Just swap or drop!
A new teaching strategy
by Anna Piermattei and Paola Reggio
How to use and tackle different tenses – present,
past, future, conditional - in questions, sentences,
negative forms with an absolutely new and
•a rule that is just one page long though it covers
80% most common mistakes
•short time – 20 LESSONS
Students will be ready to use their communicative
skills much sooner than with any other method.
SPEAKING AND WRITING
Focus is completely different from
They introduce tenses one by one (3
LIMIT IN COMMUNICATION
LIMIT IN PRACTICE
•miss the chance to optimize what
students are learning
•miss the opportunity to easily re-
apply it to other tenses
1a media (tot. 90 ore)
Handmade English (20 h.)
(5 h) conversation + listening/speaking/writing/reading (65 h.) (thanks-greeting-introducing myself or others - meet new friends - likes and
dislikes - suggest, refuse, accept and arrange something together)
2a media (tot. 90 ore)
Handmade English (10
dictionary and conversation (80 h) + listening/speaking/writing/reading
(describing people/places, daily routine, weather, shopping, at the table, travelling, talking (ask and answer about present, past, future)
3a media (tot. 90 ore)
Handmade English (10
dictionary and conversation (80 h) + listening/speaking/writing/reading (test ket/pet)
(conversation games and cards)
more grammar rules (comp/superl, if
clause, reported speech, etc.
We do the opposite:
Focus is first on the way auxiliaries work,
and then on the tense they are made for.
EASY TO LEARN
4cartellone orizzontale_Layout 1.pdf
Main concept – English auxiliaries just swap or drop.
Which are the auxiliaries that “swap”?
(be+ing, have+participle, will+verb, would +verb)
Which are the ones that “drop”?
(do, does, did)
(DVD lesson 2- 10 minutes)
Learning strategy - “TPR – Total Physical Response”
Render more visible and fun the grammar rule by
representing the rule with the hands and fingers. This
enables teachers to make their lessons more fun and
interesting and students to love learning.
(DVD Are you kidding?- 6 minutes)
To highly fasten and secure the learning process of English, so as to
prepare the groundwork for simple conversation about what has been
done or what will be done or what is happening at the moment.
To synthesize in one page all main grammar rules, so that all students
will learn more easily and much more time can be devoted to
To let students understand the basic mechanisms of the English
language, which apparently no school/method seems to have yet
realized or pointed out to students. They change their way of thinking,
not only their dictionary or language sounds, into something completely
different from the Italian, French or Spanish language. Most of the
students who tested this project said at the end ...
“Now I understand how English works!!!”
“I’ve got it! And guess what, I can speak!”
Very few lessons allow those students who have best mathematical-logical-
musical skills to perfectly use all tenses, so they can sooner get to more
challenging language activities.
Those who need more time, often complain with other teaching methods
because of getting bad marks and think they do not understand or like
foreign languages. With this method they get great satisfaction in
overcoming different obstacles, so that they feel they know some steps and
are slowly going on through others. They feel they are making progress
whilst “getting to next level”. TUTOR1.pdf With short specific projects (max. 10
hours) to be carried out at any time of their learning path, they will be able
to revise a lot and attain to same skill level of the rest of the class.
Finally, the teacher knows exactly what each student knows and still
doesn’t know or remember, so he can work more efficiently to solve
Main Steps of the project
to be – to have – will – would
(in order of sequence, forwards and backwards, and then
Handmade English – The super grammar rule
Just….swap or drop!
Choose the tense and the auxiliary
First written exercise in class with teacher support
Other exercises by themselves with score and register
hour class and following ones
Oral practice for 0+0 students