Modals and Passive Voice - How To Teach Modal Auxiliary Verbs


There are two main ways of approaching teaching modal auxiliary verbs. One is by selecting one modal auxiliary and one usage and focusing on that in that particular context. Another way, especially when teaching higher levels, is to choose a context, such as advice, and then use each of the most appropriate modal auxiliary verbs in a different way.

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I have learned about the various teaching methods, and their uses as well as drawbacks. I have learned the most common lesson structure, this being ESA (engage, study, activate). I have learned the variations of this which are straight arrow, boomerang & patchwork. I have learned important points on how to correct. These include that it is perhaps more important to praise than correct, & it is better to get students to correct themselves & each other because it gets them thinking and so more likely to remember for the future.