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Jennifer Brooke

Scavenge for Some Practice

By jennifer.brooke, on June 22nd, 2017 No Comments

The “rule” You or your students may consider it a mystery why English has different words for positive contexts (e.g., some) and negative or question contexts (e.g., any)? Why would […]

Larry Zwier

Verb-Adjective Combinations

By Larry.Zwier, on June 22nd, 2017 No Comments

Pull your chair close, open your eyes wide, smooth your mustache flat—well, enough silly instructions. I think you can see the pattern we’re going to work with: verb-adjective combinations to […]


Teaching Sentential Adverbs and Adverbials

By Maggie Vosters, on June 22nd, 2017 No Comments

Any student beyond the beginner level probably recognizes the parts of speech. The student probably also knows that adverbs modify verbs (or adjectives / other adverbs). The student may not […]

Jennifer Brooke

Making Non-Count Words Count

By jennifer.brooke, on April 18th, 2017 No Comments

Although food vocabulary is commonly taught at the lowest levels of English proficiency, students may not really master the concept of count and non-count nouns until some time later. Count […]


Two Quick Gerund Rules that Make a BIG Difference in Student Writing

By Amy.Tate, on April 18th, 2017 1 Comment

A while back, I noticed that I was constantly pointing out two common gerund mistakes in my intermediate writing class. It prompted a mini-lesson that yielded such significant results that […]

Alice Savage

Putting “Until Now” into Circulation

By Alice.Savage, on April 18th, 2017 No Comments

There are hundreds of useful phrases that can help English learners show relationships between the past and present, but we often only recognize them when students stumble. Until now is […]

Larry Zwier

Dangling Participles: Finding the Real Head Noun/Pronoun

By Larry.Zwier, on October 4th, 2016 No Comments

Some geeky colleagues and I play in a band called The Dangling Participles. Inevitably, when we play to a new crowd, someone asks what a dangling participle is. I illustrate […]

Jennifer Brooke

Gamifying the Present Progressive

By jennifer.brooke, on October 4th, 2016 No Comments

Present progressive is a deceptively easy English verb form. It’s used to describe an ongoing action and has a relatively simple formation (form of be + [verb]-ing). However, there are […]

Alice Savage

Playing with Word Forms in Context

By Alice.Savage, on October 4th, 2016 1 Comment

Where do word forms fit? Are they grammar or vocabulary? Many presentations put word forms into part-of-speech tables with columns marked noun, verb, adjective, adverb – a useful way to […]

Jennifer Brooke

Grammatical Em Dashes for Advanced Students

By jennifer.brooke, on July 14th, 2016 No Comments

By the time they reach advanced proficiency, ESL students need to move past the basic rules for punctuation and learn how to use semicolons, dashes, quotation marks, and periods to […]