Gerunds and infinitives can be confusing!
Submitted by finnmiller on December 5, 2018 - 6:49am
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Hello colleagues, I'm teaching a high intermediate class right now. It's not surprising that a lot of the texts we are reading in class feature gerunds and infinitives.My approach to teaching grammar at this level is to teach the grammar contextually in order to better understand the texts we are reading.
I've been thinking about ways to present these aspects of grammar. Most of what I have found teaches both gerunds and infinitives at the same time and explains that some verbs are followed by gerunds while other verbs are followed by infinitives. Some verbs can be followed by either. I'm thinking that presenting these forms in this way initially would make it hard for learners to keep the information straight; therefore, I would rather teach them separately first. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend some useful resources for presenting these grammatical concepts to learners. II would be most appreciative!
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
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