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Kim's Game‏‎ for TEFL31 Oct 2014 19:15
Kim's Game‏‎ for TEFL

Kim's Game is a simple (and classic) game which can be played to help memorize a group of objects. As such it's a good game to help students learn vocabulary‏‎, especially objects within a certain semantic field. Note that in general this works better [ ... ]

TEFL Lesson Plans, Activities & Ideas
Backward Spelling‏‎ 31 Oct 2014 17:49Adverbials‏‎ in English

Backward Spelling is a simple filler activity you can play at the end of your class for a few minutes before the lesson ends. It helps with concentrated listening‏‎, vocabulary‏‎ and spelling. Simply choose a word which the class will know and [ ... ]

Spelling & Vocabulary Activities
The English Alphabet‏‎ 31 Oct 2014 16:07
The English Alphabet‏‎

The English Alphabet contains 26 letters. These can be divided into vowels and consonants‏‎. The vowels are: a,e,i,o,u The consonants are: b,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,x,y,z Every word has at least one vowel sound. When we write them, [ ... ]

Linguistics for English Teachers
Present vs Present Perfect 31 Oct 2014 15:33
Present vs Present Perfect

There is sometimes confusion over which to use of these verb forms: the Present Tense or the Perfect Tense. The cat is here. > The cat has been here. Simon is writing. > Simon has been writing. Generally speaking we would use the present to talk [ ... ]

Tenses & Forms
Cleft Clause‏‎ in English Grammar31 Oct 2014 14:24
Cleft Clause‏‎ in English Grammar

A cleft sentence (cleft, past participle of cleave = split) is a sentence that has been split into two clauses - a main clause and a subordinate clause - in order to emphasize one part of it. This part is often referred to as [ ... ]

Sentences
Detective Reading31 Oct 2014 13:58
Detective Reading

Detective Reading is a simple reading exercise to give your students practice in intensive reading. The students will check for details and clues in the text to answer several questions. Preparation Find a text which is of suitable length and level [ ... ]

TEFL Lesson Plans, Activities & Ideas
Conditional Mood‏‎ in English Grammar31 Oct 2014 13:45
Conditional Mood‏‎ in English Grammar

This article explores the Conditional Mood; for a simple introduction to conditionals, see Conditionals‏‎ in English Grammar. The Conditional Mood is the form of the verb used in conditional sentences to refer to a hypothetical situation or an uncertain [ ... ]

Conditionals
Transitive & Intransitive Verbs in English31 Oct 2014 13:07
Transitive & Intransitive Verbs in English

Here are two sentences, the first with a Transitive Verb, the second with an Intransitive Verb: She held her breath. She laughed. This illustrates at a glance the basic difference between the two types of verbs‏‎. Transitive Verbs Quite simply [ ... ]

Verbs
Linking Verbs or Copulas31 Oct 2014 13:01
Linking Verbs or Copulas

A linking verb links the subject of the sentence to more information about that subject (the predicate). A linking verb is also known as a copula (plural copulas or copulae.) In English most verbs‏‎ describe an action. For example: Sofia directs her [ ... ]

Verbs
Question Tags‏‎ in English31 Oct 2014 12:59
Question Tags‏‎ in English

Question tags are used at the end of sentences when we want to check something, when we want someone to do something or when we want to show surprise. They are separated from the main question by a comma: You're English, aren't you? You've got five minutes [ ... ]

Questions
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