Defuse vs Diffuse - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


This video covers the difference between 'defuse' and 'diffuse'. Their similar spelling and pronunciation make them a word pair that is often confused. The word 'defuse' refers to the action of making a situation less harmful or tense, whereas 'diffuse' means to spread over a wide area. Watch the video for detailed examples on the two words.

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.

This unit is the most challenge unit from this course. I had to ask a tutor and asked my collage to explain transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs. Now that I gained understanding of the difference between the two, I can teach the students the modal, phrasal verbs and the passive voice. So they can gain understanding English as their second language.This unit covered the past tense, and did so rather succinctly. I felt that I was well-prepared for this lesson and didn't struggle with it at all, although I did enjoy reading the examples and the logic behind the differences in the past tense forms. I found their uses to be quite logical and I hope I can convey that to my students when the time comes.