Use an English dictionary!

Many of my students are in love with Mr (or Ms) Google. When they find a word they don’t understand, their fingers switch on the phone and tap into Google translate. This is wrong for two reasons. One. Depending on how important the task is, you can try guessing the meaning from context. Let meContinue reading “Use an English dictionary!”

Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard (part 2)

(Click here for part 1: Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard) I just love it when my students stay chatting to each other in English while I’m setting things up for the day’s lesson. I make it a point to keep one ear open to what they’re saying. If I hear something interesting, IContinue reading “Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard (part 2)”

Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard (part 1)

Click this link for part 2: Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard I just love it when my students stay chatting to each other in English while I’m setting things up for the day’s lesson. I make it a point to keep one ear open to what they’re saying. If I hear something interesting,Continue reading “Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard (part 1)”

The opposite of cheap is …

If I ask you for the opposite of CHEAP, I’m sure most of you are going to answer with … E X P E N S I V E … which is 100% correct. But how often have you thought of other ways of saying expensive? Do you know of other words for expensive?! Please,Continue reading “The opposite of cheap is …”

Leon’s Frozen Custard “English only” policy

Use the news item about Leon’s Frozen Custard “English only” policy to help you improve your vocabulary. Follow these steps: Watch Read the questions and answer any you know Watch again Look at the unanswered questions and try to guess the meaning from context Watch one last time Use an English only dictionary to checkContinue reading “Leon’s Frozen Custard “English only” policy”

Useful vocabulary and a grammar mistake

This notice in a local supermarket has some useful vocabulary – REFRAIN / RECEIPT / REQUESTED – but is not grammatically correct. First, make sure you know the listed words. Then, find out what the error is? Finally, can you see the funny side of this mistake? Use the comments box below to send inContinue reading “Useful vocabulary and a grammar mistake”