Present simple and present continuous Examples I play tennis every Sunday. I’m playing hockey now. She eats fruit every day. She’s eating an apple now. Remember! We use the present simple to talk about routines – what you do every day or every week. Be careful! For the present simple, add ‘s’ or ‘es’ for he/she/it. We say... I wake up every morning at 7:00.
Grammar Auction: Turn grammar review into a game – tekhnologic This is not a new activity and you can find several descriptions of a grammar auction online. You may find these descriptions Grammar Auctions useful: Clare Lavery describes a Grammar Auction for teachingenglish.org.uk. Bjorn Norstrom describes a Grammar Auction for Dave’s ESL café’s idea cookbook. Alex Case suggests some variations on Grammar Auctions for TEFL.net. The other day, I was trying to find some inspiration because I was having a difficult time thinking of something to create for the website. Watch this video for an introduction to the template and instructions on how to edit it. After you have watched the video, continue reading to download the template and for a more detailed description about using it in the classroom. Watch the tutorial video to see how to edit and use the Grammar Auction template.Video run-time is 3 minutes and 26 seconds. Click on the image or the link below to download the template. Download the Grammar Auction template. Click on a ‘hammer’ button. “Wow!
Timelines The language used by teachers to explain time reference, particularly of verb forms, can be confusing for the students. Timelines are neat devices that can be used to clarify our teaching language. Timelines enable the communication of sophisticated concepts to the lowest level of learner, and can prompt sophisticated discussion amongst higher level learners. This article is a basic introduction to timelines. Later articles will discuss when to use timelines in class, concept checking, activities and strategies that use timelines and their potential drawbacks. What is a timeline? What is a timeline? Timelines are diagrams that illustrate the reference to time made by a given piece of language. Why use timelines? Timelines are used to: What does a timeline look like? The basics A horizontal line represents the basic line of time. This line is usually marked with a point that represents now. To emphasise the direction of time, the line may be capped with an arrowhead.
11 Drawings to Remember English Rules Forever | Clark and Miller Have you ever had a problem that you just couldn’t solve for ages? Then suddenly someone says one word, or just shows you one simple picture, and you get that “aha” moment — you suddenly understand everything? Well, over the many, many years I’ve been teaching English, I’ve found that some simple images can help explain rules in English that cause so many problems for people. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too. So here are some of my most effective little pictures to help you remember English rules. Forever! Maybe. In, on or at for place? I’ve actually talked about this in a previous post, but it’s good to see it in a different way. Usually (but not always), we use: “In” when it’s 3-dimensional I’m in this really dark room and I can’t get out. “On” when it’s a straight line I’ve been on this road for about 8 hours and I still can’t get off it. “At” when we feel like it’s a point on a map I’ll meet you at the station. That’s why we can have one person saying, “Are you at the station yet?” A or the? OK.
Grammar + Songs | Songs and Activities for English Language Learners Songs can be an effective way to introduce or reinforce a grammar topic. Click on the topics below for companion songs and activities. (In a blog article posted Oct. 4, 2016 at AzarGrammar.com, I list some of the benefits of using songs to teach grammar that I’ve observed in my own classroom.) Adjectives in the Song “True Colors”Adverb Clauses in the Song “Baby, I’m Yours”Comparisons with LikeFeel LikeGerunds as Objects of PrepositionsGerund or Infinitive after begin, start, continue, like, love, hate, can’t standGet to Do SomethingGotta: Informal Spoken English for Got ToInfinitives as AdjectivesI’ve Got It and I’ve Got ‘EmMust Have + Past ParticipleNoun ClausesParticipial PhrasesReflexive PronounsShould Have + Past ParticipleThird Person Singular: Mistakes in the Song “Memories” by Maroon 5Used to + a Verb in the Simple FormUsed to vs. Verb Tenses: The lyrics cloze exercise below targets the 10 adjectives in the song. true colors, lyrics cloze.docx true colors, lyrics cloze.pdf 2. 3. 4.
95 English Grammar Resources for Effective Learning and Fun English grammar is similar to math. It has strict rules defined by the correlations of different parts of the sentence. Unlike many other languages, there is usually one correct variant of saying a sentence. But these rules are complicated and intricate only until you find a simple explanation. Now there is no need to learn English by a single textbook. Grammar Resources: the Classics Below you can find the four famous grammar textbooks that became the classics for teachers and college students. English Grammar in Use was first published in 1985, and since then, it has gone through five editions. Most Respected Dictionaries Each entry of the list below contains the best online dictionary that have shown its efficiency. Oxford Dictionaries. Grammar Resources by the Top Universities In addition to the books mentioned in the first section, there is a lot of useful literature published by the top universities. HyperGrammar. Online Grammar Resources Grammar by Lexico.com. English Grammar Apps
Regular Verbs in the Past Tense – Running Dictation – The Canswedian English Teacher If you have been a regular on my blog, you know that I try to do a lot of activities that allow the students to move. I do this for a number of reasons. Students have an attention span of about 20 minutes, so if I really want them to understand something I usually make it into an activity that is “fun.” (This is according to my intense researching on Wikipedia)The poor little nuggets sit in a chair for most of the day, so why not have them up and moving around? We will be covering “Past Simple – Regular Verbs” next, and one of the activities I plan on doing with them is called Running Dictation. Group: Three-Six people (If they are a weaker class put them in pairs). Roles: Role 1: The Reader . Role 2: The Runner – This person goes between The Writer and the Reader. Role 3: The Writer – This person has the questions to give to The Runner, and is also in charge of writing down the answers in full sentences. Here is the regular verbs in the past tense reading exercise I give them.
10 Websites to learn and practice English Grammar One of the main parts in learning English is grammar. You know that too, right?! As all the materials (explanations, quizzes, tests and games) are all available on the net, all I had to do was to collect the best sources for you. So, here are the 9 Websites to learn and practice English Grammar. 1. I consider Jennifer’s blog one of the best English grammar sources. It’s a super useful website for both beginners and advanced learners. 2. If there’s something you didn’t find on EnglishGrammar.org you’ll most possibly find it here. 3. Continuing the topic of practicing English grammar, UsingEnglish offers you lots of printable lessons for you in all topics. 4. I just couldn’t leave out British Council’s “Learn English” website. You may not find more information about English than anywhere else, but you’ll find yourself in a very good and enthusiastic community. Here, you can not only learn English grammar, but practice it. 5. If you wish for very many quizzes. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. +1.
ESL Printable Grammar and Vocabulary Worksheets For Kids 22 subject/verb agreement songs - Luiz Otávio Barros Before you scroll down for the two videos, here’s some food for thought. Students of all ages and levels often get the third person S wrong, and it seems important to understand why this happens and think of how we can intervene. Here are a few issues to keep in mind: 1. The so-called morpheme studies from the 1970s showed that the third person S is internalized relatively late – after ing, auxiliary be, articles and irregular past forms. No amount of awareness-raising, drilling and corrective feedback seems to alter this sequence. 2. 3. 4. Student: Everybody in my family like sports. Or even worse: Student: People likes her. So it seems more sensible to avoid “singular” and “plural” when referring to the verb: Student: People likes her. 5. With that in mind, I have put together two song-based videos to help students move beyond intuition towards are more systematic understanding of subject/verb agreement. If the video is out of synch, go back to the beginning and click play again. Video 1