summer series: three grammar activities

Hope you are all having a nice relaxing summer. I am indeed. So here’s the second post on the summer series: three grammar activities. Click on the links for the full posts.

In skeleton questions the teacher thinks of conversation questions for the class for some speaking practice on a given topic. However, instead of writing down the actual questions, she only provides key content words for the students to come up with the grammar needed to formulate those questions. So in practical terms these could be some skeleton questions on the topic of “money”:

  • ever/find/money/if so, what/do
  • most expensive/ever/buy
  • next/”big”/thing/buy

This is much much interesting and productive than supplying the full questions.

  • Have you ever found money. If so, what did you do?
  • What’s the most expensive thing that you have ever bought?
  • What’s the next “big” thing you are going to buy?

In mannequin challenge students pose for photographs and then they have to describe the actions being performed. Ideal for A1-A2 levels if you want them to practice the present (or past) continuous.

A lovely activity: articles in English. Find a song, remove all articles from the lyrics and then have the students fill in the gaps. Then simply play the song for correction. Minimal preparation, short, sweet and to the point.

Back in a couple of weeks with the third summer series post, this time with three highlighted listening activities.



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