Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Themed Business Vocabulary Sets

Here is a new activity in the business English section of Road to Grammar.

It features ten sets of ten words or phrases (100 in total) related to business.

Each set has a picture definition and quiz question for each word.

The index page is here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/businessenglish/vocabularysets/

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Changes to MERGE Game

I took some time to redo the MERGE game on roadtogrammar.com to make it a little easier for English learners and, hopefully, more fun, too.

The object of the game is still the same, to change one word to another word, one letter at a time.

You can play the new version here: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/merge/

If you prefer the older version, you can find it here: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/merge2/

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Friday, April 01, 2022

New Game: Redoxx

Here's another new word game to enjoy.

The challenge is to fill up the board with words around the given letters.

How many can you solve?


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Friday, March 18, 2022

Lesson Library - Teachers' Version

I noticed that many online teaching sites only provide the platform and not the content for teachers.

So, I have adapted the 20 lessons in Road To Grammar's Lesson Library to be used for this purpose.

I've added a warm-up question, a discussion section and a writing task to each one. I've also added a 'notepad' feature so that teachers can write notes or further examples.

These should also be great for use with a smartboard for those teachers lucky enough to have one.

The link is here:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/lessonlibrary/teachers/





Friday, March 04, 2022

More lessons added to the Lesson Library

I've now added ten more lessons to the Lesson Library on Road to Grammar, to make 20 in total.

These are free mini-lessons that ESL learners can do by themselves. Alternatively, teachers could use them with a smartboard or online teaching session.

Each lesson focuses on either listening or reading as a core skill, supplemented by vocabulary, grammar and conversational turn practice.

The lessons are suitable for CEFR levels B1-B2.

You can find them at: http://roadtogrammar.com/lessonlibrary/

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

New Vocabulary Activity: Learn5

 Available now, there is a new vocabulary activity on Road To Grammar.

The purpose is to learn five words at a time. The way it works it like this:

1 Review flashcards of five words. The flashcards have a picture example and the definition.

2 Then try five MCQ questions on the words you have just learned.

The activity is randomized from a bank of 300+ words, so you can try the activity as many times as you like.

Most of the words are from the Road To Grammar Instagram account, so you may recognize them if you are a follower.

More words will be added later.

The link for this activity is:

www.roadtogrammar.com/learn5

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Monday, December 06, 2021

Objective and Subjective Language

An excellent skill for an ESL learner to have is the ability to distinguish objective and subjective language, and then to be able to write objectively when the situation requires it.

In business, it is important to state issues objectively when writing reports. In the academic world, it is important when writing a paper.


Here are notes on this topic for general learners:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/notes/objective.html

Here is the accompanying activity:

http://roadtogrammar.com/?objective


Here are notes on this topic for learners of business English:

http://roadtogrammar.com/businessenglish/notes/?ref=objective

Here is the accompanying activity:

http://roadtogrammar.com/businessenglish/quiz.html?objective

Thursday, November 11, 2021

New Business English Content: Writing a Short Proposal

Here is some new content in the business English section of Road to Grammar: Writing a Short Proposal:

URL: http://roadtogrammar.com/businessenglish/biz17/

This content includes notes, a model proposal with analysis, a comprehension task and three writing tasks.

It is suitable for self-study or for for teachers to use in their business English classes.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

New Game: TIDBITZ

If you like word games, check out this one!

Tidbitz offers a series of challenges; each has to be completed before the timer runs out.

What's the highest score you can get?

Game URL:

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/tidbitz/

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Update: IELTS VOCABULARY ACTIVITY

The IELTS vocabulary activity has now been updated for the following features:

  • better look 
  • review section with definitions and audio clips
You can try the activity here:


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Saturday, October 23, 2021

New Teacher Resource: Conditional Question Generator

The Conditional Question Generator is a simple tool that generates questions based on zero conditionals, first conditionals, second conditionals and third conditionals.

Use this tool if you wish to come up with questions on these topics for your students.

You can copy and paste the questions to use elsewhere, or you can use a projector to show the questions to your class. Or you could even give the link to the students to try.

The link is: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/tools/conditionals/







Friday, October 08, 2021

New Feature: Improved Kids Page

The Road to Grammar Junior page has now been moved to a separate subdomain, so that there is no crossover between the content for adult learners and the content for younger learners.

At the same time, the Junior pages have had a redesign to look more attractive.

You can access the Road to Grammar Junior site here:

http://junior.roadtogrammar.com/



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

Themed Business Vocabulary Sets

Here is a new activity in the business English section of Road to Grammar. It features ten sets of ten words or phrases (100 in total) relat...