Thursday, January 14, 2016

Update: Fluent - A Game for ESL Learners

I've updated the game FLUENT with a new look and some extra questions, but primarily so that users will be able to play it on smartphones and tablets.

Play FLUENT at: www.roadtogrammar.com/fluent

The new look is something like this:





Friday, December 25, 2015

Why are soft drinks called soft drinks?

Q: Why are soft drinks called soft drinks?

A: Typically, alcoholic drinks have been known as 'strong' drinks and the stronger ones have been known as 'hard' liquor. To differentiate juices and sodas, they are known as 'soft drinks'.

This originated as a marketing term. Makers of sodas had trouble marketing their products because they were known as 'soda' in some parts of America, 'pop', 'cola' or even just 'coke' in others. In Britain and other countries, they were known as 'fizzy drinks'. Hence the term 'soft drink' was created as a universal term - it sounds nice and also sounds like a pleasant alternative to alcohol.


References:

www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/07/why-carbonated-beverages-are-called-soft-drinks/
english.stackexchange.com/questions/169092/why-soft-drink

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Business English: Guide to Report Writing

I have just published a guide to writing a short business report.

Features:

  • full example and notes
  • comprehension activity
  • suitable for Business English learners
  • suitable for use as a class activity
  • writing tasks provided
  • mobile-friendly

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Video: What makes a word "real"?


ESL Unit Shopping

I have updated and edited the Shopping unit so that it can be done online as a class activity (with a projector) or as a self-study activity or simply printed out as a PDF.

As always, the unit is free to use with any class.

Links:

Class version: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/units/shopping
Self-study version: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/units/shopping/index2.html
PDF: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/units/shopping/r2g_Shopping.pdf



Friday, November 06, 2015

ESL Unit: A Food Contest

A new free-to-use ESL module is available on roadtogrammar.com: "A Food Contest".

The module includes:

  • A warm-up discussion (class version)
  • A reading activity + vocab + quiz
  • A listening activity
  • A vocabulary activity
  • A grammar topic + activity (BEFORE/AFTER + ING)
  • A writing activity (class version)
  • A conversation topic (class version)
  • A PDF download of the materials (class version)
The links are as follows: