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A Direct TV commercial to teach narrative tenses

Coming back to post about a commercial (or rather, a series of commercials) that can be used as a tool to train (or refresh) narrative tenses. The good thing about this commercial is that it describs and follows a chain … Continue reading

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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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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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Mistakes? Good!

This is a post about mistakes. Not about mistake/ error correction, not about mistakes being a sign of learning, but about benefitting from mistakes. Or rather, about how to use your learners’ mistake as learning (and teaching) material. What you … 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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my favourite bits of “grammar” by Scott Thornbury

UPD: The review is finally complete! a couple of months ago I went to a bookshop, where, after spending quite a considerable amount of time and money, I bought, among other titles, Scott Thornbury’s “Grammar”. At the time, I was … Continue reading

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