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Larry Zwier

Grammar Role-Plays for the End of a Semester

By Larry.Zwier, on December 8th, 2014 No Comments

When the end of a semester comes along, students of all types find themselves under pressure. There are tests to prepare for, projects to complete, and assignments that may or ...

Larry Zwier

Commas and Adjectives: A Fresh [comma] Insightful Look

By Larry.Zwier, on November 6th, 2014 No Comments

The other day, I was filling my gas tank at one of those pumps where a screen flashes ads while your hand is on the trigger. This interesting message popped ...


Figuring Out Phrasal Verbs

By Amy.Tate, on November 6th, 2014 1 Comment

Phrasal verbs are two-part verbs that consist of a main verb and a particle (figure + out). The meaning of phrasal verbs can be tricky for students because of the ...

Alice Savage

Getting Everyone on the Same Page with Verb Forms

By Alice.Savage, on November 6th, 2014 No Comments

The beginning of the semester often starts with verbs, which necessarily includes making sure intermediate students know a good number of regular and irregular verb forms. The challenge for teachers ...


Teaching the Two Main Meanings of the Present Perfect

By Masoud.Shafiei, on September 25th, 2014 10 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 ...

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