We have found that the mention of the simple past tense scares students. The classroom loses its relaxed atmosphere with stressed and anxious students. It seems that in many cultures there is a belief that the simple past tense is very difficult. This article will offer some suggestions that may help to overcome this fear. [...]
Working for a language school or teaching company can be an ideal job for a new English teacher. The regular lessons, regular pay, and support are all be very welcome when you first start working. But have you ever considered the possibility of working for yourself and finding students independently? Being self-employed allows you to [...]
The most common reference for English Usage is A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926) by Henry Fowler, or just ‘Fowler’s.’ Fowler is famous for such quotes as, Inversion: Writers who observe the poignancy sometimes given by inversion, but fail to observe that ‘sometimes’ means ‘when exclamation is appropriate’, adopt inversion as an infallible enlivener; they aim [...]
Sentence Completion are common types of vocabulary questions on many standardized tests. Sentence Completion can be used for vocabulary, as with the practice questions below, or for other types of tests, such as the MELAB. If you are learning vocabulary for a standardized test, here is a great overview, or see Vocabulary.com. 1. He [...]
English grammar is a popular item on most standardized tests. Below are English grammar practice test questions. Here are a few sources for English Grammar – Wikipedia, English Grammar topics at Edufind, The English Club. Tests that have an English Grammar Section – Michigan Language Arts Battery.
Many of the English grammar tenses are not too difficult but others give students a lot of trouble deciding when to use them. Since we can’t think through a grammar rule as we speak, the best way is to participate in activities with other students, speaking orally and using the tenses. This blog will provide [...]
In teaching ESL classes in different countries, we found that students enjoyed working in small groups. Usually, they needed something to spark their imaginations, so that they could try out their English skills. We found that picture activities are good for this.
Students are studying English in most countries of the world. It has been our experience while teaching in Central Europe, Brazil and Hong Kong, that students have difficulty with the past tense. If some members of your classes need help, have them try these practice questions.
Times are difficult and the future of the world’s economies is unknown. Everyone is affected by this ongoing job uncertainty. It doesn’t matter whether someone is running a big business, working at a low paying job or living on a pension. The changes that are occurring in most countries of the world will affect all [...]
The progressive tenses are fun to teach as they follow an easy rule. When your students have studied the simple present and past tenses they will be ready to learn and use the present and past progressive tenses. This article outlines the basic grammar and provides several talking activities. The progressive tenses show that something [...]