Changing the Clocks
Hello to Lidia and all of our World Service readers,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. I feel a little tired today, because yesterday we put the clocks forward by an hour. I think many other countries do this as well? The idea, as I'm sure you know, is to make the most of the daylight hours. But it means that for a couple of days you have to wake up an hour earlier than usual, because your body clock is still on the old routine! So everyone in my house is feeling a little sleepy now!
If you read the teacher and student blogs regularly, you will already know that we are due for a change of bloggers at the end of the month. So this will be my last week of blogging! I’ll be sorry to say good bye to Lidia and everyone who sends in comments, but I’ll throw myself into a flurry of activity before I leave! There’s a lot of work to do before Friday, so I’ll get on with it now!
In my final week, I’d like to look at materials you can use to study grammar. I’ve had several requests over the past couple of weeks for advice about learning grammar. Before I explain my own ideas, it would be interesting to learn something about your existing study habits! Please answer the following questions, and send your answers to the site.
i. Did you learn English at school or university mainly by studying grammar?
ii. Do you use a grammar book in English as a guide, or a grammar book in your native language?
iii. On average, how long do you spend studying grammar each week? (a few minutes / half an hour / a few hours?)
iv. Do you find that studying grammar has any noticeable benefits to your use of English?
That’s all for now,
Good night or good morning!
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
put the clocks forward (phrase)
this means that once a year at 1:00am on a certain day we lose an hour, and the time officially becomes 2:00am.
body clock (noun)
the time when you naturally feel hungry or tired, according to your body
make the most of something (phrase)
profit from, benefit from
be due for (verb)
this means that it is time for a change / event
throw oneself into something
become involved in an activity
sudden rush (of activity)
get on with something (phrasal verb)
make progress, advance
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