Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three Confusing Negative Words


From looking at the word itself, you might think that priceless means FREE.

In fact it means exactly the opposite. If something is priceless, it is so valuable that you cannot attach a price to it.

The museum has a collection of priceless Ming Dynasty vases.


Does infamous mean not famous?

No, infamous means famous for something terrible! The word notorious has the same meaning.

The infamous bandit Lucky Luke has struck again!


Not valuable?

No,  if something is invaluable, it is extremely useful.

Maria gave me some invaluable advice before I opened my new cafe.

French Connections in English

French has had a massive impact on English vocabulary.

I have put together a slideshow showing how French words have influenced English words that would be great for advanced level ESL learners.

View it on Road to grammar:

Slideshare (you can download the powerpoint file):

Or YouTube (with music):

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Present Perfect Tense

Road to Grammar's unit on the Present Perfect Tense has been reworked in HTML5 so that it will work on any size screen, including smartphones.

The unit can be accessed at:

The unit features:

  • over ten pages of notes
  • ten exercises with plenty of questions and immediate feedback
  • a mobile-friendly layout
  • simple navigation system
  • a smartboard-friendly layout - teachers can use it in a class with a smartboard or projector


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Critical Thinking Activity has an activity which would be useful in a critical thinking skills class. You identify premises and the conclusion by dragging and dropping them into place. Works on mobile.


Monday, July 07, 2014


The notes on the usage of CAN/COULD and WOULD have been updated:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Free ESL Class Unit: Health

I have just completed the second in a series of ESL units; this one is on the topic of Health.

The unit has eight activities, including discussion, vocabulary, reading, listening, grammar and writing. It would cover over three hours of class time.

The materials can easily be projected onto a classroom board or downloaded as a pdf. Teachers are free to copy and distribute the materials as they wish. It can also be viewed on a phone or tablet.

The audio clip for the listening can be played directly from the web page. Exercises have an 
'answer' button which will reveal the correct responses.

The unit can be found at the link below: