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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 No 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 […]


Grammar Books, Information Technology, and Other Noun Modifiers

By Nigel.Caplan, on June 4th, 2015 No Comments

A very common way to modify a noun is with another noun. These noun + noun structures are tricky because students are often unsure whether to choose a noun or […]

Larry Zwier

Using ‘Actually’ to Soften Statements of Disagreement

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

The adverb actually doesn’t get enough attention. Many Americans treat it as if it were a Britishism—in jokingly putting on a British accent, they might say actually—but that’s a mistake. […]


Whose Error is it Anyway: Error Correction as Improvisational Game

By Nigel.Caplan, on May 7th, 2015 2 Comments

I’ve always found oral error correction to be much more difficult and less likely to stick than corrective written feedback. The attention to form in a spoken correction or recast […]

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