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Larry Zwier

More about Country Names and “The”

By Larry.Zwier, on April 3rd, 2014 2 Comments

Should you use the with the name of a country? One of the most discussed articles for this newsletter introduced this question. This article dives deeper into the issue. Remember that ...


1 Running Dictation Activity to Engage Students in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

By Amy.Tate, on April 3rd, 2014 2 Comments

A running dictation gets students out of their seats and engages reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It can be used in a variety of contexts, but I like it ...


Helpful Tips and 1 Exercise for Teaching Parallel Form

By Nigel.Caplan, on April 3rd, 2014 No Comments

An important principle in written English is that lists of two or more items must be grammatically parallel. That means they must be the same type of word, phrase, or ...

Larry Zwier

It’s Easy to Remember: Some Adjectives Take Complements

By Larry.Zwier, on February 27th, 2014 No Comments

Students and teachers alike tend to think of complements as something verbs have—direct objects and indirect objects. However, other parts of speech can have complements as well. These are words ...


1 Activity to Help Students Use Present Perfect and Simple Past

By Amy.Tate, on February 27th, 2014 1 Comment

In conversation, we often move from general statements to more detailed information. “Have you seen Frozen?” “Yeah – I saw it last week. It was great.” These types of conversations ...


Why Are Some Nouns Countable and Some Nouns Uncountable?

By Nigel.Caplan, on February 27th, 2014 4 Comments

One of the most confusing concepts for learners of English is the difference between count and non-count nouns. Fundamentally, count nouns are perceived as individual items that can be multiplied ...


Grammar Activities for Listening and Reading

By John.Brezinsky, on February 27th, 2014 No Comments

The 5th Grammar Teaching Webinar took place on October 17, and you can view the recording here.

Larry Zwier

Grammar Checkpoint 1: Does It Target What I Want to Find Out?

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

A couple of months ago, we began a countdown of the top 5 items to check before you hand out a grammar exercise. This month, we consider checkpoint 1—the most ...

Alice Savage

1 Collaborative Activity to Help Practice Adjective Clauses

By Alice.Savage, on February 6th, 2014 5 Comments

Not every noun benefits from an adjective clause. In general, words that are vague are more likely to need the help of a defining clause, whereas words that are more ...


1 Activity to Help You Move Beyond ‘used to’ and ‘be used to’ with ‘tend to’

By Shelly.Hedstrom, on February 6th, 2014 No Comments

Who: Intermediate When: Add to present and past verbs   used to and be used to My students often confuse used to and be used to, ultimately producing a blended ...

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