Please join me for this new grammar podcast especially for beginner- and elementary-level students of English. We learn all about present simple, including time, usage, verb forms, question and negative forms, auxiliary verbs, and adverbs of frequency:
Here is the basic info that I talk about in the podcast:
You can get the full information about Present Simple here:
My name is Daniel I went to Glasgow University between 1992 and 1995, where I studied British History I lived in a basement flat in Cherry Tree Road with my friends Colin and Trevor We had a lot of good times I probably spent too much time playing sport and not enough time working on my assignments My favourite sport was basketball I still play it now, although not as often as I would like to After graduating I got a job working at Glasgow Central Library The money wasn’t bad, but the work was not to my taste, so I left after a few months
Later on I did teacher training in Norwich and became a Norfolk Adult Education teacher I got an amazing job training teenagers with learning difficulties Both this job and my degree came in really useful when I started writing fiction for young adults My nineteen books are all set in different periods of British history They involve a bunch of teenagers from the present day searching for answers to historical questions, like why the Romans left Britain My son Anthony is at university at the moment He’s studying Modern Languages at Exeter
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I used to teach vocabulary differently than I do now. I taught single words and grammar. I had taught in a classroom setting before I started teaching online. My students learnt all the new words well. I even had tests to help them remember new words. They always did well when they did the tests. However, when they tried to use the vocabulary during a speaking or written activity, they would sound so unnatural. That’s when I started my collocations journey. I started researching, and reading and I found out about the Lexical approach by Michael Lewis. A new approach to teaching vocabulary and grammar. It was the most exciting thing I had read about as a teacher. I started implementing its teachings straightaway.
These are some of the points I found most useful:
The brain stores and retrieves word chunks quickly
Collocations are words that sound natural together to native speakers of English
Collocations help you produce natural English
It improves your spoken and written fluency
It helps you to build a larger vocabulary bank
Successful language is more important that accurate language
What should you do now that you know this information?
Use a collocations dictionary online and if you can buy a hard-copy (watch my video to help you learn how to use a collocations dictionary)
Start taking notes of new word chunks
Start listening and reading more
Learn the seven different types of collocations and examples and start noticing them (download the poster to stick on your wall)