Interesting vs Interested - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

These two terms are often confused as both words talk about the feeling of interest. However there is a distinct difference in the usage of the two. Let's break it down. The word "interesting" is a present participle. When used as an adjective it describes the people or things that cause the feeling of interest to someone. For example: Today's lesson about world history is very interesting. 'World history' is causing the speaker a feeling of interest. "Interested" on the other hand is a past participle. When used as an adjective it describes how someone feels, such as here: I am very interested in learning another language. Here; it is my intention to learn a new language because I have an interest in foreign languages. So next time you're unsure think about whether something causes the feeling of interest or you want to describe how someone feels. That?s it for today. See you next time!


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I learned that there are different and equally effective ways of approaching the same lesson. Also I feel I have learned the basic keys to successful receptive skill lessons, such as choosing materials that interests or motivates the students and using realistic comprehension tasks that aid understanding incorporate activate phases that naturally lead on from a text.In the domain of learning both the teachers and the students are main participants.Both of them are active participants, with the teachers being the donors and the students being the recipients. the teachers have to keep a cordial relationship with the students so as to make the course interesting since most of the students are just beginning to learn a new language.


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