Category: Grammar

#BridgeingtheGapChallenge: The role of pedagogical tasks and form-focused instruction

Guest post by Don Watson Based on  de la Fuente, M. J. (2006). Classroom L2 vocabulary acquisition: investigating the role of pedagogical tasks and form-focused instruction. Language Teaching Research 10, 3. pp. 263–295. Retrieved from: http://www.lrc.cornell.edu/events/past/2006-2007/fuentes.pdf I assume anyone reading this blog has at least heard of Task Based Language Teaching (TBLT). But as with … Continue reading #BridgeingtheGapChallenge: The role of pedagogical tasks and form-focused instruction

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My Son the Fanatic – Various Tasks

A lot of teachers like to use fictional texts in their teaching. Sometimes, finding accessible texts for classes is difficult, especially as they are often long, and would take up too much lesson time. One option is to use abridged versions of the texts. Another idea I'd like to advocate is to work with the … Continue reading My Son the Fanatic – Various Tasks

Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how

Planting seeds may not guarantee that they will grow; but not planting them is scarcely a superior strategy. (Swan, M., 2006) Introduction - A sense of relief At the weekend, I attended a talk by Michael Swan entitled "Some things that matter in grammar teaching... and some that don't" at an event hosted by ELTA … Continue reading Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how

Teaching the Passive Voice – A Lesson Idea

GUEST POST BY EVA, SARAH, THERESA & JANA (my trainee-teacher students). If you like this lesson idea, please leave a comment, share, or ‘like’ the post using the buttons below! You can help Jana, Sarah, Theresa and Eva win a prize 🙂   phase content interaction media used time (min) introduction Ask the learners what they know about the … Continue reading Teaching the Passive Voice – A Lesson Idea

Teaching Second Conditional – A Lesson Idea

GUEST POST BY NINA, ANNA, FREDERIKE & JENS (my trainee-teacher students). If you like this lesson idea, please leave a comment, share, or ‘like’ the post using the buttons below! You can help Jens, Frederike, Anna and Nina win a prize 🙂 Context Setting Use a picture to introduce the topic of the lesson, for example “Winning … Continue reading Teaching Second Conditional – A Lesson Idea

Teaching Present Progressive – A Lesson Idea

GUEST POST BY LAURA, MATHIAS, PASCAL & MARIUS (my trainee-teacher students). If you like this lesson idea, please leave a comment, share, or ‘like’ the post using the buttons below! You can help Marius, Pascal, Laura & Mathias win a prize 🙂 Here is a downloadable version of the lesson plan: Lesson Plan Present Progressive Phase … Continue reading Teaching Present Progressive – A Lesson Idea

Teaching Reported Speech – A Lesson Idea

GUEST POST BY DANIEL, MARC & MARIUS (my trainee-teacher students). If you like this lesson idea, please leave a comment, share, or ‘like’ the post using the buttons below! You can help Marc, Marius & Daniel win a prize 🙂   First of all, here is the worksheet that you can print out and give to your … Continue reading Teaching Reported Speech – A Lesson Idea