Category Archives: grammar games

Used to and other patterns – rethought and put into practice

In the morning today I had a chance to see how my substitution table from the previous post worked. I knew my student would still be struggling with all the 4 patters (get used to, be used to, used to, … Continue reading

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a more personalised approach to ING and TO

The gerund vs infinitive grammar has always seemed quite tricky for teaching to me: I have always felt there wasn’t enough really good materials, especially for the one-to-one situation.  Of course there are all kinds of gap-fills and contextualised gap-fills (like … Continue reading

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“lost interview”: a recreative activity to practise asking closed questions

here is a short but effective activity to train asking closed questions like are you…/ have you…/ did you…/ do you…?.- the ones that cause a lot of difficulties with some of our students… in this activity students are only … Continue reading

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superlatives for elementary

A nice short speaking activity on superlatives! To practice phrases like “the best book/ the most interesting film/ the most difficult in a conversational manner, at an elementary level. for me and my group it work as a good finalising … Continue reading

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tense revision jigsaw puzzle – what it looks like

Here are some pictures to illustrate my favourite tense revision puzzle. very easy – you just give a “skeleton” and a pile of cards to your students to put together. And then you give a full copy to compare with … Continue reading

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a Present Simple/Present continuous picture activity

here is a nice small activity on Present Simple vs Present Continuous for an elementary class, a kind of activity that will help you to refresh the students’ knowledge and once again let them practise (might be good to finalise … Continue reading

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A tense revision jigsaw puzzle

I’d like to share with you one of my favourites: a puzzle on English tenses system. Works great with men, or at least with people who have analytical mindset, and with people who appreciate clear structures. It’s very simple – … Continue reading

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Using images in class

When I bought a tablet PC (oh my, I don’t know how I had lived before!), I also started a collection of pictures for ELT. Every time I came across an interesting picture, I stored it onto my tablet. There … Continue reading

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Using images in class

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a speaking activity on degree modifiers (comparatives and superlatives)

here is a new speaking activity to practise degree modifiers used for comparing things (much more reliable, by far the best, slightly less engaging, etc). Adjectives and degrees of comparison is actually one of my most favourite topics)) It is … Continue reading

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