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Teaching the Two Main Meanings of the Present Perfect

By Masoud.Shafiei, on September 25th, 2014 5 Comments

The present perfect is one of the most challenging forms for ESOL students to learn because of its elusive meanings. The following activity uses consciousness-raising to draw students’ attention to ...


Bringing Real-World Grammar into the English Language Classroom

By Amy.Tate, on September 25th, 2014 No Comments

Sometimes there is a disconnect for students between what they learn in the classroom and what happens in the “real world.” I encourage my students to notice grammar in their ...


Differentiating between Hoping and Wishing

By Nigel.Caplan, on September 25th, 2014 2 Comments

Many English-language learners confuse the verbs hope and wish. Although their meanings are quite similar, they are used with different grammatical structures. It is often helpful to teach these words ...

Larry Zwier

Almost-Modals of Necessity: Have to / Need to

By Larry.Zwier, on August 28th, 2014 5 Comments

Good grammar books warn students about the possible pitfalls of using a modal structure to mean, “It is not necessary for you to X.”  You can’t just negativize modals like ...


Recognizing and Using Participle Phrases

By Shelly.Hedstrom, on August 28th, 2014 No Comments

As ESL writers produce more advanced writing, sentence structure presents both challenges and opportunities. They need to learn the use of participle phrases, which often receive short shrift in writing ...


Choosing Between So and Too as Intensifiers

By Nigel.Caplan, on August 28th, 2014 2 Comments

Many learners of English struggle to choose correctly between so and too as intensifiers. Intensifiers are adverbs that make adjectives, quantifiers, or other adverbs stronger. For instance: The test is ...

Larry Zwier

Should You Point Out “-ed” Forms as Adjectives?

By Larry.Zwier, on August 7th, 2014 1 Comment

Last week I had to make a chart for students with the parts of speech for some vocabulary items. It was something like this: Noun(s) Verb(s) Adjective(s) Adverb(s) analysisanalyst analyze ...


Helping Advanced Writers Practice Comma Usage

By Shelly.Hedstrom, on August 7th, 2014 No Comments

More than any other form of punctuation, commas challenge my advanced writers. They often incorrectly use commas to separate simple sentences that are closely related: I bought a new car ...


Practicing the Personal Pronouns

By Alice.Savage, on August 7th, 2014 No Comments

Personal pronouns (I, you, he, me, her, etc.) are key elements of fluent communication, and yet they are easily confused. Students can be overwhelmed if the whole personal pronoun system ...

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Encouraging Editing

By John.Brezinsky, on July 1st, 2014 No Comments

For this video, Dr. Reppen explores techniques for drawing students’ attention to common writing errors, and using this knowledge to help them improve their editing skills.

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