefore, I have spent a lot of time creating various materials to teach this tense. To save your time, I share the materials here. In this post, you will find a presentation in which I try to explain the difference between the past simple and the present perfect tense. Then there...