The 15 Most Common Grammar Goofs

Posted by claudio on March 7, 2012 in English Language |

As an English teacher, you are probably as sensitive about silly grammar mistakes as I am.  I cringe whenever I see people use there when they mean their or your when they mean you’re. How about you? Copyblogger posted a great infographic that lists the 15 most common grammar goofs. Perhaps you can use it […]


Making up English Words

Posted by claudio on December 20, 2010 in English Language |

For years an email has been circulating about the Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational which includes a very clever list of words made by changing common words.  It’s a hoax, because The Washington Post doesn’t really have such an invitational. Nevertheless, it’s a funny list and I enjoy it every time I see it. It has […]


Language of the Internet: English

Posted by claudio on December 4, 2010 in English Language |

Learning a language quickly and successfully depends largely on a student’s motivation. If your students have a compelling reason to learn English, they will make rapid progress. They will study not only in your classroom, and do their homework, but they will also seek out ways to learn English outside of your set curriculum. But […]


“I would like to buy a hamburger.”

Posted by claudio on November 12, 2010 in English Language |

If you teach small groups or one-on-one, and find some students struggle with pronunciation, put them at ease with this funny clip of  Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) trying to say “I would like to buy a hamburger.”


The 12 Verb Tenses

Posted by claudio on November 8, 2010 in English Language |

There are 12 Verb Tenses in the English language. They are used to indicate action that takes place in the past, present, and future. The following two charts show how and when to use each of these tenses. The 12 Verb Tenses click on the image to enlarge – or get the PDF version. The 12 […]


How NOT to get a job as English Teacher

Posted by claudio on October 29, 2010 in English Language, Teaching in Thailand |

Recruiters and Teacher Agencies receive many resumes from English teachers looking for a job in Thailand. Some of them make one wonder if they were sent in earnest, or if they were sent as a joke. Here is an example of an e-mail cover letter that most likely won’t get the candidate to an interview: […]

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