I’ve added a new section to this website – 411A. This is where I share real language problems of real students from a real language school classroom, with you. Even if you cannot physically be in room 411A, you can still try the tasks I set and send in your answers. Go on, take a […]

I’m a teacher, not an artist. It is true, though, that drawings can play an important part in explaining a word or grammar point, or even just to add a bit of colour to the lesson. When I was in my last year at primary school, art lessons were part of the curriculum. They were […]

Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense: At the same time every afternoon, while seated on the same bench, my father-in-law, Rosario Buttaci, silently <1>__________ (watch) John Babalola Wale and his family <2>__________ (climb) the steep walkway in the village of Sutera that <3>__________ (lead) from Piazza Europa to the old Arab quarter […]

Correct the sentence …

Once again, my students had a writing task to do for homework. The idea was for them to practise relative clauses by describing their favourite number, photo, person, shop or object and saying why. I’m happy to report that the aim was achieved, with the whole class showing that they could create grammatically correct sentences. […]

Here’s something I’ve just heard on the radio. It was during a program on technology and the discussion was about virtual reality. Tickets have to be pre-booked in advance. Why am I not happy with that sentence?

Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense Deciem’s sales 9__________ (hit) $300 million, which 10__________ (be) significant for a company best known for its inexpensive products, specifically from its marquee brand, The Ordinary. Kim Kardashian publicly 11__________ (claim) her love of one of the serums, which 12__________ (cost) less than $10. Deciem 13__________ […]