esl card games for grammar practice
Collocations/Expressions, Grammar, Teacher's Tips, Vocabulary

Variations on 4 Card Games ESL Students Will Flip Over

Breaking News! ESL Students prefer playing games to studying grammar. Thanks, Captain Obvious. Now, let's really drive it home: Hello, students! Raise your hand if you want to study grammar. (crickets.) Raise your hand if you want to play a game. (48 hands are up in a class of 24.) What have we learned from… Continue reading Variations on 4 Card Games ESL Students Will Flip Over

Eight phrases with "back" for travel and how to use them like a pro.
Phrasal Verbs

8 Phrasal Verbs with BACK and How To Use Them Like a Pro

The preposition back generally means to return. But there are many different ways you can return something or somewhere! By using phrasal verbs like go back, get back, and come back, you can increase your vocabulary and be more specific in communication. Let's look at a few of these phrasal verbs with back in a fun short story about a trip to a tropical island. At the end of the story, there's a short quiz you can take to see if you really know how to use these return expressions like a pro.

Grammar, Vocabulary

Used to vs. Usually: What’s the Difference?

When you have a strong understanding of how to use used to and usually, we can talk about 2 more similar phrases that students find confusing: be used to and get used to.

Yet vs. still: What's the difference?
Vocabulary

Yet vs. Still: What’s the difference?

Learn the difference between yet and still with a quick video lesson.

Grammar, Phrasal Verbs, Vocabulary

Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?

It's easy to confuse these two terms. They are used when we give or take something that will be returned (Well, we hope it will!) LEND = Give To lend is to give someone something for a short time. Lend requires a direct pronoun (money, a phone, a sweater, etc.) and an indirect object pronoun (me,… Continue reading Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?

the difference between too and so
Grammar

Too vs. So: What’s the difference?

TOO = A negative description When something is not good, or you don't like it, or you can't use it, use too to describe it. When you use too in a sentence, it means that you are not happy, or there is a negative result. The driver was going too fast. (He crashed his car… Continue reading Too vs. So: What’s the difference?

Expressions and activities with the verb TO GO
Collocations/Expressions, Vocabulary

Expressions with the Verb TO GO

Use GO with another -ING verb when you talk about activities and sports. Do you want to go surfing in California?There are some beautiful places to go sightseeing here, too!Have you ever gone wine tasting in Italy? Team sports (soccer, basketball) typically use the verb to play. Sports that are done individually usually use to go. For more information about the verbs go, play, and… Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO GO

the verb to do is used in expressions for work, style, and activities
Collocations/Expressions, Vocabulary

Expressions with the Verb TO DO

The verb TO DO is very useful when talking about general actions. We use it to ask about activities, as in: What do you want to do tonight? (However, a different verb is used to answer the question.) I want to watch the sunset. I want to spend time with my friends. I want to walk on the beach. Do is also… Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO DO

Collocations/Expressions, Grammar, Vocabulary

Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?

  SAY and TELL are similar - they are used to communicate information. So what's the difference? The major difference is TELL can include the listener. SAY typically does not include the listener, only what is being said. (Incorrect)   She said me to call her. (Correct)      She told me to call her. TELL TELL is… Continue reading Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?

difference between going to and will
Grammar

Be Going To vs. Will for the Future Tense: What’s the Difference?

Robot: What are you going to do today? Astronaut: I'm going to visit the sun. R: But it's too hot! You'll burn up! A: I'll be fine. I'm going to go at night.

How to choose the correct verb for sports and activities
Vocabulary

Go, Do, or Play? Verbs for Sports and Activities

What are your favorite sports and activities? I love yoga, surfing, and volleyball. But if I want to talk about these activities, I need THREE different verbs! How to choose? Read on to find out.

Grammar, Prepositions, Vocabulary

In, On, or At? Prepositions for Transportation, Location, Time, and Technology

English students sometimes feel lost when using the prepositions in, on, and at. Luckily, there are a few rules you can follow (most of the time!). Prepositions can be learned by topic. Topics can include transportation, location, time and date, and technology.