Student Stumper 49: “Another” vs. “Other”

QUESTION: What’s the difference between “another” and “other”?  They’re very similar. ANSWER: Indeed, they’re similar, so the challenge is to find and remember the differences. A learner’s dictionary can help us identify rules and patterns. Then comes the hard part: we need to commit all that information to memory. Parts of Speech First, let’s look…

Anything for You: An activity to practice object pronouns

My beginner student and I have used the object pronouns you and me rather frequently, and even some of the other object pronouns have likely popped up in conversation. The funny thing is that I have yet to teach this topic explicitly. Today I plan on doing just that. As part of our practice, I’ll…

IT vs THIS: Practice with pronouns

As a follow-up to my previous post on Other Grammar, I’d like to offer a handout for classroom practice. I think the straightforward tasks of fill-in-the-blank and circle the correct words will help students focus on form, and the suggested speaking activities will focus on meaning. There’s plenty of opportunity to discuss the grammar. It…

A Love of Pronouns and Pronunciation

It’s time to start planning one or two Valentine’s Day activities. Do you already have one in mind? Feel free to share! I’d like to offer at least one idea before February14. Let’s start with a love song. I’m not a big country music fan, but there are some tunes that get into my head…