Monday, June 03, 2019

New Resource: Articles

Here is a new resource: an extended practice activity on articles.

There are 55 questions in total, and it covers the basic rules of articles, with notes provided. This activity is suitable for A1-B2 standard learners (A1 with guidance, A2-B1 with or without guidance).

Try it here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/articles/


Friday, May 31, 2019

Microlessons

Microlessons are a new feature on Roadtogramar.com. This is part of the initiative to bring more visual and picture-based content to the site.

Each one features a few quick slides with a learning point presented in a nice, visual style. Microlessons are updated every week.

You can see the current microlesson on the home page. Just click beside the dot. Or you can see the index of all available lessons here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/microlessons/contents.html




Monday, May 27, 2019

New Game: Word Stacks

I've uploaded a new word game which should be a lot of fun for English learners to try.

The premise is very simple: use a stack of letters to make a word. The longer the word, the more points. The game ends when the user can no longer find a word. You'll have to be careful not to let the more difficult letters (x, q, z) stack up.

You can try the game here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/wordstacks/







Friday, May 10, 2019

Words and Phrases for Talking about Money

Here is a new picture-based activity with words and phrases for talking about money. There are twenty phrases in total and it is suitable for A2-B2 level.

Below are screenshots from the activity on a laptop and phone.

Try the activity here: http://roadtogrammar.com/talkingmoney/






Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Two Common Classroom Mistakes

Teachers, do your students make these mistakes? If so, maybe these cards can help. Feel free to save, print or use them in any way.





Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Vocabulary: Hostage, Tied Up, Blindfolded

Here are some words to describe a hostage situation (B2+). These words could come in handy when describing or reading certain news items.

Teachers, feel free to download, copy and distribute these cards.





Monday, April 08, 2019

Vocabulary of Love

Here is an activity on the vocabulary of love, featuring 26 words and phrases. It's probably suitable for B1-B2 level learners. It consists of a presentation and quiz. Enjoy!

URL: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/vocabularyoflove/




Thursday, April 04, 2019

Understanding Sarcasm

Sarcasm can be a difficult word to understand. I've put together a short picture series to help explain. (Teachers: feel free to download and use these or any other pictures from this blog.)





Tuesday, March 26, 2019

GRE Master

The GRE Master activity has been converted from Flash to HTML5, so it now works on mobile devices. Almost all content on roadtogrammar.com now works on mobile devices.

This activity is great for people who want to improve their vocabulary range to prep for the GRE test, but it is also good for advanced level students who wish to expand their range of vocabulary. Over 3000 words are tested in the activity. It consists of a word-scramble activity and a flashcard activity.

Check it out here:

www.roadtogrammar.com/GRE



Friday, March 22, 2019

HAVE and HAVE GOT


A very common mistake is to confuse GOT and HAVE GOT. In fact, this is a mistake that even native speakers sometimes make!

GOT is simply the past tense of GET, whereas HAVE GOT means the same thing as HAVE.
Thus, we can say "I got an A on my test", but not "I got a rich uncle".

Perhaps this mistake is so widespread because people hear the shortened form 've got or 's got and don't quite process the helping verb. So these two sentences may sound very similar to some people:

(Wrong)               She got a pet poodle.
(Right)                  She's got a pet poodle.




Thursday, March 14, 2019

Word Forms Activity

Here is a new activity to practice word forms (parts of speech).

Learners can use this activity to differentiate, for example, words like confidence and confident.

There are 80 practice questions with notes. The activity is mobile-friendly.

Try it here:

www.roadtogrammar.com/wordforms2/



Thursday, March 07, 2019

Uncountable Nouns

The extended practice module on uncountable nouns has been updated. It has been converted from Flash to HTML5, so it now works on mobile devices. Almost all content on roadtogrammar.com now works on mobile devices.

This module covers all aspects of uncountable nouns and includes five practice exercises and multiple pages of notes. 

Check it out here:

www.roadtogrammar.com/uncountablenouns




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Words and Phrases for Talking about Food

Starting in 2019, activities and exercises on Road to Grammar will all be more visual in nature, in line with expectations of today's learners.

Here is the first example, an activity with flashcards and a quiz on talking about food, suitable for B1-B2 level learners:

www.roadtogrammar.com/talkingfood

Here are some of the flashcards from the activity:





Monday, February 11, 2019

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Space Vocabulary

Here is a short and simple vocabulary drill for words connected with space:

www.roadtogrammar.com/space

There are 18 words to practise, plus some 'Did you know...?' pages.

This activity can be used for individual practice, homework or smartboard practice.



Sunday, January 27, 2019

Crying


Let's look at some words that describe crying.

The "water" that comes out of your eyes when you cry is called tears and we use this word to form many idioms:

If you are in tears, it means you are crying.
To shed tears is to cry.
If we think someone is faking when they cry, we call it crocodile tears.
To cry silently is to weep. The past tense is wept.
To cry loudly is to wail or sob.



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Reckless

Sometimes, words can seem confusing. Take the word reckless, for example. It means roughly the same thing as careless. However, when we look at careless, it seems obvious that it is a combination of the word care and the suffix -less. There is also the word careful. 

Why then, is there no such word as reck, or reckful?

In fact, there is such a word as reck. Here is the Google definition:

reck

/rɛk/
verb
ARCHAIC
verb: reck; 3rd person present: recks; past tense: recked; past participle: recked; gerund or present participle: recking
  1. pay heed to something.
    "ye reck not of lands or goods"
    • it is of importance.
      "what recks it?"



Notice the word archaic in the definition. This means that the word is no longer used. If it is no longer used, why is it in the dictionary? So that people reading old books or manuscripts can look it up.


There is also a word reckful. Although it does not appear as a Google definition, you can find it in some dictionaries. Again, it is marked as archaic or uncommon.

reckful
adjective
(comparative more reckful, superlative most reckful)
  1. Full of careful heed or attention; careful; cautious.



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Portmanteau

A portmanteau is a blend of two words that become one word.

The most famous portmanteau at the moment is Brexit - Britain + Exit. Brexit is not really an official word and is not found in many dictionaries.

Other examples of a portmanteau are:

brunch (breakfast + lunch)
skort (a kind of mix of a skirt and shorts)
infotainment (information + entertainment)
bromance (bro + romance)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Useful Words and Phrases

I have been building up the RoadtoGrammar Pinterest page, which you can check out here:

https://www.pinterest.com/do0089/

It now features ESL discussion questions, a selection of around 100 useful words and phrases, some Rebus Puzzles and even some quizzes.

In connection with the Pinterest page, I have set up a flashcard/mcq activity featuring the same selection of new words and phrases here:

http://roadtogrammar.com/usefulwords/

I hope you guys can check it out and I hope you find it a valuable way to learn some great new vocab. Teachers, please think about featuring a new vocab card every day. It will work well on a smartboard.

Screenshots:





Some STUPID words