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Is grammar important?

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Jun 2015

Is grammar important?

Learning a second language essentially consists of ‘Reading’, ‘Listening’ and ‘Speaking’. ‘Writing’ isn’t particularly necessary unless the student expresses that they want to learn to write and, even then, it can be learned quite easily once the speaking and reading have been mastered. So, is grammar important? Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk to one…

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TEFL teacher: What does it take to become one?

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Feb 2015

TEFL teacher: What does it take to become one?

For those already familiar with the term ‘TEFL’ (an explanation of the various terms can be found here) you will know that it means teaching English as a foreign language but, what does this actually entail, other than the obvious. It would be a common misconception to think that teaching English to foreigners is totally different to teaching English in a school in the UK…

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May 2014

ESL activity lab. Creating functional beginners material – I play!

The purpose of this piece of ESL activity belonging to our activities section for beginners is to introduce the verb ‘play’. The previous ESL activity included the verb ‘like’ as well as ‘play’ so we removed the verb to like in order to simplify the activity. We introduced 4 Sports which all add something different to the ESL activity – Tennis, the same word used…

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Jun 2013

Why do we like this structure activity about inversion?

Structure: Expressing emphasis using Inversion: Inverted conditional sentences without “if”: (Sentences beginning ‘Were…’, ‘Should…’, ‘Had…’). Level: Upper Intermediate – Advanced Author: Daniel Hermosilla Being able to express inverted conditional statements in English is a sign of an advanced level of linguistic competence as this structure is quite complex and less commonly used in daily communication. At a high level students need to be acquainted with…

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May 2012

Somebody, Anybody, Anywhere and Nobody

Singular indefinite pronouns  Somebody, Anybody, anywhere, nobody       The compound of some and any act in the same manner as some and any. Some – affirmative Any – in the negative and questions Some – to offer something, to ask for something (when we expect a positive response) Examples:  I saw somebody in the lift. Did you see anybody in the lift? I…

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May 2012

What is there? What are there?

  What is there in the classroom? There IS a table… There is a chair… there ARE windows! There IS a ceiling!     There is/There are – used to indicate that something is in a certain location or that something ‘exists’. There is – singular noun There are – plural nouns The main subject follows the verb when there is/are is used. Contractions are…

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Apr 2012

P2 Titanic prepositions of time

  Is it in the weekend, at the weekend or on the weekend? What time do you go to work? When were you born? What day is it today? What do you do ON Wednesdays?   IN ON AT Months, Years, centuries Days and Dates Precise time IN In January In the morning In 1986 In the 1970s Examples: I was born IN 1986. I…

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Apr 2012

Homophones…TWO, TOO, TO

  Do you know how to use TOO, TWO & TO correctly? These are homophones (words that are spelt differently but have the same pronunciation)   TOO – used with adverbs and adjectives. (too can also mean ‘as well’ or ‘aslo’) I had too much food. It was too expensive. It is too hot to be outside. Will you be there too? TWO – is…

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09

Apr 2012

To be or not to be

TO BE I am You are He/She is It is We are They are Examples I AM a teacher. You ARE a student. He IS an actor. It IS a cat. We ARE Spanish They ARE politicians AM/IS/ARE The verb to be is used to create simple yes/no questions by simply inverting the order of subject and the “To be” verb. For example: I am…

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