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Tense Buster

Break through the grammar barrier

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Overview

Tense Buster, Clarity’s most popular program, helps learners develop their confidence with 33 key grammar areas from the simple present at Elementary level to phrasal verbs at Advanced. The program is ideal either as a self-access resource, or integrated into a course of study and used in class or for homework.

Content

The Tense Buster syllabus, available here, follows a logical progression from Elementary level (A2) through to Advanced (C1) that mirrors the coverage of most international course books. Within each unit, learners both encounter and use the target language in a variety of text types from radio broadcasts to quizzes to newspaper articles. Each unit includes both controlled practice exercises and freer activities to do away from the computer.

Approach

Grammar in context. Each unit begins with a presentation based on a dialogue, story or interview, where learners are encouraged to form theories about how the grammar works.

Simple flow of using Tense Buster

The rule. Next comes a grammar rule where they confirm or correct their theories.

Simple flow of using Tense Buster

Form and function. Learners then move on to practice activities in which the language is contextualised and key aspects of form and function are highlighted.

Simple flow of using Tense Buster

Final test. Each unit concludes with a randomised test, enabling students to gauge their progress.

Some key features

Pronunciation

Each unit includes work on the pronunciation associated with the grammar area, for example pronunciation of “going to” as “gonna”.

Tense Buster helps you work on the pronunciation

Feedback

The program includes detailed feedback in exercises to help students understand where they went wrong, so they can avoid making the same mistakes in future.

Instant feedback

Popular… and fun

The British Council described Tense Buster as “very popular with students, attractive and easy to use”, and adopted the program for all its teaching centres worldwide.

Tense Buster is being used worldwide.
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Technical specifications


Network versions require Windows 7/8/10

Online versions are hosted by ClarityEnglish

App version requires:

Resolution 1200 x 800 pixels or above

iOS 8.0 or above

Android 4.1 or above


Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for Tense Buster,

or get the Android APK file.


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