Lesson of the Week: Gerunds vs. Infinitives with Maroon 5

Gerunds vs. Infinitives with Maroon 5 contributed by an Indonesia ETA

Teaching English grammar is tricky in many ways: it’s a topic that often fails to be immediately engaging for students, it follows sets of rules that almost always prove to have multiple inexplicable exceptions, and many times we native speakers can’t even think of a way to explain why something is a certain way—it simply is. One of the most difficult grammatical concepts to explain is when to use gerunds and infinitives. They are so similar in function and meaning that it is nearly impossible for native English speakers to express why we use one as opposed to another—typically one just feels better and more natural on the tongue.

If you’re looking for some way to clearly delineate the difference between gerunds and infinitives, our newest Lesson of the Week: “Gerunds vs. Infinitives with Maroon 5”, contributed by an Indonesia ETA may be just the thing for you. This grammar-heavy lesson manages to keep students engaged by incorporating activities with popular songs by one of the most internationally-recognized American bands for many years: Maroon 5. You can access the materials for this lesson below:

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Grammar Explanation & Worksheet
  3. mp4 #1
  4. mp4 #2

That’s it for this week, but remember to come back every week for more lesson inspiration from Fulbright ETAs!

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