Bored vs Boring - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


This video focuses on the difference between "bored" and "boring". Using those two words incorrectly is a very common mistake, especially for English learners around the world. The word "bored" is an adjective describing the feeling when there is nothing to do or when a person is not interested, for example, "she was so bored that she fell asleep". "Boring" is also an adjective but this word refers to the cause of the bored feeling rather than the feeling itself. For example, "the class was so boring that she fell asleep". Here the class is the reason for the feeling. The same concept can be applied to similar word pairs such as 'interested - interesting' or 'tired - tiring'.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit provided a succinct look at and comparison of the learner and the teacher. The various roles a teacher will often find him/herself in while working with students were clearly outlined, along with the levels and types of learners he/she might have in class. As a teacher who also learns from her students at times, I particularly enjoyed the parts of the video and pdf that referred to the experiences and behaviors that learners (and teachers) bring to the learning environment. These profoundly impact the learning process for all involved.