Grammar Speaks What's a Talking Head? The Talking Heads were developed to introduce grammar charts on the CD-ROMs that accompany Understanding and Using English Grammar (blue book) and Fundamentals of English Grammar (black book). I wanted to find a way to speak directly to students who were using a computer program. Video Lesson: Mr. Bean Follow me on twitter This is a video lesson based around the video “Mr. Bean packs his suitcase” thanks to British Council for bringing it to my attention in their lesson plan on making predictions but I’ve adapted it for use in different ways with different levels. Kids and lower levels The aim of this lesson plan is to practice holiday vocabulary (clothes and items that go in a suitcase) and some basic grammar structure.
Passive Voice: When to Use It and When to Avoid It Printable PDF Version Fair-Use Policy What is passive voice? In English, all sentences are in either "active" or "passive" voice: active: Werner Heisenberg formulated the uncertainty principle in 1927. passive: The uncertainty principle was formulated by Werner Heisenberg in 1927. 36 fun classroom activities for Present Simple and Continuous By: Alex Case |Audience: Teachers|Category: Teaching English I have recently published 56 communicative activities to teach Present Simple and 35 for practising Present Continuous, often combined with things like frequency expressions and pronunciation to make lessons on these rather basic tenses more useful. However, the most useful thing you can do with Present Simple and Present Continuous is teach and practise them together, contrasting their meanings and uses. I therefore recommend moving fairly quickly on from any lessons on those tenses on their own to combining them in the ways explained below. As many of the activities below are variations on activities in my articles on teaching Present Simple or Present Continuous on their own, one easy way into teaching both tenses together is by adding one extra tense to an activity halfway through it. For example, you can play the Make Me Say Yes game below with just Present Simple questions like “Do you brush your teeth every morning?”
Peek of the week 10 - great videos and channels on YouTube Peek of the week 10 focuses on channels and inspirational videos on YouTube. What they have in common? They are informative, often funny and graphically appealing and, not to forget, they are in English. Here are some of my favorites..
The Seven Deadly Sins of Punctuation While there are countless ways to ruin good writing, there is probably no quicker way to lose writing credibility than by exhibiting punctuation errors. Punctuation is the visual cue in our language that we use to increase comprehension, to change speed and tone, and to improve the overall reading experience. Plus, punctuation can completely change meanings. Consider this now-famous sentence where the words remain the same, but the punctuation changes:
Having Fun With Tearable Sentences I really enjoy activities that encourage students to stand up and move about the classroom. I like using information sharing activities, running dictations and anything that gets the students to mingle and talk to each other. This activity was a new one for me, even though Peter describes it as: “… a pretty common feature of our training.” It just goes to show that everyone’s experience is a little different. That is what is great about blogging and reading other people blogs, you gain an insight into their experience and can take away new activity ideas.
Sentence Structure: Learn about the four types of sentences! Are You Ready To Learn About Sentence Structure? Thank goodness for sentences and sentence structure. Sentences are nice little packages of words that come together to express complete thoughts. They make it easy to understand ideas and learn information. Without sentences, we'd probably all be walking around like a bunch of babbling idiots. :)