The First One to Figure Out This Tricky Grammar Wins!

No, this isn’t a contest, but if you can shed additional light on some tricky grammar topics, you’ll have my gratitude! #1. Infinitives as Complements A grammar question recently came from a new Instagram follower. Yes, there’s one more place you can follow me and/or send students to. All my video clips (all six of…

Rumors and Denials: An activity for using emphatic forms

Here’s a fast-paced game that I’ll present as a means to practice word stress for clarification and the use of emphatic forms, that is, the use of auxiliary verbs to emphasize one’s meaning. (However, you might decide you like it enough to try playing it among friends at your next dinner party!) Step 1 – Create sentence…

Teaching Modal Verbs: Function, Strength, and Formality

Have you developed an approach to teaching modal verbs? I’ve found it most effective to focus on these three aspects: Function. What purpose(s) do these modal verbs serve? What do they express? Students will learn and retain grammar if they understand how it functions in communication. I strongly recommend presenting these auxiliary verbs in groups according…