Friday, August 30, 2019

New Game: Drop Two

Here is a new game for ESL learners, called Drop Two. This game is especially good for ELEMENTARY level learners, as all the words are quite simple.

The aim of the game is to remove two letters from the row to form a word that matches the clue. For example, below we can remove the letters G and V to form BLUE.

Play the game here:

www.roadtogrammar.com/droptwo


Microlesson: Uses of the Word POINT

Here is a new microlesson on the many interesting uses of the word POINT. Teachrs, this is a great slideshow to start your lesson with.

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/microlessons/index.html?&1&aav


Sample:


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Slang


I noticed that some English learners really struggle with the concept of slang. Sometimes, they confuse the word with accent - I have heard my students say, "I can't understand his slang," but upon probing further, I find that they meant they couldn't understand the person's accent.

Recently, I posted about the word ain't and noticed that my students were very confused about it. They had been told that it is wrong to use the word ain't and so they couldn't understand why I would post it as a vocabulary item. They were also discussing whether or not it is correct to use gonna, wanna and hafta.

I suppose that the issue is that they were looking at it as a black and white issue. We have formal and informal English. A good example is purchase vs buy. We have spoken and written English (going to vs gonna). A word like ain't is very informal English, but not 'wrong'. We would also expect it to be used by people with certain backgrounds.

As for teaching it as a vocab item, even if it not recommended that students use it, they should be able to recognise it when they hear it in a song or on a TV show.


Friday, August 09, 2019

Microlesson: Expressive Writing

Try this quickie lesson to turn a sentence like this:

      A man was riding a horse.

...into this:

     It was a beautiful day in Montana and George was galloping on a magnificent horse, but all he could think of was Susan.
Link here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/microlessons/index.html?&1&aas

Business English: Phrases for Business Meetings

This short slide presentation demonstrates that you can break a discussion down into language functions. When a learner is confident with ea...