Order of adjectives and adverbs

From Markus: we also touched on the order of adjectives yesterday. Below I’ve inserted links to two websites that deal with the problem. I find them quite enlightening. As you can see, the suggested order of adjectives is not exactly the same on both websites, but I see that as a minor problem.

It was great to see you yesterday. Looking forward to the next Springboard meeting. Have a good weekend! Markus



From Graham:

Thanks, this is interesting: I never concerned myself with it before. But I did have to teach the order of adverbs. Here is a good web site:


The “royal order of adverbs” is 1. Manner 2. Place 3. Frequency 4. Time 5. Purpose, as in the following example: “I have to run quickly (manner) down the street (place) each morning (frequency) after breakfast (time) in order to catch my bus to school (purpose).”  But the order of adverbs is a guide, rather than a law. Changing the order often changes the meaning or emphasis of a sentence.



Mosaik schools

We talked a little last night about immersion teaching, using English or French for instance as the language of instruction in other subjects.

We also talked about mixed-age classes and group based methods of learning. I mentioned the school where I help, Munzinger, which is the largest school using the Mosaik project. Here are some links

Start in 2014: http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/bern/Groesste-Mosaikschule-der-Schweiz-startet-ihren-Betrieb/story/28966060

Report in 2017: http://www.bernerzeitung.newsnet.ch/region/bern/gute-noten-fuers-freie-lernen/story/21490763


“Die Schüler und Schülerinnen einer mosaik-sekundarschule werden nicht in Jahrgangsklassen eingeteilt. Die Einteilung erfolgt in altersgemischte und leistungsheterogene Gesamtklassen. Im Kurssystem lernen die Schülerinnen und Schüler in Leistungs- und Interessengruppen.  ”



Teaching Teens

I’m not an expert on teaching teens. What I have done is content-based teaching of science, geography, and maths in English, and training and support of CLIL teachers – and that’s a lot easier than teaching English. The interesting lessons are often practical things, and mistakes in English are not even corrected!

Looking quickly for references for teaching teens, I found many coursebooks and online courses. I find the “interesting” themes are trivial and superficial – maybe I am too old! I don’t believe that these are much use in a Swiss environment, without British TV and pop culture.

I found https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/keeping-teens-interested is well worth reading. Please comment with your ideas.