English grammar - how to make, use and pronounce past simple regular verbs

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Giles Parker

English teacher and teacher-trainer

Hi! My name's Giles Parker. By way of a brief resume, I'm a dynamic EFL and ESL classroom teacher, a CELTA-qualified teacher-trainer, and an academic manager - which is like herding cats. I have 28 years teaching, training and managing experience in the UK, Asia, the USA, and now Italy, where I am based. I especially love the day-to-day teaching of academic composition and academic presentation for EFL and ESL students who usually have such low expectations at first but who are blown away when their writing dramatically improves, as it usually does. Another passion I have is for training and mentoring new EFL and ESL teachers. It is great to watch new teachers create better and better lessons for their students. I hope this gives you an idea of what I'm about. I also hope you like these online teacher-training videos. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions on how they can be improved. Ciao! Giles.


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English grammar - how do you make, use AND pronounce past simple regular verbs? The past simple for regular verbs isn't actually so simple or so regular. You can guess that the simple past talks about – yep! - the past, so that is things before now. But what kind of things and what kind of past does it talk about? Well, the simple past talks about things that have finished, that are complete,  or over with. It is used to tell stories. Also, very importantly, we usually know WHEN specifically, not just before now, because there is often a time marker like, ‘last month’ or ’10 years ago’ or ‘in March’ or ‘in 1989’, or ‘yesterday’ etc as part of the statement. If there isn’t a time marker in the statement, then we have already said the WHEN before or we know that the listener already knows what we are talking about. 

This course focuses on when and how to use the past simple for regular verbs. In the interactive grammar lesson we look at when to add ‘-d’, ‘-ed’ or ‘-ied’. The online reading and listening lesson looks at two different cross-cultural problems: one where two Americans are confused in a Brazilian restaurant, and another where an older Korean man isn't happy with having to schedule everything in America. There is also a special pronunciation lesson on how to pronounce past simple regular verb endings. And, as usual, there are also the interactive tests and language learning games to help you really improve your English ability.

Course content

  • Welcome to the course!

  • Interactive reading and listening lesson - 'We didn't understand the culture

  • Comprehension test - 10 multiple choice questions

  • Grammar lesson - past simple regular verbs

  • Grammar test

  • Special pronunciation lesson

  • All the new vocabulary

  • Vocabulary test

  • Game - Grammar Golf

  • Game - Game Show

  • Game - Wheel Spin

  • Game - Pyramids

  • End of course feedback

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