I was recently looking through my Tools for Teacher & Learners site and searching through the accumulated resources there - More than a thousand links. I tend to feel that very few people go beyond what's newest on the front page, so I decided to start grouping the links together and posting them here. This first post features some of the best links to grammar orientated sites. You can find more tools like these in Digital Tools for Teachers Deep Grammar Deep Grammar is a grammar checker based on artificial intelligence. Compute the likelihood that someone would have intended to write the text. You can use this to get students checking, correcting and improving their own written work before they submit it. Sentence Tree This is a great site that analyses the grammar of any sentence you type in and tells you the parts of speech of each word within the sentence. Students or trainee teachers can use this to analyse sentences and identify structures. GrammarFlip Grammar Gamble Verb conjugation tool
The Ultimate List of Free Grammar Games | Psychowith6Grammar and writing can be a tedious subject to teach. Fortunately, there are so many amazing free games available to make teaching them fun. Until now, you had to Google your heart out to find them. More Grammar Game Sanity None of these games are online games. To make prepping many of these games even easier, pick up an Amazon laminator and pouches. Free Parts of Speech Games Adverb & Adjectives Game – Players must correctly identify adverbs and adjectives and use them in sentences to keep cards. Go Fishing for Grammar – Play Go Fish with parts of speech cards. Grammargories – Students compete to write words for parts of speech the fastest. Jenga Review – Students have to answer a corresponding grammar question before placing it on top of the tower. Play the Bag Game – students win a point for each part of speech (drawn from a paper bag) used correctly in a sentence. Hot Potato Grammar – a cross between the Hot Potato game and musical chairs to identify parts of speech. Noun and Verb Charades
Can you find the English grammar mistakes in these sentences? – Espresso EnglishTest your English grammar skills! Can you find the grammar mistakes in the following sentences? Try your best, then scroll down for the answers and explanations. Find and correct the grammar mistakes: We cleaned all the kitchen while our parents were out to dinner.If I’m stressed out about something, I tend to have problem to fall asleep.One of the most important issue is the lack of parking spaces at the local mall.If you don’t mind, I’d prefer leave early tomorrow.Do you have a few minutes to discuss about this project? Here are the English grammar mistakes: Incorrect: We cleaned all the kitchen while our parents were out to dinner.Correct: We cleaned the whole/entire kitchen while our parents were out to dinner. We use all for plural nouns (all the students) and for uncountable nouns (all the furniture), but not for singular nouns. Incorrect: If I’m stressed out about something, I tend to have problem to fall asleep. This is just a more natural way to express this sentence.
Teaching Grammar through listening (English-as-a-foreign-language version)1. Introduction In all of my posts on grammar instruction I have made the very important point that for grammar to be fully acquired it must be practised extensively through all four skills. However, this is not what usually happens, grammar practice occurring in most language classrooms predominantly through the written medium. Of the four language skills, the one that is always neglected in grammar instruction is definitely Listening. The parsing phase is the stage in the comprehension of aural input in which the listener recognizes a grammar pattern in a string of words and fits it to the surrounding linguistic context. In this post I intend to show how grammar can be modelled and practised aurally through highly impactful L.A.M. 2.L.A.M. grammar activities 2.1 Sentence puzzles Sentence puzzles like the one in Figure 1 below are a very effective way to teach grammar and syntax through listening. 2.2 Sentence builders 2.3 Sorting tasks 2.4 Listening hunts 2.5 Interlingual comparisons 2.6.
Road To Grammar - Text Analysis ToolResources for Teachers Free English Test (CEFR) A free 20-minute test that will find a learner's CEFR level. Text Analysis Tool If you have a soft copy of a text that you wish to use as a reading exercise with your ESL students, you can use the Text Analyzer to: determine the approximate level of proficiency that the text is suitable for generate a suggested vocabulary list get meanings for the suggested vocabulary list Vocabulary Gym Bite-sized vocabulary drills on a range of topics Video Lessons A collection of video-based lessons that your students will love PDF Collection Handouts and worksheets from Roadtogrammar.com Graphics and Infographics Useful for classes or simply for posting on Facebook! Gallery of Idiom Cards Bloom's revised taxonomy Word roots: VIS Word roots: TRI Word roots: PHIL CEFR Levels HOPE vs WISH Warm-up Conversation Questions A collection of 100 warm-up conversation questions that you can use with your smartboard. Conversation Question Sets TKT Test Practice Make a Sentence
“You’re Lying”: a Game to Practise Present Perfect Simple and Past SimpleToday I’m really happy to introduce a guest writer to you. Angeles Jimenez is a friend and fellow teacher from EOI Oviedo and, in this blog post, she will be sharing with us an excellent communicative game to consolidate the use of present perfect simple and past simple. Ready for a lot of fun! Do you want your students to keep their noses in the course book? Going into a new class on the first day can be a little bit stressful both for teachers and students. Games for getting to know one another can be an excellent way to establish a stress-free environment in the classroom. The “You’re lying “game lives up to its name. It’s a fun game which works very well at the start of the term as a ‘getting to know you’ kind of game. It’s also a great way to consolidate the use of the present perfect tense to talk about experiences and the use of simple past to ask follow-up questions. For B2 students some warming up may be necessary. I’ve been to many countries in my life. How to play
10 Games and Activities to Practise Personality Adjectives.Ten entertaining ways to practise personality adjectives with activities for all ages and levels. In this post, you’ll find listening,writing, speaking activities and games to help students master this vocabulary. Blog de Cristina is also on Facebook. Follow us! This is me. Ask students to work in pairs and write down as many personality adjectives as they can in two minutes. On the board write three columns: positive, negative and neutral adjectives and ask students to provide adjectives for the three columns. Roleplays Prepare cards with a personality trait written on it (talkative, cheerful, arrogant, stubborn, immature, possessive…etc). Reading your signature. What does your signature say about you? Ask students to write the sentence Write soon on a piece of paper and then sign under the sentence.Ask them to work in pairs and look at their partner’s signature and explain what it means. What’s your job? Tax inspector Teacher politician computer programmer librarian Acting out Quotes. 2. 3.
Prepositions: Vocabulary for Beginning ReadersVocabulary for Pre and Beginning Readers Basic vocabulary is necessary for a child as they begin to learn to read. Children learn the meanings of most words indirectly, through their everyday experiences. While most vocabulary is learnt indirectly, direct vocabulary learning in addition to indirect vocabulary learning is useful. Basic vocabulary for beginning readers include: colours; prepositions; common objects and locations; pronouns; parts of everyday objects; adjectives; occupations; quantity words; materials; shapes; and patterns. Prepositions: Basic Vocabulary Here is a simple activity for assessing and teaching prepositions. This activity can be done with two cups and any other single item you have on hand, e.g. a pencil. Placing Batman in various positions relative to the cup/s, I simply asked, “Where is Batman?” Where there were gaps in their vocabulary, I taught the prepositions through modelling. Teaching Vocabulary through Modelling We kept the lesson short and punchy.
Do You Wish You Knew Better Grammar?Making Wishes For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. In English, wish is a powerful word for expressing your dreams, hopes and desires. Here are some examples: We wish you the best. Her mother wishes they would get married. I wish I had brought my camera. I wish to speak to the president. You will often hear wish in music, movie dialog, poetry and inspirational speeches. A wish is a desire for a different reality. A Unique Verb Wish follows a unique -- and rather confusing -- set of grammar rules. Verb back shifting x A wish about the present uses a simple past main verb. He wishes he understood the lesson. In this example, understood is a simple past verb. Wish is often followed by that. I wish that I looked like a movie star. I wish I looked like a movie star. Both of these sentences have the same meaning. In hypothetical situations, such as wishes and conditionals, use were for all pronouns. I wish you were here. I wish she were here. I wish I were there. Future wishes Past wishes Hope vs.