How to learn like a memory champion Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom? For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the order of 16 packs of playing cards in just an hour. Irregular verbs again I have already published several posts on irregular verbs: Past participles – divided according to the pronunciation and Present perfect tense. However, a week ago a student of mine contacted me and asked me if I could create a way for him to learn the irregular verbs. He spends a lot of time driving so he asked me to prepare something to listen to in his car. So I did.
English Grammar Pill: How to use the future tenses correctly Many of you will know that I am a huge fan of mind maps and infographics. I think they are a colourful and imaginative way of showing language points whether they are grammar or lexis. I haven’t had the time to create my own mind maps, however I have made good use of the excellent resources available from my creative fellow teachers to help me with my posts. And today is no exception. During my research for this post, I came across this wonderful mind map created by Blog Educativo. The Dandy Project January 22, 2011 Kean Etro of the same-named Italian fashion house put together quite a charming instructional catalogue on how to customize the brand’s white shirts with ingredients found in the kitchen. Chris from London sent me the link a few days ago and my jaw dropped in amazement.
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Avoid This Common Passive Voice Mistake! I had lunch with an old friend last weekend and we got to talking about passive voice, because that's how we roll. Something came up about verbs such as "were" and "was" that I think is confusing to a lot of people. I know it was confusing to her, and by the end of the conversation it was even confusing to me. Here's the deal: many people think any sentence that has a verb like is, was, or were is passive voice, but that's not true. A passive sentence is when the object of the sentence gets promoted to the subject position.
Idioms Idioms are expressions that would have different meanings if you took the words apart. The individual words in the idiom don’t usually help you make sense of it; you just have to know what it means. It would be helpful to do some online practice to gain a better understanding of idioms. Here are a couple examples, along with their meanings. Downloadable resources - For teachers - Pearson Longman - best English courses. Christmas trees - for students Traditions of taking branches and leaves from trees into the home in the winter are very old indeed - much older, in fact, than Christmas. Christmas trees - for teachers Teacher instructions and answer key Da Vinci - for students