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One of the problems of using a coursebook to teach adults is the undeniable fact that a lot of them are, in effect, false beginners… in my experience, at least. More often than not, they have had lessons of English as a second language during their school days. So, they come to you with vague memories of the rudiments of grammar and, more often than not, deeply-embedded habits of translation.

It’s not fun nor is it encouraging to be told, when one’s trying to express an idea which one could do perfectly in one’s own language, “No, that structure is too advanced for you” or “We’ll do that structure much later, but for now…”.

Don’t you think so?

This is where the idea of dogme becomes attractive. There is no such restriction.

Today’s lesson started with a conversation about a meeting my student was going to have later that day, so, I took the opportunity, especially since, during the last lesson, I mentioned that English hasn’t got a pure future tense, to explain that the present continuous can be used for future use.

I’m having a meeting with the mayor of Telde later today.

If I had gone by the book, I’d have stayed on the present continuous for “actions and events happening around the time of action”.

The other important grammatical point that crept up was the typical mistake of saying “the past year” as in:

I already gave the report to them the past last year.