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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.

  • Grammar: reviewing the present simple

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Present simple for habits and routines is a frequently taught item. Here are some new ways of teaching these familiar items.

  • Grammar: teaching comparatives in English

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    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.

  • Grammar: teaching conditionals

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Conditional structures that begin If + present tense offer lots of possibilities for interesting tasks, presentations or practice activities. Here are a few ideas.

  • Grammar: around town: vocabulary, prepositions and directions

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    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

  • Grammar: an 'A' or 'The'

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    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.

  • Grammar: putting adjectives in order

    Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Many higher level coursebooks include a focus on adjective order. Here are some tips for providing practice in this confusing area.

  • Grammar: I've been waiting for ages

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Tips and ideas for working with the present perfect continuous.

  • Grammar: Doctor Who?

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    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!

  • Vocabulary: Telling the time

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: Teaching notes

    Some ideas from Jim Scrivener for practising telling the time using clocks and students' own watches.

  • Grammar: Noun phrases

    Author: Jim Scrivener Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Jim Scrivener presents some ideas for encouraging students to think about and practise longer noun phrases.

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  • interesting techniques in teaching English I'm glad to apply them in my class

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