How To Teach Cleft Sentences

In contrast to my last post on reported speech, Cleft Sentences are one of my favourites! It’s beautiful language that serves to emphasize and give particular attention to something important or something out of the ordinary. Form There are three ways to form a cleft sentences. A clause beginning with ‘what’ linked to the rest […]

How To Teach Inversion

This is one of my favourite parts of grammar. Inversion is about embellishment and emphasis in most cases. Making writing more formal and adding emphasis to otherwise normal sentences, let’s have a look. Form Inversion means putting the verb before the subject. Instead of this; If I were rich, I would buy a boat This;Continue reading “How To Teach Inversion”

How To Teach The Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive in English is more interesting than actually essential knowledge. But in my early teaching days I found it hard to answer questions where a subjunctive explanation was the answer. For example, in the following sentence, why do we not add an ‘s’ to the verb ‘to save’; God save the queen! It isContinue reading “How To Teach The Subjunctive Mood”

How To Teach Participle Clauses

This is more advanced knowledge for your higher level students. Great for making writing more formal and easy to learn if they already have a good grip of relative clauses. Perhaps see my previous guide on these first here! How To Teach Relative Clauses Why Use Them? They give more information about the noun. They eliminateContinue reading “How To Teach Participle Clauses”

How To Teach The Passive Voice

Depending on which language your students speak, the passive voice in English can be hard to learn. Sometimes they don’t have a equivalent or if they do, it is not commonly used. In English the passive is used regularly, making it imperative knowledge for any student. When do we use it? We use the passiveContinue reading “How To Teach The Passive Voice”

How To Teach The Present Perfect

The present perfect is basic knowledge for any English learner, and it’s essential that they use it in all parts of the exam. Including their speaking. So if you’re unsure about the grammar, read on and make sure you nail it in class! The Basics – Beginner Level The easiest way to explain the presentContinue reading “How To Teach The Present Perfect”

How To Teach Relative Clauses

      Relative clauses are essential for every student, no matter the level they are studying for. So whether you’re teaching them the basics or the finer points, have a look at my guide to make sure you know the answer to every question you’re asked! Pronouns Which / That* for things Who / WhomContinue reading “How To Teach Relative Clauses”

How To Teach Conditionals

  If you were an EFL teacher, How would you teach conditional structures to your students? Well here’s my take on it. Zero The zero conditional is for general truths or facts. People use this for things they are absolutely certain about, scientific facts, etc…. For when the result of the condition will always happen.Continue reading “How To Teach Conditionals”