Sunday, July 25, 2021

New Feature: Quiz Intros

 All 365 quizzes on roadtogrammar.com now have a new feature: quiz intros.

Now, when a user clicks on a quiz to begin, they will be presented with a choice to begin the quiz or to view intro slides.









Monday, June 21, 2021

Putting Adjectives AFTER a NOUN

In English, as we know, the adjective comes BEFORE the noun:

George has a black cat.

This can be compared to many other languages where the adjective comes AFTER the noun, such as Spanish:

George tiene un gato negro.  (un gato negro = "a cat black")

However, there are SOME adjectives in English that do come after a noun. Here are some examples:

He is the Attorney General. (general = adjective)

This is the best room available. (Shortened from 'the best room which is available')

Another interesting example is 'galore':

She has shoes galore. (lots of shoes).

We use galore in the way that we would use an adverb here, but it's an adjective. In fact, the word was first used as a noun in the 1800s, before it slowly started to become used as an adjective. Dictionary editors discussed whether the word should be classified as an adjective or adverb, but finally agreed it was clearly an adjective. Many words in English have interesting histories like this and are used in strange and unusual ways.

Reference: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/what-kind-of-word-is-galore

Friday, April 16, 2021

Business English Microquizzes

Sometimes I put together short MCQ quizzes of five or six questions for my own students to practise various topics with them.

I'd like to share a couple here. You or your students may find them useful.

Talking about your career:
www.roadtogrammar.com?movingup

CAPABLE and similar words:
www.roadtogrammar.com?capable

DISPUTE and similar words:
www.roadtogrammar.com?dispute

Sunday, February 14, 2021

How to Be Friendly in an Email

There is a new business English article on roadtogrammar.com, complete with examples and a quiz.

This article explains how to write an email which sounds friendly, while still sounding professional and polite. It is based on my experience with my business students.

Check out the article here:

http://roadtogrammar.com/businessenglish/biz16/

Friday, January 08, 2021

Context: Learn Vocabulary Through Reading

Context is a series of 10 short reading passages (with more to come) designed to help English learners improve their range of vocabulary.

Each one is around 150 words in length at either B1 or B2 level and features 6-7 new vocabulary items. Each activity includes a short text, a set of MCQ questions and a short glossary.

Try the activity here:

www.roadtogrammar.com/context







Friday, November 20, 2020

Business English Conversation Sets

Here are 25 sets of conversation questions for business English classes.

They questions are available in online format to project on your smartboard or for your particpants to access on their mobile devices. Or thay are also availabe to download as a PDF.

URL: http://roadtogrammar.com/businessenglish/biz15/

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Election Vocabulary

 The US election is coming up. Teachers, it's a good time to present some election vocabulary to your students.

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/microlessons/?&1&adc




Friday, October 23, 2020

Halloween

Halloween is coming up and I vant to drink your blood! Err, I mean I want to share some Halloween vocabulary. Click on the link or the picture below:

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





Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New Feature: Quiz Review

 There is now a REVIEW feature on all of the RoadToGrammar quizzes.

When you do the quiz, if you get an answer wrong, the correct answer is shown in green (picture 1 below). When you complete the quiz, you will see a review button (picture 2). Click the review button to see all the correct answers with short notes (picture 3).




Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Lesson Library

The ESL Lesson Library is a new resource on Road to Grammar.

It features 10 mini-units for ESL learners at B1-B2 level.

Each lesson features vocabulary, listening, grammar and conversational scenarios. It should take a learner 15-20 minutes to complete.

Each of the ten lessons is free and works on any phone or laptop. Teachers might consider using them with their smartboard or assigning them for homework.

The lesson library can be found at this URL:


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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

Microlessons: FACE Phrases and Idioms

This week's microlesson features the following phrases and idioms with the word FACE:

1 a long face
2 face-to-face
3 face off
4 face the music
5 face the facts
6 face up to
7 two-faced
8 put on a brave face

Click the link to see the microlesson:


http://www.roadtogrammar.com/microlessons/?&1&acl

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Business English Unit 4: Getting Ahead

Here is the fourth in the new series of business English units. This unit is entitled Getting Ahead and looks at challenges faced by ambitious employees.



This unit features:

- Reading
- Listening
- Vocabulary
- Grammar
- Discussion
- Writing

There are both self-study and class study materials.

It works well in class with a smartboard. Alternatively, all materials can be accessed on a smartphone.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

New Vocabulary Activity: Describing People

Here is a new vocabulary activity on RoadToGrammar.com. It features 100 words for describing people. Most words are adjectives, such as scruffy, pious or sincere, but some words are nouns, such as geek, loner and troll.

This activity is best suited to learners are B1-B2 level and you can access it with the following link:


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New Feature: Quiz Intros

 All 365 quizzes on roadtogrammar.com now have a new feature: quiz intros. Now, when a user clicks on a quiz to begin, they will be present...