Practise your tenses with Covid-19

This gap-fill exercise has Covid-19 as the main theme. The target level is very good intermediate and above. Complete the sentences using the correct tense. Think carefully whether you need the active or passive form. When __________ the first case of Covid-19 __________ ? to record Where __________ it __________ from? to originate Covid-19 __________Continue reading “Practise your tenses with Covid-19”

Have you helped yourself?

[Before you carry on, read this first: Help yourself!] Yesterday, we saw the first step to helping yourself increase your range of vocabulary. When you see something, ask yourself, “What is this in English?” Today, we move on to the second step. Ask yourself, “What is it for?” Take another look at my breakfast: DoContinue reading “Have you helped yourself?”

Help yourself!

If I place some food and drink on the table and I tell you to HELP YOURSELF, it means that you can eat and drink without having to ask me all the time. It’s another way of offering, such as, “Do you want some?” Today, I want to show you how you can help yourselfContinue reading “Help yourself!”

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)”

Desert Island Discs – Nile Rodgers

Language learning should also be fun, don’t you think? And for fun, here’s an interview with Nile Rogers –  musician, record producer and Chic co-founder. It’s an episode from the classic BBC series – Desert Island Discs. Enjoy! Over to you … If there’s a film / TV series / documentary / podcast whichContinue reading “Desert Island Discs – Nile Rodgers”

I’m on my last legs

A student of mine was telling me just how hectic his day had been. He left home early in the morning and spent a few hours driving around meeting clients. Then, the afternoon was taken up with Zoom meetings and video calls. At the end of the work day, he had shopping to do. ByContinue reading “I’m on my last legs”

Lijia Zhang: Lotus

This month BBC World Book Club comes from Beijing with Lawrence Pollard. The programme is a guest of the Bookworm, three rooms and a roof terrace full of books in Chinese and English, a fixture on the literary scene here for over a decade. Bestselling Chinese writer Lijia Zhang answers questions about her novel Lotus.Continue reading “Lijia Zhang: Lotus”