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Causative Verbs in English - Have and Get (FREE Worksheets!)

Free Podcast and Worksheets – Causative Verbs in English – Have and Get

Download our latest English grammar podcast for intermediate and advanced level students – along with the two accompanying FREE pdf worksheets!

Discover causative verbs in English! This is a great podcast lesson for intermediate and advanced level students of English. Download the two useful pdf worksheets that accompany this podcast below:

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Grammar tips

Fun and Unusual Ways of Teaching English Grammar in Elementary School

Guest post by Jack Milgram from Custom-Writing.org blog:

Teachers and professors all around the world often develop new methods of teaching grammar to ESL and EFL children.

Why? Let’s be honest—grammar is one of the most boring school things.

Dozens of rules, massive texts, pointless exercises… Even many adults can’t interest themselves in these usual topics and repetitive tasks.

To find an easy way to learn English grammar, you should bring creativity and innovations into a teaching process.

Custom-Writing.org collected some excellent tips and games that will help you to vary grammar activities:

  1. Use technologies

When we talk about innovative ways of teaching English grammar, the first thing we remember is technologies.

It isn’t only children who can’t live without their smartphones and iPads, these devices have become an integral part of our lives as well. That’s why you should get benefits from children’s love for technologies.

Grammar teaching will become more interesting if you let children do the things they like.

For example, send students on devices pictures of famous characters from cartoons and fairy tales. Then, ask them to describe whose pictures did they get or make up a story about these characters.

This exercise will definitely interest children. Moreover, they couldn’t be distracted by apps or the internet while preparing their stories.

More grammar tips

  1. Learn songs and audio books

Listening is one of the significant parts of learning a language. Make sure, your grammar English lessons include audiobooks, songs, or podcasts.

Moreover, this is an excellent opportunity to make learning interesting!

All children like an emotional approach to teaching. Why not listen to the story of Tom Sawyer?

This novel is a perfect choice to teach English grammar to children and make their pronunciation perfect by asking them to repeat after the readers.

Songs help hundreds of teachers around the world to make students focus on grammar lessons. Singing aloud is a lot of fun, and even adult students like to participate in such an activity.

This activity is useful because it’s easier for our memory to keep songs than texts. You’ll see—even at the end of the semester, your students will still be able to remember quotes from the songs they listened to.

  1. Watch videos and cartoons

Perfect conditions to learn basic English grammar is when you know what hobbies children have and use them for teaching purposes.

For example, you can know what cartoons are popular among the children and show them some fragments from them. Nowadays, there are a lot of short cartoons which are full of interesting vocabulary and easy to learn.

But usually, English grammar lessons in elementary school don’t last long. That’s why short YouTube videos can be perfect to use.

One of the best choices is Schoolhouse Rock! cartoons. Look at this short video about conjunctions in the English language. Children will be sure to like it!

  1. Use the Internet

How to learn English easily? The answer is—play a lot!

And the Internet can help you with this approach. There are lots of websites with ESL and EFL games which are absorbing and useful at the same time.

There is a great diversity of fun games to learn English—word search, crosswords, puzzles, and so on. These activities will not only help you with grammar but also improve your analytical and logical skills.

If your students don’t have access to computers—teach them what apps to download on their smartphones to develop language skills.

You can even make a competition between students. Make two or four teams and find out who can complete a grammar game in the shortest time.

  1. Play instead of studying

Grammar English games are important for learning, especially, when the learners are kids.

If you need to get children’s attention, use some activities in English teaching.

Custom-Writing.org prepared a list of games and activities which are easy to play in a classroom:

  • Hangman

Short and fun activity for grammar and spelling improvement. Everyone knows how to play this game—but how we can use it in the sake of learning? Ask children to guess difficult words to practice spelling of new vocabulary.

  • This weekend I…

Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep students’ attention. These times, you can start one interesting game which will help you to keep children focused and challenge their memory. Start the games with “This weekend I… rode a bicycle and…” The task of students to repeat the said sentence and continue it with a new action. The game lasts until one of the students forget a part of a long sentence.

  • Call my bluff

You can also play one of fun activities for ESL students–the game Call my bluff. Just ask students to write down three sentences—two of them must be true, and one must be a lie. Other students try to guess which one is false. This game is great to know each other and also helps to train syntax and conjugation.

  • No, I don’t

Another game from grammar practice activities is called No, I don’t. The task is to ask a teacher or other students questions. They get a point when the answer is “No, I don’t,” and no points when the answer is “Yes, I do.” The most interesting part in this game is when students imagine absurd questions like “Do you live on a tree?” or “Did you ever visit the Moon?”

Elementary grammar lessons shouldn’t be boring! It’s possible to turn any topic into a game—you just need to find the right approach.

To find more study tips visit the Custom-Writing.org blog—you’ll know how to study productively or how to choose a major.

Jack MilgramJack Milgram graduated from the University of Central Florida and can currently be found in his hometown of Jersey City, NJ. He has never found sitting in an office appealing, and that’s why freelancing was his career solution. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others through blogging.

 

Mega-List of Quantifiers in English

FREE Podcast! Episode 15 – Mega-List of Quantifiers in English

In this episode we look at quantifiers in English, and find out that there are… many – but not much!

You can download the free worksheets below:

Mega-List of Quantifiers in English

20 Countable Nouns and 20 Uncountable Nouns (Cut-Up Cards)

40 Quantifiers (Cut-Up Cards)

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Using Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran to Teach English Grammar

In this podcast we explore using the popular song Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran in an English class. We look at the use of tenses in the song – especially past simple, used to/would + infinitive, and present perfect.

You can watch the video for Castle on the Hill below and read the lyrics here:

The questions that I wrote on the board:

Board Questions

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FREE Podcast! Episode 8 – Question Tags

Learn about how we use question tags in English. This episode is a really exciting grammar one, isn’t it? Yes, it is! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes – thanks!

https://purlandtraining.podbean.com/e/episode-8-question-tags/

You can download the free lesson notes and six worksheets for practising question tags from here:

Podcast 8 – Lesson Notes – Question Tags (PDF)

Question Tags – Six Worksheets (PDF)

Answers to worksheets:

Question Tags Worksheets - Answers

7 facts about question tags:

  1. Statement – usually short – plus question tag, with a question mark.
  2. They are often used in spoken English.
  3. In many languages (e.g. Polish) we can use the equivalent of …yes? In English we can say: yes, yeah, right (Am/E), OK, got it, understand, but the tone can be rude and confrontational/angry; too direct; English is not a direct language; it sounds like an order, and we don’t like direct orders. (In Polish, use tak for checking and no nie or nie prawda for small talk (but this sounds old fashioned – old people say this), or no tag.)
  4. We can use any auxiliary verbs, including modal auxiliary verbs. Present simple can be confusing – you have to choose DO/DOES or BE. Also past simple: DID or WAS/WERE. We use contractions; in rhetorical speech we can say, Is it not? Were we not? etc.
  5. It is not as common with pronoun I. I’m… aren’t I? (This is an oddity – we can’t say am not I? amn’t I? There is no contraction for am not.)
  6. We can use them to sound sarcastic, e.g. ‘That was a great film, wasn’t it?’ My descending tone shows that I believe the opposite – it was not a great film.

They are more difficult to use than they look – because of the thought process…

The thought process of using question tags:

  1. Realise what tense it is

e.g. They’re meeting at ten, aren’t they? (present continuous)

  1. Realise what pronoun is used (e.g. two names become they) and match it

They … they

  1. Is it a singular or plural subject? They = plural
  2. Positive – negative; negative (even without not, e.g. never) – positive; do the opposite

They’re meeting… = positive, so the question tag has to be negative: …aren’t they

  1. Match the auxiliary verb – are > aren’t
  2. Understand the context: need info or checking/making small talk; intonation differs:

we are asking a question; we want an answer: information – voice goes up

we are sure that the listener agrees with us; something is obvious; we are just making (phatic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phatic_expression) conversation; we want a response that means a quick agreement – voice goes down

We need information – we’re making plans

Lesson Plan:

  1. SS write x short statements on the board – half of them positive and half negative
  2. T elicits how to gain information or check (small talk) – tak? Look at English options; elicit wrong register/tone; SS practise some sentences together with the wrong tone
  3. Try to elicit question tags; discuss the main points and the thought process
  4. SS complete one or more of the worksheets – check the answers

SS write their own sentences with question tags (or for homework)

Other forms:

  • Positive imperative: Stay here, will / won’t you?
  • Negative imperative: Don’t move, will you?
  • Let’s: Let’s go to the fair, shall we?
  • Need to: We need to return this form, don’t we?
  • There is/are: There’s a cow in that field, isn’t there?
  • There isn’t: There isn’t any jam left, is there?
  • Somebody is/isn’t: Somebody is late, aren’t they? / Somebody isn’t… are they?