How to teach beginner ESL students the difference between ‘I like going to the cinema’ and ‘I’d like to go to the cinema’?

In short, you would not teach them the difference. Bringing up two very similar grammars, but quite with a different meaning, will just confuse people. Generally, I introduce students to phrases using “I like…” quite early on. Especially young children like to say things like, “I like to eat pizza,” and, “I like going to Read More …