grammar

Delta Assignment 3 -Teaching Conditionals

From the title above, it would seem like I chose a rather easy topic for my second systems LSA. Well, the actual title of the LSA was Teaching Past Counterfactual Conditionals to High-Level Learners. What the..?

‘What the..?’ is exactly what I said and felt when I heard the more technical term for conditionals.

More often than not, ESL books divide conditionals into four categories – zero, one, two, three. Easy peasy. This is also probably the terminology you are familiar with from when you studied grammar in school (or at least when I did, in the 90s in India). But of course, it is very likely that you were taught traditional grammar in a boring, non-communicative manner. However, as has been well-proven in my own experience and that of learners all over the world, a traditional approach to grammar teaching does not increase communicative competence.  (more…)

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IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.9

This is a slightly different video and would probably be best placed under the IELTS grammar or writing category. If you have ever been confused about the use of the ‘comma’, this one is for you. Watch the video and learn more about how and when to use the comma in writing. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

Comma story

Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade and tells you when and how to best use the comma.

 

Still have questions about how to use the comma? Ask away in the comments below.