Even the word grammar can strike fear into student and teacher alike
and yet at its core Grammar accelerates the learning of a language by
providing a set of helpful rules. Unfortunately the list of exceptions
to various rules in English makes it feel like its almost as long as
the rulebook. Hopefully these handouts will make life a little easier.
If you're having trouble teaching grammar, then I'd highly recommend
Raymond Murphy's Grammar
In Use book.
It's helped me through some pretty tricky grammatical problems.
Resources on this Website
Verbs & Tenses
- Tenses Mindmap (308KB JPEG)
If you've ever wanted to see what all the tenses were like together. Here is the ultimate Mindmap. A very handy reminder for putting into students' folders.
- Verb To Have (62KB PDF)
It's almost impossible to find a simple explanation for the verb to have. So
here it is without the burdens of the perfect tenses and thousands of modals
- Past Simple Test with Form
Guide (57KB PDF)
This is a Past Simple Test with common regular and irregular
verbs. It also includes the form of the past-simple.
- A Day In The Life Of An English
Teacher (220KB PDF)
Includes sample day in the life of an English Teacher with regular
/ irregular verb quiz. Also includes answers and a form to allow
teachers and students to create their own days in a simple format
that encourages use of the Past Simple.
- Comparitives & Superlatives (137KB
Quiz for common comparitives and superlatives. Rules for using
comparitives with examples and teacher's notes.
- Tenses Summary Sheet (79KB
A sheet with all the main tenses in active and passive forms,
makes a nice shortcut sheet for students without text books.
- Tenses Cutout Jigsaw (130KB
An easy to use cutout jigsaw that is easy to cut out and uses
as a table-top puzzle. It also features a key to the timelines.
- Tenses Timelines Sheet (66KB PDF)
A sheet with the timelines for all the main tenses, examples
- Tenses Timelines Full colour (70KB
Full colour sheet for use on electronic blackboards or for posters.
You can press Ctrl-l to make the document full-screen. (View
- Full screen mode)
- Question Forms (58KB PDF)
This handout explains the differences between questions using do and questions
- Subject/Verb agreement and Articles Exercise (68KB PDF)
on a compare and contrast essay this exercise allows for error
correction of this common problem. It also includes the form of the
verbs for reference.
- Prepositions with time (25KB PDF)
Prepositions with time matching cards.
- House Plan (216KB
Ideal exercise to revise prepositions of place and furniture
lexis. It is also a good discussion exercise.
Uncountable Nouns (53KB PDF)
This handout includes a list of common uncountable nouns, it
is really aimed at oriental users who often hear them used as
countable nouns in their own countries.
- Quantifiers (36KB PDF)
Table Top puzzle to help with estimating quantities.
- Article Removal Template (188KB
Zipped dot file)
Microsoft Word Template that allows you to copy and paste text
into MS Word and remove articles to improve error correction.
Making it very quick and easy to create exercises from nearly
any electronic file.
- Conditionals (156KB PDF)
It's amazing how grammar books manage to neglect the simple
things... What about putting all of the conditionals on 1
page, so that students can clearly see the differences between
them? It's taken a long time to put together and I hope it
provides the right balance between simplicity and comprehensiveness.
There are also some teacher's notes explaining a number of
alternatives and rival meta-language used in grammar books.
- Modals For Probability (76KB
This handout provides clear percentages for modals of probabilities,
plenty of examples and an opportunity for students to personalise
and discuss using the target language.
- Yoda's Word Order Class (93KB PDF)
Reinforce sentence patterns with this fun exercise based on StarWars.