Category Archives: Grammar

Ground Collision in Brussels: Passive

 Today’s post is freely based on a ground collision event brought to me by Cpt. Rockert, who’s a dear co-worker and friend. Are you familiar with this accident which took place in Brussels, 1998? Let’s take a closer look at … Continue reading

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ELT: Web-integrated Scavenger Hunt

So, you don’t think an advanced group of teenagers would be interested in hunting around for clues in their school? Think it over. It just has to be meaningful. I devised a scavenger hunt with items we had seen in … Continue reading

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ELT: On working with readers

 Last semestre I had an intermediate group which had a mandatory reading – the Slumdog Millionaire graded reader, adapted and published by Macmillan. Even though many (if not all) of my students had seen the film, I made a point of … Continue reading

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Focus on: like

We very often sound redundant by sticking to same old words and expressions. Especially when it comes to a foreign language – after all, why should I do it differently, as long as such words and expressions have proved themselves effective … Continue reading

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Grammar: Comparative and Google Poetics

“Type a few words into Google’s search bar and you’ll see four predictive suggestions pop up in the space just below. It’s a bit of technology the search giant calls Google Instant: ‘a search enhancement that shows results as you … Continue reading

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