Grammar and vocabulary tips
Jim Scrivener provides a useful compendium of grammar tips, including advice on teaching noun phrases, adjective order, articles, comparatives and more.
Present simple for habits and routines is a frequently taught item. Here are some new ways of teaching these familiar items.
Coursebook lessons on comparative forms often ask students to make random comparisons between things for no obvious reason. Here are some typical real-life contexts when we are genuinely likely to compare.
Conditional structures that begin If + present tense offer lots of possibilities for interesting tasks, presentations or practice activities. Here are a few ideas.
Teachers often make use of maps or real information about the town/district students are studying in when teaching prepositions, giving directions or town vocabulary. Here are a few ideas that might help add a spark to those lessons
Choosing the correct article - “a” “an” “the” or Ø (zero article) – is, for many students, an ongoing problem all the way from beginner to advanced classes. Here are a few quick ideas for practising them at lower levels.
Many higher level coursebooks include a focus on adjective order. Here are some tips for providing practice in this confusing area.
Tips and ideas for working with the present perfect continuous.
Here are four games from Jim Scrivener based around the theme of finding out who someone is or who did something. Great for five-minute fillers, or end-of-term lessons!
Some ideas from Jim Scrivener for practising telling the time using clocks and students' own watches.
Jim Scrivener presents some ideas for encouraging students to think about and practise longer noun phrases.