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English Tenses and Aspects 4 - The Durative Aspect New

Category: Learning English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the form traditionally known as the continuous or progressive form of a verb

English Tenses and Aspect 3 - The Marked Tense New

Category: Learning English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
This tense, the traditional 'past simple', sometimes referred to as the preterite, like the unmarked tense, can refer to past, present, future and general time.

English Tenses and Aspect 2 - The Unmarked Tense New

Category: Learning English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
It is true that the uses of the unmarked tense can present three major problems for the learner

English Tenses and Aspects 1 - Introduction New

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
I believe the tense/aspect system of English verbs is far less complex than many suppose. There is an underlying logic to the system that, when understood, clears away most of the problems that have caused misery to many learners and their teachers.

How to teach the zero article New

Category: Teaching English Topic: Articles
Teaching tips and classroom activities for no article before nouns, including zero article games.

How to teach indefinite articles

Category: Teaching English Topic: Articles
How to present and practise a and an, including indefinite article games

How to teach used to, be used to and get used to

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
How to contrast the past verb and adjective meanings of "used to", including used to, be used to and get used to games/ practice activities.

How to teach be used to and get used to

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
How to present and practise be and get used to for easy and difficult things to be accustomed to, including common student errors/ confusions and be/ get used to games.

How to make a personal connection in presentations

Category: Learning English Topic: Vocabulary
Tips on connecting personally with a presentation audience, including useful phrases for making a personal connection with attendees.

How to be friendly on the phone in English

Category: Telephoning Topic: Vocabulary
How to make informal phone calls without being unfriendly or rude, including how to be friendly at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of typical casual phone calls.

How to teach silent letters to EFL learners

Category: Teaching English Topic: Spelling and Punctuation
Teaching tips and classroom activities for letters which are written but not pronounced in listen, island, knife, etc

400 words with silent letters, arranged by level

Category: Spelling and Punctuation Topic: Pronunciation
List of words with letters which are not pronounced, from Beginner level to very Advanced levels.

How to teach English greetings

Category: Teaching English Topic: Functions & Text
Teaching tips, games and songs for teaching different ways to say hello and goodbye

41 ways to say goodbye in English

Category: Learning English Topic: Vocabulary
A thorough review of formal and informal parting greetings, including confusing differences.

35 ways to say hello in English

Category: Learning English Topic: Vocabulary
A complete overview of common and more unusual things to say when you meet someone, including differences between different expressions.