Thursday, September 18, 2014

ESL Video: Is Coffee Harmful

The second in the series of ESL video practice pages:

Is coffee harmful?

ESL Video Lesson: Try Something New

Here is the first in a series of ESL videos for upper int/advanced level classes:

It's Matt Cutts' inspirational TED Talk on taking up 30-day challenges.

This would be great to project on the board as a class activity (I do this all the time with my classes). There is an intro, a video, vocab, a quiz, a discussion and some learning points.

The page works on mobile devices.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Site Improvements

I've made some improvements to the Road To Grammar main site:

1 Notes and PDFs can be accessed directly from the main page

2 Quizzes are slightly bigger when viewed on a desktop or laptop (good for smartboards, too).

3 Quizzes have an infobar so you can see the title of the quiz

4 A few simple cosmetic changes

* The site works on mobile devices
* Ads are kept to a minimum


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