Short forms

It happens often that I have students who are very good at grammar, writing and speaking. However, when it comes to doing a listening task, they panic. Why is this? The problem is that they expect to hear each and every word spoken clearly. The truth is, a native speaker doesn’t talk this way. LearnersContinue reading “Short forms”

Tired of saying “good morning”?

It has always amused or annoyed me (depending on the mood) how some students can walk into the classroom for the first lesson of the day without even saying good morning to those present. They head to their favourite chair, sit down, take out their phone and have a silent conversation with its screen. I canContinue reading “Tired of saying “good morning”?”

Of doctors, bills and cooking

Doctors and medicine – maybe not fun topics to talk about but they will help me explain some words which students often get wrong. Imagine you have a health problem and need to consult your doctor about it. She does the usual checks, makes a diagnosis and writes out the medication you need to take.Continue reading “Of doctors, bills and cooking”