Saturday, November 10, 2018

Common Mistakes in ESL: SAID

One of the most common mistakes that I have heard over the years as an ESL teacher, is the mispronunciation of said.

I suppose it would be logical for the word to be pronounced as 'say-ed', but unfortunately, English is not always a logical language. The correct pronunciation is as follows:

/sɛd/

I know not everyone reads phonetics - basically, it rhymes with the word bed. If you're still not sure about it, you can listen here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/said

However, I have to admit that I have occasionally heard native speakers pronounce it incorrectly. I suspect that this is due to some regional dialects.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Two New Mini-units for Beginners

There are two new short units on Roadtogrammar.com for beginners (A1 level).

The first one is Clothes and contains six short activities. You can find it here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/units/clothes/

The first one is At the Beach and also contains six short activities. You can find it here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/units/atthebeach/



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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Idiom: None of Your Business!

People say, "It's none of your business," when they do not want you involved in their personal issues. It's an idiom people may use when angry!


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Word Molecules Game

Here is a new game for English learners and word game fans.

The aim of Word Molecules is to solve a clue and find a word. To find the word, you need to click on connecting 'molecules'.

Most of the words are taken from an A2 word list, so it should be suitable for A1-low B1 level learners.

It also plays nicely on a smartphone.

Try it here:

http://roadtogrammar.com/wordmolecules/



Convos

Convos is a new activity on RoadToGrammar.com.

You can choose from 30 short conversations. In each one, you need to choose the correct response to reach the end of the conversation.

Teachers: This is a great activity for learners of A1-A2 level, especially if they do not get much chance to practise speaking. It works great on a smartboard and it will also work well on your students' phones.

URL: http://roadtogrammar.com/convos/



Friday, August 24, 2018

Series of Activities to Practise Verbs

Here is a series of activities to practise verb forms:

http://roadtogrammar.com/vforms/

These activities replace the earlier Flash version and feature: 4 flashcard activities, 4 'type-the-answer' activities, 1 MCQ activity and a reference chart. 

The activities are formatted for use on any device including smartboards and smartphones.









Sunday, August 12, 2018

ESL Vocabulary: Speechless

There are many words in English that end in -less, such as careless, hopeless, clueless, homeless, tasteless, useless, fearless and this one:

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

English Vocabulary Quiz: Religious Words

Here is a vocabulary quiz on religious words. It should be suitable for A2-B1 level learners.

There are 20 questions and some "Did you know...?" sections.


http://www.roadtogrammar.com/religiouswords/




Sunday, August 05, 2018

Vocab: Heatwave

Do you know this word? Many parts of the world are currently experiencing a heatwave. It's best to stay indoors and cool off.


Thursday, August 02, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Social Media

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Modern Slang: My Bad

We say "my bad" when we want to acknowledge something as our fault in a casual manner.



Friday, July 20, 2018

More Soccer (Football) Vocabulary

Inspired by the recent World Cup, here is a soccer vocabulary lesson, featuring a briefing (glossary), and two activities. 40 words are covered. Students can do it on their phones or laptops as self-study or teachers could use it with their smartboards in class.

Enjoy:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/soccer/




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Modern Slang: Bling

Bling refers to fancy, shiny jewelry of the type that rappers like to wear. Sometimes referred to as 'bling-bling', it can be a noun or an adjective.


Saturday, July 07, 2018

Modern Slang: Troll



In mythology, a troll was a monster that lived under a bridge. In internet slang, a troll is a person who spends time annoying other people online. 'Trolling' can also be a verb.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Word Slamm Game

The Word Slamm game on roadtogrammar.com has been reprogrammed to work on mobile browsers. This means all the games on the site can now be played in any mobile or desktop browser.

Play Word Slamm at:

www.roadtogrammar.com/slamm


Tuesday, June 05, 2018

TKT Lexical Terms Activity

Here is an activity to help budding teachers practise the lexical terms in section one of the TKT test.

There is a question pool of around 50 questions.

Try it here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/TKT3/


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

TKT Section One Practice Activity

Here is an activity to help budding teachers practise the IPA phonetic symbols for section one of the TKT test.

There is a question pool of around 150 questions.

Try it here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/TKT2/



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Vocabulary Gym

The Vocabulary Gym is a new feature on roadtogrammar.com.

It offers bite-sized vocabulary quizzes on a range of often overlooked topics - from 'things you can do with your fingers' to 'Stationery'. Each one has five to eight questions, so it is perfect for a warm-up exercise before a class. It can also be done on a smartphone, tablet or any other device. You can filter the quizzes by CEFR level, too.

Try it here:

www.roadtogrammar.com/vocabgym







Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TKT Section One Practice Activity

Here is an activity to help budding teachers practise grammatical terminology for section one of the TKT test.

There is a question pool of 120 questions covering about 30 grammar terms.

Try it here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/TKT1/


Common Mistakes in ESL: SAID

One of the most common mistakes that I have heard over the years as an ESL teacher, is the mispronunciation of said . I suppose it would b...