Interactive English introduces the future in levels 4a and 4b. Students are often confused about when to use the different future structures, so here are a couple of ideas for practicing them in one-on-on and group settings. Will vs going to for plans vs decisions made at the moment. Bring in a couple of pictures […]
One way to make our classes more dynamic and provide for extra practice is to include game-like activities. This can easily be accomplished by using material from the book. Concentration (the Memory Game) can be played in multiple ways, and works well in both one-on-one and group situations. If you are teaching single students, you […]
These two common words can be very challenging for our students to learn. Part of the reason may be that they do not have an equivalent in many other languages. An additional difficulty comes from the fact that most plurals are formed by adding “s”, yet the singular form is does (with an s) and […]
The question is worth being asked. We all know how overwhelming learning can be for our students. Start the year by simplifying your student’s learning. This great tip comes from the Cambridge Grammar and Beyond Newsletter. Read more here.
Ah, the dreaded question many a teacher commonly receives – “When do I use make and when do I use do?” So, here’s the tip – unless your student is ready for the complicated conversation, skip it! Unsatisfying? Yes. This, and so many other topics, are important, but their nuances make it really hard for […]
Time Expressions Summary David Freeman, one of our fantastic Intercambio volunteers, created this spreadsheet to teach his students time expressions. You can click on it so that it shows more or fewer expressions based on the level of your students.
Structured charts are a part of almost any lesson in the Interactive English series, so it’s normal to get a little burnt out on using them! Here are two ideas to use these charts in an engaging way. Make a copy of the grammar chart you are teaching or reviewing. Cut the chart into sections […]
Name That Preposition Define a preposition (a word that shows a relationship between a noun and another word), then have students brainstorm as many prepositions as they can think of. If the definition will be too complicated for your student, simply start them off with a couple of words that they know as prepositions (in, […]
Jazz chants are a great way to introduce the idea of English syllable or sentence stress to English learners and to learn vocabulary. You can use the following jazz chant to help students learn the past tense of many irregular verbs. Add a fun beat to the jazz chant to make it exciting. Learn more […]
Using colored index cards (or writing in different colored markers on white paper) can be extremely helpful in illustrating grammatical concepts. The color coding of the cards helps with keeping the parts of the sentences identifiable. For more complicated concepts, start by simply working on phrases until the student is comfortable. Then, add additional words […]