The Fate of Fairy Tale Heroes: The Future With ‘Will’

I have a some old favorites when it comes to presenting and practicing verb tenses and verb forms. Like many other teachers, I’ve talked with students about the distant future so that we can form sentences with will. Far away times, like 2029 or even 2049, usually spark the imagination. Will cars fly? Will people…

Student Stumper 40: Can I use “will” in a clause with “when”?

Often answers to grammar questions are easy to give, but occasionally a question really gives me pause. Even if I believe I know the answer, I find myself asking, ‘”Why is that correct?” The first rules that come to mind somehow don’t apply. Some choose to downplay the importance of studying grammar. I agree that language learning goes…

Communicative Activity for Verb Tenses: “Reincarnation”

(Originally published in my book Brainstorming. Moscow: Manager, 2001. This is an updated version.) Language Focus: Activating the simple future tense and used to + (base verb). Level: Intermediate. Format: Whole class.                                                                                  Objective: To guess one’s identity in past and future lives.   STEP 1: Define “reincarnation”.  (Tip: Present this concept as a personal belief…