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Jad Qandour

Jad teaches English at EF San Francisco. He loves putting on headphones and going on long (long!) walks, and one of his goals is to one day publish his own fiction.

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4-part holiday season lesson plan: speaking and grammar
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Get your class feeling the holiday cheer with this lesson combining a couple of Christmas themed act...

This is how advanced grammar changes language skills
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While it’s clear that language becomes more nuanced and complex as higher levels, it’s not always cl...

Grammar lesson plan: Modals of possibility, for levels C1+
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Modal verbs are are the bread and butter of every grammar class. Students encounter them at all leve...

What are anaphoric and cataphoric references? (And how to teach them)
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What a mouthful! In short, anaphoric and cataphoric references are emphatic styles of sentence struc...

Grammar lesson plan: Reported speech, for levels C1+
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Though a fastidious grammar point, accurate use of reported speech is essential to daily life. C1 st...

Grammar lesson plan: 3 activities to teach the passive voice
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There are tons of uses for the passive voice. But rather than reading 30 pages on the matter or list...

Grammar lesson plan: Prepositions
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This may seem like an easy topic. But don’t let the title fool you. Prepositions are a complex part ...

Grammar lesson plan: Narrative tenses
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We all tell stories. But non-native speakers can feel inhibited by the fear of making grammatical mi...

Grammar lesson plan: “I wish” and “If only”
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This lesson provides activities that help students express regrets, wishes, and complaints using “I ...

Why I chose to teach English in San Francisco
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When I first arrived in San Francisco, nearly a decade ago, I wandered around the Marina breathing i...