They're vs Their vs There - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


"They're", "their" and "there" are three words that are often used incorrectly. "They're" is simply the contracted form of "they are". "Their" is a possessive and indicates ownership of something. "There" indicates a place. Due to the Internet and instant messaging, the three words have been icreasingly used incorrectly. However, if you'd like to use them correctly, you should keep their meanings in mind. When trying to decide which word to use remember that "they're" = they are, "their" = ownership and "there" = place.

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.

In this unit I learnt the most common problems teachers encounter during a lesson (such as large classes, reluctant students, different language levels and the use of the native tongue) and the best ways of dealing with them. This last unit provides really helpful advice and activities to build rapport with the students, boost their confidence and encourage them to participate.Unit 11 introduces four basic skills in any language but focuses primarily on the receptive skills of reading and listening. Techniques and activity ideas are included. A key concept I learned from this unit is students should be encouraged to try to understand written texts even if they don't know every word. This enables them to gain more confidence in their receptive skills.