Category Archives: past tenses

Teaching Have you ever (Present Perfect for experiences)

I really thought I’d written an article on every tense going, but then I realised I’d made the classic mistake of mixing up different uses of the Present Perfect when I wrote about that tense before. Have started fixing that here: … Continue reading

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My new stuff last month

Have just linked to some of this, but if you look at it the glass half full way that means most of it is being mentioned for the first time… Articles Teaching countable and uncountable nouns (almost certainly not the way … Continue reading

Posted in Academic writing, Apologies, Business English and ESP, Business English games, countable and uncountable nouns, Determiners and articles, Email, Future tenses, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Writing, Interactive whiteboard, Modals, Photocopiable worksheets, Prepositions, Present Perfect Continuous | Leave a comment

New ELT articles and classroom handouts January 2012

Not a bad batch this month, though I say so myself… Articles Fun classroom activities for ordinal numbers – LINK FIXED Functional language for IELTS Speaking – LINK FIXED How to practise Used to Worksheets IELTS Speaking Clarifying language Cambridge First Certificate … Continue reading

Posted in British and American English, BULATS, Cambridge First Certificate, clarifying, Email, English for Academic Purposes, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Writing, ordinal numbers, past tenses, Photocopiable worksheets, Technical English, Telephoning, unreal past, Used to | Leave a comment

Teaching ideas and worksheets for "used to"

Many new this month, and more coming soon. Used to ideas and photocopiables page

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New TEFL articles and worksheets November 2011

I’ve mentioned some of these in my posts on tips and useful language etc, but the ones near the top of each section are those that have just gone up and I haven’t linked to before: Articles Teaching grammar in Business … Continue reading

Posted in Academic writing, BULATS, Business and ESP writing, Cambridge First Certificate, comparatives, Complaints, Future tenses, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Writing, Language of meetings, Modals of possibility probability, Politeness, Reports, Requests, Social English, teleconference, unreal past | 2 Comments

Teaching tenses games and tips

Like many of my students, I started on tenses thinking I’d quickly get them out of the way and then get onto something more interesting. However, five years later and here I still am writing articles on the little buggers… … Continue reading

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Sentence completion guessing games (TEFLtastic classics Part Two)

Updated 1 January 2018 I almost certainly didn’t make this game up, but I publically challenge anyone to prove that they’ve overexploited it as much as me! The rules are incredibly simple: Students complete at least some of the sentence … Continue reading

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New English teaching worksheets June 2011

Some nice ones in this bunch, I reckon. Then again, I was quite proud of my hideously over-complicated telephoning lesson on Onestopenglish when it first went up… Big emailing functional language review Different kinds of IELTS Writing Part Two questions (in … Continue reading

Posted in BULATS, Collocations, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Email, IELTS, IELTS Writing, Present perfect, Present simple/ continuous, Teaching numbers | Leave a comment

New ELT photocopiables April 2011

Many thanks again to  for putting these up, and for motivating me to do answer keys etc – something my students are appreciating too! In no particular order: Teleconferences and video conferences stages game (a much neglected point made … Continue reading

Posted in BULATS, Business English games, Feelings vocabulary, interrupting, Past continuous, Photocopiable worksheets, Present simple/ continuous, TEFL games, teleconference, video conference | Leave a comment

Present Perfect Simple and Continuous communication games

Have reorganised and slightly expanded this section of my worksheets so that there are separate sections for Present Perfect (Simple), Present Perfect Continuous, and ones that compare and contrast the two tenses, with around six of each. Enjoy!

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