Further vs Farther - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


The two words "farther" and "further" are a pair of words that is often used interchangeably to talk about distances. However, not many know that there is actually a slight difference between the two. "Farther" is used for physical distances. So we would use it in this example: "Tokyo is farther away than Beijing". When using "further" we talk about non-physical, figurative distances, for example "I'm falling further away from my goals". As you can see, the two words have slighty different usages. However, in spoken English the two words are often used interchangeably without a difference. However, if you are keen to use them properly, you should stick to the rules mentioned above.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

An important aspect of teaching is to assess before, during and after teaching. Many different types of tests for different reasons, including external ones - these are usually those with recognisable or necessary qualifications for students. Tests can be written and verbal, and should be used for correct purposes and not to 'rank' students which would be intimidating for them.This unit provided good information on the different students we would encounter as English teachers. It was good in giving information of the possible difficulties we would face in teaching these children and what strategies we could use to effectively get them to learn the lesson on hand. When starting a new class, I would probably go back to this lesson to get some guidance.