At the seaside

Summer is here so lets look at some useful vocabulary for you next trip to the seaside.   Task: How many beach and summer words did you notice? (clue there’s at least 20 words and phrases) Talking point:  Discuss or write What do you like to do at the beach?/What kind of things can people do at the beach? When was the last time you visited the seaside? describe the beach.  / Which beaches would you like to visit? Why? What can we do about dirty or polluted beaches?

The Benefits of Mistakes, part 2 by Lynn Hailey

Mistakes Lead to Personal Growth Mistakes are instances where we can look at our choices and see which ones work and which ones do not. Self-correction is the best teacher there is. The experience of recognizing a mistake shows you where to place your effort and what you should practice. Listening to a presentation while reading along can help develop the “eye” and “ear” to check our own grammar. Ted Talks ( www.ted.com ) are excellent for this and lessons only take 20 minutes. It’s good practice to look at sentences with mistakes in them and try to correct them. Read More …

The Benefits of Mistakes, part 1 by Lynn Hailey

Nina’s Story Nina Hanakova was 11 years old when Václav Havel became the President of Czechoslovakia on December 29, 1989. The Velvet Revolution brought with it uncertainty and hope. For Nina, it demonstrated that real change could be achieved no matter how unlikely it seemed. Nina later traveled the world by herself as a very young woman. She learned to become worldly and speak several languages through her adventures and misadventures. Nina has taught English as a career in the Czech Republic for many years now. In the beginning, she carried heavy coursebooks to business offices and schools on trams Read More …

Verb Tenses II SIMPLE PAST

Function Action/activity completed in the past No connection to the present Often connect to an expression of time Form I worked yesterday  → regular verbs = base verb + ed The baby slept well last night →  irregular = past participle Signal words last…., …ago, in 1990, yesterday Practice! Write a selection of sentences about what you did last weekend using the simple past.

NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Eve is one of the favourite celebration days for many people. Many people spend New Year’s Eve at a party or at home with the family. There are also some interesting facts about this celebration. The Babylonians celebrated the first New Year about 4000 years ago. Today, some cultures celebrate this day in very unusual ways. For example, many Italians wear red underwear on New Year’s Day because they believe it will bring them good luck for the rest of the year. And in Venezuela, people wear yellow underwear. In Denmark, some people break plates on their neighbours’ Read More …

Verb Tenses I – Simple Present

  Used to talk about Habit Timetables Things in general With verb like to love, to hate (I love work, I hate sleep) Form I teach everyday  The baby usually sleeps well   → 3rd person = base verb +s Signal words everyday,  sometimes, seldom often, rarely, usually Practice! Write a selection of present simple sentences talking about things you usually do.  

‘Smartphone toilet paper’ at Tokyo airport

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text cleanliness/ˈklenlinəs/ (noun) the process of keeping yourself and your possessions and property clean Example: Cleanliness is a real problem in the city. lavatory/ˈlævətri/ (noun) Formal for toilet Example: There are many public lavatories in the city. disinfectant / ˌdɪsɪnˈfektənt/ (noun) a chemical used to kill bacteria and make things clean.    Example: the hospital uses a lot of disinfectant. hygienic/haɪˈdʒiːnɪk/ (adj) clean and not likely to cause harm or illness Example: People who work in restaurants need to be hygienic. Revolutionise /ˌrevəˈluːʃəˌnaɪz/ (verb) to completely change thought, the way something is done Read More …

The Day of The Holy Innocents

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text innocent/ˈɪnəs(ə)nt/ (adj)  not very experienced concerning life and the bad things that people do so that you tend to trust people too much Example: Innocent children. entertaining /ˌentə(r)ˈteɪnɪŋ/ (adj) enjoyable or fun to do Example: The film was very entertaining. itch / ɪtʃ/ (verb)if your skin itches, you have an unpleasant feeling that makes you want to scratch it (=rub your skin with your nails)    Example: This jumper is itchy. outrageous /aʊtˈreɪdʒəs/ (adj) extremely unusual and likely to shock people or make them laugh Example: the government introduced a new initiative to reduce crime   The Day Read More …

Personalized Lessons

In order to give a more personalized lesson I am using a new lesson management system.  You will be able to take a placement test to find the weak areas of your English skills and then we can study appropriate lesson topics.  The placement test will also be a good guide to your progress as it can be retake at various times during your study.  This platform also has a  ‘homework’ facility to complement the lesson and continue your study.  If you would like more information, to book a trial lesson or to take a placement test please feel free Read More …