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These are links to presentations that I use in class. They deal with introductory material for the practice of specific grammar points or talking points on various activities for ESL speakers, such as presentation structure and writing dialogues. These presentations and more can be found on my slideshare site as well.

Some presentations also appear in my videos page. Video presentations on the tenses can also be found on my video page.

Clicking on a link below will take you an external Microsoft site, where you can view a full-screen presentation.

This material is what I consider important for students to know when they begin classes with me.
• Structure of a sentence
• Types of sentences
• The three most important matters of tense
• The peculiarity of modals
Phrases and clauses are the building blocks of sentences . We will explore what they are and how they fit together to make sentences.

English relies on structure for meaning. In this presentation, I go over:
• Structure of a sentence and a question
• Importance of auxiliaries
• Deconstructing a sentence
• How a question becomes a sentence
Many ESL students make the same mistakes communicating in English. I have compiled a list of these mistakes and present them here. The list is by no means complete. Some of the mistakes covered:
• WRONG: I haven’t a pen.
• WRONG: The people is very angry.
• WRONG: The people use a lot of credit cards.
The use of articles is difficult in English. English handles them differently. Here’s what we’ll go over in this presentation:
• When to use an article
• When not to use an article
• Exceptions to the rules
• Curiosities in the use of articles
This presentations covers the three types of comparative sentences and shows the structures of each:
• Comparatives of equal quality
• Comparatives of unequal quality
• Superlatives
Exploring the strange world of modals. Why are they so difficult to use?
• What is a “true modal”?
• What are their characteristics?
• Why are they confusing to use?
• How can we use them in the past tense?
I can count the effective presentations on the fingers of one hand. Presentations are tools of the speaker, not the other way around. In this presentation we will go over among other things:
• The three parts of a presentation
• What belongs on the slides
• Presenting yourself
The passive voice is a construction that emphasizes the object of a sentence by putting it first. We will cover:
• The structure of the passive
• Differences between active and passive sentences
• When and when not to use the passive
• Why you should avoid using the passive
I use this presentation in my advanced classes. It is an assignment that helps students understand interaction as well as conflict resolution through negotiation and collaboration.
This is a one-slide presentation showing several structures that are used with “too” and “enough.”
Different constructions possible with the following verbs of perception:

• Look
• Sound
• Feel
• Seem
Causatives are used when you don’t do an action, but rather cause someone else to do an action. For example, “I want you to close the door” is a causative. There are three types of causatives covered here, along with their particular constructions. Also, a discussion of main and causative verbs and how they change according to the type of causative.
Three forms of wish:
• Present form of wish
• Past form of wish
• Using “if only…”
The phrasal modal “used to” is used in three different ways:
• To be accustomed to: something that is now comfortable.
• To get accustomed to: something that you are becoming comfortable with.
• A frequent past action.
Their structures, uses and examples are covered here.
Some verbs link to gerunds and some to infinitives. There are no rules to determine what follows. You have to learn them one by one. Here is a brief intro to some of the most important verbs and whether they are followed by gerunds or infinitives.
Many ESL students get confused by the construction of interrogative clauses. Interrogative clauses contain question words, but do not have the structure of a question. In this presentation we discuss the problem. We also go over the types of clauses, contrast interrogative clauses with questions, and offer some introductory clauses that signal interrogative clauses.
I am often asked what the differences are among the three verbs remember, remind and recall. They are so similar that they often get confused. In this presentation we will sort out the meaning of each and the way to construct sentences with them.
A discussion of the different structures when using reported (indirect) speech, for example, "Mary said that she was going to the store." and "Mary told me to turn off the lights."

A discussion of the Indirect Passive and the elements that make it up, including a review of active to passive, transitive and intransitive verbs, as well as the constructions of the direct and indirect passive.a list of verbs that take two objects,

The difference between purpose and reason in grammar and the structures to express them.