FREE TEST-BANK: TEST-ENGLISH

December 2020 – When I started teaching online I kept going back to one website to test my students’ grammar knowledge in test-teach-test approach. At the beginning, it was a simple blog, however, it has grown up to a prodigious test bank. Today, I invite you to visit the TEST-ENGLISH website.

GRAMMAR: THIRD CONDITIONAL TIPS AND IDEAS

November 2020 – Third conditional is a tough grammar point and it’s also difficult to make students practise it, since it is not so often used in real life situations. Doing automatized exercises seems to work for the moment, but fails on the long run. To help students memorize the structure, you might want to spend some time making them do different engaging activities over a couple of lessons. Here are some ideas how they could practice third conditional sentences.

GRAMMAR: SIMPLE PAST (ONLINE LESSON)

November 2020 – This is a lesson plan teaching and revising regular and irregular verbs in simple past. Students need to be at high A1-A2 level, but you can also use this lesson for a revision lesson at B1 level. The lesson plan is written for an online lesson.

SPICE UP YOUR LESSON WITH A SONG – Grammar & Vocabulary through Listening

November 2020 – Songs are an evergreen possibility to lead into a new topic or introduce a new grammatical structure, they can be an excellent exercise to wind down a lesson and even in between two exercises, they are good for making students relax and prepare for the next task. In this post, I would like to show you some interactive worksheets to do while listening to some great classics and also some newer hits – with embedded YouTube videos.

GRAMMAR: A FOR ADJECTIVES

I have been planning to write about grammar for a long time. I don’t think that grammar is so important in language teaching, however, no established teacher can afford not knowing grammar, above all in adult courses. In my career as a supervisor of native and non-native English teachers, I noticed that most new teachers have difficulties what to explain about any grammar structure to their students. The more they knew about the students’ first language, the clearer the answer became to this question. But there is always a first time.

GRAMMAR: TO BE – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to present and structure different forms of to be (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: to be; Vocabulary: animals (or any other A1 vocabulary field); Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

GRAMMAR: HAVE GOT – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to present and structure different forms of have got (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: have got; Vocabulary: animals and their body parts (or any other A1 vocabulary field); Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

GRAMMAR: AUXILIARY DO – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to elicit and present the use of auxiliary ‘do’ (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: do as an auxiliary; Vocabulary: furniture; Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

GRAMMAR: CAN – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to present and structure different forms of can (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: can; Vocabulary: animals and actions (or any other A1 vocabulary field); Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

YL FLYERS: FUTURE TRACING MEMO-GAME

BULLETPOINTS: Level: Flyers (A2); Age: 7-12; Group size: any; Aim: to activate previously learnt future forms; Skill: writing (tracing) and speaking; Grammar: going to and present continuous for the future; Vocabulary: birthday; Length: 30 min; Preparation time: none; Material: worksheet attached.