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ESL Exercises: Real Estate Collocations
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ESL Lesson Plans: Super-Duper - Talking About Fashion (based on the song “Putting on the Ritz”)
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ESL Lesson Plans: Super-Duper - Talking About Fashion (based on the song “Putting on the Ritz”)
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ESL Worksheets: Spring Cleaning - Get Your Place Spick and Span
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ESL Worksheets: Sleep Idioms
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ESL Exercises: Real Estate Collocations
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ESL Worksheets: First Aid Kit - Are You Prepared?
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'Onto' vs. 'On To'
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ESL Worksheets: Personality and Gift Giving
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'Onto' vs. 'On To'
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ESL Worksheets: First Aid Kit - Are You Prepared?
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April Fool’s Day ESL Worksheets: Practical Joke Devices
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ESL Exercises: Real Estate Collocations
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ESL Lesson Plans: Leaving A Voicemail Message (free sample)
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ESL Teacher Blog: The New Words of the 2000s and 2010s
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ESL Worksheets: Weather Collocations
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ESL Worksheets: Traffic Safety Culture
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ESL Worksheets: I Resolve To... Keep On Learning Phrasal Verbs!
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ESL Lesson Plans: At the Medical Lab - Going for a Blood Test
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ESL Mother’s Day Lesson Plan: A Mother’s Love (based on the poem by Helen Steiner Rice)
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ESL Worksheets: Describing Nature Collocations
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ESL Worksheets: Vacation Idioms
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ESL Worksheets: Ages and Stages
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ESL Worksheets: Green Resolutions - Earth Day Phrasal Verbs
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teaching Irregular Verbs: Beyond the Form

Many of the most common verbs in English are irregular. It’s almost impossible to make a simple sentence in English without using the verbs such as ‘have’, ‘get’, ‘be’, ‘do’, ‘make’, ‘take’ and ‘go’. Mastering these and other most frequent irregular verbs also sets the stage for using phrasal verbs and idioms at later stages of learning English.
Drills, chants, dictations, bingo, flash cards, memory games are all great for practicing the form, but the ultimate goal is to be able to use these verbs in the right context. Learning English is a long process and at least some of these forms will naturally be forgotten along the way. The dictionaries and online resources are there for the students to look up the verbs that slipped their mind. The job of a teacher, however, is to dedicate the valuable class time to focus on the most common word combinations with these verbs and exclude examples that don’t work in English (but often come up from student first languages).
Consider the following exercises as a way to draw student attention to using irregular verbs in lexical groups rather than individually:
1. Create as many verb+noun combinations where the noun is the direct object of the verb (a transitive verb with one object)
had ____/____/____/____/ (a headache/a problem/a tough day/a lot of homework)
took ____/____/____/____/ (a bus/a bath/a vacation/a break)
won ____/____/____/____/ (lottery/the game/elections/the war)
got ____/____/____/____/ (the job/the idea/a phone call/a cold)
2. Make as many verb+noun (pronoun)+noun (pronoun) combinations (a ditransitive verb with two possible objects: direct and indirect)
gave ___ ___ (me a book or gave a book to me)
sent ___ ___ (Jenny a letter or a letter to Jenny)
lent ___ ___ (him money or money to him)
bought ___ ___ (David a tie or a tie for David)
3. Think of an appropriate subject for the verbs that take no object (a noun/pronoun + intransitive verb)
____ wept. (The girl)
____ rose/set early/late. (The sun)
____ began at noon. (The class)
____ shrank. (My jeans)
____ rang. (The doorbell)
4. Come up with verbs that can go together with any of the following nouns
____ a picture/a map/with chalk/a house (drew)
____ for work/in 5 minutes/early/after lunch (left)
____ an appointment/a reservation/a cake/yourself comfortable (made)
____ a story/the truth/a joke/about yourself (told)
5. Help find as many verbs that can be used with a particular noun:
__________ money (lent/paid/took/brought/won/lost/found)
__________ time (spent/had/lost/did)
__________ animals (fed/rode/drew/kept)
__________ clothes (bought/sold/wore/made)
6. Do a simple matching exercise on the board, rotate the verbs on the chart daily (match the verbs to nouns).




a hole


the present in the closet


a national anthem


butter on toast


the answer

6. Have students listen to the following sentences and guess the missing verb. Pause where they need to insert the verb. Many textbooks give this fill-in-the-gap type of exercise, however I find it much more effective when students aren’t glued to the book but have to rely on their ears to derive the meaning:
I _____ my old car and _____ a new car. (sold/bought)
She _____ the house at 12 noon and arrived half an hour later. (left)
He ____ 5 emails last night. (got)
I ____ my husband a scarf for his birthday. (gave/bought)
We’ve never ____ on a cruise. (been)
He _____ hi and we _____ hands. (said/shook)
Students go through 2 processes here: thinking of the right verb and using the correct form.
After plenty of teacher’s sentences, have students give their own examples where they pause for the missing verb. Don’t let them write anything - it should really strain their ears. They should produce a sentence that makes sense and have legible pronunciation so everyone can understand the meaning. Warning - students might be worn out by the end of this activity! This exercise will prove that active listening is a lot harder than reading.
7. Help notice pronunciation and spelling patterns, grouping these verbs accordingly:
Here, also work on the commonly confused forms:
read vs. rid
These activities can be incorporated as a warm-up, group work following a teacher’s presentation, quiz or homework assignment. The main idea is have students get used to thinking in chunks at lower levels and help maintain that habit going forward.
Teaching irregular verbs in depth rather than breadth will allow students produce more meaningful language at any of their current stages of language learning and make their English classes much more worthwhile.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:33 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wear Vs. Dress/Get Dressed

Our closets are full of clothes, and yet we often say "I have nothing to wear!" Have you ever struggled to choose an outfit?

Your decision of what to wear on a particular day will largely depend on the weather. If it’s warm and sunny, you might wear shorts and a T-shirt. If it’s cool and windy, it’s wise to wear an additional layer, like a warm sweater. What to wear will also be determined by the occasion, e.g.: we wear formal clothes to a job interview and casual clothes to a friends get-together.

What would you wear to go hiking? skiing? a client’s meeting? your friend’s birthday party? What would you never wear to these outings/events/occasions?

We also wear glasses, jewelry, make-up and perfume/cologne.

Now that you know what to wear, you can start getting dressed.

Dressing or getting dressed is putting clothes on your body. It involves pushing arms through sleeves and legs through pant holes one at a time, buttoning the shirt and zipping the jacket. You cannot go out until you’re fully dressed. Getting dressed is a process of a few steps and you cannot wear something unless you got dressed first.

Babies or very old and sick people cannot get dressed by themselves, so we put clothes on them. We get dressed after a shower, a medical test or before heading to school or work. How long does it take you to get dressed?

The opposite of ‘dress’ is ‘undress’, the opposite of ‘get dressed’ is ‘get undressed’. Some other verbs associated with getting dressed/undressed are: zip-unzip, button-unbutton, tie-untie.

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:46 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Vocabulary Learning Tips for ESL students 

Words are the first priority in learning a second language. Make a grammar mistake – people may still understand you, choose a wrong word...
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Words, quite literally say it all.
They are the core elements of any language – the basic units of conversation, communication and connection with others.

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