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Alice Savage

Grammar in the Air: Raising Awareness of Real and Possible Conditionals

By Alice.Savage, on December 10th, 2015 1 Comment

In general, grammar likes to be on paper, but grammar in the air can have a big influence on how learners understand and use structures. This is the grammar of […]

Laura Eickhoff

Is Grammar Amazing, or is it Amazed?

By Laura Eickhoff, on December 10th, 2015 1 Comment

We hope most students would agree: Grammar is amazing. We also hope that they would not say it’s amazed. But we all know that English language learners struggle with the […]

Larry Zwier

Compound Quantifiers: Alternatives to Much and Many

By Larry.Zwier, on December 10th, 2015 No Comments

In an article some months ago, I talked about the declining fortunes of the quantifier much. I noted that it has been banished, in large part, to questions (Do you […]


Present Tense, Pattern-Style

By jennifer.brooke, on November 12th, 2015 No Comments

A very basic grid can help you take a snapshot of the basic sentence patterns in English.  There will be time later for more complex considerations of the tense/aspect system […]


Minimum Preparation Can Maximize Student Practice

By Amy.Tate, on November 12th, 2015 No Comments

Our students need a lot of practice with grammatical forms. While textbooks, the Internet and our own minds can provide exercises and activities, sometimes we’ve exhausted those resources or don’t […]


Run-On Sentences Are Problematic, They are the Bane of ESL Teachers’ Existence

By Maggie Vosters, on November 12th, 2015 2 Comments

The definition of a run-on sentence is, “two or more independent clauses that are written as a single sentence but are not connected with appropriate punctuation or conjunctions.”  The title […]


When ‘Have’ Can Have Progressive Aspect

By Maggie Vosters, on July 9th, 2015 2 Comments

Anyone who has taught an intermediate grammar course knows that the verb have is the source of many more student questions than a novice teacher might expect. Confusion might ensue […]


‘It’ or ‘This?’

By Nigel.Caplan, on July 9th, 2015 No Comments

The little words it and this don’t carry a lot of meaning, but they are used in different grammatical contexts, and using the wrong word can be confusing. It has […]


When Tense and Pronunciation Interact

By jennifer.brooke, on July 9th, 2015 No Comments

I am teaching in Cambodia for a few months, and one of the first things I noticed is the difficulty that ELLs have in pronouncing word-final consonants, and especially consonant […]

Larry Zwier

Modifying Indefinite Pronouns

By Larry.Zwier, on June 4th, 2015 No Comments

Students study indefinite pronouns (e.g. someone, nothing, anywhere) early in their coursework – usually soon after they learn the quantifiers/pronouns some, no/none, and any. This makes sense. They become familiar […]

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